(Posted by Mike on 23rd Oct 2014)
I am a CrossFit and MMA Athlete that went through a significant injury and subsequent surgery to rebuild my shoulder in late February 2014. I had heard that Deer Antler worked - but you had to avoid the fakes and there was great controversy over the oral sprays and how much pure DAV they actually delivered, or if it was better just to take an IGF supplement. I saw Herbal Island offered an extract 10:1, which I thought is higher strength than most other out there, and they don't sell thousands of products, so maybe they actually 'care' about the quality of what they sell- and it was inexpensive enough that I could really give this a legitimate try to see if it works. I began 1 month before my surgery and took 2-3 in the morning and 2-3 at night through my entire recovery, based upon recommended dosage for my body weight. (I am a 250# athlete)
I wasn't let down. Due to the seriousness of the injury/surgery, I was put on a 9month--1Year recovery timeline by my surgeon (NFL/NHL Orthopedic Surgeon). At 8-9 months I was supposed to be able to begin lifting weights (carefully) and would be close to 100% by the 1 year mark - able to do most anything, IF I closely followed the Therapy (which I did). Very accurate timeline - IF it would have been a 6 - 9 month timeline. My Physical Therapist was blown away - the day I began, I was already at 95% ROM. With the DAV, I accelerated my healing by 2-3 months and have been very impressed overall. Began lifting weights around 5 1/2 months and am just coming up on my 8 month mark and am almost back to 100% right now.
Thanks Herbal Island for the truly quality product and please keep up the quality and customer service! Top Notch!