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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Scripted D Fail.

On March 22, 2010, in Fat Solubles, Vitamins, by Andrea

Going back to my roots a bit and explain a common problem in the WLS community — scripted vitamin D supplements.

Drisdol

Drisdol is the trade name for the prescription strength vitamin D treatment.  It is 50,000 IU of D2, suspended in an oil-base.  The typical regimen is 1 per week for 8 or 12 weeks, then retest.  This is in additional to the vitamin D that is packaged in calcium supplements and possibly additional vitamin D taken through the week depending on the prescriber.

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Bariatric Advantage Liquid Vitamin D

On February 18, 2010, in Fat Solubles, Reviews, Vitamins, by Andrea

Michelle at Vitalady sent me quite a bag of samples to go through with my last vitamin order — this was one of the things that came with my stuff:

Vitamin D3

Bariatric Advantage Liquid Vitamin D3 is designed to facilitate ease of dosing for those who need a high potency Vitamin D product.  Our liquid vitamin D is a unique sugar-free formula of vitamin D3 in a suspension of medium chain triglycerides (MCTs).  It is very pleasant tasting and offers the easy ability to dose either 10,000 IU (a full-dropper) or 5,000 IU of vitamin D.  This is a great solution for those who need to maintain their vitamin D levels and support bone health.

So I have to tell you, I didn’t know what to think.  I put off the tasting for a bit because I was a bit .. apprehensive.

I actually took this to a support group meeting we had.  I belong to a group that has two meeting groups — one that meets in Raleigh, NC every month and one that meets in Greenville, NC every other month.

Greenville, NC group 2/6/2010

So I had little tester cups and we did “D shooters” as one person put it.

It has NO taste.  None.  Zero.  Nada.

Texture — yes.  Taste, no.  It’s a very thin oily texture — enough that if I had to do this on a regular basis, I’d have to put it in a protein drink to dissipate it to get it down.  But it wouldn’t change the flavor of the drink at all.

Dropper

As you can see, the dropper is marked in 0.5ml and 1.0ml.  If you do 1/2 of a dropper, you get 5,000 IU.  1.0ml, (duh) of course gives you 10,000 IU of D3.  Remember that RNYers need quite a bit of this every day just to maintain our numbers — and that normies are going to get their toxic numbers raised to 10,000 IU.  Taking 20,000 IU a day is not out the realm of possibility just to maintain if you have decent malabsorption going on.

In any case, this has NO flavor, is an easy way of getting your D without adding YET ANOTHER PILL.  If you’re still doing protein shakes daily, toss a mil or two in to get your D supplement and be done with it.  It’s a bit pricier than pills, of course — you knew it would be for all the reasons you can think of.  But it’s an option.

Runs $29.79 at Vitalady