To be effective as a nutrient rich supplement, elk antler velvet must be collected and processed to their calcification. When calcified, antler becomes hardened because it does not have any blood supply.
Elk antlers are used primarily for mating purposes, to battle other male elk for mating rights. Antlers require a great deal of nutrients and energy to grow; only the healthiest elk can grow large antlers.
A detailed list of the compounds and minerals found in American Elk Velvet and a description of benefits each element provides.
American Velvet is home to several amino acids, one being L-Tyrosine. A "non-essential" amino acid which acts as a mood elevator and appetite suppressant, and produces melanin in the body.