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McHenry 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’s an even bigger conversion element to understand and test. Spengel Chiropractic shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are checked and how essential they are to a smooth functioning body system. McHenry vitamin B deficiencies need to be revealed. Your McHenry chiropractor is just the one to shine a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the whole person!

B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN

Researchers have recognized for some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can trigger 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 (raises) levels. (1) Recently, 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 decided 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 linked! Spengel Chiropractic helps McHenry chiropractic patients discover just what their B vitamin levels are currently so they can boost 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 determine B12 levels more precisely. Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more preceise way to figure out 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 change it appropriately. 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 increase in the blood and urine if there is not enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Spengel Chiropractic urges McHenry chiropractic patients to check B levels and increase them as necessary.

HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS

Potential issues leading to B12 deficiency are insufficient 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 raise B12 levels, McHenry chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Spengel Chiropractic is definitely ready to discuss supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the McHenry chiropractic treatment plan!

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

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