I am a huge fan of the Celebrate Multivitamin for bariatric surgery! That’s because it is one of the very few brands that meets the ASMBS Nutritional Supplements Guidelines. Buyer beware, in truth there are few multivitamins that meet the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) guidelines but unfortunately are labelled and marketed as bariatric multivitamins. As a former pharmaceutical marketer, this lack of truth in advertising really gets my goat. If nutritional supplements had to go through FDA-approval then they would not be labelled as bariatric vitamins unless they met the ASMBS guidelines.
Here is an easy-to-read version of the ASMBS nutritional guidelines for RNY. I suggest you carefully read the Supplement Facts label on your bariatric vitamins and compare it to these ASMBS guidelines.
Celebrate Multivitamin Supplement Facts
I took the Celebrate Multi-Complete 60 with Iron. The 60 is an indication of 60mg of iron. Celebrate Nutritional Supplements offers several formulations of multivitamins for bariatric patients: a multivitamin, a multivitamin with ADEK, and multivitamins with iron in 18mg, 36mg, 45mg, and 60mg. Click on these links to buy from the BariatricPal Store and get 10% off your first order with code BP10.
My needs for iron are high and the Celebrate Multivitamin with 60 mg Iron did not cause constipation.
Here’s a look at the nutrition label of Celebrate Multivitamin compared to the ASMBS guidelines and other popular multivitamins. Note the superior nutrition profile of Celebrate versus Flinstone Complete and Centrum Chewable. Whereas, Celebrate Multi-Complete 45 compared to Bariatric Advantage Multi Ultra w/Iron are both on par with the ASMBS guidelines. The advantage Celebrate multivitamins have over Bariatric Advantage is that they are less expensive.
Vitamin Requirements for Bariatric Patients
Nutritional deficiencies are easier to prevent than to treat! Children’s vitamins DO NOT meet the nutritional supplements needs of bariatric patients. I cringe every time I read patients stating they take Flintstone vitamins and their labs are fine. I don’t believe these folks understand that mineral or vitamin deficiency takes a long time to show up in the blood work. AND can take a long time to correct.
Case-in-point, it took an entire year for my blood work to normalize after I was treated for iron-deficiency anemia. My naturopath doctor warned me that by the time something shows up in the blood work there was already “damage” done — meaning this was not an early warning and it would take long to normalize the deficiency.
Vitamin deficiency can be very debilitating and can even lead to death, such as in the case of a thiamin deficiency. Therefore, choosing the right formulation for your supplements following bariatric surgery is extremely critical. You should educate yourself and talk to your bariatric surgeon about what type of nutrition and supplementation regimen is appropriate for your individual needs.
Living larger than ever,
My Bariatric Life