CorOmega: Review and Test

On June 4, 2011, in Reviews, Tests, by Andrea

For a long time, I’ve been recommending CorOmega somewhat blindly — based on recommendations from others and blood tests of other bypassers showing great results using the product, but without actually trying it.

While in Vegas, I had the opportunity to speak to the CorOmega rep, try all of the flavors (one of while is missing from the above photo — sorry!), and arrange a special blood testing for myself to kind of get an idea how these affect bypassers. More about that later.

Coromega says:

Welcome to Coromega!  We believe Omega-3 is essential to good health and that’s why we developed the first delicious Omega3 in a convenient, single-serve Squeeze. Coromega is not a pill!  Our Omega3 Squeeze is a tasty burst of goodness with 2 essential fatty acids, DHA and EPA, and a clinically proven 300% better absorption than regular softgels. Bioavailability Study. The best part? Coromega is a supplement that is actually delicious!

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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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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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Prepaidlab – How does it work?

On March 28, 2011, in Reviews, Tests, by Andrea

If you’ve been around the weight loss surgical block for awhile, you know lab tests are vitally important.

If you’ve been around for a long while, you’ve probably figured out that there are some tests that we need that many docs don’t know to order.  Some docs are good about ordering tests that their patients request.  Some?  Not so much.

Depending on how you handle the above scenario, you can either find a doctor willing to work with you better (which is what I do..) or you can find alternative ways to get your tests.  Prepaidlab.com is one way to do so.

Learned more about this great service back in December, and since then, the company has created a page of tests specific to WLS folk.

To help show how this service works, Chris over at Prepaidlab.com gave me a discounted code for a ferritin draw so I could go through the process and blog it for y’all to see beginning to end.

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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%.

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