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Up Down Stack: Specimen & Serenity Use Specimen and Serenity together to maximize your workout with explosive energy and stamina while postworkout feels fuel your day with chilled state-of-mind How to use this stack Take 1 scoop of Specimen before...

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Specimen & Serenity

Use Specimen and Serenity together to maximize your workout with explosive energy and stamina while postworkout feels fuel your day with chilled state-of-mind

How to use this stack

Take 1 scoop of Specimen before your workout with 2 capsules of Serenity to achieve maximum post-workout mood elevation.  

Serenity

WHAT IS IT?

Serenity is a product designed to normalize excessive physical and mental stress through multiple mechanisms of regulating Cortisol activity.  We’ve combined Phosphatidylserine with Quercetin and Magnolol/Honokiol to help regulate cortisol activity and decrease stress.  Finally, Serenity also contains a new trademarked form of Ashwagandha named Shoden®, which actually contains 35% Withanolides, which is currently the highest standardization available in nutritional supplements.


WHY WOULD I TAKE IT?


Sometimes either excessive psychological stress or overtraining can cause an increase in a catabolic hormone, Cortisol.  Cortisol can cause decrements in muscle tissue and also make the body more susceptible to storing fat. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can also cause alterations in mood or judgement.  That’s why we’ve created Serenity - to dampen the effects of excessive cortisol and improve mood and sense of well-being.


HOW DOES THIS WORK?


Serenity works by modulating three separate mechanisms within the cortisol production pathway.  The leading hypothesis on Phosphatidylserine is that it has an inhibitory effect on secretion of ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic hormone) - which actually stimulates cortisol production.  Secondly, in an attempt to inhibit 11-beta hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase we’ve employed Quercetin and Magnolol to block this enzyme’s ability to convert cortisone into cortisol.  Quercetin also utilizes a secondary mechanism that inhibits steroid 11β-hydroxylase, which is an enzyme that creates cortisol from 11-deoxycorticosterone.  Then finally, we utilize Shoden®, a form of Ashwagandha with 35% Withanolide content to also support further stress reduction.


HOW MUCH SHOULD I TAKE?


Serenity is best taken approximately one hour before desired effect to relieve stress - 3 capsules per serving.  Please note: do not exceed three doses in 24 hours.

TOP 5 STUDIES:

1 - An investigation into the stress-relieving and pharmacological actions of an ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6750292/

2 - A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the effects of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) extract on sleep quality in healthy adults.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1389945720301246

3 - Flavonoids exhibit diverse effects on CYP11B1 expression and cortisol synthesis.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0041008X11004534

4 - A Novel 11β‐Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase Inhibitor Contained in Saiboku‐To, a Herbal Remedy for Steroid‐dependent Bronchial Asthma.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/j.2042-7158.1994.tb03799.x

5 - Effects of Phosphatidylserine on Exercise Capacity during Cycling in Active Males.

https://journals.lww.com/acsm-msse/Fulltext/2006/01000/Effects_of_Phosphatidylserine_on_Exercise_Capacity.11.aspx

Specimen

Specimen is a pre-workout formula designed to energize, hydrate, and increase power output.  With far-out flavors and a fully disclosed ingredient panel, we decided to take your typical pre-workout formula and turn it up a few notches with even greater energy levels and enhanced the mind-muscle connection to take you and your workouts from mediocre to exceptional!

WHY WOULD I TAKE IT?

Ever get that feeling at the end of your work day where you’re wondering if you have the energy to even go to the gym?  That’s where Specimen pre workout shines! Not only does it have enough caffeine to get you off the couch and in the car, but also enough power to take you through your most strenuous workouts.  


HOW DOES THIS WORK?


Specimen pre workout works mostly by promoting hydration and higher energy output.  This works through the use of our comprehensive electrolyte blend in combination with osmolytic agents such as taurine, betaine, and glycerol.  For a more comprehensive breakdown see: (link to longer writeup) 


HOW MUCH SHOULD I TAKE?


Specimen pre workout is best taken 45-60 minutes prior to exercise.  You can either take ½ scoop or 1 full scoop dissolved into 16oz (500mL) of water, and mix vigorously!

 

 

TOP 5 STUDIES:

1 - Effects of β-alanine supplementation and high-intensity interval training on endurance performance and body composition in men; a double-blind trial.

https://jissn.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1550-2783-6-5

2 - The Effects of Chronic Betaine Supplementation on Exercise Performance, Skeletal Muscle Oxygen Saturation and Associated Biochemical Parameters in Resistance Trained Men.

https://journals.lww.com/nsca-jscr/fulltext/2011/12000/The_Effects_of_Chronic_Betaine_Supplementation_on.31.aspx

3 - Exploring the Potential Ergogenic Effects of Glycerol Hyperhydration.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.2165/00007256-200737110-00005

4 - Taurine: A Regulator of Cellular Redox Homeostasis and Skeletal Muscle Function.

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/mnfr.201800569

5 - Acute effects of theanine, caffeine and theanine–caffeine combination on attention.

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1028415X.2016.1144845

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