June 23 - June 27, 2008
Days 24 - 28
Impressions / Results:
The journey is nearing its end
Two days to go before the final review. At this time in a log of such duration, the closing feedback would have developed a lot of its shape.
The last couple of days on the STOKED! stack have retained the same pattern of benefits reported earlier. In particular, strength and endurance
, muscle-fullness and density
remain stable. Obviously, icariin has a role to play in this outcome via cAMP elevation, selective cGMP inhibition, glucocorticoid antagonism, and estrogen modulation, all combining to improve the testosterone:cortisol and testosterone:estrogen ratios. Furthermore, via its function as an important acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, icariin boosts levels of the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. This inhibition drives movement and promotes muscle contractions. Yet, it may be useful to recall that quercetin also has a useful role in the formula, other than enhancement of icariin absorption. Besides being a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, and anti-allergy nutrient, quercetin inhibits thrombosis, essentially acting as a blood thinner that supports improved vasodilation and transport of oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to muscle cells for repair and growth processes. In addition, by helping to inhibit certain enzymes that break down ATP, quercetin indirectly supports ATP regeneration and prolongation of endurance
The testosterone-mimetic and estrogen-modulating properties of STOKED! help support anti-catabolism. This outcome may be masked, though, by my co-supplementation with Anabolic Pump
Appetite patterns are stable and there are no androgenic sides to report.
We are now in count-down mode to end of log!