How do Medical-Grade Dietary Supplements Differ from Those Bought at the Drugstore?

Doctors recommend dietary supplements for various reasons. You may lack a specific nutrient that you can’t get enough of from the foods you eat. You may have a medical condition that can be treated with or be prevented by the extra nutrients found in dietary supplements. Or if you have had weight loss surgery, supplements can ensure you get the nutrients you need to maintain good health after your procedure.

It’s not enough just to take supplements, however. You owe it to yourself to take high-quality supplements. Low-quality products may not deliver what they promise, or they may lack purity. For those reasons, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent and our team at Northwest EndoSurgical here in Houston recommend top-quality medical-grade dietary supplements.

We’d like to explain how medical-grade supplements differ from those available on your drugstore shelves.

Why you need supplements

After having bariatric surgery, your digestive system may not absorb nutrients from food as effectively as it did before your operation. To safeguard your health, Dr. St. Laurent recommends dietary supplements for all patients who undergo bariatric surgery. You begin taking them before or after surgery and continue taking them for the rest of your life.

Nutritional deficiencies could also result from limiting caloric intake or from less-than-optimal eating habits. And medical conditions such as osteoporosis or anemia require extra nutrients.

Depending on your health, weight loss goals, type of surgery, food preferences, and other factors, Dr. St. Laurent may recommend some or all of the following dietary supplements:

Medical-grade supplements

For best results, Dr. St. Laurent recommends medical-grade supplements and directs patients on the specific ones best for each. These supplements are manufactured using the same strict standards as pharmaceutical drugs.

When you buy supplements from the drugstore or online, you can’t be sure of what you’re getting or how they were manufactured. They may include ingredients you don’t need, or they may not contain the full amounts of the nutrients you do need. You’ve probably heard media accounts of supplements that are not what they promise. Choosing medical-grade supplements can help protect you from getting impurities or incorrect dosages in your supplements.

Learn more about medical-grade supplements

If you have questions about dietary supplements or any other topics related to weight loss surgery, contact Northwest EndoSurgical today. Our staff dietitians take a personalized approach to nutrition and provide patients with the information and guidance they need to be their best. To schedule a consultation with Dr. St. Laurent or one of our registered dietitians, call our Houston office today or book an appointment online.


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