Why is Calcium So Important?
Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life. The consumption of calcium-rich foods and additional calcium supplements help our body to build bones and keep them healthy, it enables our blood to clot if you get a cut to stop bleeding, our muscles to contract, and our heart to beat. After bariatric surgery, supplementation of vitamins, minerals, and protein is crucial in maintaining proper nutrition. One of the minerals that is most commonly supplemented is calcium. Whether you are receiving calcium through our complete chewable multivitamin or additionally as one of our calcium citrate soft chew supplements, you will receive the most bioavailable form (calcium citrate) as well as the recommended dosage needed for a bariatric patient (1200mg-1500mg).
Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency
Over time, low levels of calcium can lead to brittle nails, cramps, insomnia, irritability, tooth decay, osteoporosis and rickets to name a few signs of deficiency. This is why it is important to follow up with your doctor and maintain lab work to make sure you are receiving the essential nutrients needed after surgery.
Post Bariatric Surgery Importance
Bariatric Surgery presents with a high risk of calcium deficiency. After bariatric surgery, the body’s ability to absorb calcium is greatly affected. The ASMBS guidelines recommend that Duodenal Switch patients consume about 1,800-2,400 mg of calcium per day in divided doses for optimal absorption. It is also recommended that Gastric Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Gastric Bypass patients consume 1,200-1,500 mg per day of calcium in divided doses. The average diet contains 40% to 50% of the RDA for calcium. With this in mind, the high amount of calcium recommended cannot be consumed solely in food after bariatric surgery simply due to malabsorption and/or restriction post-op.
Purchasing food to support a healthful diet may seem challenging if you’re not sure what to buy. As a rule of thumb, purchase items that are located around the outside of a grocery store before you travel to the middle of the store. You will find more whole-foods on the outside of the store where your produce, meats, seafood, and dairy products are located. You can find items throughout the grocery store that are high in calcium. Some calcium-rich foods include collard greens, broccoli, kale, soy beans, sardines, salmon, low-fat dairy, and fortified foods.
Shopping for supplements can become confusing when there are so many to choose from. You want to make sure you are purchasing the product with the highest quality and proper dosage for your body. For someone who has undergone weight loss surgery, you are going to want the most bioavailable form of calcium, which is calcium citrate. This form is going to be better absorbed by the body. After you look at the nutrition label for calcium citrate, be sure to check if vitamin D is included in the supplement as well. Vitamin D further enhances the absorption of calcium in the body, as well as assisting in adequate bone health.
Why Bariatric Fusion Calcium?
Bariatric Fusion offers calcium citrate soft chews that support bone and metabolic health, providing more than your average calcium supplement. These soft chews contain 500mg of calcium citrate in each delicious chew. Not only are our calcium citrate soft chews made for bariatric patients, but they taste great! Our Calcium citrate soft chews are flavorful and resemble the texture of a starburst candy that make taking daily calcium supplements enjoyable. Our calcium supplement includes vitamin D and calcium citrate to guarantee high absorption and bone support. This supplement is unique in that it also contains the following nutrients to help battle other common deficiencies after bariatric surgery:
- Vitamin K: A fat-soluble vitamin that the body stores so that it can be reused multiple times. It is also produced by bacteria in the intestinal tract (changes to the intestinal tract that occur in some bariatric surgeries disturb this process). Vitamin K is known for clotting the blood, bone metabolism and regulation of cellular functions in the body.
- B-vitamins: Included in this product is thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid. They are water-soluble, meaning excess amounts that the body does not need are excreted. Each of these vitamins is involved in converting the food we eat into energy the body can use.
- Magnesium: Involved in protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood sugar control, blood pressure regulation, and is required for energy production.
Bariatric Fusion Calcium Citrate Soft Chews are available in Fruit Punch and Caramel flavors. Click on the links below to check them out.
Our bariatric supplements are formulated specifically for Patients of Bariatric Surgeries including Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, and Intra-gastric Balloon patients.