I've been feeling massively run down so far in 2015, one medical issue after another has cropped up but now all the symptoms of those are going I'm feeling decidedly grotty in myself. I decided to start looking at some supplements to kick start myself back into normality - my diet is good with plenty of fresh foods, I'm not a fan of salty convenience food anyway so the supplements I'd need would be minimal. I bought these Multivitamins & Iron from Boots as I've been anaemic in the past and I thought it wouldn't hurt to up my iron at the same time as boosting my vitamin intake.
I bought a 30 day supply which cost around £3, if you don't need the additional Iron I'd suggest you look at the next Boots branded Multivitamin down which is only 99p for 30 (everything is the same in the ingredients panel, it's just that that one doesn't contain any Iron).
The tablets are easy to swallow as they're so small, it's advised to take them with a large drink and that's exactly what I do - I'm sure I could dry-swallow these due to the small size but tend to do as I'm told with things like this.
It's hard to say if they're helping or not - I certainly feel much better recently and am slowly getting back to myself, I've been using other remedies too so this could be a combination of things or even that it's just time for me to get better. I'm happy to take these Multivitamins though as they make me feel like I'm doing something to help myself rather than just sit around feeling sorry for myself, I'll buy another 30 day supply to finish off my detox and 'get better' campaign and it will more than likely be these Boots tablets again.
Recommended by me and my immune system, although there are cheaper alternatives if you scout around.
Ever since I had my first baby I have been a little low on iron and find I need to supplement my iron supply with vitamins. I was really low on iron during my pregnancies and had to take strong tablets through pregnancy but now I can keep it under control with just daily vitamins with some added iron. I also think it's fairly important to take vitamins everyday just to keep myself healthy and to give my body all the essential nutrients it needs. I eat fairly healthily with lots of fruits and vegetables but it's always good to top it up in my opinion.
I find these vitamins from Boots are great daily vitamins and perfect for my every day needs. They are described by Boots as, "Pharmaceuticals Multivitamins with Iron which contain essential nutrients for general wellbeing."As well as iron the vitamins also contain 14 essential nutrients that help to supplement diet. The vitamins are said to support your normal nutritional balance and help to maintain normal healthy blood and cognitive function. So, I think that is quite good for a daily multivitamin and really I see no reason not to take them although I am not a doctor so I would recommend before starting on any course of vitamins you consult your doctor first.
The vitamins come in a little plastic bottle with a child safety lock on the top and to open up you just press in and twist so its easy for adults to do but it would be very hard for little kids to do so I feel quite safe having this bottle around my kids. In fact, that actually like to shake it and make music with it.
The tablets are daily so obviously you take one a day. I like to take mine with my breakfast so I remember and so I know I have taken it for that day. The tablets are round and are a burnt orange colour and have a sort of coating on them, it's not a sugar coating, its plainer than that but they are small enough that I can swallow them easily with a bit of water. I feel great at the moment and I'd like to think this vitamins are helping with that.
According to the information these vitamins are free from:
Artificial Colours, Flavours and Preservatives.
Suitable for Vegetarians.
In the bottle you get 30 tablets for £2.05 so this is a month's supply which I think is very good value. From time to time Boots also do 3 for 2 on a lot of their vitamins so it's always worth stocking up them.
After many months of trying out different Iron supplements I decided that the time was right to return to the classic multivitamins + Iron tablets that I was taking when I was single. I popped down to the local Boots and found a pack of 180 tablets that seemed reasonable enough. The price was around £9 for 180 tablets; taking one tablet a day, so I was slightly hesitant but decided that 3 months' worth of product for £9 was reasonable enough to go with.
The tablets themselves are packaged in a very basic grey container with a bright Pink label depicting the Boots logo, and the type of product that you are buying.
Opening the package was easy enough as you squeeze the outer edges and then turn the cap. Worryingly this child proof feature only seems to work the first time you open the package, as after it has been opened you can twist the cap without squeezing the edges. Since the tablets tend to look, smell, and taste like sweets then this could prove to be extremely hazardous if the tablets are not kept out of reach of children.
As stated the tablets themselves tend to look a little like sweets; Skittles to be specific. Each tablet has the same shape as a slightly larger Skittle with a smudged brown; slightly earthy, colour being the only thing to distinguish them.
The tablets have a very strong; almost overpoweringly, sweet smell, and a pleasantly sweet flavour that makes them a pleasure to take. When combined with the slightly smaller round shape then these tablets become very easy to take with or without water.
After using these tablets for a week or so I have found myself very happy with the results. My energy levels have risen significantly, but then I have also found myself feeling better in myself as well. The other Vitamins within these tablets seem to do me a lot more good than a straight up Iron supplement ever has, and I will be utilising them again whenever I feel under the weather.
Boots multivitamin, minerals and iron tablets:
When I was pregnant doctors feared for my life. As a vegetarian of now 12 years,I have very low iron levels in my blood.
I didn't find out I was pregnant til late on in the pregnancy so when they told me i was severally Anaemic
and needed to be given high levels of iron. I was pretty scared to give birth incase I would lose a lot of blood.
I had the perfect birth and things went well but I was told to take iron tablets everyday to keep my levels up.
I started to get then on prescription for free through the doctors, but I always feel guilty about getting something for nothing.
The doctors iron pills were hard to swallow as of their size so i wanted something smaller too.
So I popped into town and I went to boots to check their prices out.
I came across these multivitamin, mineral and iron tablets which I thought would be a much better option to buy as it was all in one tablet for me to take.
I got home and opened the tablets which are much smaller and are easy to swallow with water.
They are little round tablets with a shine to them in a pink colour.
After a few weeks of taking these I really felt the benefits.
I was less drowsy, my energy levels increased and best of all I was getting the iron intake I needed.
These tablets are great for building up your immune system.
Iron is great for maintaining your blood to be heathy and normal.
As my levels of iron in my blood is low, it is very important.
If your unsure these tablets are suitable for you or if you have an ongoing condition, consult your doctor or pharmacist
to see whether you'll benefit from these.
It is rather important that i take these tablets to build the iron levels in my blood as my body can't do it on it's own.
It's not stated which vitamins are included in the tablets and the ingredients in these aren't much help in telling you either.
As it's a multivitamin as a guess, I would say there is Vitamin C and D included in this mix.
Who can take these tablets?
If you have allergies or dietry requirements it's best to always check tablets for their ingredients.
These tablets are:
**Suitable for vegetarians
**Free from artificial colourings, flavours and preservatives
NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12
Price To Pay:
You can buy these in boots stores for £4.89 for 90 tablets.
If taken everyday (if you remember) they should last minimum of 3 months.
These sort of vitamin tablets are great to take daily and you should feel less lethargic too.
Thanks for reading my review.
Whilst trying to lose weight I like to think I am trying to take care of my body a little bit more, after giving up smoking for a second time as well I decided it was time to start putting some goodness back into my body so I went on the search for some vitamins.
The first vitamins I picked up were Boots Multivitamins with Iron. A grey plastic tub containing 30 tablets cost £1.99, the larger tubs you can buy are £2.99 but more often than not Boots vitamins and minerals are on offer for 3 for 2.
The tablets are clearly labeled with a pink and red sticker featuring all around the plastic tub as well as on top, clearly informing us that these are Multivitamins with Iron and that the tub contains 30 tablets and you are meant to take one a day. We are also told on the front of the tub that they contain more than 15 essential nutrients with iron for general wellbeing. You are advised to take the tablets with liquid and they are not suitable for children under the age of 12 but they are suitable for vegetarians. If like me you do have children under 12 and you do happen to leave a tub about in a childs reach then you will be glad to know that the lid on the plastic tub is child safe. I mostly bought these for the Iron aspect as since losing a lot of blood when having my twin boys nearly 4 years ago and suffering quite a bit, I was advised to take iron tablets, due to my blood etc, however not sticking to this advice I do find that when I don't take iron tablets I lose a lot of hair, I feel dizzy and lightheaded quite often and just lack in energy. However I thought the extra multivitamins would be an added bonus to help support my diet and the nutrients I am already putting into my body.
The vitamins themselves are small, pinky red circles, resembling smarties almost, although I wouldn't suggest crunching down on one of these to see if they taste like one. They are quite small in size, and have a smooth surface to them so I am able to swallow them with ease too.
After taking these now for a good few weeks I have noticed a great difference in the way I am feeling, I feel more energetic than usual which after going to college 1 day a week, working in a school as a teaching assistant and looking after my 3 year old twin boys you can imagine I lack energy most of the time. These are providing my body with the little pick me up I need, thanks to the iron in them my hair loss has lessened and my skin has also been less spotty etc, even round about that dreaded time of the month, which I believe is the vitamins helping. My diet isn't extremely poor, but I know I don't put in enough nutrients etc purely through food, these vitamins help support my body though and give's it the extra nutrients it needs and I do feel a difference in myself whilst taking them.
After having been vegetarian for a few years, I found that the initial care that I took over my diet had gone. Instead of being careful to eat iron rich and protein rich foods every day, I was just eating whatever I fancied. With a vegetarian diet this does bring problems quite quickly. Now, being a medical student I do understand exactly what my body needs, but being a student I tend to just ignore it in favour of quick meals and late night snacks!
I was starting to become quite tired and losing my concentration quickly during the day, even taking naps in the afternoon so I could go out at night. To me, the obvious answer was to start taking iron tablets to supplement my diet. I went to boots to see what they had in the way of vitamin and mineral supplements and found these. To start with I was only looking for iron supplements but these claimed to contain all of the things needed for general health as well.
The tablets come in packs of 30 and 90, costing £2.05 and £4.89. I initially bought the smaller packet to try them out and now buy the 90 tablet pack. Boots are currently offering a 3 for 2 deal on all vitamins, complementary medicines and herbal products.
The multivitamins state that they are gluten free, lactose free and suitable for vegetarians, which is useful as these are probably the groups of people that might need to consider using multivitamins. The product is also not suitable for children under 12.
Multivitamins are not meant to replace a healthy diet, only supplement one. There will be some vitamins in the tablet that my body will not need due to my diet and will just be excreted in urine, for example vitamin C. I would urge people only to take multivitamins if they have a genuine need to. Also, if you are taking any medication you should contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking these, or any other supplement/herbal medicine.
My experience of the tablets has been great. After taking them for a couple of weeks I felt much more awake. They are easy to swallow with a glass of water, although they do have a slightly nasty aftertaste which I don't enjoy! My only personal problem is that once I feel better I tend to forget to take them and then start to feel worse again. This is by no means a fault in the product though!
I would recommend these to anyone needing a general health supplement to help them get all the nutrients they need.
It was last week that I noticed how shockingly bad my diet had become (to the extent that my pride won't allow it to be posted on here). I was constantly lethargic, uninterested in everything and was starting to show signs of vitamin deficiency. Shocked into realisation, I knew I needed to get back on the healthy wagon (don't worry, it has a treadmill so we don't get unfit riding around on it). Now, I have never been a great advocator of taking multivitamins and believe our diet should be our main source of vitamins and minerals (i.e. that we shouldn't rely on them so we can eat junk food). I understand that some people may need to for medical reasons - not trying to undermine that - I will take vitamin C and zinc when I am coming down with a cold, so I am not totally against it. Just believe in eating good old fashioned food.
However, times were bad and while I am making important changes to my diet (apparently there is a world of food outside of carbs, who knew!) and exercise, I knew I needed another boost to get the ball rolling so multivitamins and minerals it was! Though this is in combination with the factors mentioned above, I do feel as though the tablets have had a positive impact. They gave me the push and motivation to ensure that my diet and exercise regime improved. I am a lot more productive, I have so much more energy and enjoy myself again. It is a good feeling to have back.
So, now you've heard my life story (well, maybe not in its entirety) maybe some information on the product?
Boots quite often have specials on their vitamins and minerals meaning at times you can get 3 products for the price of 2, which is handy if you want to stock up. However, I am just taking these for a month for the time being so I only bought one packet at the price of £1.99. For this, you get 30 tablets which are to be taken once a day. They come in a small grey tub, with all the information you should need on the product on the label. The tub has a child safety lock for any pesky kids that may try and boost their health a little too much.
For this price, each tablet contains 14 vitamins and Iron. It free from artificial colours, flavours and preservatives and also gluten and lactose free. Thankfully, for myself, it is also suitable for vegetarians. Though they are not suitable for those under 12.
The tablets feel as though they have given me a nice little boost when I needed them. They have provided me with essential nutrients for which my body is happy for. I've seen people doubt their effectiveness, but in my case at least I feel that they have made a difference to my health and well-being.
Multivitamins are a good way to supplement your diet to ensure that you are getting all the vitamins your body needs to function correctly. It may not always be possible for this all to come from the diet though. There is a debate as to whether we should be taking them or not and scientists are divided. However, in my unscientific opinion, if you need a boost to your health then it can only be a good thing. A visit to the doctor may be advisable if you are concerned about your health though.
-- Overall opinion --
While I won't take multivitamins often and try to eat as much good food as I can to sustain the vitamin levels in my body. As a vegetarian (and recently was a student) it has not always been easy to get enough iron in my body, especially on a limited budget, so no doubt the added iron has been a huge boost to my system. The tablets do feel as though they have done the world of good to getting me back on the right track. Will definitely buy them again the next time my diet slumps or need a bit of a boost. A nice inexpensive way to give your system what it needs.
I get so run down in the winter, I hardly have time to take care of myself, and as I recover from one bug I just seem to get hit with another. I have a careful balance of vitamins and minerals, and health kicks to maintain some kind of mornal life style without being snotty and in bed for months on end! One of the products I use are multivitamins with iron.
All year round I take multi vitamins every day. Every now and then I need an extra iron boost. The multi vitamins I take contain iron, but sometimes I need a little bit more and when that happens I swap my usual multi vitamins for ones which have extra iron.
It all started when I was losing loads of hair a couple of years ago. I was also really tried. I went to the doctors and had some blood tests. My iron levels were really low so he recommended a really strong course of iron for me. Once I came off that and had encouraged my levels back to normal, he told me when I started to feel the symptoms return to give myself an iron boost.
Boots multi vitamins with iron are an affordable way of getting the nutrients I need on a daily basis combined with the extra iron I need, in one small, easy to swallow daily capsule. The pack contains thirty tablets and they are once daily. They are small and oval, hard tablets with no taste. When I take iron rich tablets I wash them down with a glass of orange juice. This was a recommendation by the doctor as he said vitamin C helps absorb the iron into your body.
Once I have been taking these tablets for a month (which is how many are in a packet) I feel back to normal and switch back to my normal multivitamins. It is great that the difference is noted so quickly and the return to normal can be made without having to have expensive and painful blood tests. It is good to be able to help myself without being too much of a drain on the NHS!
Being a vegetarian and a penniless student, I really should be careful with what I eat, but I'm not. This was brought home to me when I tried to give blood recently and was informed that not only were my haemoglobin levels too low to give blood that day, they were so low that I wasn't allowed back for a year! I was disappointed, and I thought that perhaps I should try and up my iron intake; as I can't consider eating red meat, and there's only so much spinach one can consume in a day, I decided to revert to doing something I used to do a long time ago: take multivitamins and iron.
I happened to be in Boots shortly afterwards and noticed that all vitamins were on a 3 for 2 special offer. Great timing, I thought. I chose, naturally, the multivitamins and iron. The packs I bought cost £1.99 individually, for 30 tablets, though there were also packs of 90 for £5.25 each.
Boots vitamins come in standard grey plastic tubes, with 'safety caps' that sqeeze and turn - handy if you have inquisitive kids who may mistake them for sweets. The Multivitamins and Iron have a red label, which makes them stand out on the shelves from the Vitamin C, Vitamin B etc., although the label is the same colour as the standard Multivitamins so it's best to check carefully. The pack says that the tablets are suitable for vegetarians and contain more than 15 essential nutrients for general wellbeing. They are not suitable for under 12s, and women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should consult their doctor before taking them. The expiry date on my pack is August 2010 - this surprised me somewhat as I never imagined vitamin tablets to have a shelf life! Bear in mind I bought my packs in January - that's still only 8 months of use, worth thinking about if you're planning to stock up.
If you peel back the label you will see a full list of ingredients, too many to list here, and a list of the vitamins the tablets contain. It might be helpful to know that all Boots vitamins contain a reduced level of vitamin A so it is safe to take them with other supplements. It's been a while since I did my GCSE in Science, so I looked up 'Vitamin A' on that trusty source Wikipedia and was somewhat alarmed to find that 75% of people in developed nations may be ingesting more than the RDA for vitamin A on a regular basis, and that an intake of twice the RDA of vitamin A may be associated with osteoporosis and hip fractures. Vitamin A toxicity may result in "nausea, jaundice, irritability, anorexia (not anorexia nervosa, the eating disorder), vomiting, blurry vision, headaches, hairloss, muscle and abdominal pain and weakness, drowsiness and altered mental status." I actually had no idea that this could happen, so now I feel somewhat relieved!
The pack helpfully indicates the size of the tablet on the outside, which could be useful for anyone who might have difficulty swallowing them. This doesn't apply to me - when I was younger I suffered quite a lot from headaches, and had to get used to taking tablets when no liquid was available to wash them down, with the result that I can now swallow a whole paracetamol tablet without water, a somewhat dubious skill to possess I admit.
Once I opened the tub (which was surprisingly difficult the first time, less so on subsequent occasions), I saw the tablets, which were red in colour and the same size as the tub indicates. I have been swallowing one tablet a day for just over a month now.
I have been quite shocked to notice the difference in my energy levels. I have been a vegetarian for so long that I had got used to feeling tired all the time, even almost falling asleep in the afternoon, but these tablets have made such a difference - I am so much more alert now, much more energetic, and I can concentrate more easily. I also feel a lot better in myself, and my skin looks better, though whether this is down to these tablets or my Lush face masks I'm not sure!
Of course multivitamin and iron tablets are no substitute for a healthy diet, but it's very difficult on a student budget and with limited time and being veggie I'm unlikely to get all the iron I need from my food.
Before getting these tablets I would have bought multivitamins and iron (when I thought to buy them) from anywhere that sold them, the cheaper the better. I only got them because they were on special offer, but even at full price they're not too bad and comparable to other brands out there. After finding out about the possible side effects of too much vitamin A I will be much more cautious about which vitamins I purchase in the future - it's not something I've ever checked in the past, but if no brands other than Boots are careful with the vitamin A content of the tablets, then it's Boots I'm sticking to.