SpectrumNeeds™ is a nutritional supplement containing vitamins, minerals, and activated cofactors used to optimize the nutritional status of children and adults with autism spectrum and other neurodevelopmental disorders (including ADD/ADHD), used to stimulate specific biological pathways in order to promote health.*
Non-active ingredients in SpectrumNeeds™ include all natural flavor enhancers to encourage regular use. There are no artificial sweeteners, colors or fillers. The product is also free of gluten, casein/milk, tree nuts, peanuts, soy, egg, fish and shellfish. There are no ingredients at or near dosages considered to be toxic.
Intended Population: SpectrumNeeds™ is designed to be used by all individuals regardless of age, gender, presence or type of neurodevelopmental conditions, common comorbidities, severity of disease, DNA sequence information, medications, or other supplements taken. The formulation is in particular tailored to the dietary needs of children and adults on the autistic spectrum and related neurodevelopmental disorders. In particular, SpectrumNeeds™ includes many essential nutrients that are often deficient in individuals with an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). However, SpectrumNeeds™ can be taken by all individuals who desire a basis of excellent nutritional and dietary interventions to promote improved metabolism, methylation, and neurotransmission.
Infants: Consult your health care provider (physician, naturopath, physician assistance, or nurse practitioner) as to the use and dosing in infants and toddlers under the weight of 22 lbs (10 kg). None of the ingredients are considerations in infants, but your provider should be consulted, particular for dosing.
Adults: SpectrumNeeds™ is for use by adults as well as by children. The wording of “your child” simply reflects the fact that in most cases with neurodevelopmental disorders, it is a parent that is reading and providing this product for their child, regardless of the age that the child may be.
Ask your doctor: It is generally recommended that your health care provider be aware of the usage of all dietary supplements, and SpectrumNeeds™ is not an exception. The involvement of health care providers can be of particular importance in order to discuss potential interactions with medications, other supplements, or medical conditions.
Reducing the number of supplements: SpectrumNeeds™ is designed to be safe when used in addition to the supplements that your child is already on. However, it may be possible and/or advisable to discontinue or lower the dose of one or more current supplements that your child is taking; ask your health care provider.
Ingredients: There are 33 active ingredients in SpectrumNeeds™, including L-arginine, coenzyme Q10, L-carnitine, acetyl L-carnitine, alpha ketoglutarate, L-creatine, alpha lipoic acid, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (B2), niacinamide (B3), D-calcium pantothenate (B5), pyridoxine (B6), pyridoxal-5-phosphate (B6), biotin (B7), calcium folinate (B9), “activated” folate (6S-5-L-methyltetrahydrofolate glucosamine, B9), methylcobalamin (B12), ascorbic acid (C), cholecalciferol (D3), d-alpha tocopheryl acetate and mixed tocopheryls (E), magnesium (citrate and malate), zinc gluconate, chromium picolinate, manganese (amino acid chelate), molybdenum (sodium molybdate), selenium (selenomethionine), potassium iodide, potassium citrate, creatine monohydrate, choline bitartrate, and inositol.
Based on your child’s weight, use the enclosed scoop to measure out the amount of powder based on the following table. Give this amount twice a day. Mix it in any beverage that you wish, although orange juice is an excellent choice based on taste. The amount of beverage listed in the table is only a suggestion.
For infants weighing under 22 lbs or 10 kg, consult a physician. SPECTRUM NEEDS has not been tested in infants, although none of the individual ingredients are contra-indicated in infants or expected to be harmful. The amount provided should be calculated based on body weight and the infant’s condition. Suggestion: Calculate the amount on the proportion of 1 gram of powder for every 15 lbs (7 kg) of body weight.
It is recommended to give less product in the first few days, in order to get your child used to the taste and to reduce the possibility of nausea.
- Give 25% of the dose in the above table for both doses on the first day.
- Give 50% of the dose in the above table for both doses on the second day.
- Give 75% of the dose in the above table for both doses on the third day.
- Give the full amount of the dose in the above table for all days thereafter.
The above proportions do not need to be exact, and can be “eyeballed”. Alternatively, you can use a gram scale.
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