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. 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 will 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 are not aligned with any of the companies that produce these vitamins nor do we receive a commission for recommending them. We simply 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
– 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 Chewables.

BN Multi Capsule
Pros
– Great option for those who don’t like the taste of chewable.
Cons
– Need to take two per day.

Click here to purchase BN Multi Capsules.

Nutrichew
Pros
– 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
– Soluble, hence a great option in the early post surgery when large tablets should be avoided.
– Vitamins and fluid all in one.
– One dose per day.
– Highest in calcium of all the weight loss surgery supplements. It contains 700mg of the 1200-1500mg you need to aim for each day which means you will need less additional calcium supplements.

Click here to purchase NutriFuel Soluble Powder.

Bx Vitality
Pros
– Only need to take one per day.
– Great option for those who don’t like the taste of chewable.

Click here to purchase Bx Vitality. 

If you need specific help matching your supplements to your diet and blood test results, you can book an appointment with our team. For those not in Adelaide, phone and Skype appointments are available on (08) 8359 2411.

Before you go, please grab one of our FREE Weight Loss Surgery Toolkits.

If you are new to weight loss surgery our Getting Started Toolkit is for you. Simply click here to sign up for your copy.

If you had weight loss surgery some time ago, or need help to get back on track, our Reboot toolkit may be just the thing. Click here and we will be sure to get a copy on the way to you.

Hi! We are Justine and Sally. Working with over a thousand people each year preparing for, undergoing, or who have had weight loss surgery, we are here to support you.

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