FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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What is Deer Velvet?
Each spring the male deer grows a new set of antlers. In their early stage of growth these antlers are called Deer Velvet, and are a soft bone/cartilage type product with an abundant blood supply and a covering of velvety skin.
If not removed, the antlers continue to grow into bone and eventually become the long hard antler seen on wild deer. During the autumn/winter mating season the stags use these as weapons to fight each other in the quest to be the strongest male.
For this reason it is important when farming deer to remove the antlers in order to prevent the animals from harming each other. The hard antlers are naturally cast in the early spring when the new antlers begin to grow again so velvet is a renewable resource. See our blog for more about this.
What about the Deer?
Does removing the velvet harm them? No. We love farming deer and we care about them. All antler is removed by trained personnel, in a humane manner and in accordance with the NZ National Standard’s Code of Practice for animal welfare. Analgesia is used to ensure the deer are comfortable and they can be found grazing happily on open green pastures soon after.
The velvet is removed not only for commercial reasons, but also to prevent stags harming each other with long hard antler during the mating season.
What if I take other medications and supplements?
Because Deer Velvet is a meat or bone type product, it is completely natural and unlikely to interfere with other medications. We are not aware of any medication or supplement that cannot be taken with Deer Velvet, but as with most dietary supplements it is recommended that you consult you health professional if you have a medical condition. Please contact Kathy if you’d like to discuss your own situation. If your health professional is unfamiliar with the properties of Deer Velvet please invite them to contact Kathy.
Why do we need a supplement for our Joints?
Our diet has changed dramatically over the years. In years gone by soups and stews were always on the cooker and included all the bones and gristle (or cartilage) to prevent waste. They were cooked for long periods to flavour and tenderise. These meals contained an abundance of nutrients including collagen and the glucosamines and chondroitin type nutrients that are found in deer velvet. In today’s busy world we tend to eat less of these and more convenient and pre prepared or processed foods. As a consequence many of us are lacking in joint nutrients and are troubled by joint pain.
What dose should I take.
Canes Deer Velvet is available in 500mg capsules. This is equivalent to 1500mg of raw unprocessed product.
Recommended dose is 500 to 3000mg taken daily. Start with just one capsule per day and build your dose up slowly over a week or two.
For general well-being, supporting the immune system and circulation we suggest 500 – 1500mg daily. For sports performance and recovery, or for chronic joint pain such as in arthritis and rheumatism, we recommend the higher dose of 1500 -3000mg daily. Reduce this dose again to maintenance once improvements are apparent.
The benefits of Canes Deer Velvet become evident and increase over time.
Some notice changes within the first week and for others it may take 2-3 months or more to feel the benefits. This is when you can expect the body to have built up its nutrient levels enough for repair and healing to be taking place. Likewise the optimum dose varies for everyone. Some get great results from 1 capsule daily, while others need more. Please contact us if you’d like to chat about an appropriate dose for your own specific situation, or with any other queries.
As with most dietary supplements, before using Deer Velvet it is recommended that consumers consult their health professional.
Is there anyone who should not take deer velvet?
Deer Velvet is not recommended for people who are prone to allergic reaction to proteins, or those who have any medical condition where improved circulation is not beneficial.
Is Deer Velvet an aphrodisiac?
This is a common belief, and it does have some basis. Deer Velvet promotes general well-being and healthy circulation (in all areas!) It also offers the precursors or raw materials for our bodies to make hormones. When your homones are balanced and you are feeling great you may find improved sexual function to be a very pleasant (we hope!) side effect.
Is Canes Deer Velvet OK for use by professional athletes?
Our son Sam Cane is a professional rugby player for New Zealand. He has used Canes Deer Velvet regularly for over 10 years, while undergoing regular drug testing to meet WADA criteria.
Canes Deer Velvet capsules at the recommend dose are, to the best of our knowledge, considered safe for use by athletes undergoing drug testing. Growth factors IGF-I and IGF-II both occur naturally in deer velvet, but will not raise the IGF levels in the blood abnormally so when taken on its own in capsule form deer velvet will not alter results of a sports drug test. Professional athletes undergoing regular drug testing currently take Canes Deer Velvet, and have done so long term.
Canes Deer Products Ltd however accept no liability based on this advice, as they have no control over other aspects of an athletes practices. If you have any questions around this subject please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Please note that concentrated extracts of IGF for sub lingual use (some producers of which have use Deer Velvet as a source) are a completely different product, and not recommended for use by professional athletes