010: Functional Blood Chemistry Sneak Peek: Understanding Vitamin B12, MMA and Folate
As an alternative healthcare practitioner, the more you know about blood chemistry, the more value you can add to a patient’s life. And one of the most common markers we pay attention to is vitamin B12. But there are two other markers that need to be evaluated in conjunction with B12 - methylmalonic acid (MMA), and folate. However, it may not be intuitive as to how these three markers relate to one another when reviewing your patients’ blood labs. If you use these three markers to guide your dietary, lifestyle and nutritional recommendations, you can help drastically improve patient outcomes. Today’s podcast is a sneak peek from a recent blood chemistry seminar I taught for healthcare professionals. If you want a deeper understanding of how these vitamin B12, methylmalonic acid and folate work together along with tips for explaining them to your patients, this episode will give you a quick primer and is a great place to start. Gold Nuggets Why a B12 excess or deficiency on a blood test can indicate a number of potential conditions, many of which are treatable. What MMA is, how it is linked to B12 levels, and how to interpret irregularities in MMA levels. Why our bodies need folate, how it is linked to both MMA and B12 levels, and what both high and low folate levels mean for patients. How common medications can interfere with B12, MMA, and folate levels. Get Today's Show Notes To get access to today's show notes, including a transcript & links to all the resources mentioned, visit RondaNelson.com/10 Connect with Dr. Ronda Nelson Facebook Instagram YouTube Social Community Monthly Newsletter Rate & Review the Podcast If you enjoyed today’s episode of The Clinical Entrepreneur, hit the subscribe button in Apple Podcasts, (or wherever you listen) so future episodes are automatically downloaded directly to your device. You can also help by providing an honest rating & review over on Apple Podcasts. Reviews go a long way in helping us build awareness so that we can impact even more people. THANK YOU!