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. One of the minerals that is most commonly supplemented is calcium. Bariatric surgery patients are most often recommended 1200mg - 1500mg of elemental calcium daily.
Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency
Some signs of calcium deficiency are brittle nails, cramps, insomnia, irritability, tooth decay, osteoporosis and rickets. This is why it is important to 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 1200mg - 1500mg of calcium daily in divided doses for Gastric Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Gastric Bypass patients. Duodenal Switch patients are recommended 1800mg - 2400mg of calcium 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 post-op.
Shopping For Calcium-Rich Foods and Dietary Supplements
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 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. When looking at the nutrition label, be sure to check if vitamin D is included in the calcium supplement. Vitamin D further enhances the absorption of calcium in the body, as well as assisting in adequate bone health.
Why Choose 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 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 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.
Bariatric Fusion Calcium Citrate Soft Chews are available as Fruit Punch, Caramel, Blue Raspberry, Cran-Grape, Vanilla Créme, and Strawberry Blast flavors.
Our bariatric supplements are formulated specifically for Bariatric Surgery patients including Sleeve Gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass, Lap Band, and Intra-Gastric Balloon.