Williamson Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B vitamins. But learn a little about MMA - methylmalonic acid. That is a big word! It’s an even bigger conversion element to understand and test. Apple Country Chiropractic shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are checked and how crucial they are to a smooth functioning body system. Williamson vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed. Your Williamson chiropractor is just the one to put a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services take care of the whole person!

B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN

Researchers have recognized 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 (increases) levels. (1) Recently, researchers studied more in depth just how vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are related to metabolic diseases and influenced memory function, cognitive impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They concluded that folate and B-12 deficiencies decreased memory function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and disturbing the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely connected! Apple Country Chiropractic helps Williamson chiropractic patients find out 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 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 elevated in 90–98% of patients with B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid remains in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 does not convert it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can detect vitamin B12 deficiency sooner. The body produces very little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – on its own. MMA levels increase in the blood and urine if there isn’t enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Apple Country Chiropractic encourages Williamson chiropractic patients to check B levels and improve them as necessary.

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), impaired absorption due to drugs used 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, Williamson chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Apple Country Chiropractic is definitely ready to chat about supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Williamson chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Williamson chiropractic appointment at Apple Country Chiropractic today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank you for having your B vitamin levels checked via the MMA connection!

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