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Deer Velvet


Deer velvet is the soft hair covering a deer’s antlers. It has been used to improve athletic performance. Deer velvet can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. It can also be used a spray.


There are no advised doses for deer velvet.

What Research Shows

There is not enough data to support that deer velvet is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.

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Safety Notes

It may be safe to take deer velvet for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to take for a long period.


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1. Conaglen HM, Suttie JM, Conaglen JV. Effect of deer velvet on sexual function in men and their partners: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Arch Sex Behav. 2003;32:271–8.

2. Allen M, Oberle K, Grace M, et al. A randomized clinical trial of elk velvet antler in rheumatoid arthritis. Biol Res Nurs. 2008;9:254-261.

Last reviewed February 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC  Last Updated: 5/27/2020