Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B
vitamins. But learn a bit about MMA - methylmalonic
acid. That’s a big word! It is an even bigger conversion
element to comprehend and test. Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre shares just how
B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are connected, how they are checked
and how crucial they are to a smooth functioning
body system. Toronto vitamin B deficiencies need to be noticed.
Your Toronto 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 trigger severe and irreversible
damage to the brain and nervous system. Such deficiency is really
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 connected
to metabolic diseases and influenced memory function, cognitive
impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They concluded
that folate and B-12 deficiencies damaged memory
function by hindering hippocampal insulin signaling and disturbing
the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely connected!
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre helps Toronto 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 way
to determine B12 levels. MMA is elevated in
90–98% of patients who have B12 deficiency. Why? Methylmalonic acid stays
in the myelin sheath of the nerve if B12 does not convert
it properly. A blood test for MMA can detect
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 is
not enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4)
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre urges Toronto 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), 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, Toronto
chiropractic patients may choose to address
the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods.
Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is certainly prepared to chat about
supplementation ideas with you as well. It
is all part of the Toronto chiropractic treatment plan!
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Schedule your Toronto chiropractic appointment
at Yorkville Chiropractic and Wellness Centre today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for having your B vitamin levels tested via
the MMA connection!