Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Supplementation after Bariatric/Weight Loss Surgery – lapbands, gastric sleeves etc


People who have undergone bariatric surgery are faced with two issues that can compromise their nutritional intake:

1. a reduced capacity for food

2. a reduced stomach area for the absorption of nutrients

Being able to eat only much smaller portions means that what you do eat must be of a high nutrient value. To ensure a nutritionally adequate intake a person who has undergone bariatric surgery will need to consume these small nutrient dense meals at frequent intervals.

Unfortunately it is extremely difficult for people who have undergone bariatric surgery to meet their nutrient requirements and many are susceptible to developing suboptimal levels of:

  • B-vitamins,
  • minerals (especially magnesium and iron), and
  • fat soluble vitamins (particularly vitamin D)

As a result of the reduced capacity to consume food, protein intakes are often affected.

People who have had bariatric surgery often also do better with digestive enzyme support.

LifePlus, an American based company, make economically priced, pharmaceutical grade nutritionals that can supplement the nutrition needs of people after their bariatric surgery.

For enzymic support I suggest both:

  • Digestive formula and
  • Somazyme (taken with meals)

Note, it may take some experimenting to find the optimum combination of these formulas for each person.

OmeGold is a good source of vitamin D, as well as omega-3 fatty acids.

Both Brain Formula and Anti-Stress Formula (Support tabs in the UK/EU) are excellent sources of B-vitamins.

Micromins is the best source of iron, as well as trace minerals.

Triple Protein shake provides the most bioavailable form of magnesium (as well as calcium, potassium, and of course protein). Triple Protein shake is alkaline forming in the body.

Please refer to the table below for a summary of the nutritionals recommended with links to learn more or to order these products.

Nutrient Requiring Supplementation

Recommended Product

Fact Sheet
Enzymes Digestive Formula Click Here
Enzymes Somazyme Click Here
Vitamin D OmeGold Click Here
Omega 3- Fatty Acids OmeGold Click Here
B- Vitamins Brain Formula Click Here
B-Vitamins Anti-Stress Formula Click Here
Iron Micromin Click Here
Trace Minerals Micromin Click Here
Magnesium Triple Protein Shake Click Here
Calcium Triple Protein Shake Click Here
Protein Triple Protein Shake Click Here

TO ORDER these products click here.

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