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