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New Roads 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 is a big word! It is an even bigger conversion element to understand and test. New Roads 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. New Roads vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed. Your New Roads chiropractor is just the one to shine a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services take care of the whole person!

B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN

Researchers have known for some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can produce severe and irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system. Such deficiency is truly 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 studied more in depth 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 damaged memory function by hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and upsetting the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely connected! New Roads Chiropractic Center helps New Roads chiropractic patients find out 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 indicated that testing methylmalonic acid serum levels to determine B12 levels more precisely. Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more preceise means to determine 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 change 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 – by itself. MMA levels rise in the blood and urine if there isn’t enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) New Roads Chiropractic Center urges New Roads chiropractic patients to check B levels and improve them as necessary.

HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS

Potential issues leading to B12 deficiency are inadequate intake of B12 through diet (animal products [eggs, meat, milk] and algae), impaired absorption due to drugs taken 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, New Roads chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods. New Roads Chiropractic Center is definitely ready to chat about supplementation ideas with you as well. It is all part of the New Roads chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your New Roads chiropractic visit at New Roads Chiropractic Center today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank you for getting your B vitamin levels tested via the MMA connection!

New Roads Chiropractic Center points out B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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