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Elk Velvet Antler Powder vs. Hark Elk Antler – Why they are not the same

Elk Velvet Antler and Elk Antler are derived from the same source, which is the antlers of the elk (Cervus canadensis) species. However, there are some important differences between the two in terms of composition and usage.

Elk Velvet Antler (EVA) refers to the soft, marrow-like substance in growing antlers of elk. It is harvested during the early stage of antler growth when the antlers are soft and covered in a velvety coating. Velvet antler contains a wide range of biologically active compounds such as collagen, amino acids, hyaluronic acid, collagen, glucosamine, minerals (calcium, phosphorus, zinc), growth factors (IGF-1, IGF-2), and various hormones. As the antlers mature and reach their full size, the velvet antler undergoes a process called calcification. Elk Velvet Antler is harvested and freeze dried before the antler calcifies to capture the medicinal properties that are only available at that point in time.  The elk grow a new set of antlers every year making it a sustainable product.

Hard Elk Antler refers to the mature, hard (calcified) antler that has completed its growth and has shed the velvet covering. When calcification occurs, the antlers become solid bone-like structures composed mainly of calcium and phosphorus, along with some trace minerals.

EVA has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, for its health benefits. It is commonly consumed as a dietary supplement and is believed to support joint health, improve athletic performance, boost immune function, and promote general well-being. It is available in various forms such as capsules, powders, and extracts.

Hard Elk Antlers, also known as “sheds”, are primarily used for ornamental and decorative purposes.  It is often used in crafting furniture, chandeliers, knife handles, and other artistic creations.  Antlers are encouraged as chew toys for large to medium size dogs because of the long-lasting effect and the antler does not splinter or break in the same way that bone or rawhide tend to do.  Hard Elk Antler is obtained after the natural shedding process of the antlers or by collecting antlers from hunted or deceased animals.

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