Citracal Calcium Gummies

On May 6, 2011, in Minerals, Reviews, by Andrea

Evil.

Dear Bayer HealthCare, LLC – makers of Citracal:

This isn’t cool.

Citracal used to represent a good, high quality product I could easily say “this will work in achlorhydriac (low acid) guts – go buy it and use it!”

Then you came out with some of your variations, such as the “Bone Builder” version which contained mostly carbonate and zinc – things that don’t go with the “Citracal” name nor with calcium.

Now? Now you’re dropping into the depths of the tricalcium phosphate market – a market of truly trashy calcium for WLS people. And you aren’t exactly inexpensive, either.

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Citracal Experiment

On March 24, 2010, in Minerals, Reviews, by Andrea

So it is continually brought up by surgeons that pill-form vitamins do not dissolve sufficiently in RNY or DS guts to do any good.  Whether this is due to the shortened gut syndrome or the lack of stomach acid, I’m not quite certain.  However, there are a plethora of surgeons that make this claim.  It’s getting old.

Given this information, I have decided to do a number of experiments with various vitamins and supplements that I currently take.  Some of this is for my own morbid curiosity, and some of it is to help dispel misinformation being spread by the people in white coats.  I know what my own personal labs look like — I know that my vitamins are absorbing.  However, consider this a visual PSA for the community as it were.

Let’s keep in mind that just because something dissolves does not mean it will absorb.  Calcium carbonate will dissolve in a cup of water given the correct conditions.  (And perhaps I’ll try that as well.  I’m not sure.)  However, that does not mean that it will absorb. There are chemical reactions in the body that we can’t see without electron microscopes — and unless someone has a couple thousand dollars they want to give me?  It’s not going to happen here.  So just keep in mind this information is to dispel the “your body cannot possibly dissolve these meds and they will come out solid in your poop” mythical crap.  (Yes, pun intended.  I couldn’t help myself.)

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