Severna Park 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 understand and test. Back And Neck Care Center shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are tested and how important they are to a smooth functioning body system. Severna Park vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed. Your Severna Park chiropractor is just the one to shine a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address 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 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 (increases) levels. (1) Recently, researchers investigated more in depth in what way vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are connected to metabolic diseases and influenced memory function, cognitive impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They decided that folate and B-12 deficiencies decreased memory function by hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and disturbing the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately connected! Back And Neck Care Center helps Severna Park chiropractic patients discover 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 determine B12 levels more precisely. Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more accurate way to determine B12 levels. MMA is elevated in 90–98% of patients with B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid stays in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 does not change it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can identify 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) Back And Neck Care Center encourages Severna Park 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), reduced 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, Severna Park chiropractic patients may want to start by addressing the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Back And Neck Care Center is certainly ready to discuss supplementation ideas with you as well. It is all part of the Severna Park chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Severna Park chiropractic appointment at Back And Neck Care Center today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank you for getting your B vitamin levels checked via the MMA connection!

Back And Neck Care Center knows B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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