* Prices may differ from that shown
My boyfriend started taking these some time last year, despite me saying 'ooo but they're pretty expensive and multivits are probably all the same'; he's been surprisingly happy with these, actually saying he notices the difference they make. I've tried them for a few months too, and whilst I still think they're a bit on the pricey side, they're good for giving your system a little boost.
Multibionta is produced by Seven Seas, a popular brand with much expertise (they've been going since 1935) in the healthcare field that I trust to deliver good quality, effective products. Their range is continually expanding to offer products for various lifestyles, wants and ages, so it can be quite difficult to decide on what you need or would get the most benefit from. This review is for their Multibionta Vitality tablets in particular.
These come in a box with various shades of blue for the design, with 'Vitality' being written towards the top right. You can also tell this one apart from other ranges as it includes a mention of probiotics. Inside the box is the plastic tub, which is white with a blue lid; it's easy to open and keeps the tablets fresh after it has first been opened.
These claim to have a few properties other multivitamins don't have in order to give you a healthy energy boost, support your metabolism and leave you feeling 'full of vitality'. These have a 'unique blend of probiotics combined with essential vitamins and minerals', along with the Co-Enzyme Q10 to help with energy release. The tablet has 3 layers, whereby the probiotic is apparently 'protected through the stomach by the coating' which delivers more 'good' bacteria than probiotics that are 'unprotected'. I personally find myself a little sceptical about these sorts of things, especially when it comes to probiotics. Unless you already have a good immune system and lots of healthy bacteria, then you need a high potency probiotic to make a difference. For instance, you need a few billion good bacteria as opposed to a few hundred that you might get in a yoghurt probiotic drink.
These are designed for adults to take daily, so one tablet per day with water is what you should aim for to regularly keep your system healthy. The packet says these should not be chewed or taken with hot drinks, which is why I keep scolding the boyfriend for reaching for a cuppa tea to take these with! If you're pregnant or breastfeeding you should speak to your doctor first, and, of course, these are just supplements so they're not designed to substitute a good diet. Storing these is pretty straightforward by keeping the lid on properly and putting them in a cool, dry place.
These are what I would class as middle-sized tablets, so take a good gulp of water with them and wash them down well. I don't really have a problem with taking tablets so I find these easy enough to manage. My boyfriend claims that these do make him feel good, which he notices all the more when he hasn't taken them for a few days. I've found that my energy is a little more sustained, though that may just be a placebo effect. Neither of us have come down with colds or such like since taking these, and I'm prone to picking one up because I'm greedy like that, so being cold-free has been nice. Again, whether this is due to the supplement or not is anyone's guess.
Overall, these do seem to make me feel a bit healthier and like I have a tad more 'vitality', but I can't put that down to the tablets necessarily. It could be a placebo effect, but these do seem to make a difference, even if it isn't earth shattering. I wouldn't expect miracle, instant results, but with daily use they are a good way to supplement your diet and make you feel as if you are doing the best for yourself. At the price, however, I don't think I would necessarily rate them above other multivitamins, and, like I said, if you're in need of probiotic benefits you may be better off with a high dosage probiotic supplement alongside a cheap multivit. I would buy these when on offer, mostly because I know my boyfriend doesn't want to stop taking them now he's so convinced they do him some good.
30 tablets £6.79 and 60 tablets £11.79 (Boots) though these are often on their 3 for 2 offer.
I'm torn when it comes to the benefits of multivitamins, even in med school there are lecturers that differ in their opinions. There are some that believe that they serve absolutely no purpose and could actually be dangerous as high levels of such substances as Beta carotene have been linked to an increased level of certain cancers in users in trials around the world. Even the media seam confused on this topic as one day the headline reads MULTIVITAMINS CANCER SCARE! and the next day there is an article on page seven about how beneficial they can be to good health. I know a positive headline wouldn't sell as many copies of the morning paper but what's the truth when it comes to these pills?
I have a tendency to get rundown in the winter time, so I do take this particular brand of multivitamin manly because of low levels of iron in my blood and vitamin D. the vitamin D situation may be a result of the lack of sunshine we tend to get in both Scotland and Dublin (the two places where my family have homes) neither one are know for their tropical beaches. As we get the majority of our natural vitamin D from sun light this way very well be a factor in my low levels. Both iron and vitamin D are vital in making you feel bright and energetic and if you are low in these you will feel it. At times I could lie down in the middle of a busy street and just go to sleep that's how low my energy levels were.
Stupidly year in year out I tend to stop talking these during the summer as I always feel energised during these months and start an exercise ragtime start eating healthy the lot, but come October when the sun hardly makes an appearance my energy levels shoot right down. Its at that time that out come the Multibionta by the very well know name of Seven Seas.
The thing I like about these multivitamins over others is the fact that they are also a pro biotic. These are very well know nowadays dew to these once a day little bottles of yogurt that lots of people drink. But to put it simply probiotics are the opposite their better known he nemesis the Antibiotic. Antibiotics are to be prescribed in the case of an infection, be it a skin infection, upper or lower respiratory infection whatever, but it must be a bacterial infection. However antibiotics are being over prescribed and over used and in the long and short term this can only be a bad thing. In the short term, if you take antibiotics when you don't need them they will kill off not only the bad bacteria in your body but also the good. These good bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus, ifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum) are needed for a healthy gut and for overall good health. That's where a probiotic comes in. These little bad boys come in and replenish what has been killed off. Then they multiply only to be boosted more and more as the days progress and you continue to take your Multibionta. This in turn boosts your immune system and helps fight off infections.
The tablet themselves are a heavy, chunky, pellet style pill. Sounds terrible I know, like swallowing a house brick but they are very easy to swallow and if you do find it heard to take pills, as always a drop of water will help it on it's way. Even though I find then easy to swallow I do take a glass of water with the pill as I find it feels like it's stuck half way down. The dose is just one pill a day preferably to be taken with food, each pill contains the recommended daily amount of the vitamins and minerals contained in the pill. Each brightly coloured box contains 90 pills, this is enough for three months and when they are on sale as part of Boots 3 for 2 in always stock up as they as very well dated.
Here is a list of the all important ingredients and levels
"As featured on the products internal information leaflet"
"Vitamin A 800mg RE (100% RDA)
Vitamin D 5ug (100% RDA)
Vitamin E 10mg TE (100% RDA)
Vitamin C 60mg (100% RDA)"
"Thiamin (vitamin B1) 1.4mg (100% RDA)
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) 1.6mg (100% RDA)
Niacin (nicotinamide) 18mgNE (100% RDA)
Vitamin B6 2mg (100% RDA)
Folic Acid 200µg (100% RDA)"
"Vitamin B12 1µg (100% RDA)
Biotin 0.15mg (100% RDA)
Panthothenic Acid 6mg (100% RDA)
Calcium 90mg (11% RDA)
Phosphorous 38mg (5% RDA)
Iron 5mg (36% RDA)
Magnesium 45mg (15% RDA)
Zinc 5mg (33% RDA)
Iodine 100mg (67% RDA)
Manganese 0.4mg (*)
Molybdenum 25µg (*)
Selenium 25µg (*)
Chloride 4.5mg (*)
Potassium 5mg (*)"
PROBIOTIC CULTURES 10 Million (*)
Lactobacillus gasseri P/A 16/8
Bifidobacterium bifidum MF 20/5
Bifidobacterium longum SP 07/3
Energy, Protein, Carbohydrate and fat negligible.
RDA = EC Recommended Daily Allowance.
(*) = RDA Not established"
I have noticed an increase in my energy levels over the years while using these pills and find the dose of one a day very easy to fit in to my daily routine I however have not noticed a decrease in the amount of times I catch a cold or bug, so wheather or not they have boosted my immune system is still unclear. And to refer back to the beginning of my review and all the confusing articles about the prose and cons of using such methods to improve our health, of course nothing in pill form can replace a healthy lifestyle full of fruits, vegetables, lean protein and of course exercise, but if you like most people find it hard to live such perfect lives these may just give you that helping hand that you're looking for.
Thanks for reading :0) 2night
A box of 90 can be purchased online at :
For £16.80 + shipping
And do keep an eye out in Boots for them on sale as part of their 3 for 2 promotions.
It's rare for someone to become particularly enthusiastic about a vitamin tablet, but I think these are absolutely fantastic - they contain probiotics! (which are 'friendly bacteria' that are claimed to improve digestion etc).
Generally I tend to have a really pretty good healthy diet, mainly because I am allergic to nearly everything that isn't a fruit or a vegetable and 'freefrom' goodies are often so stupidly expensive that I don't tend to bother with junkfood! So I haven't ever worried about a lack of vitamins. However, ever since I contracted some foreign stomach infection in South America my stomach has been a huge problem for me. We all see these wonderful probiotic drinks on TV but they were no good for me because I am lactose intolerant, so I was thrilled to discover that multibionta offered vitamins with added probiotics. To be honest I wasn't expecting to notice any improvement, but these little tablets have improved my stomach ten times over, and what's more, I also know that I am getting 100% of my daily allowance for a bunch of vitamins and minerals, which surely must be a good thing.
Compared with alot of other vitamin brands I find Multibionta to be good value for money - to be honest you can't put a price on your health but these by no means break the bank, especially since they include so many essential vitamins, minerals and probiotics, so you probably wont need any other vitamin supplements with it. Currently 60 tablets in Boots are sold at £6.01 at the time of writing this article, so really it only works out at around £3 a month, £3 well spent in my opinion.
I can't swear that these tablets have been the cause of the huge improvement in my stomach, but after around a week or two of taking them I noticed that I was feeling alot better. Further more, my lactose intolerance has decreased and I have been able to treat myself to chocolate cake on occasion, and not worry when eating out in case something in my meal contains milk, something that before Multibionta would have sent me running away to throw up.
Overall a good all-round vitamin supplement at a reasonable price. But don't forget they are JUST a supplement and nothing beats a healthy diet. However, I highly recommend probiotics in general if you have any kind of non-serious stomach discomfort etc, it's worth a try! For me Multibionta are a great way to get my probiotics whilst ensuring I get all my vitamins and minerals that I might have missed in my daily diet.
Multibionta probiotic multivitamin are quite different to other vitamins as they contain probiotics. Although they are expensive with 28 tablets costing 3.50 in Tesco, I think they are worth spending the extra money.
Firstly what are probiotics? Well Probiotics are essentailly good bacteria. Apparantly they create fewer opportunities for bad bacteria to grow and so could prevent infections and ilnesses. They are the same as the yoghurt drinks that you can buy only they don't need to be stored in the fridge when in this tablet form. It's difficult to know whether probiotics do actually acheive these aims but I do seem to get less tummy upsets when i take these vitamins. Doctors also recommend that you take probiotics after a course of antibiotics.
As well as probiotics these tablets contain the following: vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin C, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic acid, vitamin B12, Biotin, Calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, iodine, manganese and chromium.
I have had no side effects whilst taking these tablets and have found them to be beneficial in that I seem to stay healthier.
There's a lot of debate about whether or not people need to take vitamin and mineral supplements, and the latest evidence seems to be coming down against. My opinion is, that's fine if you're eating a healthy, balanced diet. But how many of us really do that? Hands up anyone who's not dieting who reaches for fruit in preference to chocolate, salad in preference to chips, and never buys ready meals or fast food. Exactly. Therefore, I say that a multivitamin and mineral once a day can at worst, not harm, and at best, genuinely help. I don't know if taking a tablet a day does ward off colds or viral infections, I don't know if they help the brain (as was suggested and then unsuggested some years ago), I don't know if they give you more energy. I do know, though, that in my case, if I take a multieverything each day my nails are stronger, my hair is less dry and my skin is clearer. The tablet I take each day is Multibionta by Seven Seas. Not only is it a multivitamin and mineral, it is also the only one of its kind (to my knowledge) to also contain probiotics. What are probiotics and why should you take them? Well, inside all of us are trillions of bacteria - some 'good', some 'bad' - which literally wage war against each other 24 hours a day. As long as the goodies are winning, we stay healthy. But if not - and there are loads of reasons why the baddies can beat the goodies, including hormonal changes, taking antibiotics, stress and a sugary, yeasty diet - then the baddies proliferate and cause all sorts of health complications such as thrush, athlete-s foot, fungal skin and nail infections, dandruff, fatigue and digestive problems. Probiotics are 'good' bacteria, and the theory is that if you take enough of them, your system will always keep the baddies in check. Again I don't know if it really works, but I do know that I've had less prob
lems of the skin and downunder variety since I started taking them daily. The tablets The tablets are beige and cream in colour with a brown strip through the middle. They are pellet shaped and, though slightly on the large side, very easy to swallow with or without liquid. The dosage is one per day, and as well as containing the essential bacteria Lactobacillus acidophilus, ifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium longum, they contain all necessary vitamins and minerals at 100% of RDA (recommended daily allowance) where the RDA is known. Price-wise, Multibionta ain't the cheapest around, coming in at around £9 for a 90 day supply, but when you consider that works out at 10p per day it's not too bad. You can also buy a 30 day supply for around a fiver. For those who are sticklers for detail, here is the entire list of vitamins, minerals and probiotics contained in Multibionta: Vitamin A Calcium Vitamin D Phosphorus Vitamin E Iron Vitamin C Magnesium Thiamin (Vitamin B1) Zinc Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) Iodine Niacin Copper Vitamin B6 Manganese Folic Acid Silicon Vitamin B12 Chromium Biotin Molybdenum Pantothenic Acid Selenium Vitamin K Chloride Potassium Lactobacillus acidophilus Ifidobacterium bifidum Bifidobacterium longum Phew! So, am I recommending Seven Seas Multibionta? If you don't believe in taking multivitamins and minerals, then fine. But if you do like to take them, for whatever reason, then I'm recommending these as the best. And if you're plagued by constant bouts of athlete's foot, ringworm, thrush, skin rashes or other fungal infections, then I would definitely say give them a try for 3 months and see if they help. Other information: There is also a special version for people over 50 Website: http://www.m
Well, that’s what they claim on their web-site……. Hang on, a multivitamin with a web-site, what IS the world coming to!? It was suggested by my doctor that I should take this multivitamin because I wasn’t eating very well as I suffer with stomach thrush (no, it’s not very nice). He suggested this particular one because as I couldn’t eat anything ‘interesting’ I wasn’t taking any vitamins or minerals into my body, also because it has ‘probiotic nutrients, and it should help my immune system to cope while I was feeling a little run down (it also helps break down the nasty stuff in the bowel). I usually take a multivitamin every so often anyway. Because the boyfriend is vegetarian – I don’t bother cooking two separate meals (that’s IF I cook at all!), so all the extra help in these tablets is definitely needed. It sounds good as ‘nutritional experts’ or Seven Seas have developed it. Each tablet contains 100% of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of all recommended vitamins; they also contain minerals and micro-nutrients and 10 million shelf stable probiotics (or live bacteria to you and me). Probiotics have also been added with certain milks, cheeses, yoghurts and some buttermilk products (there’s that little yoghurt drink you can buy now) but all these need to be kept in a fridge. ‘Multibionta has been specially formulated to release its Probiotic nutrients where they are most beneficial’. How they know this is beyond me, but it seems to do the job. You can get the lowdown on what the 27 ingredients are from the packaging, so I won’t bore you here, but from Folic Acid to Iron, Vitamin A to Zinc if you have a ‘hectic lifestyle’, or if you’re on a diet, or a really unhealthy diet like me, it’s worth checking this multivitamin with minerals and probiotic nutrients. It could save
Multibionta is an advanced Multivitamin formula, containing Vitamins, Minerals, Micro-nutrients and Probiotic nutrients / The unique, patent pending formula has been developed by nutritional experts Seven Seas.