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As Pro Leagues Ban Deer Antler Velvet Sprays, Usage by Amateur Athletes Continues to Rise

Professional sports leagues like the NFL have recently banned their athletes from gaining a competitive edge with natural deer antler velvet, but it remains a popular and legal supplement for amateur athletes and bodybuilders.


  With the recent news coverage of several notable professional football players having admitted to using deer antler velvet supplements in their training, the NFL has clarified its position that it considers the usage of deer antler velvet, while not illegal, to provide a performance enhancing benefit and is not allowed to be used by its athletes. While the NFL stance is governed by the league’s collective bargaining agreement, this is not the first supplement or medication that is widely available to non-professional athletes but banned by professional leagues. The NFL joins the PGA in its ban of deer antler velvet by its athletes, though the antler extract remains legal and allowed by the NCAA and nearly every amateur sports league.

Unlike steroids, which are banned by most sports organizations as illegal substances, deer antler velvet is a natural supplement that is not currently illegal under any state or federal law. As a natural substance, deer antler velvet is not subject to the same limitations and regulation as medications, and does not have the illicit stigma of steroids. Popular forms of the supplement like AntlerX use naturally harvested velvet from the antlers of New Zealand red deer (the most potent source) and process it into a spray form for use by athletes, bodybuilders, and those seeking the anti-aging properties associated with deer antler velvet usage.

 The miraculous effects of deer antler velvet come from its status as a potent source of Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1, or IGF-1. IGF-1 is a naturally occurring anabolic hormone that, when processed by the liver, can stimulate muscle growth and recovery. IGF-1 is closely related to the body’s natural human growth hormone. Unlike synthetic drugs or medications that try to mimic natural substances, deer antler velvet is organic and easily absorbed by the body through an oral spray. This high bioavailability makes it an attractive and safe alternative to drugs or steroids, often times with better results. For more information about deer antler velvet supplements and their usage, please visit


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