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Richmond 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 is a big word! It is an even bigger conversion element to comprehend and test. Johnson Chiropractic shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are tested and how crucial they are to a smooth operating body system. Richmond vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed. Your Richmond chiropractor is just the one to put a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services take care of the whole person!

B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN

Researchers have known for some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can produce 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 (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 decreased memory function by hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and disturbing the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately linked! Johnson Chiropractic helps Richmond chiropractic patients find out just what their B vitamin levels are now so they can boost 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 means to figure out B12 levels. MMA is increased in 90–98% of patients who have B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid stays in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 doesn’t convert it properly. A blood test for MMA can identify vitamin B12 deficiency sooner. The body makes very little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – on its own. MMA levels increase in the blood and urine if there isn’t enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Johnson Chiropractic encourages Richmond chiropractic patients to check B levels and improve 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 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 raise B12 levels, Richmond chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Johnson Chiropractic is certainly prepared to discuss supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Richmond chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Richmond chiropractic visit at Johnson Chiropractic today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for having your B vitamin levels checked via the MMA connection!

Johnson Chiropractic knows B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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