“ Brand: Boots / Multivitamin tablets contain 100% of the recommended daily allowance of 11 vitamins. They are particularly beneficial to people who snack and those with a poor diet / Dosage Form: Tablets „
Although we seem to be following in our American cousin's unfortunate footsteps when it comes to fast food and obesity with ambulance chasing lawyer firms cropping up everywhere, allegedly causing insurance premiums to skyrocket due to nuisance cases, we have yet to follow their horrid, horrid approach to healthcare, which amounts to huge billboards and advertising campaigns scaring the consumer into thinking they might be dying, but just don't know it (unless they come in for a plethora of expensive and unnecessary medical checks, of course)
What we have seen is a general increase in the use of multivitamins and other supplements. The aisle in your supermarket containing said items is now noticeably longer than ever before. I'm going to start this review with a very important caveat; There is no reason why an average, healthy person with a varied diet would need to take supplements. None.
Unfortunately, many of us need a little extra help. If only from time to time. Our diets may not be as wholesome as they need to be. We could be pregnant, over 50 or just plain unwell. There's also the added wrinkle of extended bouts of too little sunshine. If you are a woman of the feminine persuasion, not only do your offspring start leeching off you from the moment of conception, you are likely to be at high risk of osteoporosis as you get that more mature.
There are specific formulations for all of these, but if you are unsure and you do think you may benefit from supplements, at least for awhile, then multivitamins are as good a place as any to start with. What you should not be looking at doing is taking them as if they were part of your diet. If you are pregnant, you will need to consult your doctor before taking. Excess levels of vitamin A can cause birth defects. Always, always read cautionary notes. They are there for a reason.
If you do honestly believe that multivitamins make you feel better, you should take a look at your actual diet and examine whether you are missing something you really need. Something that could be taken through food or drink without the need for tablets. Eat vegetables raw, or certainly undercooked rather than overcooked. Fibre is another must.
Finger-wagging over. These particular multivitamins contain 100% RDA of a whole host of vitamins and minerals. The ones that need particular checking off the list are Vitamin D (helps bond calcium, resulting in stronger bones), Vitamin C & E (immunity), Vitamin B (Anaemia) and Folic Acid (general function)
Boots multivitamins will cost you about £2 per month. Buy a three month supply, then stop using them for at least another three months would be my own take on the matter; If you don't feel worthwhile raising with your GP, at least talk to your chemist. They will still have enough knowledge through training and experience to advise you further.
I have been on a diet, with some serious sucess for some time. I have also been dealing with bronchitis after two serious chest infections at Christmas, which has hit my appetite still further. Though I am trying to eat a healthy diet, I know that I have not always managed to hit my five a day, let alone hit target on all the other vitamins that support good health and which I need to help me recover to at least normal asthmatic levels.
To help deal with all of this I have fallen back on the always reliable Boots.
To be more specific, Boots Multivitamins. One pill a day sorts me out for eleven of the vitamins I need.
To be specific it gives me 100% of the recomended daily allowance of Vitamins D, C, K, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid and throws in 50% of Vitamin A just to complete the set.
I am not pregnant nor planning to be, so the Folic Acid is not as essential for me as it is for those that are planning for a baby or growing one, but for those that are, these pills do make sure you are not depleted in this essential substance for the development of a healthy baby.
As I have had to stay inside in the warm as much as possible, owing to all the breathing problems I have had in recent months, the Vitamin D content has been essential to me, as I know I have not got it from the sunshine.
I do supplement these pills with the mineral supplemts, especially iron, that these pills do lack and I will admit that I prefer to go for the combination Boots Multivitaims & Iron horse-pills. However, when I bought these, I was very feverish and not buying on all cylinders and so just grabbed the first Boots product which said 'multivitamins' and it has to be admitted that these have done a good job in helping me get back to human over recent months.
The pills are not small and those who have problems swallowing pills might find these difficult. I have never had a problem necking tablets, but I know that I am lucky in this respect.
The screw top plastic top and bottle are both recyclable.
A six month supply, or 180 one a day pills, will cost £5.75 or 575 Boots Advantage Points from the shop or online. They also come in smaller 30 and 90 pill sizes for those looking to try these supplements on for size.
For those that are looking to belt and brace their diet to cover all their vitamin needs, these tablets do a good job at a reasonable price. Though they are lacking on the mineral front and so lose a star for that.
Generally if you eat a healthy diet then you should not have any need to take a vitamin supplement but sometimes my lifestyle means that I do not always eat on a regular basis and this often means it is not a healthy diet, in particular when travelling I like to take a multi vitamin supplement to ward off any illness and to keep my strength levels up.
When I saw these on a buy one get one free offer at Boots I decided to stock up, a supply of 180 tablets cost £5.70 so effectively with the offer they were half price which means I got a years supply for that amount of money which means it is not a big price to pay especailly as I will get more than a year before I need to replensih as I do not take them all year round.
The container is made from plastic and there is a foil seal which you need to remove when you first open them, they have a long shelf life so there is no concern about getting near to the best before date. The container has a child proof lid which is a good thing and something that has not been the case when I have bought vitamins over the internet wityh other companies like Natures Best.
The tablets are nice and small with a smooth coating so they are very easy to swallow with a little water. The multi vitamin includes 10 vitamins in total so all of the most esentail ones are delivered with these tablets. I would love to say that I notice the difference when taking these but I would be lying, the thing is with multi vitamins is that you take them for peace of mind and there are no visible signs that they are having any effect, it is more a leap of faith that they work.
These are from a brand you can trust and they are easy to take which is all I really look for in a product like this.
Review of Boots Multi vitamin Tablets
I like to take a daily vitamin tablet, even though I do eat a reasonably well balanced diet. As a vegetarian I tend to perhaps eat more in the way of vegetables than my meat eating other half, but I like to ensure I am getting the correct amount of vitamins needed for a balanced diet.
I am not particularly brand loyal when it comes to vitamins and will buy which ever brand catches my eye. I often shop in Boots for other products so their vitamins often find their way into my basket.
These vitamin tablets are a pretty bog standard item really, They are presented in a cylindrical plastic container , which has a paper wrapper bearing the company logo, all company information, directions for use and of course, the ingredients. The lid is of the squeeze and twist variety, supposedly childproof, but I find these can often be 'brittle' proof too! On the first opening of a new pack, you will find the bottle is sealed with a foil seal for hygiene and security. Obviously should this seal be damaged in anyway, do not take the tablets
The tablets are small and easy to swallow thanks to their smooth coating. They are virtually odourless and tasteless. The bottle contains 180 of the smooth, pale beige coloured, round tablets; dosage is 1 tablet per day. The price is currently £5.75 from Boots stores or their website. This is a little more expensive than some other stores own label vitamins but I feel that the product is of a good quality and the Boots company reputation is worth a few extra pennies.
The tablets contain over 10 essential vitamins designed for maintaining wellbeing and general health. These include Vitamins A, B12, C, and D. I am not going to replicate the ingredients in full in this review as I consider this would amount to unnecessary padding and would be pretty boring for readers to wade through!
For those consumers interested in buying these multi vitamins, the full ingredient list can be found on the label of the product.
==Warnings and Advice==.
Take with liquid.
Boots multi vitamin tablets are suitable for people over the age of 12 years old.
Do not take more than the recommended dose of 1 per day.
Suitable for vegetarians
Tablets do not contain any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.
Gluten and lactose free.
Pregnant, breastfeeding Mothers or women hoping to become pregnant should consult their doctor before taking these tablets.
People taking Warfarin or other blood thinning medication should also consult their doctor before taking these multi vitamins.
==My Thoughts and Conclusion==
Vitamins are not the most exciting things to review, however they do have their place in my daily regime. Multi Vitamins are an ideal way to ensure you are taking sufficient nutrients in your diet; however they cannot take the place of a balanced sensible diet. I trust the Boots brand and have never had any problems with their own branded products.
I particularly like these multi vitamins as they are so easy to swallow and unlike some similar products, they do not leave a nasty aftertaste. Whether they actually do help maintain my health and well-being, I cannot really prove either way. What I can say is that when on the odd occasion I have stopped taking multi vitamins, I find I feel slightly sluggish and lacking in energy.
I would recommend Boots Multi Vitamin tablets tablets to others, especially if you are concerned about a lack of vitamins in your diet.
Thank you for reading
©brittle1906 July 2012
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I've only recently just started taking care of my well being. I figure at 28 its time to start taking things a little more serious, after years of abuse at the hand of a hectic life style. Whether I'm drinking the wrong things or eating the wrong thins, I am fully aware its not good for me, but its OK - because I'm young and will grow out of it.
Well at 28 I'm not that young and the cracks are starting to show - notibilly they one that sticks out of the back of the trousers I'm reluctant to admit are too small. Getting fat, tireder and more and more lethargic - I decided a few months ago to start making a change. My credit card gets just as much abuse as my liver, and although at the moment neither are on talking terms with me, just after Christmas after I wore out the pair, my credit card got one last spanking - in Boots.
I was determined to stock up on things that would make me healthy. Now, I understand its not that simple and requires silly things like exercise and fruit - I was ready to make a start. I figured some suppliments of some kind would be a good start.
I'm still on the same bottle of Boots Multivitamin Tablets I bought early January - and still have over half a bottle left. Thats the first great thing about these, at one a day and 180 in the bottle, that 2 bottles a year. A bottle goes far - but thats not it, its cheap. At only about £6 for the bottle of 180, its great value. I'll do the maths, its about 3p a day.
However, at 3p a day, its still to much to pay for something if it doesn't work - so, does it work?
Yes, I think.
Since taking the vitamins daily I've certainly felt better and got ill less, but I don't feel particularly superhuman, but then I guess that not what they are doing. For someone with a poor life style, its fairly good these little thinks have helped me feel 'normal'.
Whilst nothing like spinach to Popeye, its not until you look back on how you felt before taking them do you see there may have been an improvment. There is ever chance all the ailments I had naturally vanished, but I like to think these tablets help. With no instant results its hard to tell if they work or not, but they have helped with a few problems - as follow:
- Cramp. I was getting really bad cramp in my calves - daily, but after a few weeks of these tablets its gone. I was suffering from it for about 3 months, never saw a doctor as I chalked it up to the nature of my job, with lots of lifting and running and carrying etc. It been nice to not have it, but rather than one day go - I've just noticed its gone.
-Groggy. I pick up illness quite easily, but never do much about it - just soldier on. When I'm feeling groggy or flu-y I just have an extra cup of coffee and get on with it. Its fair to say, if somethings going round I will catch it at some point - however since January there have been a couple of cold go round at work, both I seem to have been immune to.
-Tiredness. I struggle massively with mornings, as I average 5-6 hours sleep and am active pretty much everyday - so getting up in the morning sometime physically hurts I'm that tired. Over the past few weeks I've noticed a slight difference in that waking up is marginally less of a chore, hitting the snooze button only once rather than 7 times.
- Toothache. I had lots of bad toothache last year, with 2 being chipped, one removed and lots of sleepless nights. I've not had toothache on anything close to the scale I had previously.
These tablets contain 100% of the 10 most important vitamins your body needs, so it makes sense they are helping - but on the rare occasion I do eat fruit or healthy food, I can feel the benefits right away, so while the do help they are not the substitute you hope for. As suggested on the bottle, they are part of a healthy diet. I'm sure they are doing good to me I can't see, on the inside, and whilst only slight difference I can actually see - any improvement to my well being is welcome.
They are small tablets that are pretty much free from taste that you swallow with water, and as long as you can remember to spare the few seconds it takes to take them each day - your onto a great addition to your diet
I have become a fan of multi vitamins and general things that are designed to boost your immune system, perk you up or just keep your body in tip top condition. I use multi vitamins and take one each morning with a couple of other tablets that I also have to remember to take. 30 tablets cost around £0.79 which is a reasonable enough price for multivitamins. The price of this brand is more expensive than some others I have tried in the past but when I purchased them it was because I had some money in my Paypal and Boots take Paypal so I figured I might as well!
These multivitamins come in a pot that is a white colour. There is a label around it displaying what the item is, the quantity and the ingredients in each tablet. These tablets are quite small and the pot that they are contained in is quite sturdy and strong. The lid is quite hard to open and usually takes a fair few seconds. This needs a firm twist to remove. This packaging is quite basic but I expect nothing more for less than £1.00.
Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Cellulose, Maltodextrin, Vitamin E Acetate, Nicotinamide, Modified Maize Starch, Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Calcium Pantothenate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Acacia, Mannitol, Silicon Dioxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Maize Starch, Colours (Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides), Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Talc, Sucrose, Vitamin A Acetate, Folic Acid, Triglycerides, Antioxidant (Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Biotin, Vitamin D3, Vitamin B12.
The tablets are quite small and an off beige kind of colour. They do not smell much and there is no real taste to them either. I usually swallow mine with a small glass of orange juice in the mornings and do not notice any after taste afterwards. The tablets are easy enough for me to swallow and slide down nicely with no problems at all.
Since I begun taking multivitamins a number of months ago I have been pleasantly surprised at the length of time between colds and general illness. I used to be ill quite often and this has definitely decreased now. Obviously it is hard to be absolutely certain that these tablets are making a difference to my overall health but it certainly feels like they are benefiting me in some way just from the minimal amount of time that I have been sick since I begun taking them.
I will definitely continue to use these multivitamin tablets in the future as their are reasonable priced, have no nasty smell or taste and I feel like they are doing me the World of good!
So recently I have been feeling a bit run down and prone to getting the old cold. Whilst I appreciate we haven't had a summer so to speak and I haven't been on holiday in over three years (yes that is the world's smallest violin you can hear playing...!) - I decided that I should try out some vitamins. I don't have the best diet in the world - I work long hours in London and I work in television which often means I work crazy hours on top of a four hour commute (yup, there's that violin again...) If I've had a particularly long day, by the time I get through the door at night, often 12 - 14 hours after I left it in the morning - I tend to eat rubbish rather than worry about my five a day. That said, not all days are like that and the majority of my meals are healthy and balanced. I do feel that it wouldn't hurt to give myself an added vitamin boost though.
The words "Multivitamin Food Supplement" on the packet do give me some concern though and if I have had a good amount of vegetables and fruit throughout the day, I will give the capsule a miss as I hear that too many vitamins can have a detrimental effect.
Originally I was going to buy some chewable vitamins - purely because I liked the idea of chewable ones - I have no idea why! Scanning the prices in the vitamin aisle in Boots soon put me off the chewable ones I had set out to buy - not too mention the relentless mickey taking from my friend who thought it was hilarious that I would buy chewable ones. What finally sealed it for me? My friend who is by far more knowledgeable about these things, pointed out that the much more expensive chewable variety didn't have the below on the packet (apparently this is good...) and the cheaper Boots General Health ones did -
* Artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.
* Gluten free.
* Lactose free.
* Suitable for vegetarians.
I bought a slightly different pack to the shown picture, it's a small grey tub and it came with 30 capsules for a small price of around £2.09. I figured I would try it for a month and if I saw a positive effect, I would bulk buy and save money. Once you unscrew the lid, there is a tamper seal - similar to the type on most milk bottles and the lid looks to be childproof to me.
Each capsule is quite large, I've never had a problem popping pills so to speak but I would imagine if you are adverse to large pills - you would probably be quite alarmed by the size of these! Imagine Jelly Bean sort of size! Definitely larger than I was expecting and as I say, I've never had a problem swallowing tablets but even I wouldn't attempt one of these without a glass of water to wash it down. I would imagine it wouldn't be too difficult to break one of these in half and swallow in two parts if you do have an issue with the size.
Due to the size, I tend to swallow them pretty quick but as other reviewers have stated I do find them to have a bit of an after taste. To me, it's almost meaty - for some reason, I'm reminded of Oxo cubes... Which as I read that back to myself, sounds awful! It doesn't last for long though and I find another swig of water and it's gone.
So do I feel any better? Well I've been taking them for a couple of weeks now and the honest answer is yes! When that alarm clock goes off at stupid o'clock - I still feel pretty damn horrible but nowhere near as lethargic as I normally do. My skin appears to be in better condition. My eyes look a lot fresher and brighter. My hair and nails appear to be a lot stronger and the condition has improved. The cold that I had, never really went full blown but it hasn't disappeared yet altogether so for that, I'm deducting a star!
Possibly just a placebo but for a couple of quid, I'm happy!
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Boots Multivitamin Tablets
My husband and I have finally decided that we are ready to start trying for a family and as such I was in Boots buying folic acid tablets. My husband was with me and he was wondering whether he should take a multi vitamin too, more because he keeps catching the cold. Instead of spending a fortune on expensive multi vitamins when I suspected that he wouldn't continue to take them after the novelty has worn off. We settled on these Boots own brand multi vitamins for him.
I have used these in the past and I think they make for a very reasonable multi vitamin, especially when you don't want to spend a fortune and just need a top up of the basic vitamins. As our diet is relatively healthy and balanced I suspected that if he was missing anything it could be just a bit of vitamin c, etc.
The one we have looks slightly different than the photograph above, it is the boots multi vitamin with iron. It comes in a grey container and we have the 30 tablet size, where you take one a day. Thirty of these cost a very reasonable £1.99, which for a month's worth of vitamin tablets in next to nothing per day.
The only warning I would give about these multi-vitamins is that I found that they had a bit of an aftertaste. After using them for a while I realised that I often had a bit of a bad taste left in mouth, however, it really was quite mild. It also didn't last for long, I would usually just finish the drink of juice I had and it would disappear. I did, however, stop using water to take these with and instead drank them with a glass of diluting juice, which masked any unpleasant flavour.
These vitamins are great value for money, however, I do think that if you are going to take vitamins for a while it might be better investing in something a bit more comprehensive. In my opinion, I think that these vitamins deserve a solid three out of five star rating.
Need a boost? Take Boots Multivitamin tablets 30
With the winter around the corner and seeing more and more people around getting the cold or the flu you know it's time to be healthy again. Since I hate cooking and especially cooking vegetables, these days I turn to multivitamins. Especially when I'm feeling a cold of flu coming up I like to take vitamin C tablets but multivitamins are great for normal daily use.
What I love the most about these Boots Multivitamin tablets is the price. I hate paying a lot of money for multivitamins tablets and the high price of some always prevented me to buy them. These tablets are only 99 pence which I think is really cheap. You get 30 tablets what you last you for around one month since you need to take one tablet a month.
What I normally don't like is taking a tablet since I hate the feeling of swallowing it but luckily these aren't too big. The tablet is easy to swallow with water or any other liquid. They don't really leave a after taste which I really like and are only a little bit sweet, so nothing bad really.
The Boots multivitamin tablets contains all the essential vitamins and minerals you need and one tablet contains the daily recommended amount. This is with the exception of Vitamin C which only has 50% of the recommended daily amount. Next to Vitamin C the tablets contains Vitamin A, D, E, B1, B2, B5, B6 and B12 and folic acid.
The tablets are suitable for adults and children above the age of 12. Do I notice any difference? It's always difficult to tell if these tablets really work. I have been taking multi vitamins tablet for over a year now and I'm sure it certainly can't harm taking extra vitamins. It's proven that they work so it will have a positive effect. I like these Boots Multivitamin tablets 30 since they are cheap and easy to take.
I do like to try and look after myself but sometimes it is difficult to ensure I get enough exercise not to mention vitamins. The government guidelines recommend getting 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables a day but other scientific reports state that you should be getting at least 10. With so much confusing information around it might be helpful for everyone to take a multivitamin tablet.
I always try to take a multivitamin tablet every day. I don't have a particular brand that I am loyal to but at the moment I am taking a multivitamin by boots as they were on a two for three offer the last time I bought some. Their own brand multivitamins come in the choice of just plain vitamins or you can get them with a variety of different supplements such as added ginsing and iron but these are more expensive.
They contain essential vitamins and minerals which everyone needs and one tablet contain your daily amount of these vitamins and minerals with the exception of vitamin C which the tablet only gives you 50% of the recommended daily amount.
The vitamins included in the tablets are: Vitamins A, D and E, Vitamins B1, B2,B5, B6 and B12 and folic acid.
I usually begrudge the price of vitamins and think that manufacturers are charging way too much for them but these tablets are one of the cheapest available at only 99p for the plain multivitamins for a bottle of 30 and with the 3 for 2 it means you can get a three month supply for only 1.98 which is a really good price.
The tablets themselves are not huge in size so people who don't like taking them shouldn't have a problem, they are a light brown colour and coated to make them more palatable and easy to swallow. They are pretty tasteless just a slight sweetness from the coating and are odourless.
Once swallowed that is it and I have experienced no reactions from these pills such as them repeating on me which I have had with some other multivitamins.
The recommended dosage is one tablet a day with water and they have not to be taken by children under the age of twelve.
It's difficult to judge whether or not these multivitamins are helping me or not but it is scientifically proven you need these vitamins to remain healthy so I put my trust in that. In an ideal world I would be getting all my vitamins from my food but let's be honest how many people are really eating copious amounts of green leafy vegetables every day? I know I don't and as much as I would love to eat a balanced diet every day my lifestyle just doesn't make that a practical option so for less than a pound a month I will continue to take these vitamins and try and top up with fruit and vegetables when I can.
When your running around working and looking after a two year old you can often find it difficult just to find the time to feed yourself and the last thing you need it to wind up sick due to not getting your daily intake of essential vitamins.
I also suffer from iron deficiency and was looking for an alternative to the expensive Pharmaton I had been taking. A friend recommended these Boots Multivitamin tablets as she had previously used Pharmaton like me and she found no difference in the results of the two. They come is a standard tube with a red lid and a red label with the boots logo. The lid is not childproof and could easily be opened by my two year old daughter.
The difference is price was also really welcoming! These vitamins cost just 1.50 for a box of 30 tablets. There are larger tubs available but I bought the smallest just as a test run first. I will definitely be buying these again though because I have also found there to be no difference between this and the more expensive multivitamins.
They are only suitable for people over twelve years so you cannot give these to young children. You take just one tablet per day with water to keep up your intake. As a sufferer of anaemia I am finding these working quite well for me and I dont feel weak or nauseous using them like I have other cheap multivitamins.
They are boots own brand and I have found a lot of their own branded items to be of great quality and this is no exception. I would recommend these to anyone who is finding themselves too busy to maintain a healthy balance in their diet and cannot always keep on top of their own nutritional needs.
Boots Multivitamin Tablets
I sometimes take these multivitamins if I am feeling a little run down or tired all the time, and these are just as good as the expensive tablets you can buy from the heralth shops.
They come in a little orange plastic container and you can buy them in tubes of 30 from Boots chemist for 99p - tubes of 60 for £1.80 - tubes of 90 for £2.99 and tubes of 180 for around £5.
I personally only buy the 30's as if you have too many they don't hold their freshness and then there's no point in taking the vitamins if they may not work properly.
A pack of 30 will last you a month which is good enough for you to be able to feel the benefit of taking the extra dietry supplement.
You only have to take one a day for the multi vitamins to make a difference on how you are feeling.
They contain vitamin A, B, C, D, E and Iron as well as other vitamins and minerals that our bodies need on a daily basis.
I sometimes feel tired as I lack Iron in my body and have to supplement my diet with it, so to make sure I am getting enough vitamins and minerals I take these as they are good value and work.
These are suitable for children over 12 years old and adults, it is good to take one a day with food as it will help you to feel a little more alert, active and be more on the ball as there are lots of people who don't get the daily recommended dose of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need each day.
These are always available to buy at Boots and for 99p you can have a months supply that will make a difference if you remember to take them everyday.
You have to keep the lid on them to keep them fresh and only take one a day, all medicines need to be kept out of childrens reach, even vitamins as too many vitamins can do as much damage as to little.
If your looking for a diet supplement then these are a good option, I would recommend them to you as they are good value for
money and after taking them for two weeks you will begin to see the benefit of taking them.
8 out of 10 from me.
Sometimes when you lead a busy and hectic lifestyle, certain things tend to be put on hold or neglected. In my case it's my diet that suffers, whether its college assignments building up, juggling part-time work, or family illness - diet tends to take a seat on the back burner. But honestly, it's hard not to take the easy option and buy those quick, cheap ready meals or snacks that certainly don't contain a crumb of nutrients.
Though I realize I need to drastically change my diet also, I thought these Multivitamins from boots were a good place to start. They cost just 99 pence for a pot containing 30 multivitamin tablets. The tub is white with a bright red label and lid - of which happens to have a safety opening mechanism, where you have to squeeze and then unscrew clockwise which is ideal if you have kids around.
The suggested daily intake is one boots multivitamin tablet a day, which as directed, is to be taken with a liquid - preferably water. The tablets are not advised for children under the age of 12 years or pregnant women.
The multivitamin tablets contain over 10 essential vitamins to support the body's nutritional needs to promote health and wellbeing. These multivitamins have been thoroughly checked to meet Boots high quality and safety standards and contain a reduced level of vitamin A to make them safe to take with other supplements.
Overall these Boots Multivitamin tablets are ideal for just about anyone especially those like me, who have busy schedules. These tablets offer an affordable, quick and easy way to support a balanced diet to ensure you'll be getting all the nutrients required to maintain healthy.
Back at the beginning of the year, I got rather run down, I'd spent a lot of time nursing one family member and offering emotional support to another, and it had taken its toll on my own physical and mental health. When I went to see the doctor, he recommended that I try taking a pick me up, but unfortunately all the ones I came across contained caffeine which is something I can't tolerate, so instead, I decided to try and eat as healthily as possible, get lots of fresh air and so on, and add a good multi vitamin into my diet.
To be honest, if it hadn't been for them being on special offer when I happened to be in the store, I might not have chosen these particular multi vitamins, but they were part of a boots three for two deal and as hubby needed some more cod liver oil capsules, I got 2 of those, and 1 of these multi vitamins.
They come in a plastic tub with a red label and red lid which if your hands don't work properly is a real sod to get off at times trust me!
The tablets themselves are a sort of pale browny blotchy kind of colour, and smell a bit plastic really, quite a strange smell for something that's supposed to be good for you. They're not huge, but not tiny either so about as easy/hard to swallow as a paracetamol I guess. I take so many wretched tablets sometimes that I rattle, and some of mine are like horse pills, so for me personally they weren't a problem at all to swallow with a drink of water.
All of the various main vitamins that you need every day are included in the mix within these, and for virtually all of them, it gives you your full recommended daily dose (I think vitamin c is the only one which you don't get all of your daily dose - so I made sure I drank plenty of fresh fruit juice too).
Now I can't say that these worked wonders, or that they had no effect, to be perfectly honest, I think it's one of those things where it's really hard to tell if they work or not. For the state I was in at the time I'm pretty certain that they did me no harm, and that they may well have contributed to my body getting its act together and stabilising. However, I think it's equally possible that I'd have done so without taking them at all, and whether it would have been a slower journey is something I can't answer.
All I can really say for certain, is that I took them for about 3 months, by which time I was feeling more like myself again, and had run out of tablets, so it seemed a sensible time to call it quits. During that time, the amount of colds and other problems like cold sores and ulcers and so on did reduce over the period.
The tub I bought cost about £5.50 I think (for 90 one a day tablets) but as I say, it was on special offer and so I effectively got it for free when I bought two tubs of cod liver oil.
A quick confession before I begin; I am something of a health product sceptic. I'm particularly concerned about people who sell magic, cure-all tablets that cost the earth and don't do half of what the say the will and sell millions to people unfamiliar with the word placebo.
I choose to begin my review in this way because unfortunately multivitamins are also big money and have been given credit for a lot of wonderful things for which they couldn't possibly be responsible. Taking multivitamins has been tested many times and has not been shown to have any effect in the prevention of cancer, as seems to be the most frequent claim. High doses of vitamins, particularly vitamin C, are reputed to be a wonder cure. This is also not supported by evidence and while taking high doses of vitamin C will not harm you, taking high doses of multivitamin tablets can actually be very dangerous. Multivitamins have not been shown to have any preventative effect on cardiovascular disease or life expectancy in general. There are myths, usually helped along by people trying to sell supplements. Misleading marketing is bad enough but unfortunately when it comes to medical advice, misleading marketing is dangerous and should not be tolerated. The most important thing to know about multivitamins is that they are only efficacious when the taker is deficient of something the tablet contains.
However, I'm not actually down on multivitamins for some of their less glamorous, more well established claims to fame. Good multivitamin tablets are essentially comprised of a balanced collection of the various nutrients and catalysts your body needs to performs its most basic tasks. Often these chemicals are the very fuel for your body on a cellular level and are most abundantly found in healthy foods; fruit and veg, wholegrain bread, fresh and lovely food, all in a balanced diet. Though as you're no doubt aware, a balanced diet is not always as easy as it sounds and here is where multivitamins come in.
I have taken multivitamins for an extended period of time on two occasions. The first was during high school when I had developed something of a gut and decided to bring my weight down. Being a typically well informed teenager, I had no idea really how to balance my diet out with healthier food and less junk and just settled for eating less. I still survived on chips and crisps, I just moved onto smaller portions, less frequently. The end result was that I had cut out a significant chunk of calories from my diet and was losing the meagre vitamins and minerals my body was desperately clawing from that terrible junk food anyway. This pretty much left me sleepy all day and my wonderfully ambitious exercise routine flew right out of the window. That was my first foray into multivitamins, I chose boots.
Boots were probably the best option then and now because their multivitamin tablets seem to contain the widest range of different nutrients in balanced quantities. All brands seemed to have vitamin C well covered with a side order of A, B and D before sticking in a bit of zinc and flogging it for £5 a bottle. Boots' instead came with a long list of ingredients that were very impressive to my easily impressed young eyes and even a little info about what some of then did. This is a feature still true of Boots multivitamins which contain all the usual Vitamins as well as zinc, magnesium, iron and other things you think you shouldn't eat. On top of that we're not treated to thing like lutein, apparently very good for our eyes.
I suppose it's somewhat obvious to say but after a few weeks of intentionally malnourishing my seventeen year old self, multivitamins had quite an impact. My energy returned and I was off to do more embarrassing, teenagery things. This is where my first recommendation for multivitamins comes in. If you're about to start a diet, maybe your first, maybe one of a long line of diets and you're planning on dropping calories or just aren't certain of how to balance out your diet, buy multivitamins. Changing up your food intake perhaps drastically is the easiest way of making yourself short of fuel. You might not have been taking in all the right stuff before and are moving on to all healthy salads but you body will still kick up a fuss if you suddenly deprive it of a nutrient it's grown attached to, even if it was lurking in your fatty snacks. I'd also say they're worth taking if you start a new exercise regime as it can have a similar effect. An hour of jogging a day and you might find your body is looking for nutrients it can't find; then it's nap time.
The second time I began taking multivitamins, I hadn't learnt my lesson. I had just taken up a new job which involved working very irregular hours, sometimes including nights and it became impossible to predict just when I'd find time for a meal. Three weeks in the familiar grogginess set in and the job became a real slog. Fortunately I knew the cure this time and multivitamins came to my rescue again.
If you're planning on changing your diet or even changing your routine, multivitamins are a good way to bolster your diet until you can get back to normal eating habits. They aren't a substitute for a proper diet (as the bottles will now tell you) and they don't have many other health benefits. You'd also be better getting them from your food. However, they have their uses. Very specific ones. They're also only a short term fix and should only be used as a part time solution until you get your diet right.
If you are planning on buying multivitamins, boots have always been the best. They currently come in small 30 day bottles or bigger 90s day ones. They're a good size and shape for swallowing and a smooth. They seem to have a coating that masks what is usually a horrible, almost marmitey taste from some varieties of multivitamins. The variety of vitamins and mineral included is much more than supermarket variety tablets and they also include a lot of information. They are a daily tablet and so they will last a decent length of time. While they aren't cheap with the 90 tablet bottle costing around £5, they are regularly included in that 3 for 2 offer Boots likes so much.
Lastly, and I think this is probably what endears me to the Boots brand so much, they have taken the very wise decision to package these tablets in a child safety bottle. I do not have children but I do have nieces and nephews and friends with children. I can never be entirely sure that my house is going to be child free when I come home and even though I tend to keep medicines out of sight, one can never be too careful. While it would take a lot to do it, overdose is possible on multivitamin tablets and so I much prefer these to cheaper brands with a simple pull off cap.