So back in October (yes, I realize it’s almost January..) Vic from Celebrate sent me a care package of some of Celebrate’s newer products. It included a bottle of their Pineapple-Strawberry multivitamins, Cherry Tart calcium, Cherry B12 sublinguals, and their full line of ENS liquid multivitamin/calcium mixes.
I was in bariatric heaven.
Since I got a full month of the multivitamin, calcium, and B12, and because I’m not normally one for chewable vitamins? I decided to actually TAKE the vitamins for a full month before doing the reviews on the products to see when I got tired of them, IF I got tired of them. This is coming from someone who thinks Flintstones take like crap, could not stand Optisource, etc.
First up? The Pineapple-Strawberry 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 specifically 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.
When I first opened the bottle, I was worried for my 30-day trial to be completely honest. It smells minerally.
The size is a bit larger than some of the competitors that also do not have calcium included:
But. I tried one.
And there isn’t but a TOUCH of a mineral taste in my mouth at all. I mean, there’s a slight aftertaste (you can’t avoid it) but it is nothing what I expected after the sniff test. Very pleasant. I was shocked.
Even more shocking is that I sit here with only one left in the bottle. Me. Someone who abhors chewables due to the horrid minerally taste and chalky texture? Completed the 30-day test without a problem. Something I did note – these do not contain iron or calcium, meaning one or the other can be taken with the multivitamin (or, well, both if you take Proferrin like I do..). I found that if you took the Cherry calcium with the multivitamin, it did change the taste significantly. Taking the calcium before the multi brought the mineral taste out in the multi much more; however, taking the calcium after the multi was much more pleasant. Just a tidbit.
The kids were demanding to be part of the taste test party (what’s new?) so I broke one of these suckers in half (hey.. I know how much to give their little bodies.. no worries) and here are the results:
Daniel (3 in February): Ate his entire half, but said “Spicy, get water!” and did not ask for another taste
Kaitlin (4.5): Took a small nibble, threw hers in the trash, and when asked if she liked it she said “NO!”
Serving size for these is 2 tablets a day. This serving will get you to 200% for many things, but 100% on others. I’ve seen better.. but there are MUCH MUCH worse out on the market:
Serving size: 2 tablets, taken one at a time at different times (amounts below reflect 2 tablets)
- Vitamin A (50% retinyl palmitate and 50% beta carotene) 10,000 IU (200%)
Only 5,000 IU is in a form readily available to RNY, DS, VSG, and AGBers using PPIs.
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 180 mg (300%)
- Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol) 1000 IU (250%)
This is D3, but not nearly enough for RNY and DS. Paired with a good calcium, possibly enough for AGB and VSG depending on pre-op lab studies and individual chemistry. Some studies have shown normal digestive systems needing 2000 IU just to maintain low substrate levels (not building) while others have shown close to 6,000 – 8,000 IU needed to maintain a good substrate level from 60-80 ng/mL
- Vitamin E (as d-alpha-tocopheryl acetate) 60 IU (200%)
May not be enough for DSers
- Vitamin K (as phytonadione) 40 mcg 50%
This is K1, the primary vitamin needed for blood clotting in the body. The only time someone should really shy away from vitamin K is when they are on oral coagulation therapy. There is no known risk of vitamin K toxicity from K1 or K2 (which is helpful for bones) and I don’t understand the lower amount of K. It SHOULD be noted that if you take Celebrate’s calcium, there is 80 mcg in 3 tablets (100%) — which might still not be enough. I currently take 300 mcg in addition to all other sources.
- Thiamin (as thiamin mononitrate) 12 mg (800%)
We know that high dose thiamin does not absorb fully. We don’t know why, but we know that more frequent smaller dosed thiamin does better in smaller doses. This may be enough to preclude a deficiency, but labs should be watched.
- Riboflavin 12 mg (706%)
- Niacin (as niacinamide) 40 mg (200%)
- Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxine HCl) 12 mg (600%)
- Folate (as folic acid) 800 mcg (200%)
- Vitamin B12 (as cyanocobalamin) 350 mcg (5833%)
Despite contrary belief, we can absorb crystalline B12 passively through the GI tract, even in the absence of Intrinsic Factor at the rate of 1-3% depending on individual physiology. Additionally, there are still some cells responsible for creating IF left in the pouch of RNY patients, thus creating the possibility of not needing an additional B12 supplement if taking enough oral B12.
- Biotin 600 mcg (200%)
- Pantothenic acid (as D-calcium pantothenate) 20 mg (200%)
- Iodine (as potassium iodide) 150 mcg (100%)
- Magnesium (as magnesium citrate and magnesium oxide) 100 mg (25%)
I like the fact Celebrate has SOME mag citrate in here. But I wish it was entirely mag citrate, and there was more. Admittedly, mag citrate is a larger molecule than mag ox and costs more, I’m sure. Magnesium citrate is important for bones, electrolyte balance, keeping Topamax tinglies away, cramps in legs. Mag oxide is good for helping with constipation.
- Zinc (as zinc amino acid chelate) 15 mg (100%)
- Selenium (as selenium amino acid chelate) 100 mcg (143%)
- Copper (as copper amino acid chelate) 2mg (100%)
- Manganese (as manganese amino acid chelate) 2mg (100%)
- Chromium (as chromium amino acid chelate) 200 mcg (167%)
- Molybdenum (as molybdenum amino acid chelate) 75 mcg (100%)
Zinc, selenium, copper, manganese, chromium, and molybdenum are all a bit low in my estimation. We absorb copper and molybdenum in the stomach, so once again the RNYers are at a bit of a disadvantage again. But what’s more is that Celebrate is using chelates for these six trace minerals. A company that boasts itself as a leading researcher in chelates, and has patented many, MANY chelates released a paper with the following information:
Data from in vitro studies suggest that magnesium disglycinate and other metal amino acid chelates may be absorbed via dipeptide absorption pathways in the upper small intestine. — Bioavailability of Magnesium Diglycinate vs Magnesium Oxide in Patients with Ileal Resection (abstract – I have the full study)
So obviously, this has me a bit worried as the duodenum is bypassed completely in the RNY and mostly in the DS. I would like to see more studies. Especially in us. Please? Now? Yes?
All-in-all, I would still recommend Celebrate for this multivitamin, despite the little issues I have. It’s got a good taste (to me at least) which means it’s more likely people will TAKE THEIR VITAMINS until they can switch to swallowables if they so desire. It’s leagues apart better than some of the competition on the “bariatric” front (Optisource, Bariceuticals, oPurity, Journey.. must I continue?), and it’s leaps and bounds better than gummy vitamins (only good for pelting people on the head for fun) and Flintstones (which, despite the label, are NOT complete).
As always, let your labs be your guide – get your grubby paws on EVERY draw, demand further testing if your doc isn’t testing enough or often enough.
Celebrate will send out samples if you call them – 877-424-1953 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Available from CelebrateVitamins – 30 day supply for $15.95