Spectrum Awakening (69 g) by Metabolic Maintenance
Developed by Jared M. Skowron, ND
Noted naturopathic pediatrician Jared Skowron has used his experience in clinical practice to fine-tune this unique formula. Designed to support methylation, neurotransmitter synthesis, and calm the brain, Spectrum Awakening contains a blend of activated B vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to support optimal nervous system functioning, normal mood, and emotional well-being. Now with higher levels of GABA (750 mg/2 scoops), an inhibitory neurotransmitter researched for its role in normal neurodevelopment, and methylcobalamin (1000 mcg/2 scoops), the active, methylated form of B-12. B-12 and L-methylfolate are essential for maintaining the integrity of the nervous system and participate in key methylation reactions. 5-HTP is an immediate precursor to serotonin, a reaction catalyzed by B-6. Magnesium affects serotonin receptors and zinc influences brain homeostasis. L-Theanine, found in green tea, reduces neuronal overstimulation. Taurine has been added for its neuroprotective properties. This formula is easily mixed into food or drinks.
- Supports healthy nervous system functioning*
- Provides nutrients to support balanced neurotransmitter production*
- Promotes calm and focus*
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
What is Spectrum Awakening?
Designed by noted naturopathic pediatrician Jared Skowron, Spectrum Awakening is a unique nutritional formula that supports methylation, neurotransmitter synthesis, and calming of the brain. Spectrum Awakening contains a blend of activated B vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to support optimal nervous system functioning, normal mood, and emotional well-being. It contains a higher dose of calming neurotransmitter GABA (750 mg/2 scoops) and methylcobalamin (1000 mcg/2 scoops), the active, methylated form of B-12 compared to previous formulations. It also contains magnesium, zinc, L-theanine, and taurine. This updated formula no longer contains vitamin E, resulting in a soy-free product, appropriate for those with allergies.
How does Spectrum Awakening Work?
Vitamin B-12 and L-methylfolate are essential for maintaining the integrity of the nervous system and participate in key methylation reactions. In fact, B vitamins (folate, B-6, and B-12) are all involved in methylation, which is necessary for the production of monoamine neurotransmitters, phospholipids, and nucleotides in the brain . Multiple studies have shown that folate and vitamin B-6 levels in the blood are significantly, positively correlated with test scores for several domains of cognitive and neurophysiological function . B-6 is also known to catalyze the reaction that produces serotonin from its precursor 5-HTP (another component included in this blend) . Serotonin levels have been shown to increase in response to 5-HTP and vitamin B-6 .
Gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the mammalian central nervous system . By binding the GABA receptor, GABA inhibits the “fight-or-flight’ mechanisms of the mammalian neuromuscular system in response to environmental stressors, thereby promoting calm and a reduced stress level . GABA also plays a role in the development of healthy, normal neurons and synapse formations in the immature, developing brain . Studies show that GABA release in the brain is enhanced with an increase in zinc availability .
Magnesium is responsible for the biochemical action of many enzymes and reactions within the body, but unfortunately, magnesium deficiency is quite prevalent. Studies have shown a protective effect of Magnesium from ischemic damage to the brain and an inhibitory effect on the release of the stress hormone, norepinephrine . Magnesium is known to balance cellular Ca levels, regulating cell signaling pathways and neurotransmission .
Taurine, a sulfur-containing, semi-essential amino acid, is required in a certain abundance for the normal development of the central nervous system (CNS), calcium modulation, membrane stabilization, reproduction, and immunity . L-Theanine, also an amino acid, has been shown in double-blind placebo studies to attenuate sympathetic nervous system responses to acute stressors (i.e. reduced heart rate and salivary production of immunoglobulin A) .
What is the Suggested Use for Spectrum Awakening?
- Supports healthy nervous system functioning.
- Provides nutrients to support balanced neurotransmitter production.
- Promotes calm and focus.
Source Materials: Pyridoxal 5′ phosphate, L-methylfolate, GABA, taurine, and glycine are made by chemical synthesis. Glucosamine (for L-methylfolate, glucosamine salt) is made by corn fermentation. Methylcobalamin is made by fermentation. L-Theanine is derived by enzymatic synthesis. Zinc and magnesium are mined. 5-hydroxytryptophan is extracted from Griffonia simplicifolia seeds. All ingredients are vegan and non-GMO.
Allergens: According to information provided by our suppliers, these capsules are free of the eight major allergens as identified by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA): Wheat (gluten), eggs, milk, soybeans, shellfish, fish, peanuts, tree nuts.
Recommendations: Use as directed by a healthcare professional.
Precautions: Pregnant or lactating women and individuals taking prescription medications should consult with a healthcare professional before taking any supplement.
*This product is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or disease. The content and recommendations contained on this website have not been reviewed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are solely the opinion of the authors. Content contained on this website is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never increase, reduce or discontinue any medication or treatment without first consulting your doctor.
Spectrum Awakening (69 g) by Metabolic Maintenance