August 7, 2011 by staff
Deer-antler Spray, Curtis Granderson tapped on his cell phone in the Yankees’ clubhouse Saturday after a loss of 4.10 for the Boston Red Sox. He had received two text messages from old friends, asking if I knew that deer antler-spray was supposedly a form of human growth hormone.
Deer antler spray? Granderson laughed as he recalled the messages, he told his friends that already had deer horns, without knowing its powerful effects. Granderson was not the first he had heard of him, but said that as a representative of the Yankees the Union had not heard anything about an official warning from the majors on using the spray.
A baseball official confirmed a report in the Sports Illustrated website said that the league had told the players in the majors and minors that deer antler spray has been added to your list of supplements that could be contaminated.
According to the report, the velvet antlers of young deer have an “insulin-like growth factor, IGF-1, which mediates the level of human growth hormone in the body.” The report says that baseball and associations like the World Anti-Doping Agency banned the IGF-1 because it builds muscle and reduces fat.
The antlers of the deer taken by young people and land in a spray which is administered under the tongue. Like the human growth hormone, IGF-1 cannot be detected in urine tests, that baseball used to administer the drug test.
An article in January Onion News quoted Roy Williams, Cincinnati Bengals safety, saying that using the spray two or three times a day. “My body felt good after using it,” said Williams. “I felt the difference.”
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