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’s an even bigger conversion
element to comprehend and test. The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR 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. Colorado Springs vitamin B deficiencies need to be checked.
Your Colorado Springs chiropractor is just the one to shine a
spotlight on them. Chiropractic services take care of the
B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN
Researchers have known for
some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause serious 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 (increases) levels. (1) Lately,
researchers investigated more in depth just how 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 impaired memory
function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and upsetting
the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately linked!
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR helps Colorado Springs chiropractic patients discover just what their B vitamin levels are currently 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 define B12 levels more accurately.
Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more preceise means
to figure out B12 levels. MMA is increased in
90–98% of patients with B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid stays
in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 doesn’t change
it properly. 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 rise in the blood and urine if there is
not sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4)
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR urges Colorado Springs chiropractic patients
to check B levels and increase 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), 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, Colorado Springs
chiropractic patients may choose to address
the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods.
The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR is certainly prepared to discuss
supplementation ideas with you as well. It
is all part of the Colorado Springs chiropractic treatment plan!
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at The Chiropractic TRUhealthDR today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank
you for getting your B vitamin levels checked via
the MMA connection!