Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B
vitamins. But learn a bit about MMA - methylmalonic
acid. That is a big word! It is an even bigger conversion
element to comprehend and test. Moses Chiropractic shares just how
B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are connected, how they are checked
and how important they are to a smooth functioning
body system. West Palm Beach vitamin B deficiencies need to be checked.
Your West Palm Beach chiropractor is just the one to shine a
spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the
B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN
Researchers have acknowledged 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 (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 studied more deeply just how vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are related
to metabolic diseases and affected memory function, cognitive
impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They reported
that folate and B-12 deficiencies decreased memory
function by hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and upsetting
the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely connected!
Moses Chiropractic helps West Palm Beach chiropractic patients find
out just what their B vitamin levels are now so they can elevate
them as needed to protect the brain and the gut.
HOW TO TEST FOR B12 LEVEL
New research pointed to testing
methylmalonic acid serum levels to determine 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 who have B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid remains
in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 does not change
it properly. A blood test for MMA can detect
vitamin B12 deficiency earlier. The body produces very
little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – on
its own. MMA levels rise in the blood and urine if there is
not enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4)
Moses Chiropractic urges West Palm Beach chiropractic patients
to check B levels and increase them as necessary.
HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS
Potential issues leading 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 raise B12 levels, West Palm Beach
chiropractic patients may choose to address
the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods.
Moses Chiropractic is definitely prepared to discuss
supplementation ideas with you as well. It
is all part of the West Palm Beach chiropractic treatment plan!
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Schedule your West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment
at Moses Chiropractic today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for getting your B vitamin levels checked via
the MMA connection!