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Deer Antler Velvet (IGF-1) for Arthritis & Joint Pain

Research shows that taking deer antler velvet can help prevent and alleviate pain and discomfort in the joints, commonly known as arthritis. Based on feedback from our customers, this is one of the top reasons that our customers over 40 decide to start taking deer antler velvet. Let's look into what arthritis is, a recap of what deer antler velvet is, and then explain why many choose to regularly use deer velvet to help with arthritis.

What is arthritis?

A man suffering from joint pain uses deer antler velvet to alleviate pain.

Arthritis refers to any joint pain, inflammation, or disease affecting the joints. Arthritis is very common among adults, and nearly all adults over age 60 have arthritis to some degree. Meanwhile, arthritis can also be found in people under age 16, which is referred to as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA). 

Common symptoms of arthritis include pain or swelling of the joints, stiffness, or sometimes redness surrounding the joint. People sometimes experience difficulty moving the arthritic joint or clicking or popping sounds when attempting certain movements. Common joints impacted are the hips, fingers, feet, and knees.  

What is deer antler velvet?

Deer Antler Velvet is a superfood that is extracted from the pre-calcified antler of a deer or elk. Deer antlers are fascinating in that they are one of the fastest growing tissues on the planet. This is largely in part to the deer velvet containing insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). This hormone is found naturally within human bodies, but not the level that can be achieved by supplementing with deer antler velvet. 

Deer antler velvet also contains many key compounds vital to overall health, such as Chondroitin sulfate, Phosphorus, Magnesium, and Polysaccharides. It also contains Glucosamine Sulfate, which is another one of the key ingredients that may help with arthritis and joint pain. 

How can Deer Antler Velvet help with Arthritis? 

As mentioned above, deer velvet supplements come with numerous compounds that provide many different health benefits. There are two ingredients that may play a key role in helping with arthritis and inflamed joints. 

IGF-1 for Arthritis

IGF-1 is similar to insulin and works with growth hormones to speed up the regeneration of cells. There are multiple reports that reference there is likely a strong connection between IGF-1 levels and arthritis. This leads many to believe that taking deer antler velvet will help to alleviate joint pain known as arthritis. 

Below are several studies supporting that IGF-1 supplementation could help with arthritis and joint pain. We read through the research, which can be a headache to read, and pulled out the relevant info to summarize the findings. 

  1. Science Mag reported on a study conducted by the Journal of Immunology that claims IGF-1 contained naturally within deer antler velvet "could be an attractive therapeutic target for both rheumatoid arthritis and graves disease."
  2. NBCI conducted a lengthy study showing a connection with arthritis and low levels of IGF-1 within the body. The research shows IGF-1 has "mainly pro-inflammatory effects" and "IGF-1 levels are typically decreased in chronic inflammation."

Chondroitin Sulfate & Glucosamine Sulfate for Joint Pain

Aside from IGF-1, Deer Antler Velvet also contains both Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine Sulfate. Both of these natural compounds are likely to help with arthritis and joint pain. Chondroitin and Glucosamine are both found within cartilage of the joints. Specifically, they are focused on retaining water within the joints which is important for cartilage functionality.

  1. A study from the International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences & Research found that "Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulphate are effective in the  treatment of Osteoarthritis because these are found to be better than placebo in reducing pain and more prominently effective in preventing further joint space narrowing already present in patients." They gathered these results by looking into numerous different tests conducted to measure the impact of Glucosamine and Chondroitin on joint pain.
  2. Further in-depth research conducted by concludes that there is significant evidence that Chondroitin and Glucosamine sulfate help reduce joint pain. Given that pure deer antler velvet naturally includes both of these compounds, it is likely that deer sprays assist in alleviating chronic joint pain. 

Conclusion on whether deer velvet helps with arthritis and joint pain

Based on feedback from our customers along with research from credible sources, we feel that taking deer antler velvet can help with reducing arthritis symptoms and joint pain. When you pair findings that support individual compounds such as IGF-1 are associated with joint pain with the fact that IGF-1 is naturally occurring within deer antler velvet, it comes down to common sense. 

If you are suffering from arthritis, we suggest trying deer antler velvet to see if it can be helpful for alleviating the pain and discomfort in the joints. We also recommend first speaking with a physician to ensure you're properly diagnosed and know whether deer velvet supplementation is a healthy choice for you.

We know that many of our blog readers take antler velvet for joint pain. We'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.




  • I actually came across this article while looking for the NBCI study on deer antler velvet, so it’s interesting that you guys referenced the same study I was looking for. I had read it in the past but then couldn’t find the page again. To me, that’s rather interesting that the low levels of IGF-1 may be contributing to the pain from arthritis. My father has arthritis and I’m always looking for ways to help him battle this troublesome disease. He’s found some help with taking acetaminophen, but I worry that he’s taking so much every day. That cannot be good for his liver. I’m going to order a bottle to give him next time I see him. I really hope this deer velvet spray works to cure his joint pain. Thanks for the informative article.

    Leslie Dubin
  • I’ve had arthritis in my hands for the past 12 years. It may have started before that, I’m not sure as it tends to be a gradual onset of joint pain. Anyway, arthritis has been something I’ve been dealing with for a while. I started taking deer velvet spray about 5 years ago. I use the Premium blend and take it daily in the morning. I do notice that my hands feel better. My sense is that it must have something to do with the antler velvet supplement I’m taking because when I travel I often forget to pack the deer spray and that’s when the pain tends to get worse. Maybe I’m addicted, I don’t know. I’m not even sure if this stuff can be characterized as addicting, but I like my hands to feel better so I’ll continue taking it.

    Carol W.

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