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FAQs on Taking Vitamins after Bariatric Surgery

FAQs on Taking Vitamins after Bariatric Surgery
27 May 2020 Laura Eggerichs

Answers to your most common questions about taking vitamins after bariatric surgery

How can Baricol have both calcium and iron? If you forget to take your vitamins for a while, should you take higher doses to compensate? Is it possible to take all of your vitamins and minerals in one tablet per day? If I take Baricol, do I need to take any additional vitamins or minerals?  Find out below!


Why does Baricol contain both iron and calcium when I’ve heard that we are supposed to separate them?

The idea that iron absorption is inhibited by calcium only holds true when the ratio of calcium to iron is above a certain level. Recent studies have shown if the ratio of calcium to iron is below 220:1, iron absorption is not affected.  Given that the Nordic Guidelines follow this rational, so do we!  The ratio of calcium to iron in  Baricol® Complete is 20:1, so you can get your calcium and iron at once.  Gaitan, et al. J Nutr 2011 Sep 27; 141 (9): 1652-6.

Another big problem with having separate calcium and iron tablets is that people forget to take them. By combining everything into one product, you are more likely to take all of the supplements you need. We also have divided our doses into 2-5 tablets. This makes it possible to spreas out the amount of iron you take throughout the day, making it easier on your stomach.

What should I do if I haven’t taken my supplements in a while? Should I take extra to make up for it?

It’s easy to get out of the habit of taking your vitamins. If this sounds familiar, we always recommend getting your blood tested to check for any deficiencies, and start taking the standard dose right away! If you do have deficiencies, work with your healthcare provider to determine the doses needed to bring you back up to the optimal range.

Isn’t it possible to make a vitamin so that I only have to take one a day?

We also want that, of course!  The problem, however, is that because there are so many vitamins and minerals needed after bariatric surgery, the tablet would be quite large.  Especially when you, like us, choose calcium citrate, which is better absorbed than calcium carbonate but happens to take up more space. Another thing to keep in mind is that some people feel ill if they take too many vitamins and minerals at once.  Splitting up the dose can help fix that. 

If I take Baricol, do I need to take additional vitamins or minerals?

No, you don’t! Baricol contains all of the vitamins and minerals you need after bariatric surgery according to the Nordic Guidelines. Taking a combination of a women’s multivitamin, calcium, iron, B12, and possibly a B-complex was necessary when these operations were first done. But not only does this combination of supplements get old fast, these products also aren’t adapted to be absorbed by your new anatomy. We’ve created Baricol Complete for optimal absorption after weight loss surgery, plus it’s super easy to take!  And with 4 types and flavors, you’ll be sure to find something you like! 


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