Can a person with a roux-n-y gastric bypass still effectively absorb the Omega-3?
As a general rule, people who have had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery should avoid supplements delivered in enteric-coated tablets or capsules. Liquid supplements are a more appropriate form. If desired, you can consume only the liquid omega-3 fatty acids in SC Omega-3 TG. The enteric-coated softgel is easily pierced and you can discard the capsule. (Some people bite the end, slurp out the oil and throw the capsule away).
Each 3-capsule daily serving of SC Omega-3 TG provides about one teaspoon of fish oil. Your registered dietitian can help you plan this fat intake into your daily menu.
As background, only a small portion of dietary triglycerides is digested in your stomach (by gastric lipase) whether you consume them in foods or supplements. The majority is digested in the small intestine (by pancreatic lipase). This action occurs primarily in the upper portion of the intestine—the portion that is bypassed with the Roux-en-Y procedure. Without the upper intestine, the digestion of triglycerides is already delayed and the amount of fatty acids available for absorption along the shorter intestine is less. For this reason, liquid forms of supplements that require minimal digestion are typically recommended for people who have had the Roux-en-Y procedure.
Of course, it’s best to consult your physician or registered dietitian to develop a comprehensive supplement plan to meet all the special nutritional needs that result from the Roux-en-Y procedure.