Pensacola 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’s an even bigger conversion element to comprehend and test. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are connected, how they are checked and how important they are to a smooth operating body system. Pensacola vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed. Your Pensacola 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 trigger serious and irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system. Such deficiency is really 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 (increases) levels. (1) Recently, researchers explored more deeply just how vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are related to metabolic diseases and influenced memory function, cognitive impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They reported that folate and B-12 deficiencies impaired memory function by hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and disturbing the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately connected! Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center helps Pensacola chiropractic patients discover just what their B vitamin levels are currently so they can elevate them as needed to safeguard 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 preceise 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 change it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can detect vitamin B12 deficiency earlier. The body makes very little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – on its own. MMA levels increase in the blood and urine if there is not enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center encourages Pensacola chiropractic patients to check B levels and improve them as needed.

HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS

Potential issues leading to B12 deficiency are insufficient intake of B12 through diet (animal products [eggs, meat, milk] and algae), weakened 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, Pensacola chiropractic patients may want to start by addressing the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center is definitely ready to discuss supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Pensacola chiropractic treatment plan!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast With Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses the importance of chiropractic care and gentle spinal manipulation via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to preserve a healthy immune system including the nervous system.

Schedule your Pensacola chiropractic appointment at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank you for getting your B vitamin levels checked via the MMA connection!

Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center knows B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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