How complete is your “Complete Multivitamin?
We all know that we need vitamins and minerals and if you’ve had bariatric surgery it’s even more important. Vitamin supplementation can be complicated and expensive, but your surgeons and dietitians are telling you to take bariatric specific vitamin supplements, so there must be a reason for it right?
Beware of the “Complete Multivitamin.”
Your dietitian or surgeon has hopefully recommended a bariatric multivitamin for your life after bariatric surgery. The list of “bariatric specific multivitamin” companies is growing by the minute with only a handful of appropriate contenders. Some multivitamins that are designed specifically for bariatric surgery patients have less than adequate levels of crucial vitamins and minerals (or completely omit key vitamins/minerals). It’s important to know what you need as a bariatric patient and that not all multivitamins are created equal. Bariatric surgery patients are at a higher risk of developing vitamin deficiencies than those with unaltered gastrointestinal tracts. Vitamin supplementation helps mitigate the risk of developing deficiencies, but when the vitamin supplements are inadequate we run into issues.
Bari Life® is the formulation that helps patients keep a healthy promise, and it makes that commitment easier to swallow – more convenient, more economical, and more nutritionally complete. Bari Life® multivitamins are designed specifically for patients who have had gastric bypass surgery, vertical sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, lap band surgery, and the gastric balloon.
Bariatric Vitamins Guide
While foods are the best sources of vitamins and minerals, sometimes it is difficult to get everything your body needs into your diet. This is especially true for those who have undergone bariatric surgery. Because not everyone is able to get all of the nutrition needed from their diet, medical research has found the specific vitamins that are essential for the body and created supplements to help.
Bariatric surgery dramatically decreases the body's ability to absorb vitamins and nutrients and/or restricts the amount of food you can consume. This results in malnutrition, or vitamin and mineral deficiencies, that can be detrimental to your health.
Vitamins and minerals are needed after surgery so the body can heal properly. They also regulate the metabolism and help convert calories into energy. Unlike carbohydrates, protein, and fat, vitamins and minerals are only needed in small doses.
The body needs minerals to create bodily fluids, maintain healthy teeth and bones, make healthy blood, and regulate vital functions such as nerve and heart functions. Here are some specific vitamins and minerals that are needed after bariatric surgery.