Product Type: Sainsbury's Vitamins & Minerals
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wards off winter colds
Sainsbury's Defend Vitamin C Effervescent
Member Name: europe-chick
Sainsbury's Defend Vitamin C Effervescent
Advantages: normally always on 3 for 2, handy if you can't swallow tablets
Disadvantages: the taste may not be to everyone's liking, more expensive than the regular tablets
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.
Summary: wards off winter colds
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