Velvet antler is the early growth portion of an antler. Unlike sheep, cow and elephants who have one set of horns/tusks for life, animals such as moose, elk and deer shed their antlers and regrow them every year. Velvet antler is harvested by simply cutting off the antler at an earlier stage than it would naturally fall off.
Elk and deer are raised in protected environments and are fed well. This process is not harmful in any way to these domesticated, loving vegetarians. Harvesting velvet deer antler is, to the animal, the equivalent of having your fingernails cut. It is beneficial to the animals as it minimizes the risk of injury when males combat each other. The deer are also given a mild anesthetic to minimize the stress, much as some veterinarians will do to dogs and cats when trimming their nails.
The Ultimate Immune tonic, which contains velvet deer antler, is a cellular tonic especially for those who are feeble, emaciated, or broken down. It is said that velvet deer antler is especially good for the bone marrow and helps strengthen the body. Because it is a cellular proliferator, it can also help speed the healing of wounds. NFL (National Football League) players use velvet antler to build strength and endurance and speed the healing of injuries.Some worry that animals are harmed in this process. We have not directly heard of any cases. However, that does not stop others from wild harvesting, and in this sense some things can become a catch 22. Our herb company receives their velvet deer antler from sources where deer are protected and raised with utmost care. The benefits of velvet deer antler greatly outweigh the miniscule amount of negative, especially for practitioners in their tremendous task today of getting people well and rebuilding the human cell.