Calcium is the most abundant mineral found in our blood, and plays a major role in the way our bodies function. While calcium’s primary function is building strong bones and keeping them healthy, it is also plays an important role in the blood PH balance of the body and is necessary for nerve transmission and muscle contractions. The changes made to your digestive system during bariatric procedures make it challenging for your body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients as it had previously.
Calcium Deficiency After Weight Loss Surgery
As with most other vitamins and nutrients, absorption is greatly impacted due to the restrictive or malabsorptive nature of weight loss procedures. This often results in calcium deficiencies after weight loss surgery. Deficiencies can be well managed with vitamin supplementation. Be sure to speak with your doctor about your calcium needs and supplementation options. Because of negligible production of gastric acid, calcium citrate, rather than calcium carbonate, is required for optimal absorption in surgical weight loss patients.
Signs and Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency
• Brittle and breaking bones
• Muscle aches, twitching, and spasms
• Weak and brittle fingernails
While surgical weight loss patients are more likely to need calcium supplementation, it is helpful to know key dietary sources of calcium as well.
• Nonfat plain or greek yogurt
• Tofu and soy products
Why Calcium Citrate?
Because of negligible production of gastric acid, calcium citrate, rather than calcium carbonate, is required for optimal absorption in surgical weight loss patients. At Building Blocks Vitamins, we offer calcium citrate supplements in chewable black raspberry, chocolate, and orange flavors as well as capsule form.