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 comprehend and test. Spinal Care Clinic shares just how
B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are tested
and how crucial they are to a smooth functioning
body system. Burlington and Hamilton vitamin B deficiencies need to be revealed.
Your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractor is just the one to put a
spotlight on them. Chiropractic services take care of the
B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN
Researchers have acknowledged 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 (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 explored 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 decided
that folate and B-12 deficiencies decreased memory
function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and upsetting
the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely connected!
Spinal Care Clinic helps Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients discover just what their B vitamin levels are now so they can boost
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 accurately.
Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more preceise means
to determine 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 change
it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can detect
vitamin B12 deficiency earlier. The body produces very
little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – by itself. MMA levels rise in the blood and urine if there is
not sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4)
Spinal Care Clinic urges Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients
to check B levels and improve them as needed.
HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS
Potential issues contributing to B12
deficiency are inadequate intake of B12 through diet (animal
products [eggs, meat, milk] and algae), weakened
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 improve B12 levels, Burlington and Hamilton
chiropractic patients may want to start by addressing
the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods.
Spinal Care Clinic is definitely ready to chat about
supplementation ideas with you as well. It
is all part of the Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic treatment plan!
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Schedule your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment
at Spinal Care Clinic today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for having your B vitamin levels checked via
the MMA connection!