Celebrate Calcium Plus – Cherry Tart

On January 5, 2011, in Minerals, Reviews, Vitamins, by Andrea

CalciYumm!

Celebrate says:

With a great tart cherry taste, smooth texture (no grit) and the most effective bone health formulation available in a bariatric supplement – what more can you ask for?

I had enough of these suckers (a whole bottle) to do a 30 day trial, and again I was shocked at the results.

The calcium is VERY good.  It’s not chalky, gritty, or tasteless.  It’s really, really good.  I was expecting something.. not like this.  Perhaps something similar to Tums in the chalky taste, but not.. this.  I completed the 30 days with NO problems at all.  I would buy these again in a heart beat based on taste alone.

The kids even thought so.  Both kids asked for additional samples after I gave them pieces.  As it was, it was hard to deny them more – they liked it that much.  They would take these over and over and over again if I would let them.

The one thing I noticed was that sometimes I’d take a bite and if I inhaled at just the right time?  I’d get this bit of cherry dust inhaled up through my nose.  It was a strange feeling / smell.  Not uncomfortable, but different to say the least.

The stats aren’t bad, either:

Nutrition Stats - Click for oversize image

Serving size: 3 tablets, taken 2 hours apart, 2 hours from iron (Stats are for all 3 tablets)
Calories: 20
Total Carbohydrate: 4 g (0 g sugar)
Vitamin D (as cholecalciferol): 1,000 IU
Vitamin K (as phytonadione, aka K1): 80 mcg
Calcium (as calcium citrate): 1500 mg
Magnesium (as magnesium citrate and magnesium oxide): 100 mg
Zinc (as zinc amino acid chelate): 15 mg
Copper (as copper amino acid chelate): 1 mg

Overall, it’s got good statistics.  I am impressed with the inclusion of the vitamin K (although, bone growth is best served with K2, not K1) and magnesium citrate rather than just magnesium oxide.  My only areas of concern are the use of amino acid chelates for zinc and copper given the research showing absorption of amino acid chelates in the duodenum, which is, of course, bypassed entirely in the RNY and mostly in the DS.  Certainly, this proves once again the need for more research on us.  Now.  Please?  I volunteer?

Would I recommend this calcium to others looking for a chewable?  Hell yes.  Hell, I might just get some just for my kids to make sure they are getting enough calcium and vitamin D3 in their diets!

Available from Celebrate and assorted online retailers.  $19.95 for a 30 day supply (90 tablets) and $39.95 for a 90 day supply (270 tablets)

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