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I have managed to cut back on my disgusting habit of smoking but still cannot ''let go'' of my completely and have been making much more of an effort to pack it all in once and for all. Luckily I seemed to be in the right place at the right time last week when I saw a stand in our local shopping centre marked ''Stop Smoking Manchester'' so, after having quite a long chat with one of the advisors I came away armed with a prescription for Nicorette gum. I have tried patches and sprays so, to be honest, did not really think this non-smoking product would be much good but have to say I am pleased that they seem to be working for me.
My prescription was for 105 pieces and they came boxed with full directions on how to use them in the most effective way and claim ''for relief of cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms''. Mine are 4mg although they come in different strengths. Inside there are blister packs which hold 15 squares which are fairly thick pieces of gum, they are handy to pop in my bag and, as the limit is up to 15 per day, it is easy to see how many you chew over a 24 hour period.
Stupidly I just popped one into my mouth and started chewing as I would do with normal gum, but having now read the leaflet I see it tells you to chew slowly and leave in the side of your mouth for best effect. The taste is not too bad so it has not put me off giving them a fair try but I may ask for the mint flavour if I need more? The gum does not disintegrate even after having them in my mouth for long periods. They are sugar-free which is good too.
Do they actually work? well, yes I have found that they DO work for me. If I have the urge to smoke a cig or know I am going into a stressful situation I pop one in and after a couple of minutes I do not have those horrible cravings which all smokers will understand. Even when I have finished chewing one I do not feel the need to light up so the effect is quite long lasting in my experience.
When I use patches I found that I was having weird dreams, when I tried the mist I got hiccups and bad breath but these pieces of gum have no ill/side effects so I would recommend giving them a try if you really want to quit? Normally I am very sceptical about products such as these but, as I say, they have helped me enormously.
I had honestly forgotten how good Picnic bars tasted so was delighted when I tucked into one (straight from the fridge) yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw packs of 3 in our local corner shop for just £1 so decided to treat myself as I had had a very stressful week and felt I deserved some chocolate so it was a quid well spent.
Cadbury's, in my opinion, make some of the best tasting milk choc out there for the price and these Picnic bars have a generous amount of coating on them which tastes creamy and not at all bitter. Once you bite into them you get a really pleasant peanut, caramel and raisin blend of textures and flavours which tick all my boxes. The combination makes these bars far more interesting than just plain chocolate and because you need to chew each bite they take longer to eat and make you feel more satisfied.
Each bar comes as shown in the Dooyoo picture only in real life the colours seem brighter and more enticing and each one contains 230 calories. I had one as a meal replacement reckoning that a sandwich would be around the same calories but this is not something I would normally do because there is a shocking amount of fat (10.5g) and a whopping 22.9g sugar and nothing much in the way of nutritional value. However, I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed my Picnic and enjoyed every mouthful and am just resisting the temptation as I write this to open another one.
I cannot really compare these to any other chocolate bar because they seem unique. OK there are others on the market which contain sultanas, peanuts and raisins such as Yorkies but Picnics seem to have a taste and knobbly texture unlike any other bars I have come across. They have been around for many years because I remember enjoying these when I was a kid but still have the same yummy taste and texture which I have always enjoyed.
I hope that McColls finish their 3 for £1 offer soon because I am very tempted to stock up!
I seem to live in leggings because I find they suit my fairly active lifestyle and can be dressed up/down and with different tops to suit all seasons and be worn with a variety of flats or boots. I always choose black although from experience I would say that price does not necessarily reflect quality - I have bought cheapo ones from Primark which proved to be superior to M&S leggings which cost far more.
My favourite leggings to date are the ones I purchased last autumn in New Look and I only paid £7.99. I have several pairs on the go but I always choose these if I am attending appointments or going out. Despite being washed and washed they have still maintained their shape, have not gone baggy at the knees or bum and the stitching is still perfect even around the crotch area (tell-tale sign!) There is no sign of bobbling either evn around the ankle where my Uggs fit so closely.
The label tells me they were made in Bangladesh, comprise 5% elastane and 95% cotton and are washable at 40 degrees. I wash mine at 30 degrees though purely because this is the temperature for my quick wash. They dry easily and quickly too and, of course, they do not need ironing!
I cannot think of anything bad to say about these New Look leggings because they tick all my boxes. They are comfy, breathable, a great weight and fit a treat and I will continue to buy them if the quality does not change. I am just annoyed that I have made the mistake of paying more for leggings in the past which became baggy, had twisted waistbands, loose stitching and faded after a few weeks. These New Look ones are a great investment in my opinion.
`i rarely buy chocolate these days because I object to paying the ever-increasing cost plus I am trying to maintain my weight. You know the old saying 'never shop when hungry...' well I made the mistake of doing so last week and somehow ended up buying a multi-pack of Rocky bars because they were on offer in our local Heron's Foods. I thought 79p for 9 bars was just too good to miss and with Lent coming up soon I thought I would get my chocolate 'fix' sorted.
Each little bar is individually wrapped but I cannot find a weight for a single one despite the fact that here is plenty of other information on both the outer and inner wrappers? I am told that the pack contains '9 bars of rugged biscuit and chunky chocolate' which just about says it all really. There is a nice texture to each bite and I think there is a good balance between the amount of chocolate and biscuit to make them quite crunchy but still feeling you have eaten a good amount of chocolate. Being smallish though I had to eat two though to give a fair review didn't I?
There is plenty of information given re: nutritional values, ingredients etc - I won't bore you with a long list but just point out the following which I feel may be important -
-may contain nuts
- suitable for vegetarians
-contains wheat, milk, oats and soya
per biscuit contains 107 calories (not too bad)
Fox's provide a web address plus a facebook page too - facebook.com/liverocky.
To be honest I have tasted far better bars but equally far inferior ones. I thought these were great for the price and had a good texture and taste but I did not find them filling enough and really there were only about 3 bites in each bar. I would have liked to have compared them to another brand of chocolate bar to give you more of an idea but I think these are unique.
I would recommend giving Rocky bars a try if you fancy a change from the more chewy and more substantial ones out there.
I only use nail varnish once a week for a couple of days wear and have never been particularly brand loyal. I just buy whatever is on offer and my latest purchase of nail varnish remover was this 250ml one which only cost 79p.
It comes as shown in the Dooyoo picture and is a fairly thick plastic with a well-fitting screw on/off lid. When the lid id removed it is easy enough to dispense the purple liquid just by tilting the bottle as there is a generous hole. It is advised that you moisten cotton wool then just wipe gently over the nail to remove the polish. I find the cotton wool needs to be soaked quite thoroughly before it removes every trace but for the price it doesn't bother me that I probably have to use a little more than more expensive brands.
If you do not like the smell of acetone then don't buy this because it smells very strong! It also contains aqua, glycerin, PPG-40-60 (haven't a clue about this?) lanolin oil, methylparaben (not good) DMDM Hyantoin and BHT. As you can see from the list of ingredients this product may not suit everyone and sound very chemical.
There are instructions on how to use in Chinese and Arabic and cautions about keeping away from heat and flames plus a warning about solvent abuse. I am told the product is made in the UK, is not tested on animals and there is a website address provided.
Well, apart from the fact it has dubious ingredients and smells so strong, I find it suits my needs because it does do a good job of removing my nail polish. I am told on the bottle that it contains 'added conditioner' to 'care for your nails' and they do not look dry or damaged. If I can find a similar remover with no parabens but at the same price I will buy another brand - if not I will be buying this Enliven one again purely because it works and is cheap.
Tesco recently had this Bali Sandalwood and Jasmine aerosol spray on offer for just £1 so I decided to try it because I like their products and wanted a change from the cotton/ linen fragrances I usually buy. The windows in my flat are temperamental and it means having them either tightly shut or else wide open. With the weather being as bad as it is at the moment I have not even bothered to try and fix them and have resorted to using a couple of bursts of air freshener until spring arrives.
The can is 300ml which is a generous size and will last me at least a couple of months because just one spray in each room seems to ample. It fragrance is lovely as soon as I spray and there is still a nice smell to the place when I come home although it is by no means overpowering or heady. I can detect the aromas of sandalwood and jasmine because these are two of the fragrances which are predominant in my favourite everyday perfume.
The can is sturdy enough - I have dropped it a couple of times yet it has not dented - and the top has a strong, durable and very efficient spray which allows me to squirt just a little if I do not want to use too much in my small rooms. I am now about halfway through the can and it is still spraying well with no clogging or dripping.
There is plenty of information provided on the can including directions for use, the obligatory cautions (commonsense really) plus warnings, a website address and advice for disposal of the empty pressurised container. I am advised that it is made by Johnson which is 'a family company' and all the information provided is printed in several different languages ( I guess to avoid confusion?) although it is fairly tiny print.
I think for a quid this is a good buy because of the pleasant smell and ease of use but let's be honest nothing really beats the smell of fresh air does it?
I have used mouthwashes for many years now but have never been loyal to any particular brand just being keen on getting the best price for trusted leading brands. A few months ago I ran out of my latest brand (Listerine) and had no choice but to buy this Oral-B from my local chemist for ££4.89 which is a lot more than I would normally pay for 500ml. However, I have to say that it is really good and I will be continue to keep buying using it especially if it is on offer.
I would be mortified if I ever lost my teeth so at 61 I am determined to keep mine firmly in my mouth for as long as possible and will invest in better quality oral products if I can keep my gums, teeth and mouth free from bacteria etc.
The sturdy plastic bottle comes as shown in the picture and the mouthwash is protected by a strong and securely fastened plastic seal which, although fiddly to remove, keeps the liquid intact. There is a white measuring cap which is useful and clearly marked on the 20ml line which is the amount it is advised to use twice a day. I am told that it should be used after brushing and flossing and that it does the following -
- kills germs
- helps prevent cavities
- fights plaque formation
- helps against gum problems
I am not a dentist or hygienist but I have to say that this mouthwash does seem to be helping with the above because, thankfully, I needed no work doing when I went for my check-up last week.
I like the fact that this is alcohol-free and does not feel like paint stripper (like the strong Listerine) once I have used it. Although it has a milder taste than I have been used to I feel it has given my mouth a deep clean when I run my tongue over the teeth and gums. The flavour is quite minty but not too strong so you could be forgiven for thinking it is not effective but I feel that it works very well and there is no aftertaste.
The mouthwash contains fluoride and cetylpyridinium chloride and should be used by those over 6 years of age. There is still a good deal of controversy about fluoride but having lived n a soft water area all my life (with fluoride in the water) neither I nor my family have ever had any side effects so this does not concern me.
The only disadvantage for me is the price but if it helps me keep my teeth and gums in a good state I really cannot complain so am recommending giving it a trial.
These twin packs of Nicorette Quickmist sprays usually cost around £18 but our local health authority in Manchester were interviewing people who wanted to give up smoking and, on completion of a long questionnaire and after providing a telephone contact number, gave out a form which was redeemable at the chemist for a free pack. I had cut down on my cigarettes but could not seem to be able to take the final step and quit altogether so I was really grateful to be given the opportunity to try these sprays and was determined to give it my best shot. I have to say that, once I finally figured out how to get the dispensers to work, that they are very good although you definitely still need willpower.
The mouth sprays come as shown in the Dooyoo picture and you get 150 sprays in each. I am not sure if they come in any other 'flavours' but the ones I have are Freshmint. To describe the packaging as secure is an understatement - it is very fiddly to undo the plastic and prise open the cardboard and I found I had to use scissors to get it open - but actually it is worth the effort because you can store them easily as the outer casing is very rigid.
Getting the spray to initially get started is also tricky despite there being clear diagrams telling you step by step how to push, slide, click, spray etc but once you get it going it is easy enough to use. There is masses of information on the back including -
- postal address for McNeil Products Ltd
It also states clearly that 'you are more likely to quit smoking when using this product with help from your pharmacist, doctor, a trained counsellor or a support programme' but don't let this put you off because there is plenty of support via local health authorities or online.
The sprays are intended for adults and children over 12 and 'if you are pregnant, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice before using the product'. It also states that it 'may initially cause mouth and throat irritation'. The long list of ingredients does not really help my understanding of what exactly I am inhaling because the terms are all chemical but I can tell you that it contains 1% nicotine.
I have found that I needed 2 sprays every half hour or so when I first started them but have now cut down to 1 spray whenever I have felt a craving for a cigarette meaning that I usually have no more than 8 sprays per day. the spray takes effect almost immediately and the taste is not bad - just a mild minty taste which soon disappears. i find that any craving I may have had soon fades so I have to say that they work for me.
I think that for anyone who really wants to give up smoking should give these Nicorette sprays a go because I have met several people who have used them too and say they have helped them as well. They are handy to carry around in a bag or jacket pocket and can be used discretely. The only thing I dislike is the fact that I always get hiccups for a few minutes after spraying which can be a little embarrassing when out and about! Apart from this plus the fact they are initially fiddly to work I think the product is very good.
I have read a lot of positive reviews about this Bach's Rescue Remedy Spray before I decided to give it a try but have to say I did not find it to help me at all when faced with several stressful situations although I gave it my best shot! I compared prices online and decided to purchase it from Superdrug for £9.65 for the 20ml size which was cheaper than Boots who sell it for over a tenner.
It comes as shown in the Dooyoo picture and the information provided tells me the ingredients, how to use and the benefits of using the spray which include 'restoring inner calm, control and focus' and that the spray is 'designed to help deal with immediate problems'. This sounded exactly what I was looking for because it is easy and convenient to use plus it is a homeopathic remedy. However, despite having used it on five occasions, it does not seemed to have altered my mood, made me feel less stressed or made me feel calmer so I will not be buying this again and wish I had saved my money.
The spray itself is easy to use and it is very handy to keep in a pocket - the taste is pretty disgusting (brandy or similar?) but because I thought it would do me some good I did not mind the bad taste left in my mouth. It states it can be used by all members of the family but I do not think children would tolerate the taste.
The ingredients sound good though - almost like a herbal garden - because it includes impatiens, clematis, rock rose, star of Bethlehem and cherry plum and all the expected benefits of these individual plants are comprehensibly listed which make the product sound really promising. Unfortunately this combination of plants did nothing at all for me - perhaps I should take the advice given by Dr Bach which says a more personal blend of remedies may be required for longer term effects.
I believe this spray DOES work for many people because so many are sold and re-purchased worldwide but sadly it had no effect on my state of mind and am just giving you my honest opinion of using the product.
* please do not read this if you are eating lol! *
I have been suffering from acute diarrhoea for almost 18 months now and despite regular visits to my local gastroenterology department and numerous tests and procedures my condition has yet to be diagnosed. I have been prescribed different tablets and powders to try and control my bowels but nothing has really worked and, to be honest, my stomach was ruling the way I lived my life.
Apparently my digestive system is in 'overdrive' meaning that I do not absorb nutrients, salt or liquid correctly resulting in my passing thin and watery stools as the former do not pass correctly from my stomach to my small intestine and then my colon. I asked my consultant several times if I could take immodium but she hesitated saying that it would be easier to find out what my problem was if I did not take them. Then, thank goodness, on my last visit she prescribed them for me on the strict instructions that I only took them when I really had to eg when attending meetings, appointments or situations where I knew I would get stressed. I am so happy because I feel as if I have (literally) some control of my life back now.
Apparently these are the UKs best-selling diarrhoea tablets and they can be found in 'Instant' or Plus Comfort' as well as these Original form. They have been 'tried and tested' for 30 years and I have heard nothing but good reports about them from other people even if they just take them on holiday. Unlike the other Immodium which are tablets these are in easy to swallow capsules which are very handy for me because I can swallow them as soon as my stomach starts feeling cramped.
The recommended dose is 2 tablets initially then 1 after each episode of diarrhoea but my doctor suggested slightly more for me and I find them to work quickly and efficiently. I now have a lot more confidence and feel far less stressed knowing that I am not going to be panicking trying to find an empty loo quickly. I therefore cannot recommend these capsules highly enough because they do what they claim on the pack which is 'To Stop Diarrhhoea'!
Like many people I suspect I have been feeling rather sluggish and aware that I need to lose a few pounds so I decided to kick start my weight loss diet by purchasing a Slimfast tin of milkshake powder in banana flavour to give it a go. It was on offer at Boots for £2.97 ( I think this offer is still current?) and each container gives you 12 helpings meaning it is not the most expensive on the market. My friend also bought some but she paid £10 for 2 at Asda so it pays to shop around.
It comes as pictured and the plastic lid is easy to open and close tight which means the powder is protected. Inside there is a handy scoop to measure the contents quite accurately and I have found that I have actually got the 12 shakes plus a little extra. There is plenty of information provided by Slimfast and it explains all about their 3-2-1 plan which you will all probably be familiar with. I decided to replace breakfast and lunch with a banana drink and planned my evening meal around the recommended 600 calories. I also added some fruit to my snacks and I lost 3lbs in 7 days which I was quite happy with because it made my jeans feel more comfortable but I would not like to continue with this sort of diet plan because it was so boring.
There is a table which provides full nutritional information both in 100g and the suggested 36.5g serving. I won't bore you with the whole list but what I consider to be most important -
- each serving (made up with 250ml skimmed milk) - 230 calories
- protein, carbohydrate, sugar, fibre, vitamins A,B6, D2, E, C, folic acid, calcium, zinc and iron etc (all quantities given)
This all sounds fairly scientific but realistically I know that I would be able to fuel my body with more goodness than this if I had a low fat breakfast and lunch and that way I would at least be able to masticate! I really missed chewing my food and feeling the textures and found that the Slimfast shakes were too sweet, boring after a while and made me go to the loo far more frequently because you have to drink 2 litres of water per day on top of your shakes. Normally I would not really think about food but I found myself longing for my evening meals - not through hunger because the shakes are filling - but just so I could use my jaw, teeth and gums!
The taste was OK but I do not see myself eating bananas for quite some time as I had my fill of the taste and if I was embarking on a Slimfast diet in the future I would ensure that I bought more variety of flavours plus some Slimfast bars although this would be fairly expensive. I was not keen on the sweetness of the shakes and was a little disappointed at the texture because however careful I was at shaking I always found either a lump or two or residue at the bottom of the glass.
Some of the ingredients looked a little dubious too - 'thickeners'/, bulking agents?/, cellulose?, colours? - all seem to be vague terms in my opinion?
On balance I would say that if you are the sort of person who cannot be bothered faffing about with planning low-fat, high-fibre, nutritious meals every day and want to kick-start a healthy eating plan then this Slimfast is well worth considering (especially whilst on offer) but obviously nothing beats long-term healthy eating plus moderate daily exercise.
I wanted something to help boost my slimming diet so before Christmas I decided to see what was available and have to say I was amazed at how much there is out there varying from cheap tablets in Poundland (in big stores only I believe) to cod-liver oils with fat-binding properties, Alli, meal replacement drinks and bars, celebrity juices, the list goes on and on.... I finally decided to go for Adios Herbal which cost me £11 for 100 tablets from my local independent pharmacist although I guess they could be found cheaper if you shop around.
I opted for something herbal because I thought they ingredients would be safe and gentle so happily took the tablets as directed ie 1 at mealtimes taking up to 3 maximum 4 per day. I carried on with my healthy eating feeling very pleased with myself but after a couple of bouts of diarrhoea I feared I had made a bad choice but told myself it was maybe due to the extra fibre I was eating. However the following day I was once again called to the loo to empty my bowels and I reluctantly decided not to take any more and could kick myself for wasting my money.
If I had bothered to read the full list of ingredients before purchasing I may not have bought these Adios. Initially it sounds like a good product because it contains dandelion root,butternut, dry extract of boldo leaf and dry extract of fucus which seem harmless enough? However as I continued to work down the list I saw such things as talc, starch, lactose, sucrose and sodium which I would not have expected. This may be me just being naive but these don't strike me as being completely natural?
They just did not suit me at all despite having used them as directed and remembering to drink plenty of water - I cannot think what else caused the tummy upset so have to put it down to these tablets. They MUST work for some people though because they have been on the market for a while now so maybe I was intolerant to 1 or more of the ingredients?
They are not to be taken by under 16s, pregnant women or breastfeeding mums.
Obviously people are different and maybe my experience was in the minority but I have continued to watch my food intake, cutting back on fats and sugars etc plus exercising more and am doing well on my weight loss programme without taking any slimming aids. I am saving money and thank goodness having no more unexpected trips to the loo!
I started doing yoga many years ago but have to admit I gave up when I became a mother because of lack of time and enthusiasm but I have taken it up again because my girls are grown up so I have no excuse! I decided to go the 'do-it-yourself' route through using books and DVDs but became very lazy so I joined the yoga group at the local over- 55s venue and really enjoy my weekly sessions. I now keep up with yoga at home during the week too and have found it to be beneficial to my health plus helping with stress.
When I first started there seemed to be very few yoga mats on the market but now they seem to be quite widely available on the high street (eg Argos and TK Max) as well as online and at specialist shops. The range of mats etc is quite daunting and vary from thin rush ones to the very posh and very expensive type. I took the advice given from my yoga teacher who suggested using these Yoga Mad Full Yoga Blocks (not to be confused with yoga bricks) which I bought online for £4 each including p&p.
As far as I am aware they are available in either blue (as shown) or purple and each one measure approximately 12" x 8" x 2" and are made from a top quality EVA foam which has proved to be quite tough and has not scratched or gone out of shape because it has memory. The blocks came in heat-sealed plastic with a sheet of paper telling me a little about the blocks and featuring a couple of photos of an extremely fit woman doing yoga which made me feel pretty inadequate!
Standard yoga mats are great for floor exercising but sometimes you need more support for the head and neck - eg when performing inversions - and this is where the blocks really help because they not only support but also cushion and grip to the floor making me feel safe therefore relaxed. When it comes to doing shoulder stands though I would prefer to use 4 of these which would not only mean paying out more but also wondering about storage in my small place?
I do like these blocks because they also help support my back even when I am not doing yoga but personally I would recommend getting advice before purchasing any type of yoga mat/block/brick as everyone's needs are different so they might not be suitable for everyone.
I do a great deal of volunteer work and one of my days is helping with a group of over 55s. It is a lovely group of people, almost like an extended family, and with ages ranging from 55 to 90 plus a good number in the group there are inevitably a few special birthdays each year.
Last year we gave a surprise party for two ladies who were 90 which was a huge success although it had to be planned on a budget due to lack of funds. We are lucky because we know of a really good cake maker who sold us 2 beautiful ones for a great price and I offered to price the obligatory special number candles. I priced them in all our local shops (luckily we have a good range) and trekked around places such as Home Bargains, Qualitysave, Wilko, our 2 poundshops and finally went to Asda and chose two 9s and two zeros for just £2 which I think was a very fair price for what you get and was far easier than buying 2 lots of little candles x 180 and then lighting them all!
They came as shown in the picture and measure around 3 inches. It isn't too easy to see in the pic but there is a slightly tapered extension to the candle which means you can stick them in and they stay put but obviously it's worth keeping a close eye on lighted candles. The wax is fairly thick and the embossed red around them ensures they are easy to see ( useful for children as well as more mature amongst us). They were easy to light because the wicks are good quality and reasonably long.
I cannot tell you exactly how long the burning time is but our party lasted a couple of hours and they were still going strong so we did not feel shortchanged in any way. They had no discernible smell whilst lit that I could detect and they did not leave a smoky atmosphere when extinguished.
I would recommend these Asda candles even though they are not the cheapest nor the most exciting numerals around. However, they proved to be a good talking point, easily seen by those with poor eyesight, were easy to light and lasted well plus they did not budge or drip onto the cakes.
I am a very poor eater partly due to stress and an ongoing (as yet undiagnosed) bowel disorder so to me taking a multi vitamin tablet is essential. In the past I have paid quite a lot thinking that the more you pay the better the quality? However I found these Everyday Value ones on offer at 3 for 2 and feel that they are just as good as any of the more expensive ones.
Normally they cost 40p for 30 tablets which is a great price and they come in a sturdy container as shown in the picture. It tells me on the front that they are 'for everyday health and vitality' and advised to take 1 per day.On the reverse of the label there is a table format which lists all the vitamins etc and the % of RDA (recommended daily allowance) which is good to know however the print is very small which could be a problem for some people who need to know exactly what they are taking.
I am also told that these tablets are suitable of vegetarians and they are free from sugar, wheat, fish and salt. There is a good deal of further information on the label but to be honest I cannot read it properly even with my reading glasses but is a list of ingredients which contain some familiar ones such as calcium but also a great number of pharmaceutical names I have never heard of hence meaning nothing to me.
Each tablet is beige in colour and have a slight shine to them which makes them easy to swallow. They are about the size of normal everyday tablets and are a little deeper than I would have expected and do not taste of anything as far as I am concerned. They are contained in a sturdy plastic pot which has a thick plastic top which is easy to remove/replace and on first opening you will find a peel off silver plastic seal meaning they are 'fresh'.
Do they work? Well I cannot really say for sure but I have been cold/flu-free so far, my skin, nails and hair seem healthy enough and apparently these areas are the first to show diet deficiencies? I have certainly had no bad effects from taking these vitamins so I will continue to buy them for this price from Tesco because they appear such good value.