American Velvet's most known benefit is its anabolic or growth-stimulating properties. In fact, it is hugely popular in the sports industry because of its similarities with steroids.
How Do Steroids Work?
Anabolic steroids, or anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), are the synthetic (made in a lab) derivatives of the naturally produced hormone testosterone. They promote the growth of muscle (anabolic effect) and the typical male characteristics of puberty (androgenic effect).
When legally prescribed, they are an option for patients who produce abnormally low levels of testosterone or who suffer from body-wasting diseases such as cancer or AIDS. When used by athletes, the goal is to speed up the body's natural muscle-building process.
When we lift weights heavier than what we're used to, we create tiny micro-tears in muscle fibers. The body's natural repair process repairs the tear and then overcompensates by adding bigger cells to build a stronger fiber — this is called muscular hypertrophy. Over time, this repeated process of teardown and re-build will result in muscle growth.
Natural testosterone is the body's main ingredient for this process, but anabolic steroids can serve as a supplement. (source)
You can read about more facts about steroids in this article.
How Does Velvet Antler Work?
American Velvet has an abundance of growth factors like IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1) that helps in growth during childhood. This natural hormone normally tapers off when one gets older. It is an anabolic growth factor, meaning it stimulates new cell growth and cell regeneration in the body. Not only that, IGF-1 is recognized as being responsible for significant increases in lean muscle mass, decreased body fat, and improved healing and recovery times in those people who take it regularly. Increases in muscle strength, size, and efficiency are also attributed to IGF-1. Muscles tend to recover more quickly and return stronger and healthier when levels of IGF-1 are at their highest. Cell growth, repair and stimulation occur in rapid speed that works to the advantage of athletes.
The use of deer velvet by successful Russian Olympic athletes has attracted the attention of trainers and sports doctors worldwide. Synthetic steroids are known to be potentially harmful. As such, natural and safe alternatives are essential. Deer Antler Velvet has been proven to improve muscular strength and increase endurance. New Zealand athletes, sponsored by the Game Industry Board, tested deer velvet and found it to be a safe performance enhancer without adverse side effects. Top golfers, world record rowers, a champion tri-athlete, and other outstanding athletes attribute part of their success to velvet antler extract. (source)
Velvet Antler Can Help Body Recover and Enhance Performance – without the Harmful Effects of Steroids
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) lifted a ban on deer antler spray after it was banned because of the presence of IGF-1. IGF-1 is considered to be a performance enhancer and is banned for usage in athletes. While the reason for the lift is the trivial amount of IGF-1 in velvet antler, it has been used for thousands of years for children’s growth and muscle repair. It even has been proven to work for rheumatoid arthritis (muscle and joint repair).