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Brooks Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B vitamins. But learn a little about MMA - methylmalonic acid. That’s a big word! It’s an even bigger conversion element to comprehend and test. Soft Health and Healing Clinic shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are connected, how they are tested and how essential they are to a smooth operating body system. Brooks vitamin B deficiencies need to be revealed. Your Brooks 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 known for some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can trigger severe 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 (raises) levels. (1) Lately, researchers studied 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 reported that folate and B-12 deficiencies decreased memory function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and upsetting the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately connected! Soft Health and Healing Clinic helps Brooks chiropractic patients discover just what their B vitamin levels are currently so they can elevate 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 accurate 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 does not change it properly. A blood test for MMA can identify 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 is not sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Soft Health and Healing Clinic encourages Brooks chiropractic patients to check B levels and increase them as needed.

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 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, Brooks chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Soft Health and Healing Clinic is definitely ready to discuss supplementation ideas with you as well. It is all part of the Brooks chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Brooks chiropractic visit at Soft Health and Healing Clinic today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank you for having your B vitamin levels checked via the MMA connection!

Soft Health and Healing Clinic points out B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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