IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bariatric Advantage®, the leading brand of micronutrient replacement products for bariatric surgery patients, today announced the availability of its new tasty 500 mg caramel-flavored Calcium Citrate Chewy Bite. This innovative formula to support bone health for bariatric patients is the first to combine 500 mg of calcium citrate and 500 IU of vitamin D3 for enhanced calcium absorption, all free of sugar and lactose and only 15 calories per chewy bite.
“Bariatric surgery patients are at risk for challenges with calcium and vitamin D because the changes made to their digestive systems change the way nutrients are absorbed and processed,” noted Dr. Jacqueline Jacques, N.D., chief science officer for Bariatric Advantage. “It is critically important for these patients to regularly take nutritional supplements that their systems can easily absorb, such as the Calcium Citrate Chewy Bite that is specifically designed for their altered digestive systems. Without supplemental nutrients, these patients can experience vitamin and mineral deficiencies that may lead to compromised health and long-term complications.”
After the most common bariatric surgery procedures, there is less contact of food with stomach acid. This makes it difficult to absorb certain forms of calcium such as calcium carbonate, which is found in many over-the-counter calcium supplements. Bariatric Advantage’s new Calcium Citrate Chewy Bite is formulated with calcium citrate, the form most commonly recommended after bariatric surgery to support absorption.
With only 15 calories per delicious caramel chew, Bariatric Advantage’s 500 mg Calcium Citrate Chewy Bite supplements the diet with higher dosages of the essential nutrients calcium and vitamin D. The formula is sugar and lactose-free without compromising the caramel flavor, making it nutritious and delicious.
“We recognize that our customers are often asked to take a lot of calcium each day, so we strive to make products that they can enjoy taking,” noted Dr. Jacques. “Our 500 mg chews mean fewer pills, and the great taste makes the experience much more pleasant.”
Bariatric patients require 1,200 and 2,000 mg of calcium daily (depending on the type of surgery), as recommended by the bariatric surgery guidelines published by the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, The Obesity Society, and The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
Bariatric Advantage’s original 250 mg calcium chews are also available in a variety of flavors such as chocolate, lemon and raspberry. All products in the Bariatric Advantage product line are specially formulated to benefit bariatric surgery patients to provide them with nutritional support for optimal health.
To learn more about the Bariatric Advantage product line, call 800-898-6888 or visit https://www.bariatricadvantage.com.
About Bariatric Advantage®
Bariatric Advantage (www.bariatricadvantage.com), part of Catalina Lifesciences, Inc., is a market leading provider of “targeted nutrition” solutions to meet the micro-nutrient replacement needs of bariatric surgery patients. Founded in 2002, Bariatric Advantage markets and distributes its nutritional products primarily through the medical professional channel under the brand name Bariatric Advantage®. In 2010, it was acquired by Metagenics, Inc.—a nutrigenomics and lifestyle medicine company dedicated to helping people live happier, healthier lives by realizing their genetic potential—and operates as a strategic business unit of Metagenics. Bariatric Advantage maintains its offices in Irvine, Calif.