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
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!