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San Jose 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. 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 whole person!

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 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 (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!

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