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.