Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B
vitamins. But study a little about MMA - methylmalonic
acid. That’s a big word! It is an even bigger conversion
element to comprehend and test. Cross Chiropractic Center shares just how
B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are connected, how they are tested
and how crucial they are to a smooth operating
body system. Sandy Springs vitamin B deficiencies need to be checked.
Your Sandy Springs chiropractor is just the one to put a
spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the
B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN
Researchers have known for
some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can produce serious 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 explored more deeply 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 damaged memory
function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and bothering
the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely connected!
Cross Chiropractic Center helps Sandy Springs 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 indicated that testing
methylmalonic acid serum levels to define B12 levels more precisely.
Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more preceise 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 doesn’t convert
it properly. A blood test for MMA can detect
vitamin B12 deficiency sooner. The body makes very
little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – by itself. MMA levels increase in the blood and urine if there isn’t sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4)
Cross Chiropractic Center urges Sandy Springs chiropractic patients
to check B levels and increase them as needed.
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 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, Sandy Springs
chiropractic patients may choose to address
the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods.
Cross Chiropractic Center is definitely ready to discuss
supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Sandy Springs chiropractic treatment plan!
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Schedule your Sandy Springs chiropractic appointment
at Cross Chiropractic Center today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank
you for getting your B vitamin levels tested via
the MMA connection!