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Fort Wayne Chiropractic Care Checks for Vitamin B Deficiency and MMA

April 14, 2020

Boost your brain (and gut and nervous system) power with B vitamins. But learn a little about MMA - methylmalonic acid. That is a big word! It is an even bigger conversion element to understand and test. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc shares just how B vitamins and methylmalonic acid are related, how they are checked and how crucial they are to a smooth operating body system. Fort Wayne vitamin B deficiencies need to be revealed. Your Fort Wayne chiropractor is just the one to put a spotlight on them. Chiropractic services address the whole person!


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 deeply in what way vitamin B9 folate and B12 deficiencies are related to metabolic diseases and influenced memory function, cognitive impairment, glucose metabolism and inflammation modulation. They reported that folate and B-12 deficiencies decreased memory function by hampering hippocampal insulin signaling and bothering the gut microbiota. (2) The gut and brain are closely connected! Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc helps Fort Wayne chiropractic patients discover just what their B vitamin levels are now so they can elevate them as needed to safeguard the brain and the gut.


New research indicated that testing methylmalonic acid serum levels to define B12 levels more precisely. Testing for methylmalonic acid serum levels is a more preceise means 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 doesn’t convert it appropriately. A blood test for MMA can identify vitamin B12 deficiency earlier. The body produces very little MMA – necessary for metabolism and energy production – by itself. MMA levels increase in the blood and urine if there is not enough vitamin B12 available for conversion. (3,4) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc urges Fort Wayne chiropractic patients to check B levels and increase them as needed.


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 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, Fort Wayne chiropractic patients may want to start by addressing the dietary intake of more vitamin B12-rich foods. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is definitely ready to discuss supplementation ideas with you as well. It’s all part of the Fort Wayne chiropractic treatment plan!

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Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic visit at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today. Your brain, gut and nervous system will appreciate for getting your B vitamin levels tested via the MMA connection!

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