Patients of certain bariatric procedure types may have limited intrinsic factor, a substance produced in the lower part of the stomach, which is needed to absorb vitamin B12. Additionally, certain medications that many patients take before and after surgery can decrease vitamin B12 absorption and stores in the body.
ASMBS guidelines call for 1,000 mcg of vitamin B12 per day for Gastric Bypass (RYGB/RNY) and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG/SG) patients.
Vitamin B12 is a cofactor in essential physiological reactions and plays a very role for important nerves, brain, heart, blood cell production, and DNA, Adequate B12 helps maintain energy metabolism.
The importance of a vitamin B-12 supplement after gastric bypass and certain other forms of weight loss surgery cannot be overstated. The absorption of Vitamin B-12 relies heavily on a healthy, intact gastrointestinal system. Contact time in the stomach and upper region of the small intestines is particularly important. As a result, many individuals are prone to vitamin B-12 deficiency after their procedure. This sublingual supplement from Bariatric Advantage is formulated to provide good protection against B-12 deficiency and can be an excellent alternative to or addition to periodic injections.
Bariatric Advantage B-12 Speedy Melts deliver 1000 micrograms (mcg) of high-quality B-12 (as methylcobalamin) in a fast-melting formula. The 100% lactose-free B-12 supplement is designed to dissolve quickly in your mouth before being swallowed. The B-12 SpeedyMelts formula also incorporates 200 mcg of folic acid. Vitamin B-12 and folic acid are complementary nutrients that support one another’s functions. They are frequently combined due to their collaborative, dynamic relationship.
Bariatric Advantage's latest original B-12 formulation has been specially developed to meet the unique nutritional needs of bariatric surgery patients—and help you reach and maintain their nutritional goals.
Deficiencies of B-12 and folate have been demonstrated with virtually all bariatric surgery procedures. Bariatric Advantage's B-12 was designed to meet the vitamin B-12 needs of individuals who have undergone weight loss surgery. Each tablet provides 1000 micrograms of B-12. This product is a 100 percent lactose-free formula that can be placed under the tongue or between cheek and gum and allowed to dissolve over a period of several minutes. This tablet also contains 200mcg of folic acid. B12 with Folic Acid. Vitamin B-12 and folic acid are synergistic nutrients in the body, supporting many of each other’s functions. The 200 mcg of folic acid in this tablet also means that patients who are or wish to become pregnant can get a full milligram (1000 mcg) of folic acid when they take this product together with any of our multivitamins.
100 Percent Lactose-Free. Some percentage of patients who have undergone weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass or duodenal switch develop lactose intolerance. Others have heard about this potential problem and avoid lactose-containing foods and products without a confirmed problem. The vast majority of B-12 products contain lactose for one of two reasons: 1) the tablet itself contains lactose or 2) the B-12 is titrated in lactose. The latter may not show in the ingredient listing and may cause symptoms for unidentifiable reasons. Our B12 is 100 percent lactose-free. There is no lactose in the base and the B12 ingredient is titrated in calcium. Thus, this is the best choice formula for those who may need to avoid lactose.
Great Taste. We consistently get feedback from customers on the great taste of Bariatric Advantage products, especially their B-12. Great taste fosters compliance and makes the process of taking daily vitamins more pleasant.
Other Ingredients: Mannitol and cornstarch compound, natural flavors, stearic acid (vegetable), magnesium stearate (vegetable), citric acid, and silicon dioxide. Contains: Wheat*.
SUGGESTED USE: Take one tablet daily and allow to dissolve in mouth and swallow, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.
This product is gluten-free.
CAUTION: If you have had gastric surgery and experience persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or other symptoms, contact your healthcare practitioner.
Keep out of reach of children.
STORAGE: Keep tightly closed in a cool, dry place.
*The wheat has been processed to allow this food to meet the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for gluten-free foods.