Over the past couple of days and weeks, you probably heard about Deer Antler Velvet. It was reports that Two-Time NFL Super Bowl Champion Ray Lewis was rumored to have taken this supplement after tearing his right tricep muscle. It was immediately noted that one of the components within the velvet, IGF-1, is banned in professional and collegiate sports. Shortly after this story broke, Lewis denied ever using the supplement, but Vijay Singh, a popular and successful PGA golf professional announced that he had been taking it and did not know that it actually contained any banned substances. Then, the co-owner of SWATS [Sports With Alternatives To Steroids], Christopher Key, mentioned that he sold the same product to some members of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team during their 2012 National Championship Season; he noted that he even witnessed five of the players use the product! It seems that the rumor mill is non-stop about this product right now.
While this might provide insight to a potentially bad or illegal supplement, this controversial supplement is surely getting much more attention by the masses who are looking to get that edge in the gym. When the Lewis story first broke, I joked with some fitness friends about the supplements we take. As time progressed, more and more people brought up the whole deer antler velvet topic; some even asked me about if I have tried it or know where to get it. A few people mentioned that they even bought some online.
Who Comes Up With This Stuff?
Good question. Apparently, it was something that came from Ancient Chinese times. Some claim that this was the stuff that the Russian Olympians were using when most assumed they were on steroids. Experts appear to debate whether this stuff really works or not. Dr. Weil notes that there are conflicting studies, so it appears that the debate continues! Still, my biggest curiosity is… how did someone come up with the idea of testing various parts of the antlers of a deer to see if they had any positive effects on the human body? Who comes up with something like that?
Personally, I have not taken the product. I am not sure if it contains any banned substances, but it does appear that those in collegiate or professional sports are prohibited from taking it. For me, the supplements that I take are working just fine, so I will not be trying out any deer antler velvet extract. In lieu of that, I will stick with my Cellucor pre- and post-workout supplements and strive to eat clean, remain dedicated and motivated in the gym, drink plenty of water, and get plenty of rest!
Have you tried deer antler velvet extract/spray? If so, have you found good results? If not, are you looking to try it out? As for me, I will remain on the sidelines of this one!