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My Spectrum Heroes™ Signature Nutritional Supplement

Multivitamin Mineral Plus 

Super Nutrition for your child's growing brain


My Spectrum Heroes™ is a dietary supplement designed to support the developing brain and nervous system. By addressing potential dietary deficits linked to suboptimal brain function, My Spectrum Heroes™ ensures that children can receive the vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds that are needed for the healthy growth and maturation of the nervous system. These nutrients truly are heroes! In addition to the superior ingredients, My Spectrum Heroes™ Multivitamin Mineral Plus is formulated to be free of allergens, contains no fermentable fibers, and has no salicylates or phenols, so it is safe for use in our little heroes on restrictive diet protocols, such as low FODMAPs, GAPS, Feingold, FailSafe, SCD, and others.


Vitamins

Vitamins are co-factors for enzymatic reactions throughout the body. They are obtained through diet and supplementation and help develop a child’s central nervous system. In children with certain neurocognitive challenges the following vitamins have been shown to be deficient: pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), biotin (vitamin B7), folate (vitamin B9), vitamin D, vitamin E1, vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin B6 (pyroxidal-5-phosphate), in particular, is a powerful vitamin when supplemented with magnesium, for boosting neurocognitive health.2


Minerals

Several trace minerals are also important for neurocognitive health, and deficiencies in these trace minerals have been linked to neurocognitive challenges. Proof of this is seen in the fact that adolescents experiencing neurocognitive challenges have been shown to have low rates of bone mineralization and an increased risk of fractures later in life.3 Hair mineral analysis of children affected by impaired neurocognitive health showed decreased concentrations of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, chromium, iodine, and selenium compared to neurotypical peers;1  zinc and copper balance is also disrupted in these children, which affects many reactions in the nervous system and throughout the body.4 Magnesium supplementation can ameliorate behavioral issues and improve academic performance in children.5


Neurological Health

Inflammation in the central nervous system, disrupted synapse formation, and abnormal electrical signaling all affect cognition and brain function.6  Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) can cross the blood brain barrier and help support healthy inflammation and oxidation.
Choline, a component of cellular membranes and a precursor to the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, is often deficient in the diets of children with cognition and nervous system difficulties.1  Inositol is also important to the production of neurotransmitters, and when taken along with choline, can assist brain function. 


Healthy Blood Flow

Several vitamins critical for blood cell production, such as folate and cobalamin (vitamin B12), have been linked to neurocognitive health. 7,8  Supplementing with folate has been found to support enhanced cognition and behavior.8


Mitochondrial Support

Mitochondria are especially important for neurological health as neurons use a significant amount of energy to send electrical signals. Some individuals have been shown to have increased oxidative stress and low levels of antioxidants in their plasma; they also have low levels of energy transport molecules NADH, NADPH and ATP.9 Increased production of harmful reactive oxygen species (ROS) and inefficient oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS)—or energy production—indicate mitochondrial dysfunction. 
Supplementing with certain compounds can support mitochondrial health. Coenzyme Q10 feeds the electron transport chain to boost energy production, and manganese is an essential cofactor for the mitochondrial antioxidant superoxide dismutase (SOD).10 Acetyl-l-carnitine, which is converted into carnitine in the bloodstream, helps transport fats into the mitochondria as an energy source.


Vitamin D

Vitamin D is an important factor in the absorption and homeostasis of several essential minerals, including calcium and magnesium. It also controls the activity of blood cells and production of the neurotransmitter serotonin. Low serum vitamin D levels early in life can negatively affect the brain and nervous system.7

Benefits of My Spectrum Heroes™

  • Optimizes nutrient intake for neurological development and function
  • Provides nutrients in their bioavailable form
  • Quenches overactive inflammation
  • Supports mitochondrial health and energy production
  • Safe for most restricted diets
  • Enhances neurological and cognitive function in children
 
Commercial Advantages
  • Free from many typical irritants that affect brain function
  • Gluten-free
  • Casein-free
  • Soy-free
  • No artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners
  • Specifically designed to support children’s neurocognitive health
  • Contains an exclusive, specialized blend of compounds that support neurological function

Supplementation for Neurocognitive Health

Recent clinical trials have investigated the use of supplements to help manage the symptoms experienced by children with certain neurocognitive challenges. Vitamin B6, folate, and magnesium supplements can help improve behavior, focus, and academic performance, but a broad-spectrum supplement for neurocognitive challenges is a novel and innovative concept. 
A promising 2011 study examined the benefits of a multivitamin supplement on the behavior and neurological health of children and adults.11 This further investigated in 2018 in a 12 month study involving a supplement that utilized ingredients similar to those found in My Spectrum Heroes™. The study showed that participants that took the supplement had improvements versus placebo in non-verbal IQ, communication, social, and Daily Living Skills Domains, in addition to other measures in behavioral and intellectual wellbeing.12

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References

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  2. Obara T, Ishikuro M, Tamiya G, et al. Potential identification of vitamin B6 responsiveness in autism spectrum disorder utilizing phenotype variables and machine learning methods. Scientific reports. 2018;8(1):14840.
  3. Ekhlaspour L, Baskaran C, Campoverde KJ, Sokoloff NC, Neumeyer AM, Misra M. Bone Density in Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of autism and developmental disorders. 2016;46(11):3387-3391.
  4. Sayehmiri F, Babaknejad N, Bahrami S, Sayehmiri K, Darabi M, Rezaei-Tavirani M. Zn/Cu Levels in the Field of Autism Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Iranian journal of child neurology. 2015;9(4):1-9.
  5. Mousain-Bosc M, Siatka C, Bali JP. Magnesium, hyperactivity and autism in children. In: Vink R, Nechifor M, eds. Magnesium in the Central Nervous System. Adelaide (AU): University of Adelaide Press(c) 2011 The Authors.; 2011.
  6. Schwartz S, Kessler R, Gaughan T, Buckley AW. Electroencephalogram Coherence Patterns in Autism: An Updated Review. Pediatric neurology. 2017;67:7-22.
  7. Altamimi M. Could Autism Be Associated With Nutritional Status in the Palestinian population? The Outcomes of the Palestinian Micronutrient Survey. Nutrition and metabolic insights. 2018;11:1178638818773078.
  8. Neggers Y. The Relationship between Folic Acid and Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland). 2014;2(4):429-444.
  9. Adams JB, Audhya T, McDonough-Means S, et al. Nutritional and metabolic status of children with autism vs. neurotypical children, and the association with autism severity. Nutrition & Metabolism. 2011;8:34-34.
  10. Rose S, Niyazov DM, Rossignol DA, Goldenthal M, Kahler SG, Frye RE. Clinical and Molecular Characteristics of Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Molecular diagnosis & therapy. 2018;22(5):571-593.
  11. Adams JB, Audhya T, McDonough-Means S, et al. Effect of a vitamin/mineral supplement on children and adults with autism. BMC pediatrics. 2011;11:111.
  12. Adams JB, Audhya T, Geis E, et al. Comprehensive Nutritional and Dietary Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder-A Randomized, Controlled 12-Month Trial. Nutrients. 2018;10(3).