Getting enough of the right nutrients after multivitamin bariatric surgery can be difficult. A bariatric multivitamin provides an easy way to meet your vitamin and mineral needs.
Depending on the brand and size of the vitamin you’ll need between 1 and 4 pills, or chewable tablets, per day. The number of supplements you take can have a big impact on your likelihood of sticking with your daily regimen.
Bariatric multivitamins typically have a higher concentration of key nutrients than standard, non-bariatric multivitamins. These include iron, Vitamin B12, calcium with vitamin D, and other nutrients that support the body’s natural processes after bariatric surgery.
A high-potency, once-a-day bariatric multivitamin is formulated to provide the highest levels of critical vitamins and minerals. These supplements are especially important for patients who are undergoing weight loss surgery.
The best bariatric multivitamins will offer the recommended amounts of all of the key nutrients and minerals that are most commonly needed after bariatric surgery, including B12, folic acid, and calcium. They will also provide iron if necessary to prevent deficiencies that can occur after surgery.
What to Look for in a Bariatric Multivitamin
You should always read the label carefully and consult with your doctor or dietitian before starting any new supplement regimen. It is especially important to speak with your doctor if you’re pregnant, nursing, anticipate surgery, take medication on a regular basis, or are under medical supervision.
For patients who undergo a gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, or adjustable gastric band procedure, we recommend choosing a multivitamin that is a liquid or chewable for the first few months following surgery. It may take a few days for your stomach to digest the liquid or chewable, but once it does you should be able to enjoy the benefits of the vitamins and minerals that are now available to you!