Vitamins – why and what?

“Which supplement is best?”

“Do I really need to keep taking these?”

“Are the supermarket ones REALLY that different?”

“Can’t I just buy something cheaper?”

These are just a few of the question we get asked regularly about vitamin and mineral supplements.

There are a few key facts about vitamin and mineral supplements that you need to know:

  • After weight loss surgery, you are highly unlikely to get all the vitamins and minerals you need from the food you eat. This is due to both a reduced food intake and altered absorption after sleeve and bypass surgeries.
  • There will always be someone who will say you don’t need supplements. This contradicts a large body of scientific research, meaning they are poorly informed about the risk of vitamin and mineral deficiencies post surgery.
  • To ensure your vitamin regime is suited to you, you need regular, ongoing blood tests. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies develop over time, so a good blood test result at six months post surgery does not mean you will be fine six years post surgery.
  • Supermarket multivitamins are not a good option following surgery. They may have a broad range of nutrients, however are not high in the specific nutrients that are at greatest risk of deficiency post surgery.
  • Weight loss surgery specific multivitamin and mineral supplements are the best option, meeting the most Recommended Dietary Intakes and are higher in some of the key, at risk nutrients post surgery.
  • Even with the weight loss surgery specific multivitamin and mineral supplements, you may still need additional calcium, iron and B12 supplements.

All of the weight loss surgery specific vitamins are great options. Far better than other vitamin and mineral supplements commonly available. We regularly review the contents of a range of commercially available supplements and stay on top of the evidence that tells us they are best suited to your needs.

To help you choose the best option for you, we have put together a list of some of the pros and cons of each variety.

 

BN Multi Chewable
Pros

  • Contains a broad range of nutrients tailored to your post surgery needs.
  • Chewable, hence a great option in the early post surgery when large tablets should be avoided.

Cons

  • Need to take two per day.

Click here to purchase BN Multi Chewable.

 

BN Multi Capsule
Pros

  • Contains a broad range of nutrients tailored to your post surgery needs.
  • Great option for those who don’t like the taste of chewable.

Cons

  • Need to take two per day.
  • Does not contain any calcium, hence additional calcium supplementation is required for many people.

Click here to purchase BN Multi Capsules.

 

FitForMe Chewable and Capsule 
Pros

  • Contain a broad range of nutrients tailored to your post surgery needs.
  • Only need to take one per day.
  • Both chewable and capsule options are available, making them suitable for both short and long term use.
  • Available in two varieties, Opti and Forte:
    • Opti Multivitamins are specially developed for people who have a sleeve or gastric band
    • Forte Multivitamins are specially developed for people who have a gastric bypass.

Click here to purchase FitForMe

Cons

  • The chewable form does not contain iron. This is provided as a separate tablet. However for most people, additional iron may be required, so taking iron separately is not a huge issue.

 

Nutrichew
Pros

  • Contain a broad range of nutrients tailored to your post surgery needs.
  • Chewable, hence a great option in the early post surgery when large tablets should be avoided.

Cons

  • Need to take two per day.

 

NutriFuel Soluble Powder
Pros

  • Contains a broad range of nutrients tailored to your post surgery needs.
  • Soluble, hence a great option in the early post surgery when large tablets should be avoided.
  • Vitamins, minerals and fluid all in one.
  • One dose per day.
  • Higher in calcium when compared with tablet and chewable options. It contains 700mg of the 1200-1500mg you need to aim for each day which means you may need less additional calcium supplements.

Click here to purchase NutriFuel Soluble Powder.

 

Barilife Powder
Pros

  • Contain the best range of nutrients tailored to your post surgery needs available in Australia.
  • Soluble, hence a great option in the early post surgery when large tablets should be avoided.
  • Vitamins, minerals and fluid all in one.
  • One dose per day.
  • Highest in calcium when compared with other weight loss surgery specific options in Australia. It contains 1000mg of the 1200-1500mg you need to aim for each day which means you may need less additional calcium supplements.

 

Barilife Tablets

Pros

  • Contain a broad range of nutrients tailored to your post surgery needs.
  • Great option for those who don’t like the taste of chewable tablets or powders longer term.
  • Highest in calcium when compared with other weight loss surgery specific tablet/capsule options. One dose contains 750mg of the 1200-1500mg you need to aim for each day, which means you may need less additional calcium supplements.

Cons

  • Need to take three tablets per day.

 

If you need specific help matching your supplements to your diet and blood test results, check out our support options.

 

 

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