Getting enough vitamins and minerals can prevent deficiencies and reduce the risk for problems such as iron-deficiency anemia, weakened bones, or nutrient deficiency-induced nerve damage. Proper nutrition boosts the immune system and supports proper metabolism.
After weight loss surgery and while on a restrictive weight loss diet, your doctor may recommend taking bariatric vitamins. It is good to ask about a multivitamin and mineral supplement, plus any specialty supplements, such a calcium, iron, or vitamin B12 supplement, just to be sure you get enough.
There are many different ways to get your vitamins. Some people prefer swallowing theirs, while other people cannot swallow them or do not want to. However you prefer to get your vitamins, we have ideas for you. Also be sure to check out our Vitamin Guides to see which vitamins and products are recommended for each type of bariatric surgery.
Capsules are the traditional type of vitamin. They are a hard pill that you swallow whole so they can dissolve and be absorbed once in your digestive system. Multivitamins, Calcium and Vitamin D, Iron and Vitamin C, and Vegetarian Biotin Capsules are just a sampling of your options here.
Chewable Tables and Soft Chews
Chewable vitamin tablets can turn taking your vitamins into a pleasant experience, since they are flavored and you get to chew on them. Multivitamins, Calcium, Iron, and B12 are some of the varieties here. Flavor profiles can include Caramel, Orange, Berry, and Lemon, so vitamin time can be something to look forward to each day.
Vitamin Patches can include all kinds of vitamins, including Multivitamin blends, Calcium, and Iron. There are also specialty patches, such as for boosting metabolism, improving sleep, and supporting joints. Patches let you get vitamins without swallowing anything, which can be a great advantage after bariatric surgery when you may be having trouble swallowing.
Liquid vitamins are super easy to take. You just have to mix them into water or another liquid and sip them down. They can be ideal after bariatric surgery when you feel unable to swallow something as substantial as a capsule or even a chewable tablet or vitamin chew. They are available in Multivitamins, Calcium and Magnesium, and Liquid Iron.
BariatricPal Protein One
Whether you are on a liquid diet, you are looking for extra nutrition, or you find protein shakes to be easier than regular meals, BariatricPal Protein One Shakescan help you out. They contain over 20 grams of protein and 20 vitamins and minerals, plus fiber. Their delicious flavors include Cinnamon Swirl, Creamy French Vanilla, Double Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter, and Cookies and Cream, along with unflavored Natural that you can blend with anything!
Bariatric vitamins can be essential for post-op success, and there is sure to be a kind that works for you. The BariatricPal Store has a full range of multivitamins and specialty supplements to keep you going strong, and they are available in different forms to keep you in your comfort zone and enable you to focus on other parts of weight loss and health.