Vita4Life: Calcium

On May 20, 2011, in Minerals, Reviews, by Andrea

Vita4Life, as marketed by HELP

So a series of “bariatric” supplements are starting to hit the market again, this time marketed by HELP, or Healthy Everyday Life Products. They include supplements from Vita4Life, Protica collagen protein, and Shakeology amongst other things.

Vita4Life says:

The Best Calcium Supplement for Weight Loss Surgery Patients

Vita4Life! Calcium Malate Formula: Our calcium malate chelate formula is designed to meet the calcium supplementation needs of patients who have undergone all weight loss surgery procedures. We use only the highest quality ingredients in our calcium product. Calcium chelate has been proven to offer maximum absorption properties.

What is Calcium Malate Chelate?

Calcium malate chelate is calcium which has been combined with beneficial amino acids so that the calcium is more rapidly and efficiently absorbed by your body. Calcium malate chelate is not only absorbed more efficiently than other forms of calcium, including calcium citrate and calcium carbonate, but it is retained better in your body tissue such as bone and teeth.

Why did we switch from Calcium Citrate to a Chelated Calcium Malate?

Calcium malate chelate offers more superior absorption properties than calcium citrate. Additionally, chelation allows us to offer you your daily dosage in four capsules daily rather than six.

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Amino Acid Chelates

On February 23, 2011, in Fat Solubles, Minerals, Vitamins, Water Solubles, by Andrea

All too often, we look at the Daily Value of a vitamin’s label to measure the worth, but rarely look at the ingredients list.  Some vitamins are beginning to turn to amino acid chelates as a source for some micronutrients found in vitamins we take each day — sometimes without us knowing they are there.  Some companies boast higher absorption rates with these chelates, while others boast better gastrointestinal tolerance.  Many patients have no clue what a chelate even is, much less the benefits of them.

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Not really.

Susan Maria posted on her message board about her vitamin this morning.  I’m guessing she isn’t getting the sales she was aiming for and needed to write a commercial for it.  But I feel it’s important to share her words that she has FINALLY provided (we’ve only been asking since the beginning of November..) and lay the science out point by point to either counter or agree with what she says.  She will not answer any questions about the science — will only reference people to the Albion happy science papers — which are nothing but press releases.

The post below can be found (by those not banned, of course, at her message board here.  This is, assuming, unless it gets deleted (which she has a history of doing — to me personally).  I give my word, as much as it is worth, that I am not abridging her post whatsoever, changing her words at all, or changing any intent.  This is her entire post, word for word.  All I am going to do is break it down into sections to discuss the science in points.  That is all.

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