West Palm Beach 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 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 whole person!

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!

Moses Chiropractic knows B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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