Does research show that deer antler spray actually works? It depends on who you ask. Many testimonials claim that the supplement has real benefits. But there haven’t been many well-controlled studies showing it’s safe and effective.
Although the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) does not currently list deer antler spray as a banned substance, it still warns athletes that taking the supplement may have negative consequences. According to the WADA website:
Deer Antler Velvet Spray may contain IGF-1 and WADA recommends therefore that athletes be extremely vigilant with this supplement because it could lead to a positive test. There can be no guarantee that IGF-1 taken orally will not influence the plasma level of IGF-1, which may then influence the result of anti-doping tests. (2)
What Is Deer Antler Spray?
Velvet supplements from elk or deer antlers actually have been used for various health benefits for centuries in Eastern medicine. There’s evidence of their use dating back to the Han dynasty in China (between the years of 206 B.C. to 220 A.D.).