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Malverne Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B vitamins. But learn a bit about MMA - methylmalonic acid. That is a big word! It is an even bigger conversion element to comprehend and test. Malverne Health & Wellness shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are connected, how they are checked and how essential they are to a smooth operating body system. Malverne vitamin B deficiencies need to be checked. Your Malverne chiropractor is just the one to put a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services take care of the whole person!

B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN

Researchers have known for some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause severe 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 (raises) levels. (1) Recently, researchers investigated more in depth in what way 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 decreased memory function by hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and upsetting the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately connected! Malverne Health & Wellness helps Malverne chiropractic patients discover just what their B vitamin levels are now 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 increased in 90–98% of patients with B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid stays in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 does not convert it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can identify vitamin B12 deficiency sooner. The body produces very little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – on its own. MMA levels increase in the blood and urine if there isn’t sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Malverne Health & Wellness urges Malverne chiropractic patients to check B levels and increase them as needed.

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 raise B12 levels, Malverne chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Malverne Health & Wellness is certainly prepared to chat about supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Malverne chiropractic treatment plan!

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

Malverne Health & Wellness points out B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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