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      09.09.2013 20:13
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      Tasty way to increase your vitamin C level

      Now the weather is starting to get a bit cooler this is the time I start to think about looking after my health a bit more as I do tend to get quite a few head colds which I just can't seem to shake off. I am not keen on taking tablets so a dissolvable tablet is perfect for me and as raspberry is one of my favourite fruits I bought these from my local Asda for £1 for 20 tablets which makes them just 5p each.

      I think they are great to take just as a general health booster for anyone even if you don't suffer from colds as they contain vitamin C which aids your immune system and just generally give you a lift. They come in a long tube and I just flip the cap off using my thumbs. They are suitable for vegetarians and contain sweeteners.

      The tablets are about an inch across and I will dissolve one tablet in a half pint glass filled up about three quarters full as this is the consistency I prefer, however some people will like the tablets more or less diluted. The tablets do start to fizz as they are melting and I usually help it along by stirring it with a spoon as they sometimes don't always fully dissolve if you leave them on their own. They do have a sweet raspberry taste but it isn't too strong so I would think they would be suitable for most people. I can taste the fruity taste in my mouth for a while after drinking it.

      I would say that these sort of drinks are aimed to inject an extra dose of vitamin C in your system to boost your immune system but they don't replace a healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. If you haven't been eating properly due to illness they would also be suitable to help to build your vitamin C intake up again. When I am taking these I feel that I am just giving myself an extra bit of care towards a healthier body. I would say that if I start to take these when I feel a cold coming on my symptoms don't seem to severe.

      I have used other supermarkets effervescent tablets before and to be honest I can't really find any difference apart from the different tastes, but this is just down to people's personal taste. I do like most fruit flavours so I just buy the ones which give me the best value. I do like these raspberry ones from Asda and for 5p a tablet I will be buying them again.

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      29.08.2013 07:53
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      It's ok for a quick fix but can't substitute for real fruits and vegetables

      Being a university student, there comes a big challenge to eat properly and on time as well as to look after oneself during the busy term time. Due to the workload during term times, I didn't have that many chances to go out and stay late on bar crawls etc (I could technically but I want to pass the year with a really good grade). I eat properly and always make sure to include either fruits or vegetables with my meals. Even so, cold weather always makes me have a sniffle and sometimes with the evil addition of a sore throat. The natural defence against colds would be to take vitamin C containing food/drinks and keep myself warm. Sometimes it's difficult to eat oranges or cook food with limes/lemons so I make sure to have at least a tube of Vitamin C tablets in the food cupboard.


      I have tried several Vitamin C tablets from various retailers. This review is for the Asda high strength effervescent vitamin C tablets with the added raspberry flavour. I usually go for the orange flavour ones since it seems to be the safest choice. However, I have been craving raspberries and any food made with raspberries so I decided to give this Asda vitamin C tablets a try.


      These Asda vitamin C tablets comes in a slim cylindrical tube: each tube contains 20 tablets and is retailed at £1.00. It is a very good price for vitamin C tablets since each tablet ends up costing 5 pence each. To open the tube, the cap needs to be pushed up with a thumb; the cap is fitted quite tight so I have troubles opening the tube in the mornings when my limbs are lifeless and my energy level is at its lowest. At least there's no danger to me accidentally spilling the tablets when I drop the tube on the floor due to my clumsy ways.


      The tablets themselves look like a slightly smaller two pound coins. To make a Vitamin C drink with these tablets, just fill a glass with about 300-400 ml of water and drop a tablet it. It takes about 20 seconds or more to fully dissolve: and I always like to stir the liquid thoroughly before taking a sip just for an even flavour. Since it's raspberry flavoured, the drink has a weak berry taste like I expected. It has hints of citrus taste to it as well. I usually prefer drinking fruit juices, the 'not from concentrate' ones, so this vitamin C drink has a very weak taste for me. It's alright since I use these tablets as a last resort when I run out of both fruits and fruit juices in the winter.


      Proper intake of vitamin C is supposed to help with my susceptibility to catching a cold in the winter. It also helps to strengthen the immune system. Each vitamin C tablet contains 1000 mg, which is more than enough for a daily recommended intake of Vitamin C. So, does it work? I can't say for certain since there are other factors to consider, such as less hours of sleep, stress and general tiredness. However, I didn't have that many problems with sore throats or sniffles since I started eating healthily and taking vitamins frequently (sometimes I forget).


      Overall, these Asda high strength vitamin C tablets with raspberry flavour are alright for a cheap vitamin fix. However, this could never replace eating fruits and vegetables for me. Personally, I don't really care for the taste since it's too bland for me. These vitamin C tablets are alright as a last resort, especially when I have exams or have a deadline to meet.


      Thank you for reading and reviewing. :) x

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        25.08.2013 11:53
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        Great value and effective Vitamin C boost!

        Asda High Strength Effervescent Vitamin C Raspberry Tablets

        I have been quite run down recently from all of my gallivanting and partying and to reboot my immune
        system I have been eating copious amounts of fruit and taking additional vitamins. I bought some of these raspberry effervescent vitamin C tablets having spotted them for the first time in Asda. I normally buy the orange versions of these but fancied a change.

        The tablets come in a long and thin plastic tube with a push off pop cap. The overall colour of the tube is white with lovely bright purple and pink block labels on which I presume are meant to represent the colour of raspberries. The packaging is quite plain looking but has all of the information about the tables that you need. You get 20 tablets in a tube for the grand price of £1, which is great value compared to branded Effervescence tablets.

        These tablets have many health benefits to taking them. As I have already mentioned they can help to boost your immune system when you are feeling ill, tired or just generally run down. These contain 1000mg of Vitamin C. You are advised on the back of the tube to take one tablet per day to maintain a healthy immune system. I generally try not to rely on these for my daily Vitamin C intake and try to eat as much fruit and vegetables as possible rather than relying on a supplement.

        The tablets are a pale purple colour and about the size of a ten pence piece, but thicker. You take a tablet and drop it into a glass of water and wait for it to dissolve, which only takes ten seconds or so and drink. These are raspberry flavoured tablets and it is pleasant enough to drink, it is very much like a weak cordial drink.

        Overall I do think that these help to boost my immune system and when I am feeling low perk me up somewhat. I can't comment on the long term benefits of taking these everyday as I do not rely upon them, but when I need a lift they seem to help me.

        For the price of £1 for twenty tablets these are really good value effervescent vitamin C tablets. They do the job of more expensive versions and taste pleasant and for that reason I have to give them a 5 star rating!

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          12.08.2013 15:01
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          A high strength vitamin C that tastes quite sour and makes your pee green

          Item: Asda Effervescent Vitamin C
          Flavour: Orange
          Size: 20 tablets
          Price: £1.00
          Bought in: Asda

          I ran out of the Tesco Raspberry effervescent vitamin C (that I reviewed in July) at the start of this month and when I was in Asda I picked up their own version. I will do a review of the Asda's vitamin C in their own right, then give you a comparison between the 2 as I found they vary quite a lot more than I expected them to.

          Why take Vitamin C?
          I take these to try and help maintain healthy bones and teeth and to boost my immune system and started taking them after an operation on my mouth/jaw.

          Packaging and design:
          These tablets come in a tall white plastic tube. The lid is an orange rubber stopper that has a spiral plastic coiled buffer inside it, this stops the tablets moving up and down the tube in transit which meant that they are all in one piece when you buy them. The overall tube is white with orange text across it. It tells you clearly that these are "Asda High Strength Effervescent Vitamin C. 20 tablets. One a day." It also tells you that they "May help support your body's defence system". Which isn't very reassuring but I guess very honest of them haha The back has full details of the ingredients and dosage. The tablets themselves are pale orange in colour and are round flat discs. The packaging also advises you that the tablets are a 1000mg dose of vitamin C which seems to be the standard amount that any "High Strength" soluble vitamin C tablets contain. The tube is sturdy and the lid fastens on well and no moisture of dampness appears to be able to get in past the rubber stopper.

          Dosage and dissolving:
          You are advised on the back of the tube to "Take one tablet daily, dissolved in a glass of water to make a refreshing drink". As I like to have my tablet in the morning around breakfast time I drop a tablet in to a pint glass of water to increase my water intake early in the day. When you drop the tablet in the water it drops to the bottom of the glass and lays motionless for around 15 seconds then starts to dissolve in to the water. It takes around 40 seconds to really see the water change colour then you will start to hear a fizzing noise as the last quarter of the tablet floats to the top of the water. This then needs to be stirred around to get rid of the lump that is left. There is also usually around 5 or 6 little crumbs left around the top of the glass too which don't dissolve. So if you don't like drinks with "bits" in you should wipe these away before you drink it. Once the tablet has dissolved it turns the water a bright yellow colour. This was unexpected as the tablets are orange flavoured and also light orange in colour before you dissolve them.

          Taste and smell:
          The tablets smell very citrusy and have a strong orange sherbet smell to them. Once they are dissolved they actually have a more lemony scent to them. The actual diluted liquid tastes of a combination of sherbet, sour lemon hard boil sweets and cheap orange cordial. A strange mixture and not very pleasant. As I like to have the tablet in a pint of water it is a weaker version of what it may taste like if I had it in a smaller glass. I don't think I could take the sour taste if it was any stronger.

          Health benefits:
          I have been taking these tablets for over 10 days now and have not felt any better or worse so I assume that they are working as well as the Tesco ones did.

          Differences between the Tesco Raspberry Effervescent Vitamin C and these Asda Orange Effervescent Vitamin C:
          *The Tesco tablets dissolve on their own and don't need to be stirred or leave any "bits" which I much prefer.
          *The Asda ones turn your pee bright green, which was a real shock. There are no side effects like this with the Tesco Raspberry ones. The Asda ones do this for at least the first and second time you go to the toilet after drinking them.
          *The Tesco ones cost £1.30 per tune and the Asda ones cost £1.00 for the same amount of tablets. Although the Asda ones are cheaper I would rather pay more and get the Tesco ones again.
          *The taste of the Tesco ones is a gentler taste, the Asda ones are bitter and citrus but the Tesco ones have a much more delicate raspberry flavour.

          Overall I much prefer the Tesco ones and have hopefully given you a detailed review of the Asda ones now so you can make your mind up too. After the tube is finished I will go back to the Tesco version. 3 stars given as they come in a sturdy tube with a secure lid and they do contain same amount of vitamin C as the Tesco ones. However 2 stars off for the taste and the after effects on your urine!

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            10.07.2013 22:14
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            A good tablet, but you must like to take drinks

            = Asda High Strength Effervescent Vitamin C Raspberry Tablets=

            I came back from holidays and just seem to lack energy, whether it was post holiday blues, or what I wasn't sure, so I thought I would try a course of Vitamin Tablets, but I was originally going to buy the chewy tablets, but when I saw these for £1, and they were the ones that dissolve, I took a chance.

            =Size=
            The packet contained 20 tablets.

            =Package=
            The tablets come in a tall slim plastic tube. The main colouring in purple and white. The ADSA logo is at the top on the front and underneath this the information continues to tell us this is a high strength and Effervescent Vitamin C. That this is for your immune system, and there are 20 tablets in the packet. They are raspberry flavoured and are suitable for vegetarians.

            =Reverse=
            On the reverse of the packet, it gives the ingredients, the dose, which is one per day, as well as the warning information.

            =To Open=
            You need to break the seal which is a ring of plastic around the rim of the lid, then push the lid up with your thumb and hey presto you are in, tablet ready, now where was that water?

            =Vitamin C=
            Vitamin C is used to help in reducing fatigue and tiredness, and also helps the immune system.

            =To Take=
            You take 1 tablet daily, dissolved in a glass of water, these are suitable for adults and children over the age of 12 years old.

            =The Tablets=
            The tablets are a very pale purple, I would have expected them to be pink or red due to the raspberry, but seeing them they reminded me more of a blackcurrant, but after reading the ingredients and seeing beetroot juice, then to me it made more sense to the colour. They are about 1in in diameter and 1/4in thick, which I am glad that they are the dissolvable tablets

            =Ingredients=

            Citric Acid , Ascorbic Acid , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate) , Bulking Agent (Sorbitol) , Polyethylene Glycol , Maltodextrin , Sweetener (Acesulfame K) , Colour (Beetroot Juice from Concentrate) , Glyceryl Triacetate , Flavouring .
            Each tablet provides 1000mg/1250% of Vitamin C.

            =My Thoughts=
            Once I figured that I did not need a degree to get into the vitamins, ok it was a one off having to pull the ring, but the lid, it took about 4 or 5 attempts each time, if you had arthritis in your hands you would have no chance at getting them open.

            =The Drink=
            It was very easy to dissolve the tablet, and the water was a light purple. The taste was bearable, it was not sweet not sour, but like you had some squash and said hello water, goodbye water, but with a fizzy feel.

            =How did I get on=
            After taking a week's worth of tablets, I am sorry but these were not for me, I just could not get on with them, it was not the fault of the tablet, but getting use to drinking it, as it reminded of paracetamol.

            =Energy=
            I did feel a bit better towards the end of the week, I noticed a notch of improvement, maybe long term these would work, but for me I'm going back to the jelly vitamins.

            =Stars=
            I have given this a 4/5, it was not ASDAs fault that I didn't like them, the 1 star reduction is due to the difficulty I had trying to get into the tablets. But they are great value for money.

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            07.07.2013 00:21
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            OK for the price

            Despite the fact the weather is taking a pleasant turn for the better, its not doing anything for my energy levels. In fact, I seem to find myself having less. Far too much to do and not enough hours in the day. Trying desperately to prize myself from the one or two cups of strong coffee I have per day to give me a pick up, and this is where this product came into play. I bought this from Asda for £1.00. This contains 20 effervescent tablets.



            Why did I buy it?

            I was looking for a product that could provide me with some much needed vitamins and hopefiully improve my energy levels even if slightly. I didn't want to go down the normal tablet route, and as I have never used tablets that you pop in water and drink before, I was intrigued to how this would work.



            How is it packaged?

            These tablets come in a tall and thin plastic tube. Main colouring is white and purple. To open you have to pull a ring of plastic from around the rim of the lid, then push the lid up with your thumb to get lid off and take out tablet.

            The ' Asda ' logo is at the top on the front. Underneath it states product is high strength and Effervescent Vitamin C. It tells you this is for your immune system and it contains 20 tablets. Take one a day, raspberry flavour and suitable for vegetarians.

            On the back it tells you what it does, ingredients, usual warning messages and dosage amount.



            What are they supposed to do?

            The Vitamin C content is supposed to help in reducing fatigue and tiredness. It also helps the immune system to function normally.



            How do you take them?

            Take one tablet a day dissolved in water. For adults and children over the age of 12 years old.



            Ingredients

            Citric Acid , Ascorbic Acid , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate) , Bulking Agent (Sorbitol) , Polyethylene Glycol , Maltodextrin , Sweetener (Acesulfame K) , Colour (Beetroot Juice from Concentrate) , Glyceryl Triacetate , Flavouring .
            Each tablet provides 1000mg/1250% of Vitamin C.



            What do I think?

            Firstly, I hated having to open the tube. Im never any good at pulling away the silly tabs of plastic on anything! Secondly, to push the lid up for me was abit awkward and to be honest its awkward everytime I have to open it. Not the best packaging I can imagine for someone who may have issues with their hands e.g joint problems. On the plus side, no child of mine would be able to open it!

            Tablets are a very pale purple in colour and not too big or thick. They are just less than 1 inch in diameter and 0.25 of an inch in depth.

            When you open the tube you can smell something-a slightly fruity artificial powdery smell. Not natural in fragrance at all, but not unpleasant.

            To make up the drink it was very easy and quick. Tablet dissolved and bubbled away nicely, leaving the water a lovely light purple colour. Taste was ok, not nasty but didn't bowl me over. Again, not the most natural thing I have tasted, slight berry tint to it but not fruity enough for my liking. Quite refreshing, but I found it tasted amazing when mixed with lemonade ( I know-That's not what the instructions say, but I wondered what it would taste like! ). Overall taste wise, for me it was like tasting fizzy water with a weak berry flavouring to it.

            Did it give me energy or improve on my immune system? Ive taken the whole 20 tablets more or less on a daily basis since bought and to be honest I haven't given up my beloved coffee. The taste of it is ok but its not amazing. Its given me a touch more energy, but to be honest due to circumstances and various events my energy levels are lower than usual, but this has helped abit. In regards to my immune system, it seems more consistent than usual and I haven't had any major issues with colds or flu, the odd blocked nose and sore throat, but these have been gone very quickly.

            Would I buy these again? I wouldn't mind trying the orange flavour. For me taste could be better and more natural and vibrant, but price and the amount you get is spot on. Oh, cant forget the packaging and how it opens-needs to be less fiddly. Decent purchase but think it worked more on combating illness for me rather than help give me energy.

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