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Carrolltown Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

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 understand and test. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation 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. Carrolltown vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed. Your Carrolltown 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 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 (decelerates 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 investigated more deeply in what way 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 decreased memory function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and bothering the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately connected! Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation helps Carrolltown chiropractic patients discover just what their B vitamin levels are now so they can boost them as needed to protect 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 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 doesn’t convert it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can identify vitamin B12 deficiency earlier. The body produces very little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – on its own. MMA levels rise in the blood and urine if there is not sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation urges Carrolltown 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 raise B12 levels, Carrolltown chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation is certainly prepared to chat about supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Carrolltown chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Carrolltown chiropractic appointment at Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for having your B vitamin levels tested via the MMA connection!

Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation points out B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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