World Champion gains the edge with NZ sports supplement

New Zealand’s Mountain Red® Deer Velvet product has received the endorsement of six-time Karate World Champion, Ruan Retief of South Africa.

Ten years ago Nelson business woman Karen Morley established her company Mountain Red® with the vision of producing the highest quality health supplements available, manufactured in New Zealand using deer velvet from her father’s farm in Redwoods Valley. Redwood Hills stock had been producing world class velvet for some years, but this was the first time their velvet would be used in health supplements.

A decade on, their flagship product, Mountain Red® Deer Velvet, has received the highest accolade – endorsement from a world champion athlete, who puts much of his success on the world stage down to his use of this New Zealand sports supplement.

Ruan Retief was introduced to Mountain Red® Deer Velvet as part of his training regimen, and quickly started to see positive improvements. “In the highly competitive world of sport, athletes  need all the help they can get and throughout my years as multiple-time World Champion I have tried many techniques, natural supplements and systems to enhance my performance to compete on the world stage” comments Retief. “It was in this process that I was introduced to Mountain Red® Deer Velvet and I can honestly say that was the day that my search for truly effective performance enhancers stopped. Mountain Red® Deer Velvet gave me an extra edge that took me from competing successfully in my home country of South Africa to conquering competition world-wide”.

Retief was so impressed with his increased performance, with his bench press ability increasing from 80kg to 120kg, and his leg strength, critical in Karate, doubling to nearly 200kg, something that has also benefited Retief’s new sport of competitive mountain-biking, that he wants to share the news with others.

“I can truly recommend Mountain Red® Deer Velvet to any athlete who takes both their performance and their health seriously. I have gained immense benefits from Mountain Red® Deer Velvet and encourage others to try it for themselves; I believe you will be amazed at the results”.

“Deer Velvet has a long history of use in the Orient, and this traditional use is supported by a growing body of scientific evidence showing that velvet, when taken as a supplement, improves athletic performance, stamina and recovery from injury” says Mountain Red®’s CEO Karen Morley. “We wanted to go the extra mile with Mountain Red®, guaranteeing our product from start to finish. The company controls the quality of the raw material which is sustainably sourced, and is extracted and manufactured using the highest standards. Quality is critical when world class athletes are using our product, as their professional career could be shattered if it was anything less than perfect.

“We set out to create the best deer velvet supplement in the world, and with such positive endorsement from a world champion sportsman we are a long way towards reaching that goal”.


For further information contact Campbell Berry-Kilgour, Marketing & Communications Director, Mountain Red® on + 64 3 544 0095 or email [email protected]

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