Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B
vitamins. But study a little about MMA - methylmalonic
acid. That is a big word! It’s an even bigger conversion
element to comprehend and test. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn shares just how
B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are tested
and how crucial they are to a smooth functioning
body system. Ashburn vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed.
Your Ashburn chiropractor is just the one to put a
spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the
B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN
Researchers have acknowledged for
some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can produce serious 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) Recently,
researchers studied more deeply 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 concluded
that folate and B-12 deficiencies damaged memory
function by hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and disturbing
the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely linked!
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn helps Ashburn chiropractic patients find
out 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 accurately.
Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more accurate way
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 convert
it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can detect
vitamin B12 deficiency earlier. The body produces very
little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – on
its own. MMA levels rise in the blood and urine if there is
not sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4)
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn urges Ashburn chiropractic patients
to check B levels and increase them as needed.
HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS
Potential issues contributing to B12
deficiency are insufficient 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, Ashburn
chiropractic patients may choose to address
the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods.
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is definitely ready to chat about
supplementation ideas with you as well. It
is all part of the Ashburn chiropractic treatment plan!
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
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Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic visit
at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for getting your B vitamin levels checked via
the MMA connection!