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These may actually be marketed as a children's vitamin but I as an adult like to take them too. I get quite a lot of colds even though I think I lead quite a healthy lifestyle, I exercise, eat well, wash my hands etc but always seem to pick up whatever is going around. I do like to protect against it though and one of the ways I do this is by taking vitamin C. Vitamin C is probably the one most people are aware of when it comes to taking tablets and what it protects against. It helps to promote healthy skin and gums and healthy blood vessels as well as aiding with iron absorption into the body and antioxidant protection of body tissues. I have had to take iron tablets in the past which didn't really agree with me so to be able to take some regular vitamin C and have that aid with iron absorption is great. You can get vitamin C in your diet but eating things like citrus fruit, orange juice etc but a really easy no-brainier is by taking these chewy pastilles. The pastilles to me are pretty much like sweets which is a bit bad as I have to remember to only have one a day and not eat them as I would sweets and gobble them all up. The pastilles have a bit of a hard shell/skin but once you get into them they are really nice and easy to chew and don't last long. They have a really nice orange flavour to them and are pleasant to eat. They also contain zinc which helps to support the immune system as well as healthy skin, bones and blood supply. All in all these are a quick, easy and tasty way to do something good for your body. A pack of 45 pastilles costs £4.29 at Boots at the moment.
Until recently, I didn't really bother with supplements unless they were prescribed to me (e.g. iron tablets as I was previously anaemic) but I got rather paranoid after suffering two colds in the space of a month earlier this year and decided to start taking some vitamin C tablets. WHY I CHOSE THEM We had previously bought a tub of Sainsburys own brand vitamin C tablets, which were of the usual hard tablet kind and they had a strong orange taste - so strong that it tasted incredibly bitter for a good while afterwards. I don't like taking tablets at the best of times even if they're not designed to be swallowed whole and the taste of those just put me off taking them and I'll admit that I was somewhat lax in bothering to take them. Maybe that's why I had so many colds! When I was looking around for something more appealing, there wasn't a lot of choice and in all honesty, these cost more than I was intending to pay but having had a not so great experience with own brand vitamin C tablets, I wasn't keen to opt for those again. I liked the idea of these being chewable and as these type of supplements are often aimed at kids I was hoping that the bitter orange taste wouldn't be so unbearable. TAKING THE TABLETS I certainly agree with the chewable part - I manage to 'eat' these in about three seconds flat and it only takes a couple of chews. As someone who isn't great with tablets, that probably means that they'd be more appealing to kids too. There is a slightly bitter taste to the tablets but this is definitely bearable - especially given how quick it is to chew a tablet - and nowhere near as overwhelming as the tablets I've previously discussed. PRICE I paid around £3.50 for a box of 45 tablets which seems to be the norm. MY THOUGHTS It's difficult to review how effective supplements are but I do think that taking these regularly has had a good effect on me. When I first bought them, I was feeling really run down and working in a place where germs seem to spread like no-one's business, I was certain that wouldn't be my last cold. To my surprise, I didn't pick up another one even though one was going round, and I have also escaped the one that has been going around for the past fortnight. Seeing as I have been prone to getting any cold, cough, sore throat etc. virus that is doing the rounds, this is very impressive for me and does suggest that my immune system is stronger than it was.
Vitamin C is something which everybody needs, with added Zinc in these sweet type tablets they are a good thing for people to take. Vitamin C is good to keep the body healthy along with Zinc which is widely known to keep your immune system in good condition. Sometimes you just can't get enough of these two through food so taking these make up for that. Price You can purchase these for £3.49 from Boots and for this you will get 45 chewy tablets. When thinking that you only need one of these a day these will last you well over a month. For this I think that you are getting real value for money. Dosage With one serving being one tablet each tablet contains 120mg ( 200% RDA ) Vitamin C and 3mg Zinc ( 20% RDA ). This is more than enough and you should not take anymore than this. If you do the chances are it will be flushed out when you visit the toilet. It is recommended to take your serving on the morning so they are already in your system throughout the day. Tablet and Taste With the tablet being a soft chewy one you will not find it remotely difficult to swallow these. There is also kind of fruity orange taste to them unlike some which may taste very bland and not nice. The reason a lot of people don't take things like vitamins is because of the hard tablets but this is not the case with these one. Overall Overall if you think that you are missing out on your Vitamin C then I would recommend taking these. Anyone can use them, even if you think you get enough. Taking these will make sure that you are getting what is required for your body. The box will last you long enough so for the price which works out less than 9p a day you may aswell get yourself a box.
I'm not too big on taking vitamin pills, as I prefer to try and get them from eating good food instead. Although I do very regularly get ill with colds and coughs, and thought I should try and take some kind of supplement to stop the sniffles and help with my immune system. Vitamin C and Zinc are both quite well known for keeping people healthy, and the main things they assist with are a healthy immune system and having healthy skin and blood cells. Zinc is also said to help with your immune system and promote antioxidants in your body. I came across these Vitamin C and Zinc chewy vitamins in Boots quite a while back, and though they looked fairly pleasant to endure (I hate swallowing nasty big pills!). They cost £3.49 for a pack of 45 tablets in Boots (I usually buy them when they're 3 for 2 on vitamins), and you are supposed to take 1 a day. I'd never really thought about buying vitamins from Bassetts (they normally make sweeties don't they?) but they seem to have a good range of vitamins out at the moment, and best of all, in an easy to eat format! Each pastille contain 120mg of vitamin c (which is 200% of your recommended daily allowance) and 3mg of zinc, which is 20% of your RDA. In the box, you get 3 blister packs, with the vitamin pills in the form of "soft & chewy" jelly pastilles. The pastilles themselves are quite firm but easy enough to chew, and they have a great orange taste, just like sweets. They don't have any added sugar and have natural flavours and colours, which is excellent. Ingredients: Maltitol syrup, Vitamin C, Gelatine, Flavourings, Zinc citrate, Colours (Mixed carotenes (contains Glycerol, Coconut oil), Anthocyanins), Orange juice concentrate, Glazing agent (Coconut oil, Vegetable fats, Carnauba wax), Sweetener (Sucralose). Contains sulphites. Although there are no added sugars, there are natural sugars in them so personally, I take them with a meal so its less harmful on my teeth. I do take them most days, but there are some days I do forget. When I have been taking them, I have noticed not catching a cold as often, although obviously they're not miracle pills, I don't expect to never catch a cold again! As they're so easy to eat and feel like eating sweets, they are really easy to incorporate into my diet. I'm quite happy continuing to take them, and definitely recommend them to people like me who don't particularly enjoy taking pills as vitamin supplements.