Here’s a crazy story. I just saw on Sports Illustrated that the Major League Baseball association has released a warning to all MLB teams and players to stop ingesting “deer antler spray”.
Supposedly this spray, created from the velvet of immature bucks has “insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1, which mediates the level of human growth hormone in the body…The antlers are harvested from young deer, ground up and packaged into spray form. The substance is sprayed under the tongue. One manufacturer touts among its benefits ,”anabolic or growth stimulation,” “athletic performance” and “muscular strength and endurance.”
As of now it looks like this “deer antler spray” is not banned by the MLB, even though it contains IGF-1, a banned substance. Rather the MLB is warning players about this substance because it has been shown to cause false positives for another banned substance.
My thoughts on this are A.) This steroid stuff is ridiculous B.) I can’t believe I just read about deer antlers on Sports Illustrated….and C.) I can’t wait for a velvet sandwich this September! haha. Just Kidding.
You can read the full story here, on the Sports Illustrated website.