Importance of Vitamins and Minerals After Bariatric Surgery
In all likelihood, your surgeon or a nutritionist told you that taking vitamins for life would be necessary after bariatric surgery. This is for good reason, as described below. Don’t be worried about it being burdensome. With BariatricPal Multivitamin One and BariatricPal Calcium Soft Chews with Probiotics, it is easy to get your nutrients every day!*
Background on Vitamins and Minerals
Vitamins and many minerals are essential nutrients. That means that your body needs them, in sufficient quantities, to stay healthy. Vitamins and minerals are called micronutrients because you only need them in relatively small amounts compared to the macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
Vitamins include vitamin A, the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. Examples of minerals include calcium, copper, zinc, selenium, iron, and magnesium. Some are easier than others to get in sufficient quantities from foods, but BariatricPal Multivitamin One and BariatricPal Calcium Soft Chews have each of these, and more.
Benefits of Vitamins and Minerals
Different micronutrients have different roles in your body. They are needed for energy metabolism, muscle function, heart, brain, and muscle health, and production of new tissues, for starters.
Being deficient in one or more micronutrients can lead to deficiency diseases or symptoms. You might feel tired, weak, sluggish, or lightheaded, for example. Longer term, deficiencies can sometimes cause trouble such as lower bone mineral density or peripheral nerve damage.
Taking a multivitamin and mineral supplement and any supporting supplements can prevent deficiencies and have these effects.*
- Support normal energy metabolism.
- Support healthy blood sugar levels.
- Promote a normal mood.
- Support muscle, brain, heart, bone, and joint health.
Reasons for Increased Risk for Deficiency After Bariatric Surgery
Many people can get the vitamins and minerals they need just from eating a wide variety of healthy foods, but that is unlikely to be the case for bariatric surgery patients. Here are reasons why.
- Food intake is lower.
- Food types and variety may be restricted.
- Food intolerances may prevent normal intake.
- Malabsorptive bariatric procedures can limit absorption of nutrients.
Best Multivitamin and Calcium Supplements After Bariatric Surgery
Taking vitamins is easier when you have the right ones, such as BariatricPal Multivitamin One and BariatricPal Calcium Soft Chews with Probiotics. They come with amounts of nutrients in line with ASMBS recommendations, and they are easy to take.
BariatricPal Multivitamin One has 22 vitamins and minerals. Choose from easy-to-swallow coated tablets or pleasantly flavored chewable tablets. You also get to select your level of iron, or choose the one your provider recommends.
BariatricPal Calcium Soft Chews with Probiotics can help make up the difference, since it is best to take calcium separately from your multivitamin. When you taste these chews, you will look forward to your calcium supplement every day. They are delicious, and come in these flavors.
- Strawberry Watermelon
- Belgian Chocolate
- French Vanilla Caramel
- Wild Grape
- Caramel Apple
- Orange Creamsicle
- Pina Colada
- Blue Raspberry
- Chocolate Mint
Each chew has 500 mg of calcium, 20 mcg of vitamin D, and 250 million CFU of probiotics, or gut-friendly bacteria. Each bag has 90 soft chews.
When it comes to vitamins and minerals after bariatric surgery, it is best to follow your provider’s recommendations. That way, you can lower the risk of deficiencies and symptoms that can come with them. BariatricPal Multivitamin One and BariatricPal Calcium Soft Chews with Probiotics can help you get your nutrients* without fuss. Give them a try!
*The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated these statements. BariatricPal Store products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone with a medical condition should seek the advice of a licensed medical practitioner. Individual results may vary.