“ Brand: Boots / Type: Multivitamin Tablets „
I would love to tell you that I eat a healthy and balanced diet but that would mean I was telling fibs. I eat far too much junk food, smoke too many cigarettes and eat far less greenery than I should. Over the winter I suffer with the inevitable coughs and colds and end up feeling run down so I take multivitamins to try and give myself a bit of a boost.
The Boots own brand Multivitamins come in at just 69p for 30 tablets and they are also on a three for 2 promotion which would make them an amazing 46p per tub. They are in a different packaging to the one pictured above, if you are looking for them they are in a white tub with a simple screw top orange lid.
Each pill contains 100% of the RDA of the following vitamins: C, E, D, B1, B2, B3, B12, Folic acid, panthonenic acid, vitamin K and biotin (B7). It also contains 50% of the RDA of fat soluble Vitamin A, excess vitamin A can be dangrous and it is stored in the body long term so giving 100% and then taking in more through the diet would not be a good idea.
There is no iron in these pills which I am happy with as I know from my two monthly routine blood tests which always contain blood count that I am not deficient and I know iron supplements can cause constipation so I would rather avoid taking it if I don't need to.
Each small yellow pill looks chalky but is covered in a slight film. There is no taste if you manage to swallow the pill quickly enough but the coating dissolves really quickly when you take a drink and leaves a slight unpleasant taste in my mouth. The tablets are easy to swallow and I just take one when I take my regular medication after breakfast so I don't forget.
The problem with multivitamins is that you can never tell if they are working or not. I have had no side effects from taking these pills but it's not like I am suddenly bursting in energy. I have had no more coughs and cold since starting to take them a few weeks ago but I may not have had any without the pills. I have to trust that the pills are having a good effect on my body, I particularly value the fact I am getting vitamin C which smokers are often deficient in and vitamin D since we currently have very short days in Scotland and it is so cold that I limit how much I go outside so am getting very little sun exposure.
I trust the Boots brand to deliver on their promises and that the pills contain the ingredients on the label. At just over tuppence a day I think that these pills are a good buy and think they are doing me some good.
I used to spend a fair few pennies on various health supplements but then my enthusiasm for them waned over the past few years. You hear a lot of contradictory and less convincing information about their effectiveness, and even though I wanted to start getting back into a routine of taking a list a daily mutivitamin, I knew I wouldn't be splashing out so much on one. I came across the Boots own label version and at under £1, they're a reasonable option that won't break the bank!
Boots sell their own label versions of most products now and even though I still tend to associate them with pricier alternative then, say, supermarket labels when it comes to health products, their multivitamins are a surprisingly good buy. You can find these with the other mutivits and they come in a very basic looking small plastic tub with an orange coloured 'lid'. It's a twist off cap with a protective seal you need to break for first time use.
Each bottle has 30 tablets, and the end date on them tends to be very reasonable. For instance, the last ones I bought were to be used within over a year and a half, so you can feel safe buying these on a 3 for 2 offer and not worrying about not getting through them all in time! To store, just keep them in a cool, dry place as is recommended with most medicines.
These are daily multivitamins so the dosage is one tablet per day with liquid to wash them down. They're not suitable for those under 12 years, and it notes that you should onsult your doctor if pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby, or if you're taking other medication.
Each tablet is small, smooth, rounded and pale orange in colour. Although you can't really break them in half, I'd say that they're small enough to swallow quite easily anyway. Although these don't boast any additional 'super' benefits like probiotics, they do contain a good amount of the essentials needed to keep your body healthy.
As per the label on the back, each tablet provides you with 50% vitamin A and 100% RDA of the following: Vitamin C, D & E, Vitamin B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin) & B3, Vitamin B6, folic acid, B12, panthothenic acid, vitamin K and biotin.
I can't say that I notice a huge difference taking these, but then again, I never seem to notice much difference even with very expensive brands. I recommended this to my boyfriend as part of our 'brand swap' to save some pennies, however, and he thinks they've made him feel a little healthier in terms of him not coming down with anything and feeling like his energy is more sustained. I told him it's probably a placebo effect, but either way, at the price these are they're worth a go. I'd much rather take these, which include a range of vitamins at your daily dose 'requirements', than £8 that does the same thing but with fancy packaging and a brand name.
At the price they are, I think these are a great buy for a brand that I trust, but that cuts the cost by both not having anything fancy added that hasn't got any proven health benefits, and by not splashing out on fancy packaging. You get the essentials and providing you're suitable to be taking them (ie not pregnant) then they're worth a try for a daily dose of something to give your body a little boost.
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[Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao]
Ive never really been one for taking vitamins, mainly because I know how forgetful I am and with the best intentions I would buy some, take them for a few days and then completely forget about them so it would be a waste of money. However I have recently come back from holiday and just before and after the end of my holiday I was a bit unwell and thought maybe some multivitamins would a) help to 'top me up' with anything I had lost whilst unwell and b) hopefully prevent me feeling unwell again so I headed down to my local Boots and picked these up.
These multivitamins come in a small, white plastic container with a red lid (not child-proof.) The front of the container is very plain merely featuring the Boots logo, the word 'Multivitamins' and a small box stating there are 30 tablets. Around the side of the container are the directions for use, warnings and ingredients and further around it lists the Nutritional Information.
There are 13 vitamins within each tablet and the daily dose of 1 tablet per day provides 100% of your Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of all of these with the exception of Vitamin A for which it provides 50% of your RDA.
These tablets are not suitable for children under the age of 12 and if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant it is suggested that you consult with your pharmacist/doctor before using these - likewise if you are taking any blood thinning medication such as warfarin.
Using the product
The tablets themselves are fairly small - easily swallowable whole - and are light orange in colour. If you were to suck the tablet it just tastes plasticky but obviously you are not meant to suck on it,just swallow it. The dosage for this is 1 tablet a day and you should take it with liquid
These multivitamins are currently priced at £0.79 for 30 tablets - compared to named brands of multivitamins this is actually extremely cheap and in my opinion very good value.
Since taking these tablets I have not been ill again and have actually been feeling a bit perkier although I could not obviously guarantee that this is due merely to the multivitamins. However, at such a cheap price I will certainly try to remember to keep taking these and would recommend them to anyone looking for multivitamins at a decent price. It is worth mentioning again thought that this product does not have a child-proof cap, which could be of concern to those with small children.