Powering many of the benefits associated with workout supplements like Deer Antler Velvet Spray is a growth factor that has been demonized by many naysayers due to its almost-comically controversial history.

This growth factor is known as IGF-1, and it is a potent growth potentiate (all too often untapped) within the human body. 

IGF-1 has been hailed as one of the strongest compounds when it comes to achieving fitness goals—especially in health, athletic performance, and even anti-aging. 

IGF-1 (Insulin-Like Growth Factor) Can Be Found In Deer Antler Spray &…

…is a powerful hormone produced in the liver, then transported through the bloodstream; it has effects on muscle bone, and way more. 

Called IGF-1 (insulin like growth factor) because it’s a growth factor of polypeptides with insulin-like properties, the “1” (in IGF-1) stands for “Binding Protein 1”. 

Now, there are binding proteins from 1 to 6 but, here’s the thing, it is the Binding Protein #1 that’s been extensively studied and has shown effects for muscle growth.

Furthermore, IGF-1 is mediated by growth hormone. We see after exercise a testosterone response followed by a growth hormone response then a delayed Insulin-like growth factor release. There’s a delayed response of about 8-24 hours before we see the effects of IGF. We know that growth hormone is the primary hormone responsible for stimulating the release of IGF from the liver (affected by testosterone and thyroid hormones).

Functions of Deer Antler Velvet Has A Prime Growth Factor — for Fitness

IGF-1 plays several critical roles in building muscle, increasing fat loss, and longevity. It is particularly beneficial for muscle building. This is due to Four Functions of IGF-1:

  • Increased Protein Anabolism (Muscle Protein Synthesis)
  • Decreased Catabolism (Muscle Protein Breakdown)
  • Inhibits Glucocorticoids (Effect on Gluconeogenesis)
  • Increased Insulin Sensitivity  

We will analyze each of these beneficial functions. Before we do though, we need to ensure you understand the fundamentals of muscle growth.

Hypertrophy: Foundational Knowledge Needed to Drink From The Fountain of Gainz

Hypertrophy is defined as an increase in muscle cells—and consequently, increased lean muscle mass. 

You probably know that one of the most important aspects of muscle hypertrophy is a two-fold process of:

  1. Muscle protein synthesis (anabolism)
  2. Muscle protein breakdown (catabolism). 

When we perform resistance training, we induce small micro tears in the muscle fibers. The body pulls from amino acids found in muscle proteins to repair and rebuild the torn muscle fibers. Think of the torn muscle fiber like a frayed strand of twine. The body fuses new muscle protein fibers to the damaged fiber to form stronger, thicker rope, thereby increasing the size and strength of the previously torn muscle. And, voila! We have muscle protein synthesis.

While muscle protein synthesis is occurring, another process is occurring that tends to get in the way of stimulating muscle growth. It is the evil opposition attempting to thwart your mission for muscle growth, and it is called proteolysis (commonly referred to as muscle protein breakdown). Muscle protein breakdown tries to degrade those new muscle proteins you might try to use to grow.

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IGF-1 for Decreasing 🠋 Proteolysis:

The benefits of IGF-1 on muscle growth don’t stop there though. IGF-1 also has an impressive effect on muscle degradation (or muscle protein breakdown).

In the body, there are specific enzymes that play a significant part in the crime against gainz—protein breakdown. Don’t you worry though. IGF-1 and supplements rich in IGF-1 like Deer Antler Spray help to inhibit those enzymes from breaking down your precious muscle proteins.

Think about anabolism and catabolism in an equation of building to breaking down. IGF-1 simultaneously affects both parts of the equation:

  • Helps your body stack up those muscle proteins.
  • Protects the body from breaking down those same muscle proteins. 
IGF-1 to Inhibit Glucocorticoids

Glucocorticoids have a bunch of functions, because the body is cool like that. But we will focus on one of their most important functions —at least, most important for our body composition goals—response in liver of gluconeogenesis.

The aforementioned important role has to do with another interesting process known as gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis (or, making new glucose) is basically the body’s ability to pull amino acids from proteins to use as fuel.

From a survival standpoint, this process is kind of incredible but…

…if we’re not careful, gluconeogenesis can severely stall our muscle building quest.

If you recall, a couple sections above I mention how the body needs the amino acids found in proteins to repair and rebuild the necessarily micro-torn muscle fibers after an intense training session. This is because protein’s primary function in the body is to repair tissues. And although 

That’s where IGF-1 (and proper nutrition) comes in…with FOUR powerfully beneficial functions.

Deer Antler Velvet Extract & Protein Anabolism

IGF-1 plays a powerful role in the process of muscle protein synthesis, helping stem cells differentiate into new muscle cells — i.e. build new muscle proteins. 

This important relationship to the muscle protein synthesis response in turn can increase protein synthesis. As a result, the IGF-1 found in Deer Antler Velvet Extract promotes accelerated protein can be used for other purposes, such as fuel (when gluconeogenesis is occurring), that is not what protein is ‘designed’ for. So, when the body has to go into a state of gluconeogenesis, two negatively impactful things happen:

  • Your body is running off a suboptimal fuel source (the body’s preferred fuel is glycogen, and it can also super effectively run off ketones)
  • The proteins needed to repair muscle tissue are being called away from their primary job (rebuilding) to be used as fuel. And in this case, a double negative does not equal a positive.

Back to glucocorticoids:

Glucocorticoids facilitate gluconeogenesis. So, when we inhibit the activity of glucocorticoids, it results in decreasing gluconeogenesis, thereby sparing amino acids.

This powerful net win gives our amino acids the freedom to do their primary job —build muscle. In this way, IGF-1 rich Deer Antler Velvet extract strongly supports muscle growth.

 

How IGF-1 in Deer Antler Spray Impacts Insulin Sensitivity

When we eat food, and we digest carbohydrates, that puts glucose into the blood stream. When glucose enters our blood stream, that increases insulin response. As we have blood sugar increase, we also get an insulin response, which is telling said glucose where to go. 

The thing about glucose is that it’s kind of like the universal fact that guys refuse to ask for directions, even when lost.

Meaning, if glucose doesn’t get proper directions from insulin regarding where to go, then we wind up with glucose that’s wandering off in all the wrong places, instead of arriving at its proper destination:

Helping fuel our bodies, so protein doesn’t have to get taken away from its primary job (repairing and building back stronger, better, aesthetic AF). 

When we increase insulin sensitivity, it can help promote insulin release thereby increasing glucose uptake.

Increasing glucose uptake means we can utilize ingested nutrients more effectively.

Adding that benefit onto IGF-1’s other already powerful properties makes it kind of a no-brainer staple to any supplement stack geared toward….

  • Building lean muscle mass
  • Body recompositioning
  • Fat loss

Deer Antler Velvet: Get IGF-1 for Fitness GAINZ

I trust your intellect and work ethic. You know that ultimately your results from diet and exercise are up to you. 

You also know that since you’re already putting in the hard work, it only makes sense to add a supplement into your stack that can help make sure you’re getting the most out of the work you already invest everyday.

So naturally, it’s safe to assume you also know the next most effective step forward: 

Recruit IGF-1 to start supporting your fitness goals today and upgrade your results with Bucked Up Deer Antler Spray!

Logan Peterson

Logan Peterson is an avid writer and an unprofessional, non-competitive bodybuilder. Logan has several degrees, all of which he made up to sound more credible (for obvious reasons, Legal said he can’t list them). In truth, he simply has an insatiable curiosity. After eleven years of obsessive research, he knows too much about fitness, nutrition, and supplementation for his own good. Despite all appearances, he’s fiercely nerdy. Outside of fitness, his passions are reading and writing; his genre interests run the gamut from litrpg to satire. Due to ADHD, he’s currently working on several novels, and will likely publish all of them at once. And yes, he wrote his own bio...in third person.

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