American Velvet and Bodybuilding
Bodybuilding takes a heavy toll on the body. Bodybuilders literally tear down and then rebuild their muscles; rest and supplementary amino acids (building blocks of protein) are needed so that they will be able to bulk up considerably. Without these three, a bodybuilder’s time at the gym is good for nothing.
Diet, rest and nutrition are as critical in helping promote healthy muscle growth as a solid workout. By getting the body’s hormones and nutritional supplements circulating at the optimum time you can make the biggest difference in your bodybuilding progress.
Bodybuilders are known to take supplements to help them recover from the wear and tear of a workout, allow them to meet the dietary and nutritional requirements needed to bulk up and to let them get results faster.
Most turn to synthetic supplements that often have serious side effects, the very main reason why it is often not advised by physicians.
Elk Antler Velvet and Bodybuilding
Elk antler velvet has been used for regenerative muscle and tissue repair and as an energy source in traditional Chinese medicine. Considered as a yang tonic (energy, red, warm spectrum), it is often given to children who need help with growth spurts and to injured people to help them recover and heal faster.
Modern medicine has discovered key components in elk velvet that help show support for its effectiveness as a bodybuilding supplement:
It is rich in growth factors primarily IGF-1. IGF-1 is a precursor of HGH, the human growth hormone, which plays a huge role in bone and muscle growth in children. This naturally occurring hormone tapers off as they age, as much as 60% from the levels a person had when he or she was 21. This is why as people age, bone loss and muscle wastage occurs more rapidly. Elk antlers grow at a very rapid rate, making them the fastest growing animal tissue in the world. This is why elk antler velvet has been studied for its anabolic properties.
Elk velvet antler is also rich in amino acids: glycine, alanine, proline, and glutamic acid. In addition, phospholipids and several minerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, and potassium) are present. Studies show that combined with exercise and strength training, elk velvet will increase muscle strength and mass.
These aren’t the only reasons why elk velvet is favored as a natural supplement to bodybuilders. It doesn't only contribute to strength and muscle mass, it also helps repair muscle injuries and tears, allowing recovery time to be faster and a bodybuilder to work out more, helping him to build muscle and bulk up faster.
The components glucosamine sulfate, chondroitin and collagen are also present in elk velvet antler and repair cartilage and damage to joint tissues. Bodybuilders cause too much pressure on their joints when they lift heavy weights.