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Auburn Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B vitamins. But learn a little about MMA - methylmalonic acid. That’s a big word! It’s an even bigger conversion element to comprehend and test. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. 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. Auburn vitamin B deficiencies need to be revealed. Your Auburn chiropractor is just the one to shine a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the whole person!

B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN

Researchers have recognized for some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can produce severe 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 (raises) levels. (1) Recently, researchers explored more deeply just how vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are connected to metabolic diseases and influenced memory function, cognitive impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They concluded that folate and B-12 deficiencies decreased memory function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and disturbing the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely linked! Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. helps Auburn chiropractic patients find out 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 pointed to testing methylmalonic acid serum levels to define B12 levels more accurately. Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more preceise way to figure out B12 levels. MMA is elevated in 90–98% of patients who have 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 detect vitamin B12 deficiency sooner. 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 isn’t sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. urges Auburn chiropractic patients to check B levels and improve 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 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, Auburn chiropractic patients may want to start by addressing the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. is certainly prepared to chat about supplementation ideas with you as well. It is all part of the Auburn chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Auburn chiropractic visit at Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank you for having your B vitamin levels checked via the MMA connection!

Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. knows B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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