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
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 needed.
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!