“ Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C is a dissolvable, orange flavoured vitamin c supplement that is mixed with water. It is quick and easy to make and provides a welcome boost when needed. „
Last year I managed to catch so many colds that I felt as though I spent most of the winter holed up in my bed coughing and spluttering. This year I decided that I was going to try and be more proactive in trying to stop them. I started carrying around some hand sanitizer with me wherever I went so that I could always clean my hands as I once read that most people catch a cold from their hands rather than from the air.
I have also bought myself some high dose vitamin C tablets from Tesco. They cost me £1.20 and are certainly a lot cheaper than the branded ones such as Berocca. They also come in a variety of flavours such as orange, Raspberry and tropical. All the flavours are quite nice but for me I prefer the orange ones as I think they have the nicest taste but obviously taste is going to be subjective to which one that you will like but rest assured none of them taste horrible.
The tablets comes in a tube and inside there are 20 tablets. Each one contains 1000mg of vitamin C and according to the tube vitamin C is helpful in maintaining the normal function of skin, bones, teeth and of course the immune system.
To be honest I didn't know vitamin C was good for all those things so I was happy to know that as well as helping to boost my immune system it was helping with other things too.
The tablets are really easy to use as all you have to do is dissolve a tablet in a glass of water. When you put the tablet in the water it fizzes while it dissolves but they aren't as fizzy as I was expecting which is a good thing as when a drink is too fizzy it can hurt my throat. These only fizz for a couple of seconds so I found them easy to drink. The taste of these is also nicer than I was expecting. The orange ones leave the water tasting just like a glass of fairly strong squash and it is quite pleasant. I do find that I can taste a slight bitterness from the sweetener that is in them but it isn't horrible and I quite enjoy drinking them.
I take these quite often and so far they seem to be helping me. I did notice a couple of weeks ago that I felt as though I might be starting to come down with a cold and I had one of these straight away and again the next day and the cold didn't take hold. Of course I can't be sure that it was these that stopped it from coming but I feel as though they helped as usually when I feel a cold coming on it hits me fully.
I haven't noticed any side effects from taking these but too much vitamin C can cause stomach upsets so it is important to make sure that you only take one of these a day. It does say on the tube that these aren't a substitute for a balanced diet and while I think that is true it is hard to make sure that you eat the right foods every day to make sure you are getting your maximum allowance and I think that these are a cheap and easy way of boosting you vitamin C when you feel you might be needing some extra.
Since I found myself catching colds all the time, I realised I must be having not enough vitamin c in my diet, so I searched for a 'Berocca' style product that didnt cost nearly £5 for 20 capsules.
In Tescos for just over £1 you can get a slim tube of 20 effervescent tablets, this means you put one in a small glass of water and it fizzes and bubbles until its completely disintegrated. The tablet is quite big so you know your getting a good amount of vitamin C. It takes around 40 seconds to completely disappear, it turns the water an unappetizing bright orange colour. I find it best to take it with my cod liver oil tablet as it helps that go down. It makes me feel more awake after I have taken it, and I feel since the month I have started taking them I feel stronger and fitter in my body, I have not caught a cold (touch wood) since or even had a hint of a sniffle even with the weather change.
You should only take one tablet a day, they make your pee go really orange as well so dont get worried if that starts happening.
You should also take it in the morning because if you take it at night I think it would keep you awake and you would miss out on the extra energy/
The tablets soak up moisture in the air as well, as I found out when I left one in a dry glass and in the morning it had gone all solid and flakey. It couldnt be used. Keep them in the container until you need it. The container is plastic, takes up hardly any room in the cupboard, and has a nice orange sticker. It has a sealed lid which you will have to pull off the first time, then it just pops off. Its pretty small child proof.
Its better than the chewy tablet version, as it contains 1000mg vitamin c compared to 200 in each small tablet. You get more for your money and its less hassle remembering to just take it once a day rather than throughout.
Even if you eat loads of oranges this will perk you up! Also if you find it hard to swallow tablets then this is a lot easier.
One of the things I struggled with last year and at the beginning of this year was shaking off colds. Having a little boy who at the time attended nursery, and was coming home every other week with some form of cough, cold, flu, meant that it was passed around all of us. And trying to look after the kids, the house, and all the other things I do on a daily/weekly basis means that a naturally worn out Mummy became an even more worn out Mummy but throw in the feeling of absolutely shockingly ill in the mix as well-not good! So I started buying this type of product from Asda initially to help ward off illness and hopefully boost energy levels. I since have tried Tesco's version as they are regularly on a 3 for 2 promotion and currently cost £1.00 but at the time of buying they were slightly dearer.
Why did I buy this?
I like taking this form of vitamins because its easy to do and fast to take and fits in perfectly with my mad dash out of the door in the mornings. Although I had no real issues with the Asda version, I wanted to try these ones out because I was looking for a better tasting product.
What are they supposed to do?
Helps certain areas to function normally ( bones, teeth, skin, gums etc ), and can boost certain functions of the body such as the immune system.
How are they packaged?
Like all of these types of Vitamin C tablets, they all seem to be packaged in the same type of plastic tube. Main colour of this tube is orange, with the words ' Immune System ' at the top. Underneath that is the ' Tesco ' logo, then the product name which is Effervescent Vitamin C '. Below the product name is a picture of a smiley sun. It mentions in brief what it does, the flavour that it is which is orange and mentions the tube contains 20 tablets. Also mentions how much Vitamin C is included per tablet which is 1000mg.
On the back it tells you what this product potentially can do for the body, dosage details, general warnings and ingredients. It also states its suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians. Free from yeast, milk, gluten, eggs, sugar, wheat and fish.
Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Acidity Regulator ( Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate ), Bulking Agent ( Sorbitol ), Polyethylene Glycol, Maltodextrin, Sweeteners ( Aspartame, Acesulfame K ), Flavouring, Colour ( Beetroot Juice concentrate, Riboflavin ), Acacia Gum.
Contains a source of Phenylalanine.
Each tablet contains 1000mg of Vitamin C 1250 RDA.
How to take
Only suitable for adults and children over the age of 12 years old. One tablet per day, ideally with a meal. Dissolve one tablet in a glass of water and drink. Do not exceed recommended dose. This is no substitute for a healthy lifestyle and varied diet. Excessive consumption can may have a laxative effect.
How do I find it?
Packaging is quite eye catching, and its very obvious from looking at this tube what's actually in it and what it can potentially do for the body. When I first started using these I found it hard to open ( you have to push the lid up with your thumb, which breaks the seal around the lid/tube, and then you can open and use product ). But after buying several of these over the last 6 months it comes as second nature how to break into it. Although I suspect not the most easiest thing to open if you have issues with your hands. On a plus, although these are stored in a high up kitchen cupboard in my house, if for some reason my kids got hold of these there's no way they would be able to get into them, as long as the lid has been firmly placed back down on it.
The tablets themselves look quite large but flat, 1 inch in diameter, 0.5 cm in thickness. Pale orange in colour with a slight speckled appearance. Texture wise they are on the rough side and appear and feel quite chalky.
There is a slight faint smell of orange from them before they're used but with a touch of sweetness to them.
Taking and making this is very easy. It takes a minute and a good stir for the tablet to thoroughly dissolve in the water, and the appearance of the water looks quite orange, not that different to a glass of Lucozade ( orange flavour ), so look wise quite appealing. Still has a slight carbonated look to it for awhile after making.
The taste of these are better than the Asda variety. The main difference for me is these taste more of orange, and the flavour has a touch more depth to it. Its sweet enough for it to be enjoyable to drink, but not too sweet where it tastes sickly. Reasonably refreshing. Depending on how much water you use, you can vary the strength of the taste. There's no actual guideline how much water needs to be used in preparation so I just use personal taste. I also find that they still retain a slight fizz to them, but you don't feel as if your drinking bubbles full of air as its only slight! This means if you need to drink this fast you can do so with ease, and not feel like your going to burp of England!
No odd aftertaste, doesn't repeat on me or interferes with anything else I may eat or drink during or after consumption.
The main issue I had with the Asda variety was the fact that after taking there version of this product, when needing to urinate my pee literally looked like it would glow in the dark, which I'm sure my kids would find fun! I'm glad to report ( although I'm sure some of you would be disappointed ) that this doesn't happen with these and my pee is exactly how it should be-normal!
In regards to energy levels and immune system, this is always a hard one to judge unless you've experienced a complete 360 degree change. The weather is dramatically changing which never helps, and I'm now carting off both children to various schools, nurseries, after school activities which means I'm busier and probably more run down than ever. All of these things will have an impact. But what I will say is this product doesn't make me feel worse. They help me cut down on coffee as I replace one cup of the good stuff with a glass of this. So far I haven't experienced a full cold and I feel reasonably alive ( of sorts ). As I say with all reviews relating to vitamins/medicines etc, I never treat things like this as a magic wand nor do I assume they will create magic and change my life and well being around. What I do hope for is just to make things a touch easier which I think these do.
Would I buy these again? Yes I would. I much prefer these to the Asda version, more so now because currently they are the same price ( please check as prices may change once this review is posted ). Easy to take, pleasant to drink, no strange negative side effects and hopefully they're doing my insides a small amount of good.
Item: Effervescent Vitamin C
Size: 20 tablets
Bought in: Tesco (Tesco's own make)
***I asked DooYoo to add the Raspberry flavoured effervescent vitamin c on their own but they advised that I should add my review under this heading, so although the picture shows you the orange variety, my review is of the raspberry ones. ***
Why Vitamin C?
I was looking for something to help me boost my health with regards to bones and teeth after the first operation on my mouth/jaw and looked up what to take and after a bit of Googling I saw that Vitamin C was the supplement that was suggested to help maintain healthy bones, teeth, gums, skin and immune system. As I had been on anti-biotics after my operation I also liked that as well as strengthening bones and teeth that vitamin C should also help my immune system. I chose these dissolving raspberry flavoured ones in Tesco as I liked the idea of something that could be dissolved in a glass of water and would have a fruity taste.
Design of packaging:
These vitamin tablets come in a bright pink tube which is 14.5cm tall and 3cm wide. The tube is made of thick plastic and is very sturdy. No fears that it will crack and let the contents fall out. It is topped off by a rubbery flexible stopper/lid. When you first open the tube there is a perforated rubbery seal around the lid to ensure it hasn't been tampered with. Once opened, you can slide that excess ring down the tube and pop in the bin. The lid has a diagram on the top to show you how to push the lid open. Similar to the way you would pop off a champagne cork, rather than a twist cap. The inside of the lid has a twisted plastic "buffer" that stops the tablets bashing about when the tube is full so that when you first open the tube the tablets are all still in one piece. The details on the tube are informative and across the top of the tune it tells you that these are "Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C, Raspberry Flavour". The front also advises you that the tube contains 20 tablets, to take them once a day and that they contain 1000mg of vitamin C. There are also some cartoon raspberry's drawn on the front so you can see identify the flavour at a glance. The back of the tube has details on ingredients, recommended daily allowances of the ingredients and some safety tips. It also explains how vitamin c can help you, but if I hadn't already looked in to the vitamin I wanted, I wouldn't just go on what the bottle says. I would always look it up first to be sure that another product doesn't suit me better.
These are flat round tablets and aren't pink, they are actually a beige colour. They are 2.5cm wide and 0.5cm in height. They are quite solid and don't crumble in your hands when you drop them out of the tube, which is good as none is wasted or lost. There is never any crumbs left in the tube so you do get the full amount each time you use them.
Dosage and how to store:
You are advised to dissolve each tablet in a glass of water. I like to drop them in a pint glass of water and as you drop them to the bottom they fizz gently and start to dissolve. They take about 45seconds to fully dissolve and when I am ready to drink the mixture I give it a quick mix with a spoon to make sure it is evenly distributed. They also advise you to take these with a meal so I like to start drinking them towards the end of my breakfast. Even though the tablets are solid you should take care to store them in a dry cool place, so I have these in my locker at work and in the big storage cupboard in our kitchen. When they start to dissolve they start to colour the water and it turns a nice pale pink colour. You will not see any "bits" or crumbs floating in the water as the tablets fully dissolve. The water stays flat after they have dissolved so you don't have to get over any fizzing either.
Smell and taste:
The tablets, if sniffed, before dissolving, smell like a chewy raspberry sweetie. Sweet and very edible. They have a very slight yeasty smell but not strong enough to overtake the actual raspberry scent. When fully dissolved you can really taste the raspberry through the water too. As I have mine in a pint of water the taste is more diluted than if you had it is in smaller glass, but I don't have it in a pint of water due to not liking the taste, I just like to have a pint of water in the morning. The depth of taste is similar to those waters that have a "hint of" something through them. You can definitely taste the raspberry but it's more of an aftertaste than a full on flavour.
Does it work?
For me I have felt the benefits. I was feeling quite run down when I started to take these tablets and now do feel a bit better. Now that will of course be a combination of healing after my operation and my immune system building itself up on its own, but I do feel these have helped that process to speed up. I have felt similarly run down in the past and have taken longer to start to feel stronger again. I now take these daily and at around 7p a tablet (even cheaper if you buy them on one of Tesco's many 3 for 2 deals) I feel I am getting my money's worth.
Overall, if you have looked in to your health and see that vitamin C would benefit you, then these are a good quality product in sturdy packaging with a nice taste.
Towards the start of the year I seemed to be getting every bug that was going and as such my immune system was weak and the last cold that I got literally knocked me off my feet and ended up in bed for a couple of days. As a single parent it is obviously a bit of a nightmare to feel too poorly to do much with your child and although my son is really good I decided to take the advice of a couple of friends and get some vitamin C effervescent tablets to give me a bit of a boost. My mum picked me some up from Tesco and this is my review of them.
The Tesco effervescent vitamin C tablets come in a long plastic tube which is mainly orange in colour. It has the product and brand name on the tube and we are told that these tablets are good for immune and antioxidant support. Vitamin C is essential to maintain the normal function of bones, teeth, gums, skin and the immune system and so it is quite a good vitamin to have in your system.
The tube contains twenty of the effervescent tablets and these are accessed by breaking the seal. You shouldn't buy the product if the seal is broken or if it looks as though it has been tampered with. The tablets are around the size of a fifty pence piece but a good bit thicker and they are orange in colour. When you take the lid off the tube the orange smell hits you straight away and it reminds me of the smell of orange squash rather than real oranges but I expected this to be honest. You need to store the tube in a cool, dry place and out of the reach of children.
These tablets are only suitable for adults and children over twelve years of age and you should only use one of these tablets a day. What you need to do is pop one of the tablets in to a glass of water and the tablet will fizz around in the water making an orange flavoured drink which you are best off drinking with food. I tend to have it with breakfast when I actually remember to take them because I feel that you are then setting yourself up for the day then. The tablet soon dissolves in to the water and turns the water an orange colour and of course it also tastes of orange too. I find that the drink does taste of orange but it also has a bit of a kick to it which makes it not as nice as a normal orange flavoured drink. It isn't really my favourite thing to drink in the world and I don't enjoy it but it isn't horrible enough to make me not want to take the vitamin C. The drink isn't fizzy but does seem to have a little bit of a fizz to it and I think this is where I find it a bit weird to drink.
Now these tablets aren't designed to be a substitute for a good diet and they should be used to compliment your diet but as we all know sometimes for whatever reason your diet can be a bit lacking for a period of time and this is personally why I use these tablets. When I am feeling run down and as though I may be getting a bug I start taking these tablets each morning and then find that as a result the bug doesn't seem to hit just as hard. If I am ill though again I will use these tablets and I think that they do make a difference and usually two or three days in I can feel a bit brighter and I do think some of that is down to these tablets because of the fact my body is being given a boost of vitamins. Per tablet you actually get 1250% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and so you are getting a good amount. You should only take one of these a day though because any more can cause a laxative effect apparently.
A tube of twenty vitamin C effervescent tablets costs £1.25 from Tesco and they can often be found on an offer like three for two for example so you can get a couple of months worth for £2.50 for example which is excellent value. I would recommend this product because I do think it helps when you feel quite run down and it can also help prevent illnesses knocking you off your feet in my opinion.
Thank you for reading my review!
As I've got anemia I can start to feel run down & ill quite easily, which is mainly why I take a Vitamin C supplement everyday.
I used to have the chewy version but for the past few months I've been using the version that dissolves in drinks and I prefer this to the chewable version. I usually buy my supplements from Holland & Barrett but discovered Tesco's own version earlier this year and have been buying it from Tesco ever since as it's a lot cheaper.
A pack of twenty of the supplements retails at £1.25 and I usually bulk buy as there's a long term 3 for 2 offer on. I think that this is excellent value for money and each tablet is a decent size too - 1000mg. The tablets come in tube which is quite small and it can easily fit in my cupboard with out taking too much room up. The tube is sturdy and well designed and the branding is nice and bright due to the orange colour scheme. The tube's lid shuts tightly to keep the tablets fresh, which is an advantage as the tablets aren't individually wrapped.
The tablets themselves are pretty average in appearence - small, round and orange. The texture is a little chalky but not crumbly or anything. I have one of these each morning in a glass of water and although it's not a particularly nice/tasty drink, it's bearable! Mixing it into my drink is quick and easy - I fill a small cup (around 250ml) with water and just drop the tablet in.
It immedietly begins dissolving and fizzing and doesn't take very long to completely dissolve. I stir mine around before drinking it to ensure that there is no blobs or bits of powder and it only requires a few stirs to get rid of any small lumps. The taste is orange flavoured but very weak and somewhat artificially sweet, which is probably due to the aspartame that it contains.
The tablets should be kept out of sight and reach of children and Tesco say that children under the age of twelve should not consume them. The tablets can cause a laxative effect if too many are consumed and I find that one a day is enough for me and I've never had any nasty side effects. As the tablets are free from milk, egg and fish they are suitable for Vegans and Vegeterians. They are also free from gluten, yeast and sugar. I'm rather confused because Tesco claim that the tablets are free from artificial colours, flavours & preservatives, yet the tablets contain aspartame (an artificial sweetener)?! Confusing, but not a huge issue.
As for the results, I can't say that I ever feel a noticeable increase in my usual energy levels, even when I'm feeling tired or ill. However, I've not had a bug or cough for quite a while and I very rarely feel run down or coldy. I highly doubt that this is purely down to the tablets, but they do probably contribute to my overall level of health.
Overall I recommend these tablets as they're excellent value for money, easy to take and more than likely do help boost the immune system a little.
Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C
I have a pretty good immune system in my opinion and east lots of fruit to get my daily intake of Vitamin C. However when I feel a cold or cough coming on I tend to take one of these Vitamin C effervescent tablets for a boost of Vitamin C.
The Tesco Vitamin C boosters come in a long, tall and slim plastic tube with pop on and off cap. The packaging is bright orange to no doubt resemble oranges which contain a lot of Vitamin C, with the Tesco logo and a picture of a dissolving tablet.
These tablets are intended for immune support and give you a large dose of Vitamin C if you are lacking in it for one reason or another. It helps maintain the normal function of gums, teeth, bones and skin and is also an antioxidant which helps the immune system.
The tube contains twenty effervescent tablets, these are a pale orange/sandy colour these are really easy to take as you simply fill a glass with cold water and drop a single tablet into it. You can see the tablet dissolving as soon as it hits the water and immediately turns your water an orange/irn bru colour!
You leave the tablet to totally dissolve, which takes about thirty seconds and then you can drink.
The drink tastes like a very weak and cheap orange cordial, but it is not offensive and is very drinkable. I usually drink the whole glass of water and Vitamin C in one go, but you can take as long as you want with it.
It is advised to take one tablet per day for a Vitamin C intake, but you should not have more than this. The tablet actually contains a huge amount of Vitamin C - with 1000.0 mg in each, this is stated as being 1250 % of you recommended daily allowance, which is why I refer to it as a Vitamin boost!
Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate), Bulking Agent (Sorbitol), Polyethylene Glycol, Maltodextrin, Sweeteners (Aspartame*, Acesulfame K), Flavouring, Colour (Beetroot
Juice Concentrate, Riboflavin), Acacia Gum.
Having tried a fair number of different brands and products of Vitamin C effervescent I tend to go for the cheapest on offer/nearest supermarkets brand as they all contain the same if not similar ingredients and ultimately do the same job. This one from Tesco I cannot fault - it gives me that boost when I need it and is good value for money at £1.25 for twenty tablets and currently on a 3 for 2 offer online and instore.
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin required to support your immune system. In theory you should be able to get all the vitamins, minerals and nutrients the body requires through your daily intake of food. However, in practice we do not always eat the healthiest options, and I for one know that I struggle to reach my recommended '5 a day' fruit and veg. I came across Tesco's range of Effervescent Vitamin C tablets and decided to give them a try as they were on special offer at 3 for the price of 2.
The tablets come in three different varieties: Raspberry, Orange, and this Lemon and Lime flavour. They come in a tall, thin plastic tube and each contains 20 tablets and costs RRP £1.25. I managed to get 3 packets on offer costing a total of £2.50 for 60 tablets, which is excellent value for money compared to some of the branded vitamin tablets.
Product description: "Effervescent Vitamin C Lemon and Lime Flavour Food Supplement 20 Tablets with Sweeteners. Rapidly absorbed to help support the body's defences."
Directions for use: Dosage. Adults and children over 12 - One tablet a day, preferably with a meal. Dissolve one tablet in a glass of water to make a lemon and lime flavour drink. Do not exceed the recommended daily dosage. A varied, balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle are important.
The tablets are quite large, flat disc shapes that have a pale colour to them. I take one of these vitamin drinks every morning with my breakfast cereal. The tablets fizz away quite violently and dissolve quickly leaving you with a lemon and lime flavoured drink. The water is given a slightly yellow tint and doesn't look particularly appetising! The lemon and lime flavour comes across rather strongly and is very sour. Although I usually like this type of flavour, I find that in this case it is just a little too strong and artificial tasting. I have also tried the Orange and Raspberry versions and I think the Raspberry flavour is my favourite, as it is the sweetest.
This vitamin C supplement comes in a very high dosage of 1000mg. According to the information on the back of the packet, this gives you 1250% of your daily RDA. That's right, over 12 times the recommended daily amount! I feel like this is maybe a tad excessive, but it does help me to feel like I am giving my body a real boost and helping to provide essential Vitamin C to maintain my immune system.
For me, the best thing about these particular vitamin tablets is that they are intended to be consumed as a simple vitamin drink by dissolving in water. I have a bit of a mental block over swallowing pills. I find it very awkward and usually clam up through some unfounded fear that I will choke. I rarely purchase most vitamin supplements as they will usually be in pill form and have to be swallowed, which I just can't manage. These effervescent tablets allow me to avoid the ordeal of swallowing a pill and makes it easy for me to take as I can just think of it the same way as any ordinary drink.
I am very happy with these Effervescent Vitamin C tablets as they really make it easy for me to take, and they are good value for money, especially when on offer. I would recommend these for anyone else who has issues with swallowing tablets and is looking for a good alternative to normal vitamin pills.
Nutritional Typical Values per tablet:
Vitamin C 1000mg (1250% of RDA)
I have recently been suffering from the post winter dip and have had a cold and have been feeling like I am lacking my usual energy levels. This is when I spotted the Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C tablets. Knowing that Vitamin C is good for helping the immune system I thought I would give them a try.
The tablets come in a tube containing 20 and currently cost £1.60. I thought that this was excellent value and certainly far cheaper than the branded versions.
As I stated the tables come in a plastic tube that is coloured in a vivid orange. The tables are quite large as they as dissolvable so are stacked on top of each other in the tube. The tube has a orange lid which has a seal that you need to remove the first time that you use them. There is some basic information on the front of the tube and much more detailed information on the back. This includes information on how the tablets work, ingredients listings and dosage.
Each tablet contains 1000mg of Vitamin C which is said to help maintain healthy bones, teeth, gums, skin and immune system as well as acting as an antioxidant.
The tablets are dissolvable and have an orange flavour. It is recommended that adults and children over the age of 12 dissolve one tablet a day in a glass of water to make a orange flavoured drink. The tablets are also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The tablets themselves are around the size of a two pence piece and a speckled colour. The tablets fizz and begin to dissolve in the water almost straight away, making the water turn a transparent orange colour.
At first I was a little sceptical about how the drink would taste but was rather pleasantly surprised. Although the taste was not a very strong one you could taste a orange flavour and it did seem to have a little bit of fizz. I tend to use about half a pint of water to dissolve the tablet in which I think works quite well but obviously this is a personal preference depending on how strong you want the taste to be.
Overall I have been rather impressed with these vitamin C tablets, I tend to have one around mid-morning at work and do seem to find that they provide a nice little lift. I generally find that I find I have a bit of a energy lift and as I have recently had a cold it does seem to have cleared up quicker than my colds would normally. Personally I will certainly be purchasing these again as I think they do actually make a difference to the way I feel and also find them very good value for money.
I picked these up at the send of the summer last year, I always get lots of colds in the winter and one seems to run into the other so I felt some added vitamin C might be helpful. The tablets cost £1.25 for a tube which contains 20 tablets inside.
The tablets come in a plastic tube with a push on lid once you have broken the original seal. The tube is bright ornage in colour which makes it jump out at you from the shelf, the tube is printed with pictures of slices of orange, it states that these are for your immune system and you should take one a day the strength of which is 1000mg. It is stated "Rapidly absorbed to help support the body's defences"
The ingredients are Citric Acid,Ascorbic Acid , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate) , Bulking Agent (Sorbitol) ,Polyethylene Glycol ,Maltodextrin ,Sweetener (Aspartame*) ,Flavouring , Sweetner(Acesulfame K) , Colour (Beetroot Concentrate) ,Acacia Gum ,TempText4.
The tablets are orange in colour and round in shape, they are about 1/2 cm thick and you simply put them into a glass of water and they will whizz around the glass fizzing away until they dissolve, once dissolved you simply drink it down. The liquid tastes of orange is and quite nice although if it has been stood a while I give it a stir or you end up with powdery bit at the bottom of the glass.
I can't say for certain how well they work as obviously i don't know how many colds etc I would have got if I wasn't taking them however I certainly had less colds than usual this winter, I have now stopped taking these but am now taking a multivitamin to get all the vitamins I need, I try to have a good diet but like to take something just to make sure I am getting everything I need.
I have had a horrible head cold-type virus recently which has left me feeling very run-down and tired. Whilst shopping in a local branch of Tesco to stock-up on some much-needed medicines and supplies, I spotted a selection of vitamins and tablets at the end of the relevant aisle in-store. I will often try and take a multi-vitamin tablet or vitamin C tablet when I have been unwell, as I feel it helps me on the road to recovery and I have found in the past that own-branded versions of well-known vitamins tend to be as good as bigger-branded alternatives, in my opinion.
As I scanned the supermarket shelves on this occasion, I noted that there was a wide selection and variety of vitamin C tablets available, but I knew exactly what I was looking for: a long, thin, cylinder tube made of plastic which contains some large 'effervescent' Vitamin C tablets. I found it easily, thanks to the brightly-coloured orange packaging, and paid around £1.20 for the tube.
Returning home, I decided to take one of the Vitamin C tablets and dug them out for a closer look. I could see easily that the tablets also contain Zinc, are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and can be taken by adults and children over the age of 12.
To take one of the Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C tablets, all I need to do is drop one of the large, chalky-looking tablets into a small glass of water. The tablets are about the size of a ten pence piece, but this will soon dissolve in the water so don't be alarmed by the size of them!
I find that after only a minute or two the tablet has dissolved easily, and with no help from me, and it has mixed nicely with the water to produce a glass of orange-flavoured vitamin C 'water' that is a bright orange colour, and with a noticeable but pleasant orange aroma.
The orange-flavoured vitamin 'water' tastes very pleasant, and I find it is quite sweet and sugary. I think there is a certain 'sharpness' to the flavour of the drink, and the taste is certainly much sharper than having a drink of orangeade or something similar. For me however, I find that taking my daily dose of Vitamin C this way is much more pleasant than trying to swallow a rather large tablet. For me personally, the effervescent tablets offer a pleasant change, and as I take a large amount of prescribed medication on a daily basis, I am more than happy with the option to take the vitamin in a refreshing, pleasant-tasting drink rather than having to take (yet) another pill!
According to the packaging for the effervescent tablets, they are "rapidly absorbed to help support the body's defences." I know that Vitamin C is supposed to support the immune system and this is a reassurance for me personally as my immune system is compromised as a result of some of the prescribed medication that I need to take. Furthermore, I like to think that the addition of Vitamin C in my daily diet is going some way to provide some of the essential vitamins and minerals that are lacking in my diet when I am feeling unwell, as I usually struggle to eat much, or to eat properly. There are further explanations and reassurances on the reverse of the plastic tube such as: "Vitamin C helps maintain healthy bones, teeth, gums, skin and immune system. It also functions as an antioxidant."
I cannot honestly say that as soon as I started to take the Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C I immediately started to feel better and my head cold virus disappeared. What I CAN tell you however, is that I felt a little less tired and more reassured that the fatigued, run-down feeling I was experiencing was soon about to pass, and I just felt a little better for doing *something* to try and help myself.
As with all medications and vitamins/supplements, you should never exceed the stated dose. You should also consult with your pharmacist or doctor if you are pregnant or have other medical conditions to ensure that the product is suitable for you personally.
I would wholeheartedly recommend the Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C tablets and I will buy them again. I believe that the vitamins were available in a small selection of flavours such as the orange flavour I am reviewing here, and a raspberry option.
*N.B* It may be worth noting that there is currently a promotion running in Tesco stores (and online, via www.tesco.com) where all vitamins and mineral supplements are subject to a promotional deal which is a three-for-the-price-of-two type offer. I believe that this offer/promotion will run up until March 2012. (Info correct as @ January 2012).
I get ill quite often this time of the year so this year from September I decided to take some precautions. Firstly I got my first ever flu jab. I am asthmatic and last year I felt I had this awful cough and sore throat for most of the winter months and it had to take a double dose of antibotics to clear it. Therefore I also have been taking these vitamin C tablets since September. To begin with I was taking it daily but now it's about once after a couple of days.
The first time I bought them I saw them on offer three for the price of two. The individual price was £1. I didn't go out especially to buy these tablets but I had to buy some multivitamins for my children so decided to get Vitamin C for me. There were two strengths of Vitamin C, so I had a choice between the 500mg which was a chewable tablet or 1000mg tablets that you dissolve in a glass of water. The 500mg had a greater quantity then the 1000mg ones as they only contain 20 tablets. Nevertheless I decided on the 1000mg for two reasons. Firstly I thought a stronger strength may be more beneficial in preventing me from getting ill this winter and secondly I love the taste of this drink once the tablet is fully dissolved I find it like a refreshing fizzy drink.
The Vitamin C is in a tube with a strong lid, once the seal is broken it is still a very strong lid and will help keep the tablets fresh. Also even though it's not a standard child safety lid it is hard to open so hopefully children would not be able to open on their own but of course it's common sense to keep medicine away from them in the first place as also stated on the tube.
I mentioned earlier that the packet only contains 20 dissolvable tablets meaning if you take it daily it will be finished way before a month and therefore it would be beneficial to get three packets when they do three for the price of two. This is a disadvantage as most Vitamin supplements contain at least a months supple if not more unless it's a trial packet. One other small disadvantage is that it does not contain zinc as well. I mention this as many other Vitamin C tablets of this kind but different brands contain zinc alongside Vitamin C. Some people may prefer to combine both supplements. Also if you don't like the taste of the drink I would not recommend this as it would be easier to chew a small vitamin c tablet then to force yourself to drink a glass of it.
I personally recommend this supplement as I feel my immune systems abit better then it was last year. I still got a cold but I have so far recovered abit better but bear in mind I have also had a flu jab this year. Another reason why I take these is that my Iron levels can get low at times and Vitamin C helps absorb iron. I have noticed my skin is clearer but I am not sure if it's the results of thee tablets.
I find the taste very pleasant I actually look forward to taking it. It is very easy, you just fill a glass with water and put the tablet in and it begins to fizz and dissolves within a minute. It does not have a particularly sweet taste but a sugar free orange soda taste.
It is not suitable for children under 12 years old.
Well, winter has arrived and with it comes the barrage of germs and bugs which then get circulated in our air conditioning at work and result in a couple of months of everyone being ill and passing germs to each other. This week I've been feeling rundown, congested, and have been waking up with a sore throat which develops into a cough later in the day. For the past few years I've been plagued with a cough which has lasted for weeks throughout the cold months, so this year I thought I'd take action and stock up on cold and flu remedies to catch it early. Cue lots of medicinal-type reviews!
The first thing that went into my trolley on this germ-fighting trip were these Tesco vitamin C effervescent capsules. I've had these before, and find they perform as well as more expensive brands, so the idea is that by taking one a day I'll hopefully make myself a little less susceptible to catching every cold and bug doing the rounds.
The capsules come in a tube which is bright orange and therefore easy to locate in your cupboard. The tube has a lid which kind of screws down into the tube, making it airtight and keeping the capsules fresh. The capsules themselves are not individually wrapped, so if you're taking them to work you'll need to take the whole tube. Personally, I take them first thing in the morning when I go downstairs to feed the cat, and I bring the drink back upstairs with me whilst I'm getting ready for work. This just gives me a kickstart in the morning.
The capsules are orange, and the idea is they dissolve in water to give you a drink which will provide your daily dose of Vitamin C. There is guidance on the tube telling you how much water to use, but I go by trial and error and now I know which glass in my cupboard is about the right size. I'm not sure how important it is to get the amount of water right, I think it just affects the taste rather than the effectiveness of the capsule.
Once you've dropped the capsule into the water, it will fizz and eventually dissolve until the water looks yellow. This is when the drink is ready to be consumed. The drink itself isn't at all unpleasant, and I think this helps me to keep taking one each day. It tastes of orange, but isn't too strong or weak, to me it's just right. It almost tastes like you're having a slightly fizzy orange juice.
I find once I've taken these in the morning, I tend to function a little better than when I first awoke. I don't know if it's psychological but I think these do make a difference to your energy levels. Also, I've been taking these for a week when I first felt ill, and so far nothing has transpired in terms of cold or flu, so hopefully if I continue to take these I will be illness free this winter.
One thing I would be aware of when taking these, is that the first time you go to the toilet you'll notice your urine is bright yellow! Don't be alarmed by this, it is just a side effect of taking the capsules.
These capsules are available from Tesco, costing £1.20 for 20 tablets, although they are currently on a 3-for-2 offer with other products in the Tesco healthcare range. Stock up now ready for winter!
Recently I have been trying to look after my health more and it's for this reason that I've been using effervescent vitamin C tablets before I head off to work in the mornings. These tablets come provided in a tube that always makes me think of denture cleaning tablets. The tube is the ideal storage for the tablets as you just pop off the cap and then put one of these tablets in to a glass of cold water. The tablets will then fizz and dissolve until you are left with a glass of orange flavoured water. This water is lightly flavoured with orange and has a quite nice taste to it. I'd firmly recommend you leave the tablets to finish dissolving before drinking this or it's not very pleasant.
I have been taking one of these every day and I must say that I feel more energised and uplifted when I wake up in the morning. These tablets dissolve fast and I am able to just drop one of these tablets in to a 250ml glass of water and then I can finish getting dressed for work, come back and my drink is ready. The flavour is quite a light orange flavour which is quite pleasant and is not overpowering like some of the other Vitamin C drinks I've tried in the past. The tablet dissolves well so it doesn't leave loads of orange bits splattered all over the glass and overall it's not a bad way to get some Vitamin C.
The price of this tube, containing 20 tablets, is £1.00 which is very reasonable anyway and there are frequent 3 for 2 offers on these and other vitamins so I usually end up buying two months worth for just £2.00. I think this is a very reasonable price and while I can't be certain that these tablets are making me feel healthier but apart from one bad illness lately I've been suffering very little from colds and sniffles so maybe this is working. Or maybe it's the fact that I'm following a much healthier diet containing lots of fruit and vegetables. Either way for just £1.00 for 20 tablets I'm more than willing to spend a minute a day in trying to ensure that I stay in tip top condition!
Many different health shops and supermarkets do their own brand of Vitamin C tablets. The tablets available also come in tablet form and effervescent as with the product I am reviewing.
The current retail price is around £1.00 but they can be regularly found included in various offers such as 3 for 2. (This is normally when I stock up!).
- Usage -
The instructions are clearly displayed on the side of the 20 tablet tube. Simply take one of the tablets and drop into a glass of cold water. (1 a day)
The tablet will begin to fizz turning the water into an orange colour - Make sure that you allow it to completely dissolve before you consume it!
The tablets have a light orange taste which in comparison with some other brands I have tried tastes relatively good.
Obviously I cannot tell you whether they have a positive effect but scientists seem to think that they do anyway! I swear by them though regardless of whether they work or not. Tesco also stock a version with zinc included as well but these normally cost slightly more. Zinc is supposed to help with the absorption of vitamin C so maybe these work even more effectively?
Save some money and buy these instead of the top brands! The ingredients are quite often exactly the same!
Tesco / Dissolvable Vitamin C Tablets / 1000mg20s