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Bassetts On The Go Vitamins
Being in my third year at university I have to admit that fir the last three or four months I have been feeling run down, and have been taking one of these vitamins each day (and feeding on to my boyfriend when I can)...
I purchased them in Poundland of all places, and have to date used three different flavours. Each tube has fifteen pastilles, and comes i an oval shaped 'sweet' for want of better word. They are chewy, similar in consistency, but probably a bit sweeter than fruit gums are. I have been trying to get him to take vitamins, as we have both been creaky, to no success. However give them to him in the form of a sweet, as 'pudding', and hey presto, vitamins taken! (He really is like a big kid, adn I would have thought that at pushing 40 he would have grown out of this)...
Vitality - or citrus flavour
The vitamins contained in this tube are designed to combat fatigue, (B2, B5, B6 and B12). Overall these are my lest favorite in the range, as they are rather orangey. This is a personal preference thing, as with all gummy sweets these would be the ones left to last (my fella has no issues with these ones. I have to admit I've only ever bought one of these packs, as I disliked the taste so much).
Immune - or raspberry and pomegranate
These vitamins are designed to help boost your immune system - as the name suggests. They contain, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid and Zinc. I love the flavour, and overall they were pleasant (I think these maybe my favourite taste wise, the other half thinks they are awful). The raspberry really comes through, and leave a pleasant taste in the mouth.
Maintain - Mango flavour
These vitamins are supposed to help maintain a persons health and well being. They contain Vitamin C Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B12 and Biotin. Overall, both my partner, and I both agree that we can take these ones, and as such I tend to pick these ones up most frequently.
Overall the pastilles are sold as being sugar free, and free from natural colours. I can't tell this, and my partner who would normally smell out sweeteners at 100 paces hasn't commented, so overall the taste of each must be generally pleasing. I can't fully comment of the efficacy of the product, although I can state that I haven't had a cold (yet) this winter. They haven't filled me with beans, but it is cold, and dark, and I have been busy.
I would recommend these, as even if all I have gained from them was related to the placebo effect, they were very reasonable priced. I also feel that at this time of year we could probably all do with a little boost!
Suitable for people aged over 12 years of age, and only one to be taken daily.
I can't quite remember now what magazine a sample packet of these came with or really why they did offer a free pack of vitamins but I first tried these as a free sample and the marketing obviously worked because over winter these have definitely been my daily vitamin of choice.
I have always taken vitamins, my mum gave them to us as children and then when I was pregnant both times I made sure to take my folic acid, women vitamin and breastfeeding vitamins religiously so I was always going to be the type of person to take a daily vitamin.
These vitamins are a bit different than a tablet that you swallow as they come in a chewy pastille form. I find this quite an easy way to take a vitamin as its almost quite fun to chew one instead of having to swallow a tablet. The pastilles are quite hard but you can chew them. They sort of look a bit like a fruit gum but are in the shape of a curved fruit too so they definitely remind me of that, they type that don't have sugar on the outside obviously.
The vitamins contain vitamin C, B6, Folic acid and Zinc and these vitamins help to support your immune system. I thought these would be a really good vitamin to have over winter as I usually seem to get a cold or two and having support for my immune system would be a really good idea.
The flavour is an interesting one. The vitamins are raspberry and pomegranate flavour and so the pastilles are a deep reddish colour. I love things flavoured with pomegranate and you can definitely taste this in these, they have a sort of fruity twang to them, not quite a sweet taste but them are definitely quite nice and one you wouldn't mind eating as a sweet. The vitamins contain sweeteners and also sulphites but are sugar free so they are a good way of taking your vitamins without taking in more sugars.
A pack of 15 costs £2.20 so obviously if you want to buy enough for the month then two packs will cost £4.40 which in my opinion is not that costly for a months worth of vitamins. I seemed to be quite healthy over winter and really only got a cold last week so I think they have worked well so I will continue to use them daily to keep me on top of my game.
I love a freebie, and was quite excited when we were at Euston Station in October and they were giving out little pots (I'm not really sure whether to describe this as a pot or a tube) of Bassetts on the Go Vitamins. I NEARLY went back for more, but in the end decided not to.
Since I take a multivitamin most days (just occasionally I forget), I thought this was an ideal product for me to try. I had one then and there, and then put the tube in my bag, to mostly be forgotten about aside from when I'm away and am having a tidy up of my bag!
---The tube of delights!---
There are 15 Citrus flavoured pastilles in the tube (I think tube is more appropriate than pot, it's a bit like half a tube of Smarties). Mine has on a best before date of January 2013, so it's just as well I only have a couple left, and will now finish over the next couple of days!
The tube is made of plastic, and covered in a slightly shiny silver paper. There is a purple lid, and the word "Vitality" in green (which is obviously a different vitamin from the one in dooyoo's picture which says 'Maintain'). I find this ever so slightly misleading, as with the purple I wrongly assumed that these vitamins would be blackcurrant flavoured.
---What's in them---
These "Vitality" pastilles that I'm reviewing specifically only contain a selection of B Vitamins, so if you're used to a multivitamin, then these probably won't suit (there are however other products in the range). If however you are just after B vitamins, then these will probably be ideal. They contain Vitamins B6 and B12 (which I believe are important for good mental health), Riboflavin, and Pantothenic Acid - they contain 100% of the RDA of these.
They do contain quite a few ingredients, including gelatine, so aren't suitable for vegetarians. It says that they contain natural colours, but does warn that they contain sulphites.
Obviously like any supplements, these should not be used as a substitute for a balanced diet. However, I do believe that supplements have their place, and can boost health, especially during times when your body might not be getting all it needs from food, for whatever reason.
---The taste test---
Unlike normal vitamin supplements which you swallow, these are to be chewed. Each pastille is about 1cm by 1.5cm, and an orange colour with lines going across ways. They smell only very mildly of orange. On chewing, the flavour is slightly unusual (I can confirm though that it hasn't changed since they have past their best before date) - it is definitely orange flavoured, but slightly bitter. Not unpleasant as such, but I don't think that it will be to everyone's taste.
I think they are nice enough (a bit like wine gums), and am always tempted after one to have another, but I don't since I don't want to overload on vitamins. These pastilles are only suitable for those over 12, so although they look and taste like sweets, it's even more important that they're kept out of reach of children.
Personally I think these are a gimmick, and have only tried them as they were free. I am going to stick with my multivitamin tablets and fish oil supplements which I feel give me everything that I need (in addition to my balanced diet!). I do like the taste of these even if slightly unusual, although they do leave a bit of an aftertaste But really I don't see the point, unless you have a big problem swallowing small pills (I suppose these are useful if you have no water to hand too) and want to take a supplement which only contains vitamin B.
Of course Bassetts do a load of other types, such as Vitamin C and immune support. They do actually do a multivitamin as well, so you don't actually have to buy a million different pastilles!
A 15 pack costs an astonishing £2.47 in Asda which is 16.5p each (a nice little freebie then and wish I'd got more than one!) which is a lot more than I can afford. They can probably be found for less elsewhere, but I'm sticking with supermarket own brand vitamins for now.
I am never sure how much good taking a multi vitamin actually does as far as my general health is concerned, but I always feel better erring on the side of caution, and most days (when I remember) I do pop a multi vitamin tablet with my morning cuppa. A very short while ago I was using Bassets On the Go Vitamins and these are just a little bit different to your normal type of swallow it whole with a glass of water tablet.
For a start, these tablets look a lot like sweets and they come packaged together in a very nifty little tube with a flip off lid. The look just like an orange pastille and they really don't resemble what I'd consider a 'normal' vitamin tablet.
These tablets are sugar free but they taste surprisingly nice and sweet, adding to the fact that they have a very sweetie type of feel and look to them as well as having a pleasant taste. I like the fact that they are a vitamin pill I can suck or chew on rather than having to swallow whole - I hate to swallow tablets in general, unless they are extremely tiny.
I bought a tube of these from Lloyds Pharmacy and they cost £2 at the time for a tube, which contained just over two weeks' supply of vitamins - 15 tablets in total. This is reasonable value for money, I suppose, but then again, it does work out fairly expensive over a longer period of time.
I cannot really say whether I feel any 'healthier' after taking these tablets as I have always taken some sort of vitamin or another, and these didn't make any noticeable difference to my energy levels or general health. I have noticed, however, that I haven't suffered from colds so much this winter (apart from a few raging sore throats) so possibly (maybe) they have made a slight difference to my immune system.
They contain my full quota of recommended daily vitamins and as they are so easy to take I really do rate the. I have since reverted to my old Tesco pills, however, but this was mainly due to cost issues.
On the whole they were easy o take and made a pleasant change in that I liked to be able to chew and suck on the pills rather than having to swallow them. On the negative side though, they are slightly too expensive to keep using longer term.
Bassett's On The Go Vitamins
Healthy diet, 5 a day fruit and Veg - I try, but I feel at times that we all need a boost from Vitamins and minerals, but I am so fussy what I take, as I don't like tablets that go chalky.
Winter time and holidays, are the times I feel that I need my body needs a boost, when my daughter was younger she use to have the Bassett's children's vitamins, and when I saw that they did these Bassets on the Go Vitamins, I knew I had to try the,
The packet I brought was the "Maintain" variety, the mix of vitamins and minerals are designed to help maintain your immune system. The tube is a silver colour with a purple lid, and the writing on the tube is in orange and purple. The lid is a click on, click off variety lid, simple to use.
They look really funky, and not at all like a traditional vitamin, if anything they look more like a sweet, really a pastille. They are a citrus colour and to me taste like exotic fruits, I can't really identify one taste in particular. They are sugar fee, (healthy), and only contain natural colours.
They are easy to take as it is like chewing a sweet.
=Price / Amount=
I purchased mine for £1.99 from Boots, and there are 15 Vitamins in the tube, there great for chucking in your handbag so you don't forget them.
At the price, I would say there more for a top up purpose.
=What do they contain=
These are not suitable for children under 12 years old.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend these Vitamins, although I wouldn't use them for an everyday vitamin, as I feel that they are not cost effective, as a pick me up, or a I need a boost, then I would say that these are perfect for that, The best bit is they taste nice.
Before Christmas I had a horrendous winter cold. I am a firm believer that we can get all the vitamins and minerals we need from a healthy balanced diet, however at such times when I am feeling unwell and my appetite has taken a bit of a knock, I think it can be beneficial to take a multi vitamin.
I purchased these Bassets 'on the go vitamins' in the "Maintain" variety - these are meant to maintain your immune system. The vitamins come in a silver tube with orange and purple writing on it. The lid of the tube is purple and easily clicks on and off. I think the tube that these vitamins are held in is really handy - it is easily stored in your bathroom cabinet or medicine cupboard, or can be thrown into a handbag.
These vitamins come in the form of a pastille. The pastilles look like sweets - they are a kind of funny, mostly round shape and pale orange/yellow in colour. When the tube has been sitting upright for a while, the vitamins seem to sink to the bottom and become kind of stuck together - a quick tap of the tube on a hard surface loosened these and it easy to remove one vitamin.
The vitamins are mango flavoured and in my opinion, taste lovely. They aren't too sweet which is probably a result of being sugar free. It is also worth noting that these vitamins contain natural colours only. The vitamins are easy to chew and swallow and do not become stuck in your teeth. They are quite pleasant to take.
So what are the proposed health benefits of these vitamins? They contain the following: zinc, vitamin C, riboflavin, panthothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin B12 and B6. These are meant to help us maintain our immune systems and release energy from the food we eat. It is worth noting that these vitamins are not suitable for children under the age of 12, and that pregnant women or those planning a pregnancy should speak to their doctor before commencing any vitamin/mineral supplements.
And do they work? It is obviously difficult to say if taking a vitamin actually helps you feel better, as there is a certain element of placebo effect that they will all have. I am confident however that they did me no harm, and provided my body with some vitamins it likely was not going to get elsewhere at the time of my cold.
These vitamins cost £1.99 in Boots for a pack of 15 - which was the perfect amount for me to take the week I was feeling unwell and the week after (taking one a day). I think this is a reasonable price for over 2 weeks worth of vitamins, however it is not something that I would want to be spending my money on every week, as like I said I think a healthy balanced diet is a more effective means of provided our body with what it needs.
For anyone who is looking for a product that contains mostly B and C vitamins, I would recommend these, as they taste good and are pleasant and easy to take. For this reason I give them a rating of 5 stars. Thanks for reading/rating.
I have a confession to make! Even though I am a Chef, I do NOT eat properly. I do not get my five-a-day (am lucky if I get my one-a-day!), and am severly lacking in the amount of essential vitamins and minerals that I should be taking as part of my daily diet. As a result, whenever there is a case of the sniffles, a cold or any other kind of airborne virus floating about I tend to be susceptile to coming down with something.
In the past, I have occasionally taken the odd vitamin supplement such as vitamin C tablets but they often come in big, chunky containers and can be a bit of pain to lug around and so I always end up leaving them at home and forgetting to take them! Then I take two tablets the next day to make up for the day I have missed and well...it all gets a bit silly after a while!
Now though, Bassetts have released these On-The-Go Vitamins that come in a small package that fits in any pocket much easier than those other big, chunky containers you can buy. The vitamins themself look like sweets or some kind of pastille and actually taste quite nice as well! The Immune variety, for example, tastes of Raspberry and Pomegranate and helps boost your immune system whilst the Maintain variety tastes of mango and supposedly boosts mental maintennance whilst the Vitality variety is simply flavoured with citrus and allegedly helps boost your energy and vitality levels as the name would suggest.
At around £2 something for 15 pastilles, these don't work out too bad value and the fact that they are in a handy-to-carry container and are designed especially for people like me who don't have time to stop, only works in their favour. I am certainly more inclined to carry them around and take them though how long that will last is anyones guess! I prefer the Immune ones because it is my Immune system that needs a good, hard kick up the a*** and because I like the flavour but it is good that Bassetts offer you a choice of supplement for which area of expertise you want them to build on!
Do they work? I'm not sure, is the honest answer! Since taking these, Ihave felt a bit more healthier and felt like I had a bit more zing but whether this is just a placebo effect or not is difficult to pin down! Certainly I have had less colds and sinus irritatins this year so far so there is obviously something going on in my body chemistry and, apart from the exercise I have started to take in the form of running, this is the only other aspect of my lifestyle I have changed!
Are these manufacturered by the same Bassetts who make Liquorice Allsorts? I'm still not sure but one thng I do know is that I think they are on to a winner with this product!
One of the things I do like to take every day is a multi vitamin. The variety of these I bought are the 'Maintain' ones though I could have opted for the 'Vitality' or the 'Immune' ones if I had fancied them. The reason I bought these were to help me 'Maintain' my immune system after hearing from a friend how much she liked them and I bought mine in my local Tesco store costing about the £2.00 mark for 15 of the pastilles which I didn't think was too expensive for what they are and the brand that they are.
These pastilles comes in a purple, white and silver tube and the lid is plastic purple and simply pulls on/off. On the front of the tube we are told that they are Bassetts 'On The Go' Vitamins and that they are 'Maintain' Multivitamins and there are 15 of the mango flavour pastilles within the tube. Other information on the back of the tube includes being told a bit about the product and what they help with, warnings are given as are the ingredients and we are given instructions on how many to take. Oddly enough there are no contact details given for contacting the manufacturer though.
These pastilles are hard to the touch and an oval sort of shape, not too big and yellow in colour. They have very little fragrance to them and a sweet mango flavour to them which is really nice and refreshing. All you have to do is gently chew one of these a day and that's that!
These are great tasting, nice to chew though get chewed up very fast indeed and are sugar free and only contain natural flavours and are only suitable for people over 12 years of age.
These contain Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Panthothenic Acid, Folic Acid, Biotin and B vitamins 6 and 12 which are meant to help maintain our immune sytems and the Vitamin B12 and Pantothenic Acid are meant to help release energy from the food we eat and to help us keep more alert and 'with it'.
Do They Help?:
I can't say yes or no really to be honest. I like taking them though and I think I am a bit more alert and a bit more healthier in general however I can't say for certain that its due to taking these of course. However I can't see why they can't help with a little extra boost of vitamins daily and for the price of them I am happy to buy these again in the future.
Available in all good supermarkets and chemists etc.
In my training I spend a lot of time on and off different children's wards; and well sick kids tends to mean I catch whatever they have had or do have, which in the past two and a bit years has left me quite ill on occasions. So before placement this time I decided that I needed something that would give me a bit of help, considering my immune system has been a bit shocking in the past and I have picked up every bug going including horrendous colds... So my plan for placement this time was to try and keep my immune system up since I was going to looking after some really ill children, didn't want to pass anything on to them either!
~*~ What do they claim to do? ~*~
These vitamins claim to be able to give you a boost to your immune system by providing you with essential vitamins to help you, including vitamin C. They also are chewy, so give you the bonus of being able to take them on the go so no need to stop and take water with them...
~*~ Do they work? ~*~
I'm going to say yes to that question, but my only point about these that drives me mad is that there are only 15 vitamins in a tub of them - now the tub I'll give them this, it's small but it's still only three quarters full if that with the 15 in. I could easily get 20 vitamins in there, and give us all a bit more for our money. Now I'm not complaining, that for £2 it's not good valued really considering they are actually quite handy, but it's like a packet of walkers crisps, you always feel with a little bit less air you'd get a bit more for your money.
The vitamins actually remind me of fruit gums, they look like them but they are nowhere near as hard thankfully, they don't take your teeth out when you go to chew on them. Thing is they look like they should be blackcurrant rather than pomegranate and raspberry. By no means do they taste bad though, I was a bit dubious about the flavour combination when I first bought them, but I was surprised actually - because it's a decent flavour, not what I'd have chosen for them but I'll take them nonetheless. The only thing with them is that they leave a bit of a taste in your mouth, so I'd advise having a quick drink after taking it else you've got a lovely pomegranate taste in your mouth - unless you like pomegranates of course!
I'm going to be really quite positive about how well these vitamins work, because everyone around me at the time I had been using these for a week or so, had been having colds and sniffles for a while and I was quite happily bumbling along with nothing wrong with me. I am normally the first one to come down with a cold if someone around me has one, so I think it made a huge difference to me really. I did have a week or so where I didn't take these vitamins, and I managed to catch my boyfriend's cold and cough, which well he should have kept. So decided to buy some more and start taking them again - and low and behold after my cough showing no signs of letting up a week or so later, I'm not waking myself up in the middle of the night choking... Might just be coincidental, or a placebo effect - but I genuinely do feel better for taking them!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
I get mine from Boots, because they are the cheapest at £1.99 a tub - but Superdrug and Wilkinsons I have also seen do them, but they are over £2 a tub - so if you want the immunity ones or either of the other two varieties, pop to Boots and get them. They also do Vitality ones that are to keep your energy levels up, and Maintain ones that ensure mental stability and help you to keep essential vitamins from your food. Either way if you are in need of a boost give one of them a try!
* ~ * VITAMINS IN GENERAL * ~ *
I am constantly reading in magazine and hearing about how we should take vitamins, to ensure we get the correct amount of vitamins each day. Of course some of us get these from eating certain foods; how-ever it's not always possible to eat the correct foods to get specific vitamins every-day. There are lots of vitamins avaliable to buy in stores such as Boots and health food shops. I often find that some of these pills/capsules can be really big and I often find them hard to swallow. I saw the Bassetts on the go vitamins advertise recently, and decided I would like to give them a try. I suffer form asthma, and regularly get chest infections, colds and have also recently been diagnosed with eczema as well. As well as this I have recently also suffered from a few cases of having a sore throat. I try to eat the right types of foods, containing different vitamins and good-ness, how-ever this isn't always possible when I'm working or travelling. These on the go vitamins looked perfect for me, especially as they were chewable pastilles rather than capsules that you would normally have to try and swallow whole.
* ~ * THE VITAMINS * ~ *
The vitamins come in a long tube which are convenient to pop into your bag for on the go. The tube itself is about 9cm in height and is made from fairly strong plastic. The tube is white; how-ever this is covered with a silver metallic looking sticker which gives you all the information about the vitamins which are contained within the tube. The tube has a purple lid, which is of course sealed when first buying the product. There is a picture on the top of the purple lid which shows you how to open the tube. On the front of the tube it states that the vitamins are for immune support and are new. This is written in a bright pink colour so stand out on the silver sticker. It states that these are vitamins with zinc and that they are raspberry and pomegranate flavour pastilles. On the back of the tube it tells you how to take the vitamins and it gives you nutritional information, ingredients, a list of warnings and how to store the product. It also states in pink writing that the vitamins are sugar free and have natural colours. I found the lid a little hard to push open at first, as this breaks the seal when opening them for the first time. The lid is quite chunky, how-ever I presume this keeps the pastilles from drying out and keeps them fresher. When you open the tube you will notice a light fruity smell which is quite pleasant. The pastilles may be a little stuck together so it's a good idea to shake the tube a bit before trying to get a pastille out.
The pastille's are a deep reddish colour and are oval shaped rather than round. They are about the size of a 1p coin but obviously a bit thicker. The pastilles have deep grooves/lines over the top of them and are totally flat on the bottom. When I pop one into my mouth and start to suck it, you can immediately taste a lovely fruity taste which is quite refreshing. Although these are raspberry and pomegranate flavour I think you can taste the raspberry flavour more then anything else. When I bit into the pastille my teeth sank into it, how-ever my teeth didn't go through the pastille as they are quite chewy. It only takes about a minute to chew the pastille until it's gone and you can then swallow the remains. After eating the pastille there was a slight after-taste in my mouth which wasn't unpleasant as it was a subtle fruity taste.
Health Benefits of the Vitamins:
Vitamin C - Can help protect your immune system against immune system deficiencies such as health problems, eye disease and cardiovascular disease. Vitamin C also helps to detox our bodies, promotes healing of cells and allows us to deal with stress better. It also supports good bacteria in our gut, protects us from pollutions and more.
Folic acid - This is more known as Vitamin B9 and helps to keep cell maintenance and repair, and also helps to keep the heart healthy.
Zinc - This helps give proper functioning of the immune system, digestion, and helps to improve stress levels. It also helps with hair care, eczema and also has lots of other health benefits.
The vitamins contains Vitamin C, Folic acid & Zinc to help support your immune system.
The following information is per pastille:
Vitamin C - 80mg (100% RDA)
Zinc - 2mg (20% RDA)
Vitamin B6 - 1.4mg (100% RDA)
Folic Acid - 200 (100% RDA)
Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet.
Not suitable for children under 12years of age
Do not exceed the daily intake (1 pastille a day)
If you are taking any other medicine or are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, consult your doctor before taking the vitamins.
* ~ * PRICE/AVALIABILITY * ~ *
I purchased these from my local Boots store for £2.49. You can also buy other on the go vitamins including the following:
Maintain mental performance - Mango Flavour Pastilles
Vitality to support energy and vitality levels - Citrus flavour pastilles
* ~ * OVERALL OPINION * ~ *
The vitamins are designed especially for on the go, which means the container the pastilles come in are perfect for fitting into a bag or jacket pocket. The vitamins are very easy to take before they are pastilles and they taste really fruity and refreshing as well. I don't find it easy to take vitamins, especially as some of them are rather large capsules/tablet you have to try and swallow and I'm one of these people who can't swallow pills very easily, so these are perfect for me. As these fit perfectly into my bag if I ever forget to take them in the morning but remember during mid-morning/afternoon I can them go into my bag to take them out as I have my bag with me most of the time. Due to the strong colours on the packaging of the vitamins I think they stand out when comparing it to other vitamins that are available to buy. For the price, I don't think they are too bad as you only need to take one a day, meaning they will last for 15 days before having to buy anymore. I would recommend these to other people who easily forget to take their vitamins and have trouble swallowing big capsules or pills like me. I give these 5 out of 5 stars as they taste great, and are perfect for on the go and also support my immune system.
(review also on ciao)