Bariatric surgery has been a boon for many morbidly obese people who can’t seem to lose weight through diet or exercise. In many cases, the surgery is literally life-saving and has resolved such maladies as Type 2 diabetes and hypertension.
However, with some bariatric surgeries the way the body digests food changes in sometimes drastic ways. For example, some vitamins need to pass through the gastric juices in the stomach for the body to use them, and this can no longer happen if the stomach is bypassed.
Because of this, bariatric patients need to take supplements to make sure they get the right amount of vitamins and minerals to support their health.
Vitamin C is crucial for a bariatric patient. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which means it protects the body against damage from free radical molecules, oxygen molecules that steal electrons from other, including DNA.
But vitamin C’s most important function is to maintain a protein called collagen, which helps form connective tissue in the bones, skin, ligaments and other tissue. Because of this, vitamin C is important in wound healing, especially the wounds that were inevitably sustained during the bariatric surgery itself.