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
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!