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St. Francisville 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’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 whole person!


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.


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.


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!

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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!

Family & Sports Chiropractic of St. Francisville points out B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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