Vancouver 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 understand and test. Vancouver Spine Care Centre shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are tested and how crucial they are to a smooth operating body system. Vancouver vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed. Your Vancouver chiropractor is just the one to shine a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the whole person!

B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN

Researchers have recognized for some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can trigger serious 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 (increases) levels. (1) Recently, researchers studied 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 concluded that folate and B-12 deficiencies decreased memory function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and bothering the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately connected! Vancouver Spine Care Centre helps Vancouver chiropractic patients discover 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 pointed to testing methylmalonic acid serum levels to define B12 levels more precisely. Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more accurate means to determine B12 levels. MMA is increased in 90–98% of patients who have 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 detect vitamin B12 deficiency sooner. The body makes very little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – on its own. MMA levels rise in the blood and urine if there isn’t sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Vancouver Spine Care Centre urges Vancouver chiropractic patients to check B levels and improve them as necessary.

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, Vancouver chiropractic patients may want to start by addressing the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Vancouver Spine Care Centre is certainly ready to chat about supplementation ideas with you as well. It is all part of the Vancouver chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Vancouver chiropractic appointment at Vancouver Spine Care Centre today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for having your B vitamin levels tested via the MMA connection!

Vancouver Spine Care Centre knows B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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