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, our muscles to contract, and our heart to beat. After bariatric surgery, supplementation of vitamins, minerals, and protein is crucial in maintaining proper nutrition.
Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency
- Brittle nails
- Tooth decay
- Osteoporosis and rickets
Follow up with your healthcare provider and maintain lab work to further prevent deficiencies.
Weight Loss Surgery Post-Op Recommendations
Bariatric Surgery presents with a high risk of calcium deficiency. After weight loss surgery, the body’s ability to absorb calcium is greatly affected. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) guidelines recommend:
- Gastric Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Gastric Bypass
- 1200mg - 1500mg daily in divided doses
- Duodenal Switch
- 1800mg - 2400mg daily in divided doses
The average diet contains about 40% to 50% of the RDA (1300mg) for calcium. With this in mind, the high amount of calcium recommended cannot be consumed solely through food after bariatric surgery due to malabsorption and/or restriction.
Shopping For Calcium-Rich Foods
Purchasing food to support a healthful diet may seem challenging if you’re not sure what to buy. As a rule of thumb, purchase the 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 produce, meats, seafood, and dairy products are located. Calcium-rich foods include, but are not limited to:
- Collard greens
- Soy beans
- Low-fat dairy and fortified foods
What to Look For in a Calcium Supplement
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. Someone who has undergone weight loss surgery will need:
- Calcium Citrate
- 500-600mg per serving
- The body can only absorb 500-600mg of Calcium in one sitting, so it's recommended in divided doses
- Vitamin D included
- Further enhances the absorption of calcium in the body, as well as assisting in adequate bone health
Why Choose Bariatric Fusion Calcium?
Bariatric Fusion Calcium Soft Chews:
- Calcium citrate chews that support bone and metabolic health, providing more than your average calcium supplement
- Contain 500mg of calcium citrate in each delicious chew
- Formulated for bariatric patients
- Resemble the texture of a starburst candy and taste great making daily calcium supplements enjoyable
- Includes vitamin D to guarantee high absorption and bone support
- 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 can disturb this process). Vitamin K is known for clotting the blood, bone metabolism and regulation of cellular functions in the body.
- B-vitamins: Thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid are included in this product. These vitamins are water-soluble, meaning excess amounts that the body does not need are excreted. Each of these vitamins are involved in converting the food we eat into energy the body can use.
- Magnesium: A mineral involved in protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood sugar control, blood pressure regulation and required for energy production.
Since B vitamins come in wide range, we also offer B50 Complex that is made up of 8 B vitamins.
Our bariatric supplements are formulated specifically for Bariatric Surgery patients including Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, and Intra-Gastric Balloon.
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**This blog is for information and education purposes only. This information is not intended to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions in regards to a medical condition. A qualified healthcare professional can best assist you in deciding whether a dietary supplement is suitable based on your individual needs.