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. Chiropractic Solutions shares just how
B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are tested
and how crucial they are to a smooth operating
body system. San Jose vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed.
Your San Jose 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 cause 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 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 decided
that folate and B-12 deficiencies damaged memory
function by hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and bothering
the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely connected!
Chiropractic Solutions helps San Jose 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 accurate way
to figure out B12 levels. MMA is elevated in
90–98% of patients who have B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid stays
in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 doesn’t 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 is
not sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4)
Chiropractic Solutions encourages San Jose chiropractic patients
to check B levels and improve them as necessary.
HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS
Potential issues leading to B12
deficiency are insufficient intake of B12 through diet (animal
products [eggs, meat, milk] and algae), weakened
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, San Jose
chiropractic patients may want to start by addressing
the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods.
Chiropractic Solutions is certainly ready to chat about
supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the San Jose chiropractic treatment plan!
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Schedule your San Jose chiropractic visit
at Chiropractic Solutions today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank
you for getting your B vitamin levels tested via
the MMA connection!