Velvet Antler and Testosterone: Don’t Waste your Money

Velvet antler is a supplement that’s made by crushing the antler of an animal that has one (usually deer) to a powder form, which is then consumed orally or made into tinctures.

In most cases, it’s crushed deer antler in a bottle with astonishingly high price tag on the side…

…And as it is so damn expensive, you’d also expect it to be really good, right?


Not so Breaking News: Antler Velvet is Useless

deer antler velvet does it workYou’ve probably heard the claims surrounding the internet on various natural health boards and superfood sites…

…”Deer antler velvet can easily double your testosterone levels”…

…”There’s so many growth factors in antler velvet that your HGH levels will skyrocket”…

…Listen, when you take some deer antler, you don’t need no stupid protein anymore”…

Truth to be told, those statements are just a steaming pile of horse shit and antler velvet is just another useless supplement that literally does nothing for you.

I don’t know exactly where the claims originate from, but if we look at the latest research, we can quickly see that the whole supplement is just an utter waste of your time and money…

…Just check this out:

a) Deer antler velvet does not increase testosterone levels by a bit (study, study) nor does elk antler velvet (study).

b) Deer antler velvet does not increase growth hormone or IGF-1 levels (study, study).

c) Deer antler does nothing for follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), nor does it either to luteinizing hormone (LH) (study).

d) Deer antler velvet does not increase power output, aerobic, or anaerobic performance (study, study).

e) Deer antler velvet does not increase free testosterone and has no impact on libido (study).

f) Deer antler velvet does not increase red blood cell count (study).

So What is antler velvet good for?

Answer: For nothing. It does nothing in humans. Don’t believe the claims you see around the internet. Deer antler as a supplement is extremely expensive, and it does absolutely nothing for you.



It’s hard to predict where this antler velvet craze started, but I believe that some deer herder decided to milk some money out of the antlers that he had laying around.

Some claim that it works because the antler is filled with growth factors (it grows really fast that’s true), but the amount of growth factors in the antler are so miniscule that they have no impact on the human body.

Bottom line: Whatever the claims, antler velvet doesn’t work, nor has it ever worked. Here’s some compounds that might work instead.

Velvet Antler and Testosterone: Don’t Waste your Money was last modified: March 27th, 2017 by Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala

Ali Kuoppala is the founder of Anabolic Men, and an Independent Researcher that has been credited with organizing the findings that have helped thousands of men reach hormonal balance.
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  1. Rising Fire on 04/09/2014 at 19:53

    FYI, deer antler velvet has been around for over 1000 years in China. I tried it once and I couldn’t sleep for a week. It jacked me up, in a bad way

  2. George on 06/09/2014 at 01:45

    Glad to read about this!

  3. Rocky MT. High on 16/09/2014 at 16:40

    I have a great lifting routine and a very “clean” high protein diet. I
    started supplementing my diet with NOW Sports Pro-GH and IGF-1+ ( Deer
    Antler) and got ripped, It does work. It takes about a month for it to
    build in your body, but the results are real. I stopped taking it and in
    about a month I lost a lot of tone. I did not change my diet or my routine, I just dropped the supplements. I just started taking them again and I do expect they will work again.

  4. Dawarren on 10/10/2014 at 04:00

    I noticed all of the studies referenced in the article used Elk Antler in powder form which most likely gets destroyed by stomach acid when ingested. I wonder if there’s studies out there measuring the effects of Deer Antler Spray – which manufacturers and users claim to be much more effective. Makes sense if this delivery method its absorbed into the bloodstream easier.

  5. Wasim Wazir on 03/01/2016 at 21:53

    what about colostrum that has lots of igf

  6. Joe Vaish on 19/01/2016 at 01:16

    Deer Antler Velvet is useless, but the tips of Deer Antler are not. that is where the active ingredients, not the basically inert bone and “velvet” that is essentially useless.

  7. Joe Vaish on 19/01/2016 at 01:28

    The active ingredients of Deer Antler are in the tips. If you are using the “velvet” or just the antler it won’t do anything. Many companies do just that: grind up the bone and thrown in the velvet. Like many tests of herbs, the studies typically used lower doses than what would be typically taken.

  8. Roger Dana on 25/05/2017 at 18:17

    There is a misconception of Deer velvet. This is not a drug for getting ripped or building muscle. This is actually a anti-flam. It has very little IGF which is Hgh when it passes through the liver. If you are trying to use this as a fat burner or building muscle you’re buying the wrong product.

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