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Deer Antler IGF-1 Drug

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Deer Antler IGF-1 Drug

After Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis was recently accused of the taking performance enhancing deer spray, many people are beginning to wonder what exactly is in this wonder substance. The answer to that question is IGF-1, a type of hormone that is thought to help improve muscle recovery.

The 37-year-old linebacker tore his right triceps in October, and decided to seek help to from Sports With Alternatives To Steroids (SWATS) a company that sells various types of performance enhancing drugs to aid his recovery.

According to SWATS owner Mitch Ross, Lewis and others was said to have ordered the spray along with deer antler pills and other products made the company.

SWATS says the product is natural, like a food, but the substance is banned by the NCAA and every major pro league. The IGF-1 hormones is harvested from deer in New Zealand, co-founder Christopher Key explained:

Their antlers are the fastest-growing substance on planet Earth . . . because of the high concentration of IGF-1. Weve been able to freeze dry that out, extract it, put it in a sublingual spray that you shake for 20 seconds and then spray three [times] under your tongue. . . . This stuff has been around for almost 1,000 years, this is stuff from the Chinese,

Dr. Spyros Mezitis, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, told CBSNews.com that IGF-1 is an insulin-like growth factor, a hormone that naturally occurs in the body and circulates in the blood. The body’s endocrine system contains a pituitary gland that produces this growth hormone, that helps children grown into adults by making bones stronger and helping their body to mature.

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Ray Lewis Accused of Taking IGF-1 Human Growth Hormone

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In normal ranges, IGF-1 in the body aids growth and boosts muscle strength, said. The hormone also increases the metabolism of carbohydrates, which brings more sugars to the cells to help them grow.

According to Mezitis, some people with medical conditions in which they have low growth hormone, such as dwarfism, can be treated with injections of IGF-1.

However, We do not prescribe [IGF-1 ] on a basis for muscle building, Mezitis, who does not treat athletes, said. He added that he was aware of a spray, but notes it is not as potent as the injection. If IGF-1 is abused, he said, people might experience more muscle strength and issues with aggressiveness.

Athletes who take growth hormone in the form of HGH another substance banned by the league, but not currently measured in NFL drug tests may also experience more muscle growth.

IGF-1 is just like giving someone human growth hormone, Don Catlin, the former head of UCLAs Olympic Analytical Lab, told The New York Times. It goes to the same kinds of receptors and turns them on.

However, some reports say that the spray may not even be effective in humans.

Dr. Roberto Salvatori, who studies growth hormone at Johns Hopkins University, told the Baltimore Sun that theres no evidence of a successful way to deliver IGF-1 in pill or spray form.

If there were, a lot of people would be happy that they dont need to get shots anymore, he told the paper.

When questioned about the used of the banned substance during the recent Super Bowl media day, Lewis deflected the question by saying there was no need to comment on a 2 year story, referring to a Yahoo news article in 2011 which claimed that Jackson was told sever ties with SWATS because the company promoted performance enhancing drugs.

The team also downplayed the report, and Ray denies taking anything and has always passed tests, said the team spokesman Kevin Bryne.

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