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’s an even bigger conversion
element to understand and test. Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville shares just how
B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are checked
and how crucial they are to a smooth functioning
body system. St. Francisville vitamin B deficiencies need to be checked.
Your St. Francisville chiropractor is just the one to shine a
spotlight on them. Chiropractic services take care of the
B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN
Researchers have recognized for
some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can trigger severe and irreversible
damage to the brain and nervous system. Such deficiency is really
an issue for homocysteine (decelerates the conversion of methionine
to homocysteine which converts to other amino acids via B12, B11, and B6) and
methylmalonic acid (increases) levels. (1) Recently,
researchers explored more deeply in
what way vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are connected
to metabolic diseases and influenced memory function, cognitive
impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They reported
that folate and B-12 deficiencies impaired memory
function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and disturbing
the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely connected!
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville helps St. Francisville chiropractic patients discover just what their B vitamin levels are currently so they can elevate
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 determine B12 levels more accurately.
Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more accurate means
to figure out B12 levels. MMA is elevated in
90–98% of patients who have B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid stays
in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 doesn’t convert
it properly. A blood test for MMA can identify
vitamin B12 deficiency earlier. The body makes very
little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – by itself. MMA levels increase in the blood and urine if there isn’t sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4)
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville urges St. Francisville chiropractic patients
to check B levels and improve them as necessary.
HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS
Potential issues contributing to B12
deficiency are insufficient intake of B12 through diet (animal
products [eggs, meat, milk] and algae), weakened
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, St. Francisville
chiropractic patients may choose to address
the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods.
Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville is certainly ready to chat about
supplementation ideas with you as well. It
is all part of the St. Francisville chiropractic treatment plan!
CONTACT Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville
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Schedule your St. Francisville chiropractic appointment
at Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for getting your B vitamin levels checked via
the MMA connection!