It seems the best herbs always come out of China and the newest one has been deer antler velvet (IGF-1). For years ginseng was an unknown supplement in the U.S. Today you will see ginseng in supermarkets, drinks, and vitamin bottles. Deer Antler Velvet (IGF-1 or insulin-like growth factor-1) is the latest and greatest supplement to come from China. Deer antler is one of the oldest, strangest, and most beneficial supplements on the planet, yet it is still virtually unknown and just recently came on the health and beauty scene. For 2000 years the Chinese have been using deer antler velvet (IGF-1) as part of their daily diet. Now I don\u2019t know about you but if an entire population of people have been using a certain substance for over 2000 years there has got to be a good reason for it. 2000 years is not something scientists pulled out of their hats. Recent studies of tombs and scrolls show that deer antler velvet (IGF-1) has been used for generations as a natural medicine. Recent medical research shows some real eye-opening \u00a0results for deer antler (IGF-1). Over the last 50 years the Olympics have banned athletes from various countries for suspected steroid use. It turns out they were not taking steroids at all. They were using deer antler velvet to get the IGF-1 fix. They were taking it 2xs a day after meals and enhancing performance. Who were the biggest offenders of IGF-1; this supposed \u201csteroid use\u201d? Russia . This would make sense since they are neighbors with China and it was only a matter of time before the Russians found out about all the benefits of deer antler velvet. And of course with the competitive culture of American sports it didn\u2019t take long for North America to get wind of an IGF-1 substitute. Major League Baseball and the NFL have already turned the substance into a controversial topic on talk shows and magazines. Athletes benefit from the growth factors of deer antler \u2013 IGF-1 \u2013 and its superb immune enhancement. Less injuries, less fatigue, and better overall performance. The beauty of deer antlers and their IGF-1 benefits. Extracting the supplement does no harm to the deer. There are no mammals on the planet that have extension regrowth year after year except for deer antlers. The same growth factors that the cells in the antlers use to rebuild the antlers is the same benefit humans would experience taking the IGF-1 supplement. Broken down tissues and cells in the body would be restored at a quicker rate than without taking the supplement. The velvet in \u201cdeer antler velvet\u201d is just the fuzzy \u201ccartilage like\u201d layer on the outside of deer antlers. The components within this velvet cause rapid cell growth, density and strength. You can find the same velvet coating on the antlers of elk, caribou and moose.