Celebrate Multivitamin Grape

On December 29, 2009, in Minerals, Vitamins, by Andrea

In my quest to get through my care package from Celebrate, I picked a multivitamin to test this evening.

Grape Multivitamin

When it comes to chewable multivitamins, there are two important things to consider, formulation and taste.  No other bariatric multivitamin can compete with us on either.  Developed exclusively for surgical weight loss patients, Celebrate Bariatric Multivitamin provides the most thorough blend of vitamins and minerals available in a great tasting chewable.  Our integrated formula provides maximum bioavailability as we have carefully selected each vitamin and mineral level and form to enhance interaction and absorption.  Key things to look for in our multivitamin:

* Taste – When you have to take a product every day, it needs to be something that you like. Our Grape flavor chewable is unbeatable with a smooth texture (no grit) and great taste, it will be easy to maintain your compliance.

* Vitamin B-12 (cyanocobalamin)  – With nearly 6,000% of the RDI of vitamin B-12, Celebrate Bariatric Multivitamin contains the highest level of B-12 available in a bariatric multivitamin. Studies have shown that at these levels, 95% of patients will NOT need additional sublingual B-12.

* B-Complex – In addition to vitamin B-12, the other b-complex vitamins are critical for your health following surgery. Certain B vitamins such as vitamin B1 (thiamin) are critical immediately following surgery and our multivitamin contains the most appropriate levels of each vitamin, in the proper form for bariatric surgery patients.

* Vitamin A – By blending pre-formed (retinyl palmitate) and beta-carotene to make up our vitamin A, we are providing the safest and most effective approach available for this key vitamin.  This blend allows your body to regulate its intake of vitamin A, absorbing only what it needs to function properly.

*Magnesium – This critical mineral is most effective in the citrate form.  Celebrate contains the highest percentage of magnesium citrate of any bariatric supplement.

* Chelated minerals – Chelation simply means, “attaching to”.  By chelating our mineral forms to amino acid, we have increased the likelihood that these minerals will be absorbed in a reduced acidic environment.

*Water Miscible ADEK – We utilize dry, water miscible forms of vitamins A, D, E, and K to further enhance absorption.

Now, I picked this particular vitamin for one reason — I’m working on a blog post to unveil a new series this week about all of the vitamins and minerals — Vitamins from A to Zinc and, of course, that starts with vitamin A.  To get ready for that blog post, I’ve been reading my little eyes, brain, and heart out on vitamin A.  So when I go to pick a product out of my goody bag from the good folks from Celebrate, I see a sticker on the back of one of the packages and that’s what sold me.

Kismet I tell you, Kismet!

I tear open the little package and give it a sniff test.  Not too bad, not fishy by any stretch of the imagination — which is good cause I have quite the imagination (and apparently, according to the hubs, an overactive and over-sensitive sniffer..).  I halfway expected it to smell like something I would find at one of my Swedish functions to be served on hardbread or from a can that is bulging (and if you have no idea of which I speak — be glad.  Honest.  Really.  *shudder*)

So I pop it into my mouth.  I mean, I can’t really bite it or anything.  It’s not as large as a large calcium tablet.  It’s a little larger than a nickel, smaller than a quarter, so it’s not really a “take a bite and chew” sorta thing.  And it hits — a mineraly taste.

See, this is what absolutely kills me about chewable vites.  Now, do not get me wrong — it is SOOO much better than quite a few of them.  Not as strong as even a kids’ Flintstone (do not let me catch you taking those or I’ll send the babe with his 154 balls to your house and let him loose, got it?) or even a Centrum silver.  But it still is there.  They try to cover it up with sweet-tasting stuff, but it lingers.. and the sweet-tasting stuff does as well.  Long enough that I go to get something to drink before my next taste test thing.

But!  I don’t burp it.  Which is amazing for some of the chewables I’ve tried — especially those with some iron in them.  The pouch does not like iron — which may be why I have iron issues.  I think I should have a talk with it.  Later.

The stats are pretty decent for a multivitamin:

Stats

Please note the stats above are for 2 tablets –

They use water-miscible forms for their vites which is a good thing.. and most of what I see is pretty good.  There are a few things I do not like (like the beta-carotene for RNY and DSers.. you’ll find out why this weekend) but no multi is going to be 100% perfect and hey, that’s why they make additional supplements to supplement a multivitamin.

All-in-all, not horrible.  Not great.  Worth getting a sample to see if it works for you post-op.

Available from Celebrate, 30 days for $15.95 and 90 days for $36.50

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