Manchester Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

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. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are connected, how they are checked and how essential they are to a smooth functioning body system. Manchester vitamin B deficiencies need to be revealed. Your Manchester chiropractor is just the one to shine a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the whole person!

B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN

Researchers have acknowledged 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) Lately, researchers explored more in depth just how vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are related to metabolic diseases and affected memory function, cognitive impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They reported that folate and B-12 deficiencies damaged memory function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and upsetting the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely linked! Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries helps Manchester 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 pointed to testing methylmalonic acid serum levels to define B12 levels more precisely. Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more preceise means to determine B12 levels. MMA is increased in 90–98% of patients who have B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid remains in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 does not change it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can identify 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) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries encourages Manchester chiropractic patients to check B levels and improve 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), 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, Manchester chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries is definitely ready to chat about supplementation ideas with you as well. It is all part of the Manchester chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Manchester chiropractic appointment at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for having your B vitamin levels checked via the MMA connection!

Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries knows B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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