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
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!
CONTACT Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries
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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!