The Vitamins We Need To Take
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By Jim - 12/3/2012 5:46:12 AM
Could someone give me the list of vitamins and minerals we need to take each day, and how much?

Also, I know some don't get along with others.  In what order do you take them, and when during the day do you usually take them?

By MamaBear2_6 - 12/3/2012 10:53:56 AM
Hi Jim, I will look and try to get the list together.
I know it is a multi-chewable (flinstones) 2 a day and B-Complex but I don't recall the amount; and Calcium but again don't recall the amounts.

I take others as well, D-3, Potassium, Biotin, and I think that is all but can't remember right now.  Also my D-3s were so low that I was taking a lot initially and now am not.

Hope that helps at least a little bit.
By Nadia - 12/4/2012 1:00:50 AM
I use the Bariatric Advantage brand vitamins recommended by Dr. Holland when I first started consulting with him as follows:

Bariatric Advantage Calcium Citrate 3 pills a day total 1500 grams

Bariatric Advantage Multivitamin 2x day

Bariatric Advantage Sublingual B12 Complex 1x day
By Fr Michael - 1/9/2013 9:50:10 PM
For the last couple of months I've been taking supplements from a mail order company in Ohio called Celebrate Bariatric Supplements; all they make are vitamins for bariatric patients.  At the last support group meeting I won a basket of goodies, and some samples were included, so I looked up their web site.  I spoke with them on the phone, and they were very knowledgable and helpful; most of the people who work there have had the surgery.  Their web site has a feature where you put in some information about yourself and your surgery, and it recommends a supplement package.

While they are not cheap, I had been taking Centrum Silver Chewables, and find that what I'm getting from Celebrate actually does not cost more.  Right now I'm taking their Multi-Complete Chewable with iron twice a day, their Calcium Plus 500 three times a day, and, at the insistance of my endocrinologist, their Vitamin D 5000 IU twice a week and their B12 1000 mcg twice a week, the last two being "quick melts" you place under your tongue (though they also have capsules).

The only inconvenience is that the Calcium can't be taken within two hours of the vitamins because of the iron; but, after talking to them on the phone, they suggested that, in my next order, I should get the Multi-vitamin without iron and get the iron chewable separately, which would give me more flexability regarding when I have to take them -- the iron comes in both a 30 and 60 strength, both taken only once a day.  In fact, that's what the nice lady I spoke to does.

Everything comes in a variety of flavors, and there is discounted pricing for getting 90 day supplies and if you sign up for automatically recurring orders (which I haven't done yet).  The only problem with the 90 day supply is that you get only one flavor, but they recently came up with a three 30 day package in which you can get three flavors for the same price.

They offer a lot of other stuff, like protein mixes and such, which I haven't really looked at closely.  The web site is easy to navigate.  My only caution is that, if you use the automatic system that recommends a supplement package based on your surgery date, it will probably put the iron right into the multi-vitamin, which requires a lot of logistics as to when you have to take them; much more convenient to get the vitamins without iron and get the iron separately so you can take the calcium at the same time as the vitamins and take the iron whenever, since the iron is once a day, the vitamins are twice a day, and the calcium is three times a day.

It's not for everyone, I'm sure; but, there's no harm in check them out and even talking to them on the phone.  You can find them at
By Fr Michael - 1/9/2013 9:55:00 PM
BTW, check this out:
By Nadia - 1/10/2013 12:40:46 AM
That you, Father Michael.  Celebrate vitamins and supplements are great and I used them myself some time ago.  I like their frequent automatic renewal system.

Currently, I use Bariatric Advantage vitamins and they have the same set up as Celebrate, whereby the customer gets automatic shipment of bariatric vitamins.  It is about $100 every 3 months which is very reasonable and definitely cheaper than buying individual bottles from the company on line or at a pharmacy.

Thanks for sharing the info about Celebrate.  They are quality bariatric vitamins definitely worth the price.
By Jim - 1/18/2013 9:53:34 AM
Thank you, Fr. Michael, and Nadia.  I have been doing the buy-the-bottle-at-the-pharmacy thing all this time, but I think I will give the Celebrate Vitamins route a try. 


By Nadia - 1/18/2013 2:03:00 PM
Radio Man, I think you will find the automatic vitamin ordering service convenient.  I like it because my vitamins are automatically shipped out every 3 months and my credit card is billed around $100.    That way, I always have my vitamins and do not run out and waste time driving around looking for them.  This method gives me peace of mind and saves me time and gas money.