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Why would you want to buy a powdered deer horn? Because, when they're steeped in tea, they boost energy and muscle growth—a health bonus that Major League Baseball takes seriously enough to ban them as performance-enhancing substances. (And they're not alone: Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis got in trouble for drinking deer horn tea to repair a torn triceps.) If you don't have a million-dollar salary on the line, step into the intoxicatingly herbal-scented Harbin Deer Antlers Trading Co. and ask owner Sheng Le Xu for advice. You'll want to listen. At 65, Xu looks decades younger and plays soccer against men in their 30s. The horns look like thin-sliced mushroom stems, and the lighter and smaller the circle, the more powerful — and more expensive — the dose. Round out your twice-daily brew by buying ginger, goji berries, licorice root or a cinnamon stick larger than a 98-lb. weakling's arm. —Amy Nicholson

186 S. Western Ave., Koreatown, 90004. (323) 965-5528, harbindeer.com.

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