If you are a weight loss surgery patient you need to take special bariatric surgery multivitamin after surgery. These supplements contain all of the nutrients you need in small, convenient chewable or liquid form.
Bariatric Specific Vitamins
When choosing a bariatric specialty multivitamin, be sure to read the label carefully and speak with your doctor or dietitian about your needs. They should be able to help you determine how much of each nutrient you need daily.
If you have undergone a malabsorptive procedure such as VSG, RYGB or BPD-DS you will need a bariatric vitamin that contains 500 mcg of vitamin B12 per day. Most bariatric multivitamins will have this amount, but it is still important to speak with your doctor or dietitian if your blood levels are low.
Understanding Bariatric Multivitamin Requirements for Long-Term Health
The mineral calcium is critical for bone, muscle and nerve function. Most bariatric multivitamins include calcium, but you should also consider adding a calcium supplement to your regimen.
Most bariatric multivitamins contain at least 45 mg of iron, but you may need to add an extra supplement if you have undergone a malabsorptive surgery such as VSG or RYGB. Your surgeon or dietitian will be able to provide you with recommendations on how much iron is required after your surgery.
Once you have selected a bariatric multivitamin, start by taking one capsule each day with food for the first four weeks. Once you are accustomed to taking this high-potency product, you can take it without food as well.