Baton Rouge Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B vitamins. But study a bit about MMA - methylmalonic acid. That’s a big word! It is an even bigger conversion element to comprehend and test. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are connected, how they are checked and how essential they are to a smooth functioning body system. Baton Rouge vitamin B deficiencies need to be revealed. Your Baton Rouge chiropractor is just the one to put 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 cause 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) Lately, researchers studied more in depth 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 decided 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 intimately connected! Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation helps Baton Rouge chiropractic patients discover just what their B vitamin levels are currently so they can boost 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 determine B12 levels more accurately. Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more preceise means to figure out B12 levels. MMA is elevated in 90–98% of patients with B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid remains in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 doesn’t convert it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can identify vitamin B12 deficiency earlier. The body makes 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) Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation encourages Baton Rouge chiropractic patients to check B levels and increase them as necessary.

HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS

Potential issues leading to B12 deficiency are inadequate intake of B12 through diet (animal products [eggs, meat, milk] and algae), impaired 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 improve B12 levels, Baton Rouge chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation is definitely prepared to discuss supplementation ideas with you as well. It is all part of the Baton Rouge chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Baton Rouge chiropractic appointment at Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank you for getting your B vitamin levels tested via the MMA connection!

Capitol Spine & Rehabilitation points out B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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