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Toronto Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B vitamins. But learn a little 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 shine a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services take care of the whole person!

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!

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