Pflugerville 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 is an even bigger conversion element to comprehend and test. Pflugerville Wellness Center shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are connected, how they are checked and how crucial they are to a smooth functioning body system. Pflugerville vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed. Your Pflugerville 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 recognized for some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause serious 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) Recently, researchers explored more in depth just how 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 disturbing the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely linked! Pflugerville Wellness Center helps Pflugerville chiropractic patients discover just what their B vitamin levels are now so they can boost 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 elevated in 90–98% of patients who have B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid remains in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 doesn’t change it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can identify vitamin B12 deficiency earlier. 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 isn’t enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Pflugerville Wellness Center urges Pflugerville chiropractic patients to check B levels and improve them as necessary.

HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS

Potential issues contributing to B12 deficiency are insufficient intake of B12 through diet (animal products [eggs, meat, milk] and algae), impaired 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 raise B12 levels, Pflugerville chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Pflugerville Wellness Center is certainly ready to discuss supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Pflugerville chiropractic treatment plan!

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

Pflugerville Wellness Center points out B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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