importance of multivitamin after weight loss

The Importance of Multivitamins After Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric Surgery has permanent effects on how well your body absorbs some nutrients. You’ll need to protect your health. A Bariatric Multivitamin is made to meet your needs easily and safely for the best of your life.


Why not a general multivitamin?

Bariatric Supplements provide higher doses of all of the vitamins affected by your Weight Loss Surgery (WLS). They are based on WLS research – making them safe and effective. Bariatric Vitamins will cover your increased needs better than other general use brands – protecting your health long-term.

There are FOUR key areas in which nutrient deficiency can affect your health.

  1. Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium: Bone Density
  2. Iron, B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folate: Blood, Energy & Immune System
  3. B1, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folate: Nervous System & Mood
  4. Complete Protein: Muscle Tissue & Metabolism


Bone Density

WLS surgery impacts calcium absorption. Even following the Bariatric diet, you’ll need daily calcium supplementation to avoid the risk of health concerns such as brittle bones and dental problems. Recommended daily: Calcium intake of 1500 – 2400mg.


Blood, Energy and Immune System

Iron deficiency affects up to 47% of patients in the first year. This has huge effects on health. Energy, concentration and immune system are all affected by iron deficiency.

  • Lack of Focus
  • Depression
  • Forgetfulness
  • Fatigue
  • Sore/restless legs
  • Anxiety

A daily iron supplement is recommended for all patients.

Recommended daily for maintenance:

For men and post-menopausal women, iron intake of 8mg

For menstruating women, iron intake of 18mg.

Larger doses are required daily to catch up once iron falls low.


Nervous System and Mood

B12 absorption is reduced to approx 1% after WLS. So you’ll need to take a much larger dose every day to keep you healthy.

Signs such as the following need to be addressed by a doctor: 

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Brain Fog
  • Weakness
  • Pins & Needles
  • Burning Feet

Recommended daily: B12 intake of 250 – 500mcg.


Muscle Tissue and Metabolism

A diet high in protein is the key to success after WLS for many reasons.

Meet your target for protein every day to prevent:

  • Muscle Loss
  • Hair Loss
  • Fatigue
  • Slow Metabolism
  • Low Mood
  • Hunger

Recommended daily: Protein intake of 60 – 80g

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