Vitamins are essential
for great health!

What are vitamins?

Vitamins are essential nutrients for all of us, because they help promote the body’s growth, recovery and smooth function. Vitamins are naturally present in our diet, in foods such as fruits, vegetables and bread. Our body is not able to produce them alone and nor does it produce adequate amounts. Therefore it is important to supplement your daily diet with just the right amount of vitamins to boost your health!

Vitamins in the diet

The vitamins our bodies take on come through our daily diet. Only vitamin D and vitamin K can be, in part, synthesized by the body itself. The amount of vitamins in foods varies considerably so it is important not only to eat healthily but also to vary what you eat on a daily basis. Vegetarians and vegans, in particular, should pay close attention to the role played by vitamins in maintaining good health.

So, what vitamins are there?

There are thirteen different types of vitamins, four of which are fat-soluble and nine that are water-soluble. The fat-soluble vitamins are vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. These vitamins are found mainly in fatty foods and can be accumulated in the tissues of the body. Water-soluble vitamins are vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8, B11 (folic acid), B12 and C. These vitamins are located in the liquid present in foods. The body is not able to store these vitamins (with the exception of vitamin B12). Therefore, any excess of these vitamins are excreted in the urine. Because of their rapid passage in the body it is important to assume an adequate daily intake. More information on how vitamins work and the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of the individual vitamins is available in the menu on the right side of the screen.

How do they differ from minerals?

Vitamins and minerals have a few differences. They are both essential for the proper functioning of many processes within the body. The main difference lies in their chemical composition. Vitamins are organic substances, derived from living organisms, while minerals are inorganic substances. This example explains this difference: Plants are part of living organisms and are able to produce certain vitamins alone. To absorb minerals, however, plants need soil.

Following the placement of a gastric band or sleeve

Due to changes made to your stomach function, you will find that you eat less. You can ingest only small amounts of food and therefore lose weight quickly, which is fundamentally how changes in gastric capacity work. However, because of this reduced intake of food, the amount of vitamins the body takes on is also reduced. It can often be the case that you will need to take double the amount of normal vitamin supplements prior to any surgery, as well as afterwards.

Following gastric bypass surgery, duodenal switch or biliopancreatic diversion procedures

Because of changes made to the small intestine, the absorption of vitamins is more difficult than before surgery. For these reasons you will need a greater amount of vitamins daily. In the case of some vitamins, you may indeed have to take on a much larger quantity than previously.

Vitamin supplements

WLS Optimum and WLS Forte can help you take on the adequate amount of all the key vitamins, and all in just one capsule per day. For more information, please refer to our homepage:

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