IGF-1 stands for insulin-like growth factor 1, a powerful growth hormone used in the treatment of dwarfism. In recent years, IGF-1 has gained popularity as a supplement used for muscle growth and recovery, in the form of deer antler velvet extract. Deer antler velvet is produced through harvesting the soft spring antlers of deer and elk before calcification has occurred.
The harvesting process is conducted humanely under the supervision of veterinarians, while the deer are sedated. Because deer regenerate their antlers so quickly, deer antler velvet is rich in the growth hormone IGF-1.
Although deer velvet extract has gained popularity as a source of IGF-1, it has been used for thousands of years by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine. In Chinese medicine, deer antler velvet is utilized for the treatment of sexual dysfunction, as an immune booster, as a treatment for joint pain, and for countless other uses.
IGF-1 is prized by athletes and bodybuilders as a supplement that promotes muscle growth and hastens recovery from injury. There is conflicting evidence regarding the use of deer velvet extract for these purposes, however recent studies have shown that it does not appear to be harmful when used as a supplement in conjunction with arthritis medications.
IGF-1 in Sports
IGF-1 has been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency as a performance enhancing drug. However, naturally occurring IGF-1 in substances such as deer antler velvet extract may not be present in sufficiently bio-available quantities to trigger a positive blood test for IGF-1. Deer antler velvet and other natural extracts containing small accounts of IGF-1 have not been banned, however those who play competitive sports should check with their sports agencies before using such products.
IGF-1 Extract Legality
Consumers may be confused by recent news reports of a raid on a deer antler velvet spray store in Alabama, and other conflicting reports regarding the legality of IGF-1 products. In the Alabama case, the store was shut down to misleading marketing practices, including the marketing of an unrelated product claiming to treat concussions. Injectable IGF-1 is classified as a research product in the US, and is only available for research purposes or with a prescription. Products such as deer antler velvet extract spray which contain natural IGF-1 are not controlled substances.
Best Source for IGF-1 Spray
BioSynergy has been a leading purveyor of quality nutritional supplements since 1995. All of our products are GMP certified; they are carefully screened for purity, quality, and efficacy. Our IGF-1 Deer Antler Velvet Extract Lipo Spray is sourced from New Zealand deer and elk. Deer antler is humanely harvested under the strict supervision of veterinarians, and overseen by the Animal Welfare Advisory Council.
As with any nutritional supplement, you should check with your physician and carefully review any medications you are taking prior to purchasing IGF-1 Deer Antler Velvet Spray. If you have spoken with your doctor and decided that IGF-1 spray is right for you, purchase only the best, from BioSynergy.