I’ve gotten a number of requests to compare ViSalus vitamins to WLS needs, so the first up is their MultiMineral and Vitamin — the closest thing I can find to a “general all-purpose multivitamin” in their line.

I’d like to start out by saying that when I had questions about their actual content, I called the company.  Was then told to email them when the representative floundered through my questions, not having a clue as to the actual makeup of the vitamin product the company was selling (always a great sign, yes?).  So I dutifully emailed the company at the address provided, and was shot back with an auto-reply stating I would have a response within 48 hours.

Not so much.

Tried calling back today to see if I could get a smarter associate, or at least someone who could give me a better email to try, and they are closed.  I give up.  Therefore, I am going to simply make the guesswork based on the literature on the websites I have found and assume it to be accurate as I have no other concrete evidence to which to base my suppositions on.

Always a great start of a review, eh?

There are a great many ingredients listed that I won’t go over — these are “natural” ingredients such as herbs and such and as I have no knowledge about how they absorb, affect the WLS body, etc, I will not comment on them.  This is the “hook” for most of the new MLM’s these days.  These ingredients promise “antioxident” powers, “higher energy,” etc.  Some of them have been found by the established medical community to contain neurotoxic qualities (chlorella, for example), which of course the “natural food industry” denies vehemently.  Who’s right?  I don’t know.  And since I don’t have enough knowledge to evaluate these “natural” remedies sufficiently yet, I’m going to skip them for now.

ViSalus says:

This supplement combines vitamins, minerals and other ingredients in a unique ormulation. The amounts o each ingredient have been careully measured to provided the reported potential benet. This supplement has been designed in concert with the Supercharged Antioxidant to provide the essential vitamins and minerals to promote better health at a cellular level

Pine Bark is a powerul antioxidant. In nature, it protects trees rom the damaging
eects o the sun, weather, and other elements. In the human body, however, Pine Bark
Extract serves to help protect us rom damaging oxidation that takes place with our
every breath.

The Multi Mineral & Vitamin works in concert with the Supercharged Antioxidant to
provide a perectly-balanced daily supply o the body’s essential needs.

All o the minerals used in the Multi Mineral & Vitamin supplement have been chelated with an amino acid to enhance absorption. Other brands are not chelated so your body may absorb roughly 2% – 4% o the minerals you take in. The rate o absorption o this chelated mineral supplement has been proven to be between 35% – 40%.

Serving size is listed as 2 Tablets.  Amounts for ViSalus will be based on 2 tablets.  Amounts will be compared to ASMBS recommendations for a multivitamin, which are, as follows:

Multivitamin
- Adjustable Gastric Band/VSG: 100% of daily value
- RNY: 200% of daily value
- BPD/DS: 200% of daily value

  • Choose a multivitamin that is a high-potency vitamin containing 100% of daily value for at least 100% of daily value of 2/3 of nutrients
  • Begin with chewable or liquid
  • Progress to whole tablet/capsule as tolerated
  • Avoid time-released supplements
  • Avoid enteric coating
  • Choose a complete formula containing at least 18 mg iron, 400mcg folic acid, as well as selenium, and zinc in each serving
  • Avoid children’s formulas that are incomplete
  • May improve gastrointestinal tolerance when taken close to food intake
  • May separate dosage
  • Do not mix multivitamin containing iron with calcium supplement, take at least 2 hours apart
  • Individual brands should be reviewed for absorption rate and bioavailability
  • Specialized bariatric formulations are available

Vitamin A (100% from beta-carotene): 1,666.5 IU
RNY, DS, VSG, and anyone on PPIs do not absorb BC, therefore we don’t count it.
ASMBS Recommendations: 10,000 IU for RNY/DS; 5,000 IU for AGB/VSG
Amount needed: NA

Vitamin C: 30 mg
ASMBS: RNY/DS: 120 mg; AGB/VSG: 60 mg
Amount needed: RNY/DS – 4; AGB/VSG – 2

Vitamin D3: 133.5 IU
Note: ASMBS recommendations are not enough
ASMBS: RNY/DS 800 IU; AGB/VSG: 400 IU
Amount needed: RNY/DS – 6; AGB/VSG – 3

Vitamin E (from d-alpha Tocopheral succinate): 33.5 IU
ASMBS: RNY/DS 60 IU; AGB/VSG 30 IU
Amount needed: RNY/DS – 2; AGB/VSG – 2

Vitamin K: 8.5 mcg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 162 mcg; AGB/VSG 81 mcg
Amount needed: RNY/DS -19; AGB/VSG – 10

Thiamin: 85 mg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 3 mg; AGB/VSG 1.5 mg
Amount needed: 1

Riboflavin: 85 mg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 3.4 mg; AGB/VSG 1.7 mg
Amount needed: 1

Niacin (no idea of the source): 85 mg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 40 mg; AGB/VSG: 20 mg
Amount needed: 1

Vitamin B6: 85 mg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 4mg; AGB/VSG 2mg
Amount needed: 1

Folic Acid: 133.5 mcg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 800 mcg; AGB/VSG 400 mcg
Amount needed: RNY/DS – 6; AGB/VSG – 3

Vitamin B12 (from cyanocobalamin): 4 mcg
Many people cannot get enough B12 from crystalline B12 and must use sublingual or injections.
ASMBS: RNY/DS: 12 mcg, ; AGB/VSG: 6 mcg
Amount needed: RNY/DS – 6; AGB/VSG – 3

Biotin: 150 mcg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 600 mcg; AGB/VSG 300 mcg
Amount needed: RNY/DS 8; AGB/VSG – 4

Pantothenic Acid: 85 mg
ASMBS: RNY/DS – 20 mg; AGB/VSG 10mg
Amount needed: 1

Calcium (source unknown): 66.5 mg
Source is unknown.  If taking ViSalus’ text seriously, this is a chelate, which absorbs only in the duodenum.  The duodenum is bypassed completely in the RNY and mostly in the DS.

Iodine (source unknown): 50 mcg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 300 mcg; AGB/VSG 150 mcg
Source is unknown.  If taking ViSalus’ text seriously, this is a chelate, which absorbs only in the duodenum.  The duodenum is bypassed completely in the RNY and mostly in the DS.

Magnesium (source unknown): 58.5 mg
Source is unknown.  If taking ViSalus’ text seriously, this is a chelate, which absorbs only in the duodenum.  The duodenum is bypassed completely in the RNY and mostly in the DS.

Zinc (source unknown): 1.5 mg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 30mg; AGB/VSG: 15 mg
Source is unknown.  If taking ViSalus’ text seriously, this is a chelate, which absorbs only in the duodenum.  The duodenum is bypassed completely in the RNY and mostly in the DS.

Selenium (source unknown): 85 mcg
ASMBS: RNY/DS: 140 mcg; AGB/VSG 70 mcg
Source is unknown.  If taking ViSalus’ text seriously, this is a chelate, which absorbs only in the duodenum.  The duodenum is bypassed completely in the RNY and mostly in the DS.

Copper (source unknown): 0.5 mg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 4 mg; AGB/VSG 2 mg
Source is unknown.  If taking ViSalus’ text seriously, this is a chelate, which absorbs only in the duodenum.  The duodenum is bypassed completely in the RNY and mostly in the DS.

Manganese (source unknown): 3.5 mg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 4 mg; AGB/VSG 2 mg
Source is unknown.  If taking ViSalus’ text seriously, this is a chelate, which absorbs only in the duodenum.  The duodenum is bypassed completely in the RNY and mostly in the DS.

Chrominum (source unknown): 85 mcg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 240 mcg; AGB/VSG 120 mcg
Source is unknown.  If taking ViSalus’ text seriously, this is a chelate, which absorbs only in the duodenum.  The duodenum is bypassed completely in the RNY and mostly in the DS.

Molybdenum (source unknown): 3.5 mcg
ASMBS: RNY/DS 150 mcg; AGB/VSG 75
Source is unknown.  If taking ViSalus’ text seriously, this is a chelate, which absorbs only in the duodenum.  The duodenum is bypassed completely in the RNY and mostly in the DS.

The facts are here in black and pink — as well as the complete inability to even GET concrete facts from the manufacturer.  If I can’t get what is actually IN the vitamins, rather than the simply hype that goes along with them and a sales pitch, then there is obviously something very wrong with this picture.

This is the type of product that makes people like me very leery of MLM products.  If you have a good MLM?  Blame this company, and it’s ilk, for causing people like me to be extremely skeptical about your wares.  Because hiding things is not a way to make Andrea think you have good stuff.  It only makes her want to dig deeper past all of the pretty labels and graphics, actually read the “white papers” you post to confuse people who don’t know any better, and to ask the questions of “really, why do you put all that extra crap in your vitamin if you can’t even publish the mineral content in the first place?  What exactly are you ashamed of if it’s such a great product?”

Run far, and run fast.

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