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EVAArthritis
               Managing the Symptoms ... Naturally

Many North Americans who suffer from arthritic pain are switching to EVA. It’s a natural remedy without the side effects that come with much prescribed arthritis medication. It’s a safe way to reduce inflammation and keep your joints running smoothly. And it has other benefits that will enhance your general health and well being.

 

The Benefits of EVA
There is no known cure for rheumatoid arthritis. But EVA can help meet the four main objectives in treating the disease: reducing inflammation and pain, preserving joint function, preventing deformity, and optimizing functional health and well being.
The strong anecdotal evidence from traditional Chinese medicine, combined with the solid and growing body of empirical evidence from Western scientific research, validates the following benefits delivered by EVA:

• Its ability to fight inflammation.
• Promotion of bone and joint health.
• Stimulation of the immune system.
• Stimulation of muscle and tissue growth.1

These benefits work in support of the four objectives listed above for the relief of arthritis. In addition, they’re delivered by a natural product that carries none of the worrisome side effects associated with modern arthritis medications. EVA is 100
per cent natural; it comes from the farm, not the lab!

The natural substances in EVA have also been shown to address other health issues and contribute to general well being. EVA can provide:

• Anti-aging effects (inhibition of the activity of some enzymes associated with aging).
• Anti-cancer activity (some anti-tumor effects against certain forms of cancer cells).
• Tonic effects (revitalization for those weakened by illness or other stress).2

EVA is nature’s own special package of ingredients that form the right combination to address many different health problems.

1 Velvet Antler, a summary of the literature on health benefits. A report for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia. Chris Tuckwell, November 2003.
2 Ibid.


What is EVA?
EVA
is made from elk antler. Most commonly, it’s processed into a fine powder contained in capsules, although traditional practice also uses antler slices for teas and soups.

EVA is composed of proteins, amino acids, minerals, lipids and water. Specific key compounds contained in EVA include collagen, glucosamine sulphate, chondroitin sulphate, erythropoietin and growth hormones. These natural compounds work to stimulate red blood cell production and cartilage cell regeneration and development.1


1
Velvet Antler, a summary of the literature on health benefits. A report for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia. Chris Tuckwell, November 2003



How to Use EVA
General experience derived from both Asian and Western practice suggests that one or two 250-350 mg capsules of EVA per day are sufficient to maintain health and alleviate minor fatigue. Higher doses are used for healing or performance enhancement.

Like most natural health supplements, the effects of EVA tend to be cumulative. Typically, significant benefits are seen after eight to 12 weeks of consistent use. 1

Some minor side effects (headaches and nose bleeds) have been observed at excessively high dose levels. General caution suggests that people who take anticoagulant or blood pressure medications, and men with an enlarged prostate gland, should seek advice before using EVA.

EVA should only be used as part of an overall health plan and should not replace prescription medication or proper nutrition. As is the case with all dietary supplements, you should consult your physician before using EVA. 2

1
Velvet Antler, a summary of the literature on health benefits. A report for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia. Chris Tuckwell, November 2003
2 Ibid.



Production and Quality Assurance
In order to produce EVA, antler is harvested annually. In partnership with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, Alberta’s elk producers are all certified to remove antler. They also must follow Alberta government regulations designed to ensure a humane, low-stress process that protects the animal from injury.1 Efficient, humane handling methods ensure the producer a quality harvest for many consecutive years from each bull elk. Upon removal, every antler is tagged and logged into an Alberta government database so it can be traced to the farm and animal of origin.

Antler is processed into powder and packaged in capsules in plants that are rigorously monitored by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada.2 There are approximately a dozen EVA processing plants in North America. The largest one, processing more EVA than all the others combined, is located right here in Alberta near Sangudo in the west central region of the province.

The elk that produce the antler are reared on free-range elk ranches by producer-members of the Alberta Elk Commission. They are raised naturally, without growth stimulants, hormones, steroids or anti-biotics.3

1 The Alberta Elk Industry Farm Enterprise Manual. Alberta Agriculture, 2005
2 Food Safety Factsheet. Canadian Cervid Council, 2003
3 Animal Health Factsheet. Canadian Cervid Council, 2003