The Facts About Antler Velvet

What don't you know about the velvet on that bucks' antlers? It might be good for you.

NEXT TIME YOU shoot a deer in velvet, you might want to gnaw on the bone. Antlers are among the fastest-growing tissues known among mammals, leading to the belief that velvet has magical powers. The fuzzy skin is packed with tiny blood vessels and is warm to the touch. Alternative-medicine proponents hype it as a nutritional supplement that can make you stronger, ease pain, and reduce the effects of aging.