Deer Antler Velvet and IGF-2

Posted on September 4, 2014

holistic-supplements-for-mental-healthIGF-2 is a human hormone responsible for growth. This growth hormone serves several functions in the body. Some of the benefits of this hormone include reversing the signs of aging, facilitating weight loss, and increasing energy levels in the body. This unique growth factor is found naturally in Deer Antler Velvet and Deer Antler Extract.

Definition

IGF-2 is one of the growth hormones produced and secreted by cells in the Pituitary glands. The main functions of growth hormones are to promote the growth of soft and hard tissues and regulate metabolism by regulating the amount of sugar in the blood.

IGF-2 levels in the body are at their highest around puberty and begin to decline with age. Normal signs of aging such as reduction in bone density, reduction in muscle mass and increase in fat are results of declining IGF-2 levels.

How Insulin-Like Growth Factor Works

IGF-2 works directly and indirectly. The effects of IGF-2 are realized when the hormone binds directly to special receptors in the body or when the hormone causes the liver to secrete another growth hormone known as IGF-1, which has direct effects on cells.

The Role IGF-2 Plays in the Body

Cell, bone and muscle growth occur as indirect processes. IGF-2 plays three important roles in metabolism. It facilitates:

1. Protein synthesis

2. Breakdown of fats

3. The rate at which glucose is released into the bloodstream by the liver

IGF-2 facilitates the breakdown of fats in the body, which is used to create energy. However, when IGF-2 stimulates the liver to release more glucose into the bloodstream, the body does not immediately use up the glucose to create energy. This results in an increase in blood sugar levels. A decrease in blood sugar stimulates the secretion of IGF-2 to raise the blood sugar levels. An increase in amino acids in the body stimulates the secretion of IGF-2 so that the body can build more proteins from the amino acids. Stress, nutrition, exercise and sleep affect IGF-2 levels in the body.

IGF-2 and Disease

Very high and very low IGF-2 levels in the blood can cause diseases. An IGF-2 imbalance might be caused by two factors:

1. Dysfunction of the cells producing IGF-2

2. Problem with the cells that IGF-2 activates

Low IGF-2 levels in the body leads to growth retardation or dwarfism. An abnormally high level of IGF-2 causes gigantism or acromegaly. This condition begins in childhood and can be caused by a tumor in the organs that produce IGF-2. Excessive production of IGF-2 hormone in adulthood is known as acromegaly. This disease is caused by the growth of a tumor in the pituitary glands and causes the arms and legs to overgrow.

Uses of IGF-2

IGF-2 is usually administered to children who are deficient of IGF-2 because without it they have stunted growth. While the potential of IGF-2 growth hormone continues to be tested, it shows potential as a possible treatment for slowing the normal symptoms of aging. Deer Antler Velvet and Deer Antler Extract contain IGF-2 and are used to treat various ailments that result from the deficiency of the hormone around the world as a natural alternative to synthetic IGF-2. IGF-2 is found in our IGF-1 Velvet Growth Factor Matrix Spray, along with many other useful hormones. If you’d like to give our product a try, give us a call at 877-414-0048.