Major League Baseball is adding another substance to its banned substance list, Deer Velvet. Deer Velvet also known as Androstenedione, antler velvet, dehydroepiandrosterone or velvet deer antler is purported to enhance muscle growth and aid in sexual function.
We referenced Natural Standard for information about Deer Antler Velvet and Deer Antler spray. Natural Standard is an evidence based clinical research tool for professionals looking for answers and information about foods, herbs and supplements.
From what we have read on NaturalStandard.com there is just not enough research on this therapy to prove or disprove its effectiveness. What we did find out was interesting. Natural Standard referenced a study by doctors Sleivert, Burke, Palmer, Walmsley, Gerrard , Haines and Littlejohn – Faculty of Kinesiology, University of New Brunswick
Based on secondary sources and anecdote, deer antler may increase energy and muscle strength. However, based on one clinical trial, deer velvet did not show any erythropoetic or aerobic ergogenic effects
Everything we have read so far tells us there is just not enough evidence to make an educated decision on the effectiveness of this substance. We can’t tell you if Deer Antler Sprays work or not. What we can tell is deer antler spray can have interactions with multiple drugs including antineoplastics, hormonal agents and hepatotoxins. Please consult with your doctor before using this or any other supplement.