Q – What Vitamins Should a RnY Surgery Patient Take After Surgery?

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VITAMIN LIST for Gastric Bypass Patients

CENTRUM SELECT OVER 50 CHEWABLE MULTIVITAMIN - one per day, split and taken at different times (the Centrum is the nutritionists choice because it has a broader spectrum of trace minerals than anything else on the market)

FERROUS FUMERATE (iron) - One per day unless your blood work indicates otherwise

VITAMIN C CHEWABLE - At least two per day, and make sure to take one or two with your iron (you can also take one with each calcium if you like)

B12 SUBLINGUAL – One tablet every other day, sometimes marketed as ‘chewable’ but melted under the tongue will provide more absorption.

Calcium - Must be liquid based Calcium, like Wellesse Calcium (no sugar or lactose added) or Prairie Naturals Calcium Bone Solution 2:1 (this one doesn't taste so good) Any calcium supplement you choose must be calcium citrate. - Take no more than 600 mg at a time. Your body can't absorb more than that at any one time. Take at least 1000 mg a day. Make sure you take your calcium at least 4 hours after your Iron (the calcium and iron will bond together and you will not absorb the calcium if you take them together) – Make sure to take one of your doses before bedtime. Your body absorbs more calcium when at rest.

Vitamin D (liquid gel cap with oil) to be taken with you Calcium - Max - 2000iu per day

* optional for stronger nails and hair (sorry, it won’t stop it from falling out) ~ Biotin - natural source (Swiss is one brand)

VITAMIN REGIMEN SAMPLE

This is by no means the only way to do it, but however you take your vitamins it is very important to separate the iron and calcium by at least four hours:

Morning

* ½ Centrum multivitamin
* 1 ferrous fumerate
* 2 vitamin ‘C’
* 1 (1000iu) vitamin ‘D’
* B12 (every other day)
* ½ biotin

Lunch or Mid-Afternoon

* ½ Centrum multivitamin
* 1 Cal-mag
* 1 (1000iu) vitamin ‘D’
* 1 vitamin ‘C’
* ½ biotin

Bedtime

* 1 Cal-mag
* 1 Vitamin D Gel Cap 1000 IU
* 1 vitamin ‘C’

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