Bariatric Fusion Multivitamins



After
weight loss surgery, vitamins are imperative, from my experience,
you're not allowed to skimp.   I am not a nutritionist – nor a doctor –
listen to them – however I think vitamins are important.  This is why I
am on this mission – to try every. single. vitamin. out there made for
the bariatric post op.

Bariatric Fusion.

Bariatric
Fusion Vitamins are chewable tablets taken four times daily, that
include all of the major vitamin and mineral needs.  That means you're
not taking several different tablets, yes.  (For someone like me – that
may have been beneficial, because I didn't take all of them, and
didn't take enough.  I took kids' chewables.  And, nothing else,
really.)

The Bariatric Fusion Chewable Multivitamins hit all the majors with four super-easy-to-take tablets spread over the day.

Meeting needs in 4 tablets daily allows for adjustable dosing. Early
post-op, taking 1 tablet 4 times per day avoids overloading the body
with nutrients at one time, ensuring maximum absorption and
utilization. Because the dosage is flexible, taking 2 tablets twice a
day, a month or two post-op, can improve compliance and ensure nutrient
needs are met for a lifetime.

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(That's the Mixed Berry, in front of an evil bamboo plant.)

Some info from the site:

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Lots of information from the site:
Why use an "all-inclusive" chewable supplement?
Compliance
with any multivitamin supplement regimen can be difficult. Nutritional
deficiency, as a result of gastric bypass surgery, is an eventuality
without any form of supplementation and even with compliance of a
standard multivitamin supplement1. An "all-inclusive" supplement like Bariatric Fusion®
improves compliance by decreasing the number of tablets patients need
to take to help prevent the risk of developing these deficiencies from
the start. The nature of a chewable supplement makes the vitamins and
minerals more available for absorption since the micronutrients begin
to be broken down before they reach absorption sites.
What is the benefit of using Vitamin B12 in the form of methylcobalamin vs. cyanocobalamin?
The
central nervous system is dependent upon Vitamin B12 for normal
function since it is essential for healthy cell replication and growth.
Vitamin B12 deficiency is a well-known and common micronutrient
deficiency after gastric bypass surgery. Deficiency can lead to
impaired cell division resulting in the development of abnormally large
cells characteristic of megaloblastic anemia. Neurological symptoms of
this type of anemia include general fatigue, numbness, tingling and
burning of the feet, and stiffness and generalized weakness of the
legs. B12 deficiency can also result from atrophy of gastric parietal
cells which can contribute to pernicious anemia.
Cyanocobalamin
is converted by the liver into methylcobalamin, the more biologically
active coenzyme form of Vitamin B12. This means that the body can use
methylcobalamin as is, and does not require any metabolic steps to make
it readily available within the central nervous system. Methylcobalamin
is used to formulate Bariatric Fusion®, thus making it superior to other forms in the prevention of B12 deficiency and potential neurological complications.
If
bariatric surgery patients have less, if any, stomach acid and
intrinsic factor, isn't supplementing with Vitamin B12 ineffective?
Stomach
acid is necessary to release B12 from ingested food. Intrinsic factor
then binds to Vitamin B12 that has been cleaved from food and helps
make it readily available for absorption by active transport. After
gastric bypass surgery, it is impossible to consume enough Vitamin B12
in rich foods via diet to meet a patient's daily needs.
Supplemental
Vitamin B12, in a more biologically available form such as
methylcobalamin, is passively absorbed later in the digestive tract. At
low efficiency, only 1-2% of the available amount of Vitamin B12 is
absorbed by simple diffusion, a larger quantity of B12 must be present
for potential absorption.
Bariatric Fusion®
contains 9,332% DV of Vitamin B12. Although this may seem like an
excessive amount of this vital micronutrient, any unused amounts of B12
beyond the body's actual needs, are simply eliminated and do not become
toxic.
Why are calcium carbonate and calcium citrate used?
Most
supplements on the market today will choose to either use calcium
carbonate or require patients to take additional tablets along with
their multivitamin in order to offer calcium citrate. Bariatric Fusion®
offers both forms of calcium in order to keep the tablet small, yet
ensure better calcium absorption than any other bariatric
multivitamin/mineral supplement.
The U.S. Food &
Drug Administration has approved calcium carbonate as a safe and
reliable source of calcium. Studies have shown that calcium absorption
from calcium carbonate is best when taken with meals. After gastric
bypass surgery, the small pouch produces less gastric acid than the
stomach as a whole but still maintains an acidic pH2.
We recommend that Bariatric Fusion®
be taken with food, unless otherwise directed by a healthcare provider,
because of easier ingestion of calcium carbonate and better
palatability when chewed3. Taking Bariatric Fusion®
at mealtimes will promote better calcium absorption in the post-gastric
bypass stomach and help patients establish a regular routine that
improves overall compliance.
Why does Bariatric Fusion® contain so much Vitamin D when the RDI is only 200–400 IU daily for most adults?
Vitamin
D is important for effective calcium absorption and utilization. It may
also play an important role in the prevention of certain types of
cancer, reduction of heart disease and in the management of depression.
Recent studies have shown a need for increased levels of Vitamin D on a
daily basis than previously recommended4. Persons living in
northern latitudes actually have an increased requirement of Vitamin D
based on lack of exposure to sunshine during colder months.
To meet these increased needs, supplementation is typically recommended. Bariatric Fusion®
contains 2000 IU of Vitamin D, specifically in the form of D3 from
cholecalciferol, which is easier on the liver than the D2 form.
Are iron and calcium absorbed when combined together in the same tablet?
Iron
aids in the body's ability to manufacture enough red blood cells to
transport oxygen to all areas of the body. A deficiency in Iron results
in anemia. Calcium can inhibit the absorption of Iron in the body. We
know that certain factors can affect Iron absorption when Calcium is
present, either as food or in a supplement5.
These factors are the

  1. form of iron: Bariatric Fusion® uses ferrous fumarate, which is readily available for absorption and less constipating than other types of iron.
  2. form of the food or supplement: Bariatric Fusion®,
    a chewable supplement, ensures all the vitamins and minerals contained
    are in one of the most available forms for adequate absorption.
  3. fatio of iron to calcium: Bariatric Fusion®
    only has a ratio of 0.4 mg of calcium to 0.01 mg of iron. To have an
    inhibitory effect of calcium on iron absorption, the ratio would need
    to be as high as 3 mg of calcium to 0.01 mg of iron6.
Plus, Bariatric Fusion® includes Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), which aids in iron absorption, and Vitamin D to promote calcium absorption.
Why isn't there any Vitamin K in Bariatric Fusion®?
Vitamin K is not included in Bariatric Fusion®
so as to better manage patients on anti-coagulant therapy. The adult
RDI for Vitamin K is 120 mcg for males and 90 mcg for females. It is
fairly easy to get enough Vitamin K from a diet, for example, that
includes just 3.5 ounces of leafy greens or 1/2 cup of beans and a
serving of peanut butter on a daily basis.
Is Bariatric Fusion® the only multiple vitamin weight-loss surgery patients will ever need?
While no one vitamin is perfect, Bariatric Fusion®
was specially tailored to meet the needs of gastric bypass patients and
prevent micronutrient deficiencies that may occur. This chewable
supplement ensures better absorption, contains chelated minerals and
includes high levels of Vitamin B12, calcium, Vitamin D, folate, and
Biotin to maintain proper health and nutrition. The need for additional
supplementation would be determined based on individual patient needs
due to certain medical conditions and routine lab screening.

If you're unlikely to take several tablets and follow-through, this makes sense.  Four and you are done.  Voila.
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The OTHER part of follow through – the taste?  Bariatric Fusion comes in three flavors: 


Orange Cream.  
Sweet and creamy, tastes like a creamsicle.  Breaks down in your mouth
very easily, hardly no grit to it at all, ends like powdered sugar, not
much aftertaste, nothing like those "chewable adult vitamins" from the
drugstore. 


Mixed Berry.  
Perfectly sweet, slightly tart.  Absolutely easy to chew, breaks down
to nothing in your mouth, sort of like a powdered sugar in the end.  It
has just the tiniest taste of berry, not really, it's more sweet than
sour berry, not much berry taste at all, hardly no aftertaste, just a
touch of iron if anything.

Strawberry.  Another sweet creamy flavor, not much tang to this, just sweet.  Same great texture – smooth and breaks down to nada.

Here, get a sample: feel free to e-mail with any questions or concerns that you might have, or to get a sample of Bariatric Fusion.

  • Product – Bariatric Fusion
  • Via – Bariatric Fusion, Gastric Bypass Supplements
  • Price – $24.99/month
  • Pros – All-in-one supplement, tastes good.
  • Cons – Super deficient peeps may need more of certain things, like me. (Hush back there, I heard that.  But, hindsight and all…)
  • Rating – Pouchworthy, MM.

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