June 4 - June 5, 2008 Days 5 - 6 Impressions / Results:
I took my last dose of STOKED! just before bed with the other products as usual. My sleep has not been as deep as it used to be. It is hard to conclude this is related to my supplementation, as we have had significant weather changes in the past couple of days. I would give this a few more days before concluding on the relationship between my late dosing and my sleep patterns.
I am beginning to feel some "tightening" of my muscles, as if they were getting "drier". This is known to be one outcome of icariin supplementation. I wanted to wait another day or so to post this observation, but I decided to state it now. Confirmation will follow, to rule out any placebos.
Icariin is also known to trigger dryness of joints, due to its estrogen-inhibiting effects. Fortunately, this has not set in yet in my case, as I ensure adequate intake of essential fatty acids to counteract any potential problems here. Besides, I take Osteobolin-C
from time to take to help with joint-, tendon-, and ligament support.
I enjoy the noticeable improvement in arterial circulation and vasodilation that I have experienced so far. While STOKED! is quite capable of delivering this on its own, I see an important synergy between STOKED! and grape seed
extract. As is well-known, the enzyme nitric oxide synthase is necessary to stimulate the production of nitric oxide. Grape seed
extract supports nitric-oxide synthase, further enhancing elevated nitric oxide levels and increasing blood-vessel dilation. As is well known, nitric oxide requires cGMP for effective vasodilation to occur. Enter icariin. By inhibiting PDE-5, the enzyme that breaks down cGMP, icariin ensures that elevated nitric-oxide levels triggered by grape seed extract and resveratrol are sustained by icariin-powered cGMP, creating compound vasodilation.
No noticeable increase in aggression can be reported. Appetite is moderate. Energy and endurance
are stable. A general feeling of well-being is identifiable.