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. The Novelli Wellness Center shares just how
B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are checked
and how crucial they are to a smooth operating
body system. Buffalo, NY vitamin B deficiencies need to be checked.
Your Buffalo, NY chiropractor is just the one to put a
spotlight on them. Chiropractic services take care of the
B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN
Researchers have acknowledged for
some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can produce severe and irreversible
damage to the brain and nervous system. Such deficiency is truly
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 investigated 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 decided
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 connected!
The Novelli Wellness Center helps Buffalo, NY 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 precisely.
Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more accurate means
to determine 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 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)
The Novelli Wellness Center encourages Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients
to check B levels and increase them as needed.
HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS
Potential issues contributing to B12
deficiency are inadequate intake of B12 through diet (animal
products [eggs, meat, milk] and algae), impaired
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, Buffalo, NY
chiropractic patients may choose to address
the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods.
The Novelli Wellness Center is certainly ready to discuss
supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Buffalo, NY chiropractic treatment plan!
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Schedule your Buffalo, NY chiropractic visit
at The Novelli Wellness Center today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank
you for having your B vitamin levels tested via
the MMA connection!