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               Boost Your Performance ... Naturally

Recreational and competitive athletes alike are discovering the value of EVA. Traditional Chinese medical practitioners have known for centuries what North Americans are now finding out. EVA is a safe, natural way to improve your stamina, enhance your recovery from training and increase your energy.


The Benefits of EVA
Traditional Chinese medicine has long used EVA to address a variety of human performance issues. It works to support the body’s natural balance (what the Chinese call Yin and Yang) and allow natural healing processes to take effect. Western research has substantiated some of the EVA performance benefits traditionally claimed by the Chinese:

• Its ability to increase muscular strength and endurance.
• Its ability to fight inflammation.
• The growth stimulating properties it provides.
• The prevention or repair of muscle damage following exercise.

Centuries of Chinese practice and experience, combined with modern scientific research and anecdotal evidence, suggest that EVA has a positive effect on athletic performance.1 Most important, it’s 100 per cent natural!

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


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