Paramus 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’s a big word! It’s an even bigger conversion element to understand and test. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are connected, how they are checked and how important they are to a smooth functioning body system. Paramus vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed. Your Paramus chiropractor is just the one to shine 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 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 investigated more in depth 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 decided that folate and B-12 deficiencies damaged memory function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and upsetting the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely connected! Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center helps Paramus chiropractic patients discover 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 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 increased 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 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 rise in the blood and urine if there isn’t sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center urges Paramus chiropractic patients to check B levels and increase 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), reduced 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, Paramus chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center is definitely ready to chat about supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Paramus chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Paramus chiropractic visit at Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank you for getting your B vitamin levels checked via the MMA connection!

Paramus Medical & Sports Rehabilitation Center points out B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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