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I have been a vegetarian since the age of 5. As well as not eating meat or fish, I don't manage to get many vegetables or pieces of fruit into my diet either. How I have managed to be a healthy person is beyond me but I do try to include multivitamins in my daily routine to provide my body with the nutriments which my diet is lacking. My latest vitamin of choice is the Sanatogen A-Z Complete Vitamin. About the product The product contains 25 different essential vitamins and minerals which the body needs in order to be healthy in the long term and to improve your well being. It promises to give busy adults everything they need to maintain healthy skin, eyes and bones, and also to maintain a healthy immune system. It is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. Included vitamins The product is packed full of different vitamins. The ones which I recognise as being important are Vitamins A, B, C, D and E, folic acid, Iron, Zinc and Potassium but there are many others included into the mix. The Sanatogen website breaks down the specific reason for the inclusion of each ingredient, for example, Vitamin B6 is present to reduce feelings of tiredness. Intake One tablet is to be taken per day with water. The product is only suitable for adults and for children aged 12 and over. Price and packaging The product will cost you around £8 for 90 tablets. It can be bought from large supermarkets, stores such as Superdrug and Boots, and also from a range of online websites. The product comes contained within a white plastic bottle. It has some colourful patterning on the front and a blue screw top lid which doesn't come with a child safety lock. My experience The vitamins are quite large in their size so if you don't like swallowing tablets then you may have a little bit of trouble with these. There are creamy in their colour and they have a silky smooth coating which helps them to slide down your throat. They don't have much of a aroma but the subtle scent that is there is not altogether pleasant. You can't taste the tablets at all when swallowing them with water. I have tried to take these vitamins consistently although I may have missed out a day or two here and there. I can't say that they have made a massive difference to my health although I think my skin has become a bit clearer and brighter, and I have been getting less coughs and sniffles. Nobody has commented about me looking healthier and I don't have any more energy. I think these are benefiting me but that their benefits may be seen more in the long term. Conclusion All in all, I can't say I've noticed a big difference in me from taking these vitamins. My skin seems a bit clearer and I haven't caught as many colds but I think it will have a good impact on me in the long run. Although I haven't noticed much of a effect from these tablets, they are providing me with a lot of the vitamins and minerals which are lacking from my diet so I will continue to take them.
I'm reasonably healthy, but I tend to take these over winter when I'm not getting enough sun, in an attempt to hold off the office colds. Although these are usually displayed on the shelf in a cardboard box, the box contains a white plastic bottle which holds the pills. I find the bottle a convenient size to put in a bag or carry with me if needed, but the cardboard can usually be disposed of as the information on it is repeated on the label of the internal bottle. The bottle is robust and survives being dropped quite easily. It has a limited child safety feature, as the blue plastic lid clicks instead of turning, and you have to press the ends in to actually turn and remove it. However I would not trust this to stop a curious child and the bottle should be kept away from children. Under the lid, the pills are sealed in by foil which you can puncture or remove. If the foil is not present, that may indicate a problem with the bottle. The Sanatogen tablets come in various sizes of bottle including sixty and ninety, but I've found I prefer to buy the sixty over the larger sizes, as otherwise they reach their best before date long before I finish the packet. As the Best Before Date is usually two years or more away, there are no problems with the longevity, just me remembering to take them. The tablets are a creamy yellow colour, smooth, and with no markings on the surface. They aren't small - over 1.5 cm or three quarters of an inch long - and the standard rounded rectangle shape. Because of their size I need to take these with water in order to swallow them. Fortunately as the tablets are solid you can split them in half (even though there is no marking a sharp tap from a knife will do it), but I prefer taking them whole. Either way, there is no discernable taste. Recommended for people aged 12 or over, the suggested dose is one tablet per day. There is also a warning to avoid these tablets if you are pregnant. The pack advertises each tablet as providing 23 essential vitamins and minerals, ranging from providing 21% to 300% (three hundred precent, and that is not a misprint) of your RDA for each. There are several vitamins where it provides 100% or more of your RDA, including Vitamins B1, B2, B6 and Zinc, and this is one reason why I tend to take these occassionally rather than consistantly. The total list is: Vitamin A, D, E, C, B1, B2, B6, B12, K, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, Iodine, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Selenium. Sanatogen is designed to be added to a healthy diet, not to replace it, so not all of these provide your full RDA. However the tablets could be particularly useful for someone with a vitamin deficiency or an office worker who doesn't get much sun due to the high amount of Vitamin D provided. In a nice touch, there is a web address given for more details and information if users are concerned or have specific questions. While these are not the most expensive vitamin pills on the market, it is worth shopping around as prices can vary widely - online for example a bottle of 60 can cost from £2.50 to £6 depending on the shop. Sanatogen Complete is freely available in most supermarkets, but better deals may be available from a pharmacist or health store (e.g. I tend to buy mine from the local Boots due to an ongoing 2-for 1 promotion). Overall, if you take vitamin pills to supplement your diet, these are a good option to consider. However they lose one star due to their size, and are not the pill for anyone who has trouble swallowing tablets!
I am a reasonably healthy eater anyway, but I do like to ensure I'm getting all the vitamins and minerals required for my body. When you read everything that you should be eating in order to get all the goodness you need, I feel a bit overwhelmed and think you'd have to do nothing but eat! Taking a multi-vitamin stops me thinking too much about it and I can rest easy knowing that everything my body needs is provided, allowing you to enjoy your food rather than eating a food out of necessity. -Why Sanatogen- There are many multivitamins on the market and knowing which one to pick is daunting. I feel like a bit of an expert now - I stood and read the contents of about 4 different brands. All were very similar but I found the price of these a lot more reasonable. A bottle of 30 tablets cost me £2.50 from a supermarket, compared to another leading brand which was £4.50 for the same amount, with virtually no difference in the viamins supplied. Sanatogen is well-respected and trusted brand that has been used for many years so I do feekl confident in taking the vitamins. I won't bore you by listing all the contents, but the main nutritional information that stood out to me was the intake of certain substances such as : * Iron (100% RDA) * Vitamin B12 (40% RDA) * Zinc (150%) *itamin D (90%) * Calcium (25%) * Vitamin C (69%) I think these vitamins can be quite hard to come by in everday food consumptions, and deficiencies in these can cause problems. Also, I believe the body can't store certain vitamins so knowing they are consumed on a daily basis is good. -Easy to take- The pills are a yellow-brown colour and reasonably small, smooth and odour-free. They are simple to take, slip down easily with a small amount of water and are only taken once a day. Worked into part of a breakfast routine they are no problem whatsoever. I've only been taking these for a couple of weeks so I can't say I've felt a massive difference. To be honest though I don't expect to or feel as though I need to. The knowledge that my body has all it needs to help well-being and help fight off any illnesses etc is good enough for me!
I do try and eat a good and varied diet so as to get all my necessary nutrients in but I have to admit I do struggle to hit my five a day every day and when I do manage it, it is the usual Banana, Apple, Satsuma, Baby Tomato's and Potato's. Not very varied I have to admit, so to try and improve my health with out to much effort on my part I started taking Sanatogen A-Z complete one a day vitamins. I am not a big fan of tablets, I have incredible difficulty even swallowing them, and they usually sit glued to my tongue while I gulp water trying to shift them. On the days I do manage to swallow a vitamin tablet I am happy knowing I am helping to boost my health, on the days I don't swallow a vitamin I turn to a soluble vitamin, but I would rather take Sanatogen as I feel they are the best in the vitamin industry. The A-Z complete vitamins come in a cardboard box that is labelled up with all the same information that is on the tub inside, which in my opinion renders the box completely useless. The tub has a blue screw off lid, with no child safety cap. The tub is security sealed inside with a foil seal that you need to break the first time you open it. The front of the tub tells us that the vitamins contain 25 essential vitamins and minerals and they help improve the immune system, skin and eyes, vitality, your bones and contain anti-oxidants. The side of the tub tells us that the vitamins contain 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamins A, D, E, C, B1, B2, Niacin, B6, Folic Acid, B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Zinc and Iodine, They also contain 25% of your calcium, 18% of phosphorous and 33% of magnesium. The vitamins also contain Copper, Magnesium, Chromium, Selenium, Potassium and Chloride, there are no recommended daily allowances of these but I assume they are good for you and perfectly fine to take. The back of the pack tells us that the vitamins are not recommended for anyone under the age of 12 or anyone who is pregnant or trying to become pregnant due to the vitamin A in them. The vitamins are to be swallowed 1 a day with a glass of water; I try and take my vitamin with my breakfast as it is part of my daily routine. The vitamins themselves are 1.8cm long and are oval shape. They are a nice magnolia colour and coated in a smooth substance to aid swallowing, not that it helps me. The tablets have no marking for them to be snapped in half, but I usually snap it to help me swallow it easier. The vitamins contain anti-oxidants and theses are good for us as they slow down the damage caused by free radicals within our bodies. Free radicals are normally a healthy part of our immune system but excessive free radicals caused by stress, eating processed foods and illness can cause cell damage within the body that leads to premature aging. Sanatogen A-Z complete is sold in most chemists and supermarkets and can also be brought online, Currently on Amazon.co.uk a tub of 30 retails for £5.42 a tub of 60 retails for £7.75 and a tub of 90 retails for £8.25, so as you can see the more vitamins you buy the cheaper they become, which if you take one a day makes financial sense. I have to admit I have not noticed much of a difference in my overall well being while taking theses vitamins. I have been taking them for over a year now. My nails and hair are strong, but my skin is still prone to spots and blemishes, I have not suffered a cold while taking these but I very rarely got one before I started taking them. I now think that the vitamins don't make that much of a difference to me but I don't see what harm taking them will do me and if I stop might notice what good they have been doing me. I give these 3 out of 5 stars as there is to much packaging and I am not sure if they have made any positive difference to me. Thank you for reading. (This review may appear on other review sites)