Strange Herbal and Natural Supplements

There’s no doubt that there are a lot of options when it comes to nootropics, natural performance enhancing supplements, and the like. Some of them are pretty farfetched and seem based on superstition rather than science or even correlation to results. Here are a few examples with an attempt to show what the truth is behind each item.

Jonathan Globerman, Deer AntlerDeer Antler Velvet

You may have heard of this from the controversy with Ray Lewis, the linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens in 2013. Essentially, Deer Antler Velvet is the fuzz taken from a male deer’s antlers when the antlers are just beginning to form. At this stage in the deer’s development, the deer is going through the process of becoming a buck and people believe that this fuzz that accompanies their budding antlers is a great performance enhancer, though it is unproven.

This substance, though it seems routed in superstition more than science, can have its root back to a growth hormone called Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1, or IGF-1. So, though still unproven, the supplement will most likely contain a growth hormone which many athletes believe can increase healing time for broken bone, tendon, and cartilage. Additionally, the IGF-1 found in Deer Antler is purported to have an effect on strength and energy.

The substance is outlawed by the National Football League.

Liqusticum Acutilobum

Liqusticum Acutilobum may sound completely foreign to you. That’s probably because- it is.

Liqusticum is something you would find in Chinese Herbal medicines. The word does not come from Chinese language, but is found in many of their natural supplements. Though you probably haven’t heard of it, Liqusticum is rumored and believed to have “immunopotentiating” effects, which can increase the strength of your immune system. Additionally, the supplement has been believed to revitalize a person’s Qi.

Qi is essentially your life blood, your source of vitality and energy. It is rumored that by taking Liqusticum you can enhance your color and complexion, your strength, and your appetite. Liqusticum has also been put forward as a non-pharmiceautical way to deal with chemotherapy and cancer treatment.

So whether or not your on the market for some strange supplements, it is good to know what you have out there, what to avoid, and what is just generally superstition.


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