Product Review: BariatricPal Multivitamin One - Bariatric Foodie (2023)

Before I begin this review, I would like to point out a key truth about vitamin intake after bariatric surgery.

There is no product that provides 100% of the necessary nutrientsRichtlinien der American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery(ASMBS) in one tablet. There just isn't.

While most daily vitamins are smart enough not to say so outright (because it's not true), the product packaging on many vitamin products can be confusing. And I want you to know the truth. There is no product that allows you to take a pill and get everything in the recommendations. And this is the truth.

However, there are multivitamins for a day. And that's a little different. For most surgical types, the ASMBS recommends two adult multivitamins per day. This is to ensure proper nutrient levels to offset malabsorption. In mango patients, the ASMBS played it safe because long-term vitamin absorption studies are still ongoing and it takes time to reach definitive conclusions.

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I'm not a scientist. I don't play on TV. But I know of many post-ops taking both multi at the same time under the guidance of the surgeon. As usual, I will urge you to consult your surgeon ANY time you change your vitamin products. If this or any other vitamin product I review sounds good to you, show your doctor the information, get their opinion, and hear what they have to say!

Have we settled it? Good! Let us continue.

BariatricPal One Multivitamin: What the heck is that?

Let's talk about that firstBariatricPal. It's a one stop shop for most of your bariatric needs. Seriously. It's like Amazon for WLSer! If you've never visited their website before, you must check them out.

Last year, BariatricPal stunned the bariatric world with the launch of their proprietary protein supplement, Protein One, which combines a great tasting protein supplement with a variety of vitamins and nutrients, plus fiber!I checked it out when it came outAnd, spoiler alert, I loved it.

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So this multivitamin is an extension of that "one" concept that tries to make it easier for bariatric patients to stick to their supplements by reducing the amount of things you need to take. To be honest, I don't think I could sum up this product as well as BariatricPal itself, so let's let her tell us about it.

BariatricPal Multivitamin ONE was designed and developed by a team of the world's leading obesity physicians. The small, fast-dissolving vegetable capsules are easy to swallow. BariatricPal Multivitamin ONE is based on the latest post-operative guidelines from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) to provide over 20 vitamins and minerals. BariatricPal Multivitamin ONE is particularly rich in nutrients such as iron, vitamins B12 and D, folic acid and biotin, which are known to be risky for bariatric surgery patients.

I would like to make a few comments here that I think are important:

Note the "fast-dissolving vegetarian capsule." This is important. Many capsules are made from fat by-products and would therefore not be suitable for RNY or DS patients who are poor at absorbing fat.
As described above, the vitamins were primarily developed under ASMBS guidelines, which means that the type and amount of nutrients they contain must conform to the ASMBS recommendations.

Finally, please note that there is iron. Where there is iron, calcium should not be present, since calcium inhibits iron absorption. Therefore, although Multivitamin One contains vitamin D, it does not contain calcium. You must take your calcium separately. It should be so.

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BariatricPal highlights a few other things about this supplement:

  • 100% Daily Value of 20 essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Formulated according to the latest ASMBS guidelines.
  • A handy little capsule daily.
  • Gluten free, dairy free, soy free.
  • Fast dissolving vegetable capsules.
  • Manufactured in the United States.
  • Easy to swallow.
  • Accessible.

But does it live up to these claims? We will see.


This is a capsule and is therefore likely to have few or no calories. But when we talk about nutrition in a multivitamin, we're also talking about nutrients. Here is the nutrition panel:

Rather than run through this label nutrient by nutrient, let's look at some essential nutrients. They are the ones highlighted in the BariatricPal product description. Let's see how they stand up to ASMBS guidelines:

  • Iron: For all types of surgery, the ASMBS recommends between 45 and 60 mg per day (from all dietary supplements) for patients at increased risk of anemia (menstruating or anemic women) and that it should not be taken with calcium in all types of surgery except adjustable Gastric banding, where the recommendations are at least 18 mg. Multivitamin One contains 45 mg of iron and no calcium.
  • Vitamin B12: The recommended amount is 350-500 mcg oral B12 daily. Now I know a lot of you don't take B12 that way, but stay with me here. Multivitamin One contains 1,000 µg of vitamin B12.
  • Vitamin D: ASMBS recommends 3000 IU/day for all types of surgery to maintain normal blood levels. Multivitamin One provides 75 mcg of vitamin D. The ASMBS lists the vitamin D recommendations in IE, so I had to return to BariatricPal for a translation (because math isn't my thing!). 75 mcg = 3,000 IU, which exceeds ASMBS recommendations for vitamin D.
  • Folic Acid: The ASMBS shares recommendations on this, but they are the same for all types of surgery. For women of childbearing age, the ASMBS recommends 800-1,000 micrograms of folic acid daily from your multivitamin supplement. For everyone else, it's 400-800 mcg. Multivitamin One contains 1,333 µg of folic acid.
  • Biotin: The ASMBS does not make a specific recommendation for the intake of biotin. Multivitamin One contains 600 mcg.

You can findthe full ASMBS recommendations here(see Table 6).

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Was I compliant?

Since we don't have the taste and texture to talk about it, I thought I'd talk about my actual experience of taking it.

I chose to take it in the morning since that's when I usually take my iron supplement (I usually take an iron-free multi plus an iron supplement). I take my iron in the morning because I don't usually do dairy in the morning and don't drink coffee until a few hours after waking up. (Yes, I know that makes me a space alien to many of you!)

It's also when I remember doing it most often.

Traditionally, I like tough multinationals. That's just my personality. I have an idea about capsules for very personal reasons. So I was interested to see if I would forget to take my vitamins if I only use this one.

Verdict: I haven't actually forgotten, but I think it's because I've developed a strong habit of taking my vitamin as soon as I wake up. Also because it was the only time I had to do a multi. I'm used to having dinner my second time and that seemed a bit strange to me, but other than that I accepted it.

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But here's the deal. The beauty of having so many multivitamin options is that you are sure to find one that works well for you. If you can't stand the sweetness of flavored chews, a capsule might work better. And if it's difficult to fit two multis into the day, a multi-multi might work better. Of course (and I know I'm sounding like a broken record here) consult your doctor to make sure this or any other vitamin product is ok!

The costs

Multivitamin One is sold on the BariatricPal website and is available in bottles of 30 or 90.

  • 30 cents It costs $16.99 for a one-time purchase or $12.99 if you choose automatic shipping.
  • 90ct. It costs $39.99 for a one-time purchase and $29.99 if you opt for automatic shipping.

BariatricPal also offers six month and twelve month supply and you can check the prices.don't give them.


What is the difference between a bariatric multivitamin and a regular multivitamin? ›

In general, bariatric-specific vitamins are better absorbed, cause less irritation to your gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and will help prevent vitamin deficiencies better than OTC vitamins.

Does bariatric vitamins help you lose weight? ›

Most patients need to take daily supplements after bariatric surgery, usually for the rest of their lives. This not only helps them to get the nutrients their bodies need but also helps with weight loss.

What are the best bariatric vitamins? ›

What vitamins are typically recommended after weight loss surgery?
  • Bariatric Advantage Ultra Solo with Iron.
  • Celebrate Bariatric Multivitamin.
  • Opurity Bariatric Multi Chewable with Iron.
  • ProCare Health Once Daily Bariatric Multivitamin Capsule.
  • TwinLab Bariatric Support Chewable Multivitamin.
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Is it OK to take bariatric vitamins? ›

Doctors recommend that post-bariatric surgery patients take bariatric supplements to ensure proper nutrition following their procedure. These supplements may include: Complete multivitamins.

Are bariatric vitamins FDA approved? ›

All Bariatric Advantage products are made from the highest quality raw materials and are manufactured in the United States at facilities that fully comply with US FDA Good Manufacturing Practice standards.

How long do you take bariatric vitamins? ›

Daily vitamin and mineral supplements should be taken for a lifetime. Chewable and liquid forms are recommended for at least the first 3-6 months after surgery as they may be better tolerated and better absorbed.

What happens when you don't take your bariatric vitamins? ›

You may be at risk for developing vitamin deficiencies when you are not taking vitamins after gastric sleeve surgery. That's because, post surgery, the size of your stomach decreases and your gut cannot absorb all the nutrients from the food you eat as it could before.

How do bariatric patients lose weight so fast? ›

Bariatric surgery results not only in decreased food intake, but also in changes in frequency of food intake (fewer snacks, less food per meal) and in food preference. Post surgery, patients have reduced preference for sweet and fat taste and for high-calorie foods.

What is the secret vitamin for weight loss? ›

Vitamin C is a vital nutrient that is recommended for a healthy diet. It is one of the most widely known minerals to assist with weight loss. Not only that but it also aids the body by boosting metabolism and energy. High metabolism leads to weight loss even when we are resting.

What supplement is not recommended after bariatric surgery? ›

Vitamins need to be chewable or liquid for the first several months after surgery. Choose a chewable complete multivitamin with iron, and avoid gummy vitamins and vitamin skin patches.

How can I shrink my stomach without bariatric surgery? ›

Eat smaller, more frequent meals. Instead of three large meals a day, aim for five “mini-meals” of breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus two healthy snacks. These meals won't expand your stomach excessively, but will help you stay full and satisfied.

Does GNC sell bariatric vitamins? ›

Celebrate Bariatric Vitamins (found at GNC Vitamins (liquid/chewable/powered are available)

Can I take bariatric vitamins without surgery? ›

Absolutely! Bari Life vitamins, while they were designed for weight loss surgery patients, are used by non-surgical patients everywhere. Bari Life vitamins are safe for people to take who haven't had bariatric surgery. The only thing that changes is the dosage which you can find on the product page or product label.

Why can't bariatric patients take gummy vitamins? ›

1) Gummy vitamins are high in sugar content. These empty calories lead to weight gain. 2) The body does not as easily absorb gummy vitamins as other types of vitamin supplements. Thus, bariatric surgery patients may not be getting the full benefit of the vitamins and minerals they need.

Can bariatric patients take regular multivitamins? ›

If taking a regular multivitamin, you would have to take additional supplements due to the fact that these products do not contain the high levels of vitamins and minerals required and also offer different forms of vitamins that may not meet bariatric absorption needs.

What is the best pills to take to lose weight FDA approved? ›

Six weight-loss drugs have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for long-term use:
  • Bupropion-naltrexone (Contrave)
  • Liraglutide (Saxenda)
  • Orlistat (Xenical, Alli)
  • Phentermine-topiramate (Qsymia)
  • Semaglutide (Wegovy)
  • Setmelanotide (Imcivree)

What is the only FDA approved weight loss pill? ›

alli IS THE ONLY FDA APPROVED OVER-THE-COUNTER WEIGHT LOSS AID. Dieting can feel like an uphill battle.

What vitamins should not be taken together? ›

What vitamins should not be taken together?
  • Magnesium and calcium. ...
  • Iron and green tea. ...
  • Vitamin C and B12. ...
  • Fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins. ...
  • Vitamin D, vitamin K2, and other fat-soluble vitamins. ...
  • Magnesium and vitamin D3. ...
  • Copper and zinc. ...
  • Omega-3s and vitamin E.
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What is the most important nutrient after bariatric surgery? ›

Protein is one of the most important nutrients of concern for bariatric surgery patients. Since bariatric surgery reduces the capacity of the stomach to a very small volume, high-protein foods should always be eaten FIRST or you may become too full to eat them.

Can you take too much B12? ›

While the recommended daily amount of vitamin B-12 for adults is 2.4 micrograms, higher doses have been found to be safe. Your body absorbs only as much as it needs, and any excess passes through your urine. High doses of vitamin B-12, such as those used to treat a deficiency, might cause: Headache.

How long should it take a bariatric patient to eat? ›

You can eat three to six small meals a day. Each meal should consist of 4 to 6 tablespoons of food. Eat slowly — about 30 minutes for each meal.

Are Flintstone vitamins good for bariatric patients? ›

Flintstones are simply not adequate for supplementation after bariatric surgery because in addition to limited stomach size we have specific nutrient needs.

What vitamin is often poorly absorbed in patients who have had bariatric surgery? ›

Gastric bypass patients don't fully digest or absorb vitamin B12 from protein foods, which puts them at high risk of deficiency. The amount of stomach acid produced in the new stomach pouch is significantly low. Stomach acid is needed to release vitamin B12 from protein foods.

What are the signs of malnutrition after gastric sleeve? ›

Clinical signs of protein malnutrition include edema, muscle loss, increasing appetite, and skin, hair, and nail problems.

What is one of the top 3 causes of death after bariatric surgery? ›

Therapeutic complications accounted for 38 of 150 natural deaths within the first 30 days, including pulmonary embolism in 31 (20.7%), coronary heart disease in 26 (17.3%), and sepsis in 17 (11.3%).

How fast can I lose 100 pounds after gastric sleeve? ›

The expectation for most patients is that they will lose up to 50% of their excess weight in the first year. That means that if you are 100 pounds over your ideal weight, you will lose 50 pounds within a year of the surgery. If you are 200 pounds overweight, we expect you will lose 100 pounds the first year.

Can your stomach grow back after gastric bypass? ›

As such the answer to can your stomach grow back after weight loss surgery is NO, it will not grow back to its original size, but rather hold a capacity that allows the patient to have a long term normal life once they achieve their weight loss success.

How did Melissa Mccarthy lose her weight? ›

Melissa claims she lost weight by being “boring,” even though she dislikes dieting. Her exercise regimen was also altered. She had weight-loss surgery, according to the gossip cop.

What blocks fat absorption? ›

Apples, Soy foods and Whole Grains are natural food sources that effectively block fat absorption. These food sources don't just block fat absorption but also give energy to the body in a healthier manner.

What mineral blocks leptin resistance? ›

[36] It was established that zinc deficiency significantly inhibited leptin secretion from the fatty tissue and IL-2 and TNF-α levels decreased parallel to inhibited leptin levels.

Is there a difference between multivitamins? ›

Given that there's no standard for what constitutes a multivitamin, their nutrient composition varies by brand and product ( 3 ). Multivitamins are also referred to as multis, multiples, or simply vitamins. They're available in many forms, including tablets, capsules, chewable gummies, powders, and liquids.

What is bariatric MVI? ›

NATURELO Bariatric Multivitamin - One Daily with Iron - Supplement for Post Gastric Bypass Surgery Patients - Natural Whole Food Nutrition - 60 Veggie Capsules.

What happens if you don t take your vitamins after bariatric surgery? ›

You may also experience hair loss, brittle nails, and dry skin. In severe cases, vitamin deficiencies can also lead to life-threatening health problems, such as heart failure, stroke, and cancer. Fortunately, your vitamin regimen following your bariatric surgery will help prevent these health problems.

Is it better to take multivitamins in the morning or at night? ›

Neil Levin, a clinical nutritionist at NOW Foods, agrees that morning is best for multivitamins and any B vitamins. “Multivitamins tend to do best when taken earlier in the day, as the B vitamins in them might stimulate metabolism and brain function too much for a relaxing evening or before bed,” Levin says.

Which is the best multivitamin in the market? ›

Multivitamin tablets should be part of our diet today.
  • In ideal conditions, we should get all our nutrients from the food we consume. ...
  • MuscleBlaze Biozyme Daily Multivitamin. ...
  • HealthKart HK Vitals Multivitamin. ...
  • MuscleBlaze MB-Vite Daily Multivitamin. ...
  • Neuherbs True vitamin.
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Can you reverse bariatric? ›

Yes, gastric bypass is a reversible procedure. However its reversal would require an operation of the same or greater magnitude and risk as the original procedure.

What are the side effects of bariatric? ›

Bariatric surgery carries some long-term risks for patients, including:
  • Dumping syndrome, a condition that can lead to symptoms like nausea and dizziness.
  • Low blood sugar.
  • Malnutrition.
  • Vomiting.
  • Ulcers.
  • Bowel obstruction.
  • Hernias.

How much B12 should a bariatric patient take? ›

CONCLUSION: At least 350 µg per day is the appropriate oral dose of crystalline vitamin B12 after gastric surgery for obesity to correct low serum vitamin B12 levels in 95% of patients.


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