Calci-yuuuuum!

Bariatric Advantage has just released a new flavor of  calcium, and there is all sorts of buzz online about them.

I first got to try them in Las Vegas at the WLSFA event. At the time, I thought they were okay, but certainly not wonderful. However, I didn’t have enough of a sample to do a full review. Ed over at BA was kind enough to send me a bag, along with my favorite (lemon!!) and I was given more of a chance to do a full review.

BA says:

Our Calcium Citrate Chewy Bites deliver 250 mg of elemental calcium as calcium citrate in a delicious chew. They also contain 125 IU of vitamin D3 for healthy absorption. These chews are sugar-free as well, so you don’€™t have to worry about getting extra carbs while you get the calcium you need. Each chew is individually wrapped so you can take them with you wherever you go.

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Digging through my box of goodies from Bariatric Advantage, I wanted to do these as I enjoy the chewy bites quite a bit.

Bariatric Advantage says:

Calcium Citrate that tastes delicious – Wow! Many people are required to take a lot of calcium. At Bariatric Advantage, we recognize that providing different flavors and forms of this important nutrient helps assure compliance and makes taking large amounts of calcium much easier. Our Calcium Citrate Chewy Bites deliver 250 mg of elemental calcium as calcium citrate in a delicious chew. They also contain 125 IU of vitamin D3 for healthy absorption. These chews are sugar-free as well, so you don’t have to worry about getting extra carbs while you get the calcium you need. Each chew is individually wrapped so you can take them with you wherever you go.

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I’m catching up on a ton of reviews that need to be done.  I’ve posted a ton of Celebrate reviews of late, and don’t want to give the impression that I dislike Bariatric Advantage in any shape or form, so I’ve decided to push some of their stuff up on the list a bit to make things seem a bit less one-sided.

Bariatric Advantage has sent me several fun boxes of stuff to review — including some new formulations that I’ll be doing week-long and month-long trials on (including the multivitamin crystals that seem to be HOT!) but wanted to get some perennial favorites out of the way first.

I’ve always loved the Calcium Citrate Chewy Bites — but have never done full reviews on the Lemon and Chocolate.  Time to rectify that now.  First up: Lemon.

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Bariatric Advantage 60mg Iron – Lemon Lime

On November 30, 2009, in Minerals, Reviews, by Andrea
60mg Lemon Lime

60mg Lemon Lime

Our Chewable Iron was designed to meet the iron replacement needs of patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. Our iron is in a form that is both easy to take and tastes great. Our Strawberry Flavored Iron provides 18 milligrams of elemental iron from Ferronyl®, and our 29 milligram iron is a blend of Ferronyl® and ferrous fumarate. Both contain vitamin C to optimize iron absorption and utilization. Tablets are designed to be easy on the digestive system, to support maximum absorption, and to minimize side effects like constipation.


And Andrea digs back into the OH ATL swag bag and pulls out this sample from Bariatric Advantage — Their 60mg Lemon Lime Flavored Iron with Vitamin C.

At first glance, it’s a small gray tablet — which isn’t shocking since it’s made of carbonyl iron. It’s slightly larger than a sweet tart, which is ironic since that is what it tastes like — in fact, maybe a bit tarter than a sweet tart.  Not too tart, but very palatable.

However, it does, after some time, have a bit of an aftertaste — as most irons do.  And I’m burping it — although it’s not nearly as good as it was when it first went down.

Ferronyl® carbonyl iron. Ferronyl® carbonyl iron powder is elemental iron (Fe) with > 98% iron content. A key physical property of Ferronyl is its small particle size, which is considerably smaller than other forms of elemental iron. As a result, Ferronyl has higher human bioavailability than these other forms. The net absorption per unit dose of Ferronyl is also greater than that of any of the currently used ferrous (Fe2+) salts.

Vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to enhance iron absorption. Vitamin C benefits the absorption of iron by reducing ferric iron (Fe3+) to ferrous iron (Fe2+) and forming an iron-ascorbic acid complex. A 1999 study conducted in gastric bypass patients suggested that the combination of iron with vitamin C was more effective than iron alone at restoring ferritin and hemoglobin levels in anemic patients.

Short-Chain Fructoligosaccharides. Fructoligosaccharides (FOS) have been studied for their ability to improve the uptake of select minerals (including iron, calcium and magnesium) from the colon. In animal models, use of FOS with iron has been shown to increase ferritin levels and aid in the recovery from anemia. In one study in rats who had been subjected to total gastrectomy, the combination of FOS with iron was successful in preventing the development of anemia. This strategy makes sense for individuals who have undergone weight loss surgery where there is both partial gastrectomy and short bowel to aid in the optimization of iron uptake and support the maintenance of body stores.

Nutrient Amount %DV
Iron (Ferronyl® carbonyl iron) 60 mg 333%
Vitamin C 250 mg 417%
Fructoligiosaccharides (FOS) 66.5 mg NA

Now, I LIKE carbonyl iron.  Carbonyl is easier on the GI tract than any of the ferric salts — and is so much easier than ferrous sulfate.  I’d rather gnaw on a rusty pipe than take ferrous sulfate.  I mean it.  Ferrous sulfate is evil to my system — bloating, cramping, constipation.. it’s evil.  Carbonyl, because it’s straight elemental iron, doesn’t have those nasty side effects.

But what I would have liked more would have been more C.  There is plenty of research that shows an ideal balance of C to elemental iron is 200mgs of C to 30mgs of elemental iron.. so this falls short in that regard.  Still, it’s much much better than many things on the market so it’s a reasonable thing to take, unless you are taking a massive dose of iron like I am — then you’d just go bankrupt.

Available at Bariatric Advantage, 90 count for $36.95, 270 ct for $68.95.