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West Palm Beach Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

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 whole person!

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 appreciate for getting your B vitamin levels checked via the MMA connection!

Chiropractic Care points out B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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