by Scott Bestul
The velvet-covered antlers of whitetail deer—long regarded as one of the fastest-growing tissues in the animal kingdom—have been studied for years for everything from simple cell replication to cancer research. Well, apparently companies like Nutronics Labs have jumped on the wondrous properties of velvet and are promoting (oh, and selling) it in spray form as a means to “increase lean muscle tissue, experience quicker recovery, and overall healthy natural performance gains.”
Well, hey, this is America. If folks can make a buck off some velvet, no harm, no foul...right?
Well, Major League Baseball thought differently, and last August issued a warning to its players to abandon use of the spray because it “contained potentially contaminated nutritional supplements” that might cause a player test positive for banned substances, according to this “ESPNGO” story filed last fall. Scientists have discovered the presences of IGF-1 (a banned performance enhancer) in the velvet of deer antlers, which caused the league to issue the warning.