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Largo 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. Hollstrom & Associates Inc shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are checked and how essential they are to a smooth operating body system. Largo vitamin B deficiencies need to be revealed. Your Largo chiropractor is just the one to shine a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the whole person!

B12 DEFICIENCY EFFECT ON BRAIN

Researchers have known for some time that Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause serious 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) Recently, researchers explored more deeply just how vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are related to metabolic diseases and affected memory function, cognitive impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They concluded that folate and B-12 deficiencies impaired memory function by hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and upsetting the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are intimately linked! Hollstrom & Associates Inc helps Largo chiropractic patients find out just what their B vitamin levels are currently 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 determine B12 levels more accurately. Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more preceise means 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 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 is not enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Hollstrom & Associates Inc encourages Largo chiropractic patients to check B levels and improve them as necessary.

HOW TO IMPROVE B12 LEVELS

Potential issues contributing to B12 deficiency are insufficient intake of B12 through diet (animal products [eggs, meat, milk] and algae), weakened 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, Largo chiropractic patients may choose to address the dietary consumption of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Hollstrom & Associates Inc is definitely ready to chat about supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Largo chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Largo chiropractic visit at Hollstrom & Associates Inc today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will thank you for having your B vitamin levels tested via the MMA connection!

Hollstrom & Associates Inc knows B vitamin deficiencies and MMA levels may affect the brain and nervous system functions.  
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