Eugene Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B vitamins. But study a bit about MMA - methylmalonic acid. That is a big word! It is an even bigger conversion element to understand and test. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are connected, how they are checked and how important they are to a smooth functioning body system. Eugene vitamin B deficiencies need to be checked. Your Eugene chiropractor is just the one to put a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the whole person!

B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN

Researchers have known for some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can produce severe 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) Lately, researchers studied more deeply in what way vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are connected 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 hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and upsetting the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately linked! Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic helps Eugene chiropractic patients find out just what their B vitamin levels are currently so they can elevate them as needed to protect the brain and the gut.

HOW TO TEST FOR B12 LEVEL

New research indicated that 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 elevated in 90–98% of patients with B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid remains in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 does not change it properly. 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 rise in the blood and urine if there is not enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic urges Eugene chiropractic patients to check B levels and improve them as necessary.

HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS

Potential issues leading to B12 deficiency are inadequate 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 improve B12 levels, Eugene chiropractic patients may want to start by addressing the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic is certainly ready to chat about supplementation ideas with you as well. It is all part of the Eugene chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Eugene chiropractic visit at Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for getting your B vitamin levels tested via the MMA connection!

Rethwill Chiropractic Clinic knows B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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