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Strawberry Flavor Chewable Multivitamin from Bariatric Fusion

Totally unrelated, but it's my blog:  I've been trying to kill some plants out in front of my house.  I thought they were poison ivy.  Turns out – they might be STRAWBERRY plants – now stunted.  I love strawberries.  I am dying to go picking, if the rain ever. stops.  We're having a monsoon this very moment, and it's been rainy for weeks here. 

I was happy to open the door and find a box on my porch, with two new products from Bariatric Fusion, first a new flavor of multivitamin for weight loss surgery patients:
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New from Bariatric Fusion – a strawberry flavored chewable multivitaminI haven't tried this new flavor yet, but I can say pretty much for certain that it's scrumptious and it is!  I just tried the strawberry chewable multivitamin, and it's super.DSC_3529

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 vites hit all the majors with four 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.

The chewables from Bariatric Fusion, which came in a new! sample! bag! that I can actually open.  (See video.)  They are slightly bigger than other chewable vites.  The smell, super strawberry.   Texture – smoooooooooth – hardly any grit to it.  Like buttah.  The taste?  It's like a smooth and creamy powdered sugar-like strawberry flavor.  No aftertaste – which is awesome – considering all the minerals contained within.

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The other two flavors are really tasty also.

Questions?  Want a sample?  Feel free to e-mail.

  • Product – Bariatric Fusion
  • Via – Bariatric Fusion
  • Price – $24.99/month
  • Pros – All-in-one supplement, tastes good, quite affordable.
  • Cons – Vite deficient peeps may need more of certain things, like me.
  • Read my review of the other flavors – HERE
  • Rating – Pouchworthy, MM.

Comparison of the Absorption of Calcium Carbonate and Calcium Citrate after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.

Comparison of the Absorption of Calcium Carbonate and Calcium Citrate after Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass.

Department
of Internal Medicine, Charles and Jane Pak Center for Mineral
Metabolism, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, 75390-8885, TX, USA.

INTRODUCTION:
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) restricts food intake. Consequently,
patients consume less calcium. In addition, food no longer passes
through the duodenum, the main site of calcium absorption. Therefore,
calcium absorption is significantly impaired. The goal of this study is
to compare two common calcium supplements in gastric bypass patients.

METHOD: Nineteen patients were enrolled in a randomized,
double-blinded, crossover study comparing the absorption of calcium
from calcium carbonate and calcium citrate salts. Serum and urine
calcium levels were assessed for peak values (C (max)) and cumulative
calcium increment (area under the curve [AUC]). Serum PTH was assessed
for minimum values (PTH(min)) and cumulative PTH decrement (AUC).
Statistical analysis was performed using a repeated analysis of
variance model. RESULTS: Eighteen subjects completed the study. Calcium
citrate resulted in a significantly higher serum C (max) (9.4 + 0.4
mg/dl vs. 9.2 + 0.3 mg/dl, p = 0.02) and serum AUC (55 + 2 mg/dl vs. 54
+ 2 mg/dl, p = 0.02). Calcium citrate resulted in a significantly lower
PTH(min) (24 + 11 pg/ml vs. 30 + 13 pg/ml, p = 0.01) and a higher AUC
(-32 + 51 pg/ml vs. -3 + 56 pg/ml, p = 0.04). There was a
non-significant trend for higher urinary AUC in the calcium citrate
group (76.13 + 36.39 mg/6 h vs. 66.04 + 40.82, p = 0.17).

CONCLUSION:
Calcium citrate has superior bioavailability than calcium carbonate in
RYGB patients.

Twitterfacing.

From Celebrate:

Facebook – We will be using
Facebook to showcase event photos, announce new products, request input
from fans on new products and occasionally announce coupon codes.  If
you are interested in following, become a fan and we hope to see your
smiling face (or whatever picture that you choose to use on Facebook)!

Twitter
– We are new to Twitter and are just getting
going, so you can be one of the first to begin following us.  Our
"tweets" will be more day to day about what Celebrate Vitamins are
doing.  A tweet may come from any member of our team and we will try to
identify who is speaking so you know which one of us is tweeting (I
feel silly writing this and I am glad that I am not talking out loud). 
One of our team members (Karrie) is a RNY post-op turned marathoner and
she will be posting about her current training program on a regular
basis.  Again, we hope that you will join us on Twitter and follow us. 
We will try to keep it interesting. 


From Bariatric Advantage: 

          To all our amazing customers.

We are now on Facebook and Twitter where we will post
announcements from new products to any new upcoming happenings.  We can also
process requests for samples and or orders. 

We can also answer your questions,  including
some questions that can require the expertise of our doctor on staff.

Thank you and see you in the forums.

38 weeks. 14 days to go. Weight 205-210?

Vitamin supplementation may lessen risk of miscarriage.

38 weeks. 14 days to go. Weight 205-210?

That’s me and Tristan, at 38 weeks.

One of the first things women are told at prenatal visits is : “Take a pre-natal vitamin.” 

A study shows, it may help early pregnancy along. 

Taking vitamins before and during early pregnancy is associated with
reduced risk for miscarriage, researchers have determined. However, it
may be that the connection is related to generally healthy practices
among vitamin takers.

“These results need to be replicated before formal conclusions are
drawn,” emphasized Dr. Reem Hasan, at the University of North
Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Supplemental vitamin recommendations for women who are pregnant, or
are planning to become pregnant, are aimed mainly at reducing the risk
of birth defects, Hasan and colleagues note in the American Journal of
Epidemiology.

Their study provides evidence “that vitamins may reduce the risk of miscarriage as well,” Hasan told Reuters Health.

Between 2000 and 2008, Hasan’s team interviewed 4752 women during
their first trimester of pregnancy to determine their use of prenatal
vitamins and multi-vitamins.

Overall, 95 percent of the women reported using prenatal vitamins or
multivitamins at some point during the first three months of pregnancy.
About half the women reported taking vitamins prior to conception.

There were 524 miscarriages among the subjects. The researchers
found that the risk for miscarriage was 57 percent lower among women
who took vitamins, compared to those who did not.

After weight loss surgery, pregnancy can sometimes be a bit tricky, and vitamin supplementation is a MUST in my opinion.  (I
went through miscarriage and full-term pregnancies after my gastric
bypass, and i am sure that I did not get enough supplementation and I paid for it.  I lost the first pregnancy, and was not well during the next… The baby was born healthy, just small.)


You may sniff the baby.  Go on, she's clean.

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Bariatric Advantage Liquid Vitamin D-3 10,000 IU Supplement

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Supplementing Vitamin D is very important. 

While you get some via the
sun, we as weight loss surgery post ops, in particular, need a little
more (or a lot more, waving frantically!) than the sun provides.  There are plenty of Vite-D
supplements available, in lower maintenance doses, typically with your
calcium supplement, but if you require a higher dose to treat a Vitamin
D deficiency, you can find D on it's own in pills, and in this new
product from Bariatric Advantage, Liquid Vitamin D-3 10,000 IU.

Source – Bariatric Times:
Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” for its
complicated transformation into active vitamin from UV rays through
skin. Risk for deficiency comes from decreased intake, fat
malabsorption, age, and low sun exposure or darker skin.

One study has
reported vitamin D as one of the most common deficiency states in
RYGB.7

Symptoms of deficiency include rachitic tetany, muscle pain and
spasms, weakness, bone pain, and a range of other symptoms. Vitamin D
has seven identified forms, and new functions are continuously being
discovered. Lab results for D25 and parathyroid hormone(PTH) can
accurately identify vitamin D status. Recommended treatment for vitamin
D deficiency is 50,000IU per week in conjunction with 1,000 to 1,500mg
of calcium daily.

Maintenance levels are recommended between the
Adequate Intake level (AI) per age group (200–600IU) and the UL of
2,000IU set by the Institute of Medicine, though it should be noted
that there is evidence that levels up to 10,000IU are unlikely to
produce toxicity in adults.8 800IU has been suggested to promote
adequate vitamin D status and prevent deficiency.9 A set protocol is
difficult to determine secondary to differences among individuals of
age and skin color.

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"Bariatric
Advantage
Liquid Vitamin D3 is designed to facilitate ease of dosing
for those who need a high potency Vitamin D product. Our liquid vitamin
D is a unique sugar-free formula of vitamin D3 in a suspension of
medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). It is very pleasant tasting and
offers the easy ability to dose either 10,000 IU (a full-dropper) or
5,000 IU of vitamin D. This is a great solution for those who need to
maintain their vitamin D levels and support bone health."

The Liquid Vitamin D-3 comes in a dropper bottle, and you can take 1/2 or 1 dropper full to get 5K-10,000 IU of Vitamin D.  Simple, no?  You could also add it to a drink, but it's such a small amount, down the hatch is likely better, quicker and to the point.

Here goes:

 

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Confession time.  I expected it to taste awful.  Not so.  It has no taste.  It's just vitamin D-3 in an healthy oil based suspension.  (Medium
Chain Triglycerides (MCT's) are fats that are naturally found in coconut and
palm kernel oil.  MCT's are more easily and rapidly digested than other types of
fats, as they require lower amounts of enzymes and bile acids for intestinal
absorption.

No taste, in fact I dropped it in my mouth, and set up my camera to take my picture to get a yuck face – it didn't happen.  *tiny celebration*

You could DEFINITELY add this to a drink and not notice anything if totally necessary.  Awesome.  This product would absolutely make it easier to get all the supplemental D we need.

  • Product – Bariatric Advantage Liquid Vitamin D-3, 10,000 IU
  • Via – Bariatric Advantage
  • Price – $28.95 for 30 or 60 servings, depending on how much you require in each dropper
  • Pros – Higher levels of supplementation in a tiny bit of liquid.  Unflavored.
  • Cons - 
  • Rating – Pouchworthy,MM 2100865737_6420f6d027_o

Other Bariatric Advantage posts you may be interested in:

Multivitamin-cafe-latte2

Celebrate Bariatric Supplements Introduces TWO New Flavors!

Celebrate Bariatric Supplements just released two new flavors to their line of weight loss surgery specific vitamins and minerals.  I will review these properly soon, as they JUST came out.
Multivitamin-cafe-latte2

Multivitamin in CAFE LATTE.  Intriguing, no?  I can't wait to try this.  (I tried it before it was totally finalized and I really enjoyed it.  When has a vite ever NOT been fruit flavored?  Woot.)

  • "When it comes to chewable multivitamins, there are two important things
    to consider, formulation and taste. No other bariatric multivitamin can
    compete with us on either. Developed exclusively for surgical weight
    loss patients, Celebrate Bariatric Multivitamin provides the most
    thorough blend of vitamins and minerals available in a great tasting
    chewable. Our integrated formula provides maximum bioavailability as we
    have carefully selected each vitamin and mineral level and form to
    ensure proper interaction and absorption. Key things to look for in our
    multivitamin:"
  • Taste – When you have to take a product
    every day, it needs to be something that you like.  In addition to our
    original Mandarin Orange, we have introduced the worlds first coffee
    flavored chewable multivitamin, Cafe Latte!  This smooth coffee flavor
    will be sure to please morning, evening or anytime in between.
      
      
    * Vitamin B-12 (cyanocobalamin)  – With nearly 6,000% of the RDI of
    vitamin B-12, Celebrate Bariatric Multivitamin contains the highest
    level of B-12 available in a bariatric multivitamin. Studies have shown
    that at these levels, 95% of patients will NOT need additional
    sublingual B-12.

       * B-Complex – In addition to vitamin B-12,
    the other b-complex vitamins are critical for your health following
    surgery. Certain B vitamins such as vitamin B1 (thiamin) are critical
    immediately following surgery and our multivitamin contains the most
    appropriate levels of each vitamin, in the proper form for bariatric
    surgery patients.

       * Vitamin A – By blending pre-formed
    (retinyl palmitate) and beta-carotene to make up our vitamin A, we are
    providing the safest and most effective approach available for this key
    vitamin.  This blend allows your body to regulate its intake of vitamin
    A, absorbing only what it needs to function properly.  In addition, our
    vitamin A forms are dry, water miscible forms to increase absorption.
      
      
    *Magnesium – This critical mineral is most effective in the citrate
    form.  Celebrate contains the highest percentage of magnesium citrate
    of any bariatric supplement.
     
       * Chelated minerals –
    Chelation simply means, "attaching to".  By chelating our mineral forms
    to amino acid, we have increased the likelihood that these minerals
    will be absorbed in a reduced acidic environment.


A 500 mg. (yes, really) Calcium Plus in
Berries & Cream.  (I also tried this and it was a sweet-smooth delicious taste!)
  • Celebrate's Calcium PLUS 500 has all the benefits of our
    original Calcium PLUS (calcium, vitamin D, magnesium and much more) but
    in 1/2 the pills.  Our 500 chewables are wider than the original but
    they are also thinner and easy to chew.  Here are the key benefits:
  • Taste/texture – If you are choosing a chewable product, then these
    aspects are very important to you.  Celebrate's Calcium Plus 500
    chewable
    will not only provide you the best bone health formulation available in
    a bariatric product, but it will also deliver it in a product that you
    will love.  This new flavor was inspired by our Strawberry Creme
    Calcium PLUS but this one is less sweet with a bit of tartness.  
  • Calcium

    Supplemental calcium is critical for every patient undergoing
    surgical weight loss to ensure bone health and the number one
    recommended
    form is calcium citrate.  Each Calcium PLUS 500 has a whopping 500 mg
    of calcium citrate in each chewable.  Dosages of greater than 600 mg
    per serving will not be properly
    absorbed)
  • Vitamin D – The primary purpose of vitamin D is to aid in
    the absorption of calcium.  With 800 IU found in the daily serving size
    of our Calcium Plus and an additional 800 IU found in our multivitamin,
    Celebrate delivers the highest level of vitamin D available in a
    bariatric protocol.  And since our products are developed by medical
    professionals, you can be sure that these are still well within levels
    safe for a bariatric patient.
  • Magnesium – Also important for bone health, Celebrate has
    the highest level of magnesium citrate available in a calcium supplement in a
    form that is readily absorbed.  Magnesium also plays a key role in
    preventing constipation which can be caused from high calcium intake.