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Manahawkin Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B vitamins. But study a bit about MMA - methylmalonic acid. That’s a big word! It is an even bigger conversion element to understand and test. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center 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. Manahawkin vitamin B deficiencies need to be checked. Your Manahawkin chiropractor is just the one to shine a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the whole person!

B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN

Researchers have known for some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can trigger serious and irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system. Such deficiency is truly 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 investigated more deeply in what way vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are related to metabolic diseases and affected memory function, cognitive impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They concluded that folate and B-12 deficiencies impaired memory function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and upsetting the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately connected! Manahawkin Chiropractic Center helps Manahawkin chiropractic patients find out just what their B vitamin levels are currently so they can elevate them as needed to safeguard 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 accurate way to figure out B12 levels. MMA is increased in 90–98% of patients who have B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid stays in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 does not convert it properly. 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 sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center urges Manahawkin chiropractic patients to check B levels and improve them as necessary.

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), impaired absorption due to drugs taken 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 raise B12 levels, Manahawkin chiropractic patients may want to start by addressing the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center is definitely ready to discuss supplementation ideas with you as well. It is all part of the Manahawkin chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Manahawkin chiropractic appointment at Manahawkin Chiropractic Center today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for getting your B vitamin levels checked via the MMA connection!

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