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Liquid iron to relieve tiredness?
Member Name: xxfoxyredxx
Date: 09/01/11, updated on 09/01/11 (4153 review reads)
Advantages: Meant to be good for you, no side effects
Disadvantages: Doesn't help me sadly, taste
I am rather partial to trying out herbal medicines and things like vitamins and minerals to perk me up. I write alot about medication I can purchase myself because I buy alot of it! This I bought after a recommendation from a friend who swears by the stuff. I suffer with chronic fatique (M.E) and was diagnosed with it years ago. However of late I have been run down, tired, achey and at first the Doctor thought I had glandular fever then he said I had flu which I sorted out. After that I was left exhausted, it was a struggle just to lift my arms in the air and as for gettting dressed and bathing well I couldn't, it was a hard struggle just to get to the toilet!
Now the Doctor thinks my M.E has made a reappearance and there isn't much you can do about it you simply have to ride with it. However as I mentioned a friend of mine regulary takes this and so off I went to Asda and parted with £4.50 to get me a bottle with really high hopes for it.
The bottle comes in a red box with a photograph of a man and a women and a couple of children on there and we are told that it is Vitabiotics Feroglobin B12 Liquid Iron, Zinc, Minerals & Vitamin B Complex and that it is 'Nutrients for the formulation of haemoglobin & red blood cells' and that it has a delicious honey and orange taste and that it is also combined with Swiss Alpine malt. Other information on the box includes being told a bit about the product and what it is meant to help be good for, there is a nutritional chart stated as well as a list of ingredients given and dosage advice, the size is stated (which in my case is a 200ml bottle) and contact details for Vitabiotics are given. Inside the box you get a phamplet thats tells you about other Vitabiotics products within the range. The bottle is dark brown with a red, white and orange label on it and basically it contains the same information as is on the bottle so if you lose the box you still know about the dosage etc and the lid/cap is white, plastic and push button and twist so safe from little hands this is if you do it up properly.
The Product Itself:
Ok so this is mainly liquid iron mixed with minerals and vitamin b complex which includes vitamin b12 and folic acid. Feroglobin b12 is a blood building nutrient with particular benefit meant to be given to children, the over 50s, athletes and women during pregnancy or menstruation as it carries oxygen to the heart, brain, other organs and muscles, so energy can be released and perk you up a bit and iron also has a role in maintaining our immune system too.
Directions for taking it vary depending on age. Children 1-3 years can take 1/2 a teaspoonfuls daily, children 4-6 years 1/2 a teaspoonful twice daily, children 7-12 years can take 1 teaspoonful 1-2 times daily and adults can take 1 teaspoonful twice daily and you can take this for as long as you want to.
The biggest problem I have with this is the taste and on the box we are told that it 'tastes great too!'. Does it heck.... it has the consistency of blood and has a weird smell of oranges and tastes really artificially sweetened and malty and that horrible flavour lingers ages after you've took it sourly on the tongue. It really is gross I reckon and a not just in taste buit its a horrible brown syrupy sticky liquid too.
Now I have taken this daily for the past 3 months now so given it a really good trial run in my opinion. I take the higher of the two doses stated to give it the best chances of working. Now remember I have been taking this to try help with low energy (before Christmas) and M.E after it and I have to admit sadly that in my point of view this does nothing for me at all. I expected to feel a bit livelier, a bit more awake and on the ball but no I get a horrible malty taste that takes hours to shift and I get no benefit from it and in all honesty although I've really tried to look for some result within myself there simply isn't one I can see or feel.
Worth a go if interested and this has got positive reviews on it and at the end of the day extra iron is meant to help with fatigue so if you can bear the taste it is worth giving it a whirl if interested it simply doesn't work for me to the best of my knowledge and now I that I have reviewed it I can throw it out and stop taking it lol
Available in all good chemists and supermarkets etc.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Summary: One I am quitting taking!
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