Product Spotlight: Spectra One
Spectra One is a water-soluble nutrient-based product that can be taken daily as your multi-vitamin, multi-mineral supplement. This unique certified organic formulation optimizes cellular health by providing maximum bio-availability of your essential vitamins and minerals and various antioxidants and adaptogens. Today’s article will explore some of the featured ingredients of Spectra One and highlight the potent properties of this supplement.
The wide range of B Vitamins found in Spectra One includes Vitamin B5 (Pantothenate), Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B7 (Biotin) Vitamin B9 (Folate), and Vitamin B12 (Hydroxycobalamin). B vitamins are foundational building blocks of the human body and play a crucial role in various processes that support your energy levels, brain function, and cell metabolism 1.
Since B Vitamins are water-soluble, they don’t store in the body and should be consumed daily to continue supporting the body with these vital functions.
Minerals are required for various functions, including regulating body fluids like blood and for the proper composition of tissues, bone, teeth, muscles, and nerves. Minerals can be seen as a kind of currency in the body; anytime a function occurs, minerals are depleted 2.
This is especially true when it comes to stress, which is why certain minerals, like magnesium, are required in higher doses during stressful events or periods in life (including “good” stress, like exercise).
The problem is that many minerals, including manganese, zinc, and copper, have been severely depleted from the soil, making our food less abundant in minerals as well 3. Therefore, it is important to consider a daily mineral supplement to help restore our mineral balance in the body.
Spectra One contains the minerals Calcium, Potassium, Zinc, Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Chromium, and Selenium.
Vitamin E supports various functions, including immune health and healthy skin and eyes 4. One lesser-known superpower of Vitamin E is that it protects tissue PUFAs; in other words, it mitigates the harm of PUFA consumption. Many people are aware that polyunsaturated fatty acids can wreak havoc in the body 5. These highly sensitive fats should not be processed or heated; they are often oxidized (rancid) long before reaching your plate.
Although it should not be used to consume PUFAs mindlessly, Vitamin E can be used to help mitigate this problem. For example, when you go out to eat at a restaurant or know you will be exposed to PUFAS, you can supplement with vitamin E. Even better is just to take small amounts daily, as found in Spectra One.
Vitamin C is another pillar nutrient that is rapidly depleted in the body. Spectra One contains highly bioavailable ascorbate and various whole food Vitamin C forms, including guava, sesbania, and amla. Of course, whole food sources of Vitamin C contain a range of other nutrients and benefits.
Guava is a fruit that is also rich in potassium, antioxidants, and fiber and has been linked to lowering blood sugar levels and supporting heart and digestive health 6. Sesbania is a flowering part of the pea plant that supports immunity and skin and nail health and has been linked to Alzheimer’s prevention 7-8. Finally, Amla, also known as Indian gooseberry, is a fruit linked to anti-aging, liver, heart, and kidney health 9.
The term adaptogen refers to any substance that helps build and strengthen the body's natural defense systems, often acting as a mild stressor 10. Spectra One is loaded with adaptogens to help improve your resilience, including Astragalus (Root), Siberian Ginseng (Root), Cissus Quadrangularis, Ginger (Root), Dandelion (Root), Holy Basil, and Annatto.
Although you may be familiar with some of these substances, they all serve a particular function in improving your body’s response to stress. This is vital since modern living will inevitably include various forms of physical, emotional, and chemical stressors.
By covering your bases with a range of adaptogens daily, you help slowly increase your resilience so that things that may have otherwise thrown your physical or mental health off no longer do. Of course, stress mitigation is an important part of health. Still, understanding that some stress is unavoidable, especially in the short term, is where the big benefit of adaptogens comes in!
The Spectra One and Two Combo
Spectra One is all about the water-soluble nutrients, while Spectra Two covers the fat-soluble vitamins. Together, you are provided with a solid, full-spectrum foundation for your daily nutritional needs.
Spectra One is a daily vitamin and mineral supplement full of nutrient-dense water-soluble nutrients. This supplement helps you deal with the stressors of everyday life by replenishing some of the foundational nutrients that are depleted with stress and providing you with natural adaptogenic substances that help increase your resilience.
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10 Winston, D., & Maimes, S. (2019). Adaptogens: Herbs for strength, stamina, and stress relief. Healing Arts Press.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.