Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedies: Deer Velvet

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There is a recent hype about deer velvet so I decided to shed some light on the subject.

In ancient Chinese medicine velvet has been used for millennia to increase vigour, youthfulness, and sexual performance. Recently in N. America velvet use is on the rise for improved athletic performance, increased recovery from injuries, and increased libido.

What makes antlers amazing is that they grow to tremendous size in just one season. The two hormones responsible for such amazing growth are testosterone and insulin like growth factor one. Both of these hormones accumulate in the velvet of antlers. The antlers are harvested by locally anesthetising the animals and the growth begins anew by providing the animals with proper nutrition.

The final product is then prepared in capsule form or as an extract to be sprayed under the tongue. Only the spray form works due to the fact that IGF-1 is a protein so it would be digested and ineffective if swallowed.

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IGF-1 is a naturally occurring hormone in humans. In the early stages of life it is responsible for the growth of the body. In adult life it maintains muscle mass and regenerates the body from wear and tear. It does this by increasing the number of cells and by making cells grow. Furthermore it is also a potent inhibitor of programed cell death. Research shows that it is also effective for regeneration of joins. As we age the level of IGF drops and the regenerative capacity of the body slows down. This is why it makes sense to supplement with this compound, especially in later stages of life, because of its regenerative and anti-aging qualities.

Although testosterone is found at lower levels in velvet, it may contribute to supporting muscle mass as well as increased energy and sexual vigour.

One cautionary note. Too much IGF is not a good thing. It can make organs grow to an exaggerated size causing problems with their function. Therefore use small doses at first to see improvement in your condition and slowly increase the dose if necessary, never taking more then what is actually recommended.

Author: Dr. Karol, MD

Alternative medicine expert, educator, medical health advisor and author. Recognized as a health expert who is highly knowledgeable in conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs. Karol graduated with a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following this Karol completed a doctor of medicine degree as well as the medical post-graduation internship in Europe. Karol started his media career by hosting the radio Radical Remedies portion of The Natural Health Show. The Natural Health Show brings together a collection of health experts to discuss natural health solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Karol also speaks on health matters and the potential of healthy ingredients on video blogs and at health tradeshows. He currently works closely with and represents some of Canada’s leading health product companies. Karol is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com, an online store for all things healthy. Here Karol reviews the products considered by Vitarock to ensure they meet the company’s four core pillars; to be pure, green, safe and fair. He also interacts directly with Vitarock’s online shoppers, being available by phone to provide a free medical consultation and to recommend the best possible products. He is also a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. Karol reviews science and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. His overall philosophy is that as a society we should implement a more personal approach to our existing medical system showing more empathy, personal attention, as well as emotional and psychological support to individuals in need of help. He also believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with natural remedies, exercise, time spent with nature, and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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