Groton 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 is an even bigger conversion element to understand and test. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office 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. Groton vitamin B deficiencies need to be checked. Your Groton 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 trigger serious and irreversible damage to the brain and nervous system. Such deficiency is truly an issue for homocysteine (slows the conversion of methionine to homocysteine which converts to other amino acids via B12, B11, and B6) and methylmalonic acid (raises) levels. (1) Lately, researchers investigated more in depth in what way 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 hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and disturbing the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely linked! Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office helps Groton chiropractic patients find out just what their B vitamin levels are now 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 determine 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 convert it properly. A blood test for MMA can identify 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 is not sufficient vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office encourages Groton chiropractic patients to check B levels and increase them as needed.

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), 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, Groton chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office is definitely prepared to chat about supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Groton chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Groton chiropractic appointment at Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank you for getting your B vitamin levels checked via the MMA connection!

Shoreline Medical Services/ Hutter Chiropractic Office knows B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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