Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B
vitamins. But learn a bit about MMA - methylmalonic
acid. That’s a big word! It is an even bigger conversion
element to understand and test. Chiropractic Care shares just how
B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are tested
and how essential they are to a smooth operating
body system. West Palm Beach vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed.
Your West Palm Beach chiropractor is just the one to put a
spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the
B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN
Researchers have acknowledged for
some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can trigger severe and irreversible
damage to the brain and nervous system. Such deficiency is truly
an issue for homocysteine (slows the conversion of methionine
to homocysteine which converts to other amino acids via B12, B11, and B6) and
methylmalonic acid (raises) levels. (1) Lately,
researchers investigated more deeply just how vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are connected
to metabolic diseases and influenced memory function, cognitive
impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They concluded
that folate and B-12 deficiencies damaged memory
function by hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and bothering
the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately connected!
Chiropractic Care helps West Palm Beach chiropractic patients find
out just what their B vitamin levels are now so they can boost
them as needed to protect the brain and the gut.
HOW TO TEST FOR B12 LEVEL
New research indicated that testing
methylmalonic acid serum levels to define B12 levels more precisely.
Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more preceise way
to figure out B12 levels. MMA is increased in
90–98% of patients with B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid remains
in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 does not convert
it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can identify
vitamin B12 deficiency sooner. The body makes very
little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – on
its own. MMA levels rise in the blood and urine if there is
not enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4)
Chiropractic Care urges West Palm Beach chiropractic patients
to check B levels and improve them as needed.
HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS
Potential issues leading to B12
deficiency are insufficient intake of B12 through diet (animal
products [eggs, meat, milk] and algae), reduced
absorption due to drugs used like proton pump inhibitors and
histamine 2 receptor agonists), surgical removal of small bowel for Crohn’s
disease, celiac disease, bariatric surgery, bacterial overgrowth into small
bowel, diabetes’ medication metformin, malnutrition due to alcoholism, and
nitrous oxide abuse. (5) To improve B12 levels, West Palm Beach
chiropractic patients may want to start by addressing
the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods.
Chiropractic Care is certainly ready to discuss
supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the West Palm Beach chiropractic treatment plan!
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Schedule your West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment
at Chiropractic Care today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank
you for getting your B vitamin levels checked via
the MMA connection!