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Ashburn Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

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 whole person!

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!

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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!

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn points out B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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