“ Provides defence against illness. Mixed with water, it gives a great vitamin C boost and has a pleasant fruity flavour. Very reasonably priced. „
I have been going on a crazy supplement spree because of having tonsillitis this week. I wanted to try and get my body back to normal as soon as possible. This effervescent tablet from Sainsburys costs £1.60, and you get 20 tablets. When you look at the orange tablet it looks pretty big, however when dropped in a small glass of water it will fizz and disintegrate until its just left as yellowy orange liquid. The liquid has a strange taste to it, I think because of the zinc, its not quite like an orange, it almost has a slight chemical tang to it.
I try to drink it all in one so that I dont have the taste in my mouth for too long. Im not sure how its affecting my body inside, but because its a liquid I do get a little sugar boost from it and its great in the morning to have first thing to wake up a bit.
Vitamin C is obviously found in fruit which I eat a lot of anyway, but by drinking this supplement I can ensure that Im getting the right amount every day. Zinc and Vitamin C boost your immune system, and also help wounds to heal quicker. I cant say that I watch how quickly a wound heals if I happen to scrape a part of my body. However I recovered from my tonsillitis in about 2 days which is a lot quicker than it has been in the past. So something must be working.
Its quite hard to get into the habit of taking it every morning when your in a rush to go to work, but once your body starts feeling healthier you will realise the benefits. It does say on the tube to be taken as part of a balanced diet, so dont use this as a way of replacing any food as its not healthy to do that.
Once summer is over and done with and the nights draw in, I start to come down with sniffles, and colds. It's the same every year and for that reason I try to keep my vitamin C intake higher than I normally do during the summer months. I take a supplement in the form of effervescent tablets as they are easier to swallow than tablets. The ones I use are nearly always from Sainsbury's. I have also used Tesco's own brand but I actually prefer the taste of the Sainsbury's version as they are sweeter and far more palatable.
Sainsbury's sell these effervescent vitamin C tablets for only £1.25 for a tube containing 20 tablets. They round in shape, orange in colour and surprisingly large - so large that it comes as a bit of a relief that you are not going to have to try to swallow one whole.
I usually use a little bit less water than the tube recommends because I really like the sweet taste of oranges that these tablets produce after they have been fully dissolved in water. They do contain artificial sweeteners but the taste is by no means unpleasant and really quite sweet and tasty, in my opinion.
Obviously they contain vitamin C but they also have added zinc, which I believe it is help aid the absorption of the vitamin C and make it more digestible. The taste is really fresh and orangey and I feel that they pep me up whenever I take my daily dose on a morning with my breakfast. I am sure that they do help my immune system, especially during the colder winter months and as they taste so great at the same time, I take these just as a precaution and to help ward off any nasty cold or flu viruses that may be lurking around.
Overall, they are inexpensive, seem to work and taste great and I really do recommend them
Whenever I feel I have a cold starting to develop I have started to take effervescent dissolvable tablets as I am not a lover of swallowing tablets. I also take them if I am just feeling a bit low as I find that they just generally boost my general health and help to 'pep me up'. These tablets contain vitamin C and zinc which both help your immune system.
I don't usually shop at Sainsbury's but I had a Nectar voucher to use which gave me a lot of Nectar points and I only had to spend £10 which I easily did! They were £1.25 a tube for 20 tablets but they were on the offer of 3 for 2 so I paid £2.50 for 60 tablets which is good value.
The tablets themselves are orange in colour and you pop them into a glass of water to dissolve. They do fizz a bit as they are melting and I usually help it along by stirring it with a spoon but they will dissolve on their own if you leave them. I usually use a half pint glass and fill it about three quarters of the way up which is the consistency I prefer, however you can use more or less water to your personal taste.
The taste of orange is quite strong and as they contain sweeteners they do taste quite sweet. They should be taken with food and I usually taken them after I have eaten as the taste does last in your mouth for quite some time so I prefer not for everything to taste of orange when I am eating.
I would say that these tablets are suitable to boost your immune system and to get an extra dose of vitamin C in your system but alongside a healthy diet and lifestyle. I would say that they are also suitable for if you are unwell and haven't been eating a proper diet. They come in a tube which is airtight so they will last you a long time but when I buy them I usually use them all as I feel I am providing my body with a good supplement of vitamin C and a healthy boost.
I have used other supermarkets brands before and have not found any difference in them. I would probably not buy this particular brand again for the only reason that I don't normally shop at Sainsbury's but they are as good as any others I have used. I do like to keep some in my kitchen cupboards just for them I'm feeling a bit low and know that I am not at my best and need a little extra care.
I started buying these tablets about a year ago when I had a cold since I heard our bodies recover quicker with vitamin C, and the tablets were cheaper and less messy than buying oranges every day. I can't say if they helped or not as it's hard to tell, I don't know how long it would have taken to recover without the tablets therefore how do I know if they done me any good...? Saying that, I continued to take them even when the cold had gone, and this I did see improvements from; taking a tablet each day gives me a sort of mood lift, like a refreshing feeling like when you have an actual orange, as well as seeing a slight reduction in illness - even the slight stomach aches or the random feeling of sick you sometimes get seemed to be reduced - maybe it's just psychological but I did see the benefits that it advertised.
--- Ease of Use ---
Each tube contains 20 tablets which dissolve in water - don't take them as normal tablets, you must let them dissolve in water and have it as a drink. It can take a few minutes for it to dissolve so best to put the tablet in the water a few minutes before your food is ready or before you want the drink.
Another thing to note is that it should be taken with food, or a meal to be specific however a small amount of food like a snack should be sufficient for the benefits of this tablet.
--- Taste ---
It is quite refreshing and slightly tingly (or that may just be when you drink some before it's dissolved fully) which is rather nice. It has a nice orange flavour - for me I don't have it with a full glass of water as that makes the orange quite weak, but still tastes nice either way.
I'd quite happily buy it simply as a drink since it does have a nice flavour, so given the benefits that it offers makes it even better.
--- Overall ---
I still buy them now along with a mixture of other supplements such as vitamin tablets. The vitamin C tablets are reasonably priced and usually on offer as 3-for-2 etc making it an even better deal. Would be better if more than 20 tablets fitted in the tube, especially as the last 2 in every pack are really awkward to get out, but I guess every product has something annoying about it.
Would definitely recommend.
Taste - 9/10
Ease of Use - 8/10
Overall - 9/10
(Please note, I have also published this review on Ciao under the same username).
I started taking these vitamin C effervescent tablets a few years ago and for some reason, a reason I can't remember, I stopped taking them. Then I seemed to go through a period in my life when I was always catching colds or something like that. So recently I decided to get back into a routine of taking them again. I think that is what it is with things like this, you need to get yourself into a routine of taking these tablets every day. Since taking them I seem to feel a lot healthier. Whether it's a frame of mind that you get yourself into or if it's the effect of the tablets, the end result is that I feel better for taking them. With so many coughs and colds about today, something like this helps to fight away these germs. I think in modern society where you can come in contact with so many people, you need this added protection.
The tablets are soluble tablets which are placed in a glass of water to dissolve. Ensure the tablet has fully dissolved before drinking it. When drinking the vitamin C drink it's just like drinking a fizzy orange drink with not so much gas in it. A lot of people prefer taking tablets in this form rather than trying to take tablets whole.
As well as having a health benefit they are also a very refreshing drink. I started fitting this drink into my daily routine by replacing my mid-morning cup of coffee with this vitamin C drink. So I benefit twice, once by actually taking the vitamin C drink and also by getting rid of one of my daily caffeine kicks!
There are many brands of vitamin C drinks on the market but I have found that the shop own brand tablets are just as good as any of the more expensive brands. Also, they are cheaper!
No way will these tablets guarantee to prevent colds but it will help in resisting colds. You should also have a healthy lifestyle as well. As they are advertised, these tablets are only a supplement.
I've been suffering from what the GP I saw diagnosed as viral tonsillitis, being a viral rather than bacterial condition, apart from rest and pain killers, the only other suggested aid is vitamin C so, on medical advice I have been taking these daily effervescent tablets which contain zinc as well and which are currently a reasonable £1.60. Both zinc and vitamin C should help the immune system.
There are twenty tablets in the pack, which has a reassuring security seal; Sainsbury's have changed the packaging somewhat so rather than a rather prominent "defend" there is now a discrete "immune" on the pack. as the tablets provide 1000mg of vitamin C (1250 % of RDA) and 15 mg of Zinc (150% of RDA), I am not sure that I would take them on a daily basis, were I eating my normal healthyish diet, however as I am currently only able to swallow liquids, for the last few days these have been a good way of making sure I am giving my immune system a little extra help.
The tablets, which are flat and a browny orange colour, dissolve easily and quite quickly in a glass of water. They are, somewhat predictable orange in flavour with a bit of a sweetener after taste, which isn't that pleasant. There is, apart from sweetener rather a long list of ingredients, as you might expect, the main one being citric acid, I am not really sure why there are colours added to this, once dissolved it is a rather dark orange. For my use it dissolves fully, which means I can drink it slowly, and making it a better option for me than conventional tablets. These tablets along with the other things I was told to do, do seem to be aiding my recovery, but obviously they are not a miracle cure. They come in an airtight container, with, in my case a long expiry date, 2015; so they don't have to be used all at once.
I would recommend these tablets as a way of getting extra vitamin C for a short time if you have the need, as with all vitamins I expect eating healthily is a better way to get your intake, but if that is not possible these are a useful supplement, but not one that I personally would take as prevention for colds and the like. For my use I have found these good, so I would recommend them but, as with all supplements and treatments always suggest you talk to a medical professional and investigate the side effects of taking a huge percentage of your RDA long term. To sum up, these are, in my experience, just as good as more expensive branded items, and a helpful supplement.
Link: please see link for NHS advice on vitamin C, they suggest not exceeding 1000mg
I first started taking vitamin C tablets in January after having suffered a really bad chest infection and cold just before Christmas, and then in the middle of January once again finding myself with yet another really bad chest infection and cold. After getting my prescription filled I headed off to Sainsburys to pick up a few bits and bats to make me feel better, i.e. comfort food! And whilst I was shopping in Sainburys I ended up browsing the vitamins aisle and decided to get some myself some vitamin C tablets to boost my vitamin C intake and to hopefully ward off any further bouts of chest infections and colds.
I chose the effervescent tablets, i.e. the dissolvable tablets as I struggle to swallow tablets generally. I even have to break paracetamol tablets into 2 or preferably more pieces to be able to swallow them. I have a friend that takes vitamin C tablets and the the size of her tablets are kind of like horse pellets, and there's absolutely no way on this earth that I'd ever be able to swallow them so I figured that the effervescent tablets were the way forward!
The effervescent tablets do work out more expensive than the regular tablets, but for the ease of taking them (for me anyway) I figure it's worth it. Plus Sainsburys seem to always have vitamins on a 3 for 2 offer anyway so this does make them a little cheaper. The effervescent vitamin C tablets come in tubes containing 20 tablets, and you take one tablet per day. Each tube costs £1.25, so on the 3 for 2 offer I get 60 tablets for £2.50, making it £1.25 per month which is next to nothing really.
The effervescent tablets are really easy to take, you just dissolve one tablet in a glass of water, and then drink. The tablets dissolve quite quickly and they fizz ever so slightly, not as much as an alka seltzer, but they do fizz a bit as they dissolve. The tablets are orange flavoured, but it is a very synthetic and sweet orange flavour, they are not unpleasant, but I don't want to linger over the drink either. I normally just dissolve the tablet in a wine glass full of water and then just drink it quickly first thing in the morning, I'm always thirsty when I get up anyway so I just drink it quickly then and get it over and done with.
After starting to take the vitamin C last January I continued to take it through until the end of April and didn't get the slightest hint of a cold. My husband did who didn't take the vitamin C with me did continue to get the odd winter cold. I've decided to take vitamin C again this winter, and this time I've decided that we will both take it for the duration of the winter to see if it will make a difference again. We both started taking vitamin C at the start of September, and we will probably take it right through until the end of April again. So far this year my husband has had the hints of a winter cold, but literally only hints, nowhere near a full blown cold. I've just had the hint of a cold probably caught from one weekend where I took 4 short haul flights within the space of 3 days and so I probably caught a slight cold from the recycled air on board the aircraft. This is a huge improvement on a typical winter where we would both probably have had a few proper colds by now.
I definitely think that the vitamin C has helped enormously with warding off colds for both of us this year, and for myself last winter, and so I plan to start taking it each winter now. I'm definitely going to continue with the effervescent tablets, but I'm going to switch to the regular vitamin C tablets for my husband as he really doesn't like the taste of the effervescent tablets.
Just for reference each effervescent tablet contains 1000mg vitamin C.
Review of Sainsbury's Vitamin C Orange Flavoured Effervescent Tablets
As the name implies these vitamin tablets are designed to be dissolved in water. The tablets contain vitamin C. The tablets are presented in an orange coloured, plastic tube with a white prise off lid. The word 'Defend' is in a bold white font running vertically down the tube.
The container is very eye-catching and certainly stands out on the supermarket shelf.
The price is £1.20 for 20 tablets. Currently Sainsbury's have a buy 2 get 1 free offer, so it is worth stocking up!
The white tablets are approximately the same size as £1 coin. I take mine in the morning at breakfast time, I simply drop the tablet into a tumbler of cold water and wait for it to finish fizzing before drinking.
The drink is a pleasant orange flavour, it is slightly sparking and has a really delicious taste. It is slightly sweet and really does taste of orange. The colour of the drink is a pale orange shade.
A Brief Look At The Health Benefits
Vitamin C is vital for good health, most people will know about the benefits of vitamin C and in which foods it is found, fruit and vegetables.
Vitamin C is known to boost the immune system. Studies have been made into the use of Vitamin C for the prevention of colds, research shows that it helps reduce the severity of symptoms and may shorten the length of a cold by a day or so.
Vitamin C is also found in our bones, teeth, tendons and blood vessels. It is also important for wound healing.
Vitamin C works in the body as an antioxidant, meaning it helps protect cells in the body from damage caused by free radicals . It is known to protect our bodies from certain cancers and it helps us absorb iron.
Most people who eat a good balanced diet will obtain adequate amounts of vitamin C from their food. Supplements are ideal for those who feel their diet is lacking in the necessary nutrients or who cannot eat certain foodstuff for various reasons. This is why I choose to take supplements.
Dosage and Warnings
Adults and children over the age of 12 years, 1 tablet per day.
These tablets will provide 1000.0mg Vitamin C.
Warnings:- Keep out of sight and reach of children. Do not exceed the recommended daily dose. * If pregnant or planning a pregnancy, seek medical advice before taking supplements. * Not recommended for children under 12. * Replace lid securely.
Store in a cool, dry place.
I am not going to list the ingredients here as to be honest, they mean very little to me and I am sure most readers do not want to trawl through a list that sounds like a chemists stock list. What I will say is that these tablets do not contain any artificial flavour or colours, and are suitable for vegetarians.
My Thoughts and Conclusion
I do eat a reasonable amount of fruit and vegetable based foods, however I am a very fussy eater, so I do worry that I may not be eating enough. I am a vegetarian and a smoker and there has been research conducted which shows that smoking may reduce vitamin C absorption. Therefore I chose to take supplements.
The Sainsburys Vitamin C Effervescent Tablets suit me and lifestyle very well. Like many people, I am not very good at swallowing tablets, so being able to take this supplement in a convenient drink format makes it ideal for me. The taste nice, they are easy to use and are easier for me to take than pills. The price is realistic and in my opinion they represent very good value for money in comparison to other brands of supplements.
I would recommend these Sainsbury's Vitamin C tablets to others who feel their diet needs the addition of a food supplement.
Thank you for reading.
©brittle1906 November 2012
N.B. My reviews may be found on other sites under the same user name.
When I feel the first signs of a cold coming on I always have one of my Defend Sainsbury's Effervescent Vitamin C Orange Flavoured tablets. My friends at work recommended them, however they used the brand-named Berocca vitamin drink dissolving tablets which cost around £3 for 15 tablets. I went looking for the supermarket equivalent and found the Sainsbury's ones for £1.25 for twenty, a bargain compared to Berocca and boats the same results.
The dissolving tablets come in a thin plastic tube, which is orange in colour with 'Defend' written in huge lettering across the tube. Under this is a picture of the tablet with bubbles coming off it as it looks when you add it to your glass of water. The tube has a pull on and off cap to keep the tablets fresh inside. The full title of the product is Sainsbury's Effervescent Vitamin C Orange Flavoured, 1000mg. The tablet whole is about 2 cm x 2 cm and is not intended to be swallowed whole - hence the effervescent title.
The tablets contain an increased level of vitamin C which is said to be important for maintaining healthy skin and also 'may' help to maintain a healthy immune system. A lot of these products suggest having one a day to maintain a balanced diet and immune system, however I tend to eat a lot of fruit daily and as such only take one of these when I feel I might be coming down with something. I also do not want to be wholly reliant on them - especially when you hear the stories that you should let your immune system work to keep healthy and fight off bugs naturally.
Calories 5 Sodium 40 mg
Vitamin A 0% Calcium 0%
Vitamin C 1667% Iron 0%
To take the vitamin supplement you simply pour a fresh glass of water and add the tablet. The tablet takes about 30 - 60 seconds to totally dissolve and you are left with a bright orange fizzy drink. The taste is pretty plain and not at all unpleasant which I always though effervescent tablets were meant to be. It is not a very orangey flavour either, there is a subtle sugary orange taste but nothing intense. Overall it is a very drinkable vitamin drink.
After taking one of these I do feel a slight rush of vitamin and the few times I have taken it I have felt that it has done me good to have a bit of a vitamin boost. As I said I wouldn't take one of these every day, but when I am feeling unwell reach for these and they help to make me feel a bit more energetic and healthy.
This packet contains 20 effervescent tables and costs £1.25 on mysupermarket at Sainsbury's and is currently on a 3 for 2 offer - just as good as the popular Berocca tablets but a fraction of the price. Highly recommended by me.