IGF-1: An Essential Component Of Deer Antler Velvet

Posted on March 27, 2014

imagesDeer Antler Velvet is used by active people to receive the following benefits: to promote healthy joint functions, for bone and blood health, to increase athletic performance, to aid in the recovery of tissue damage, to support memory function, and to support blood pressure and cardiovascular health. Deer Antler Velvet also has strong anti-aging properties.

People gave been asking us for details about some of the important ingredients and substances contained in Southern Cross Deer Antler Velvet. Of special interest are glucosamine, amino acids, pantocrin, and the two Insulin-Like Growth Factors IGF-1 and IGF-2. In the next few blog posts, we will address these five substances, all found in our products.

Insulin Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1) is a hormone which acts on the body in a similar way to insulin. It is important in childhood growth, and has anabolic effects on adults.

IGF-1 is secreted by the liver. It is an important element in human growth and also regulates normal adult physiology.

What causes variations in levels of IGF-1?

Many factors will affect the levels of IGF-1 in your body, including your age, your level of stress, your exercise routine, genetics, your nutritional level, estrogen status and many other factors.

A number of recent clinical studies are beginning to demonstrate the important role that IGFs play in the treatment and control of two of our biggest killers – cancer and diabetes.

There are many important therapeutic uses now being discovered for IGF-1. It is used to stimulate growth in children. Growth hormone is now available as a prescription medicine as a form of hormone therapy. Mecasermin (brand name Increlex) is a synthesized IGF-1 and has been approved by the FDA to treat growth failure.

IGF-1 has also been shown to play an important role in the treatment of several other disorders, including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, where it can reduce hemoglobin A1C levels, as well as daily insulin consumption.

It is also used to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and has applications in burn injury and myotonic muscular dystrophy (MMD). Recently, two drug companies, Tercica and Insmed, obtained FDA approval to make IGF-1 available in the US: Tercica’s IGF-1 drug is called Increlex and is marketed as replacement therapy for severe primary IGF-1 deficiency. Insmed’s IGF-1/IGFBP-3 complex has similar applications.

IGF-1, glucosamine, pantocrene, amino acids, and IGF-1 and IGF-2 are all vital to our optimal health and well-being. Most Americans who take dietary supplements take these in combination with each other. These elements are all found naturally in Southern Cross Deer Antler Velvet.