As I work shifts, and often long hours, I sometimes find myself feeling a bit less than perfect without actually feeling ill. A bit more tired, a bit less energy, a bit more prone to headaches and sniffles and so on. Nothing major, just what my mum would call ''run down''. When this happens, I turn to my Tesco multivitamins with iron and for a week or two I''ll take one a day.
Its very hard to judge the effectiveness of a multi-vitamin. I do feel as though they help me to feel a bit more energised and healthy but I can''t discount the possibility that this is either a bit of a placebo effect, or the results of me noticing that I''m getting a bit run down and generally making more effort to be healthier/get more sleep/eat right and so on. There are lots of conflicting articles and opinions out there in the press and its hard to know whether vitamins are just a waste of money, but my philosophy is that as long as I don''t take the wrong amount I am unlikely to be doing any harm and may just be doing a bit of good!
The tablets are round, a dark pinkish colour, and are not so big that they''re difficult to swallow. Much smaller than a paracetamol for example. If you keep them on a bedside table/drawer then its really easy to remember to take one just before bed. The pot they come in is not particularly exciting. A plain blue label has a list of the vitamins that are contained, and tells how much of your recommended daily allowance is in each tablet (its 100% for all of them!) plus the expiry date (they last about 2 years). The lid is technically the childproof kind where you need to push the sides in before you can twist it off. It wouldn''t take a very clever child to work out how to open this though, its fairly flimsy, so if you have kids around the usual rules about medicines apply!
I''m going to keep having these multivitamins from time to time when I feel as though I can benefit. It may well be that they aren''t doing me much good, but at 60p for 30 tablets, its worth the outlay just in case!
Before taking these I would normally have bought the Tesco iron tablets. I have low iron levels so generally I would buy these. Around 2 weeks ago I was doing my normal weekly shop when I spotted these multivitamins+ iron tablets. Amongst the ingredients they contained my regular dose of 14mg of iron, so I figured I wasn't losing anything by trying them. So in my trolley they went.
These are priced at just 70p for 30 tablets or you can buy a larger bottle containing 90 tablets for £1.90. I believe that's great value at just over 2p per tablet. They are often included in the '3 for 2' offer, at the time of writing this review (Jan 2014) this offer is currently on.
They are suitable for adults and children over 12. The lid is a child safety cap, but I find this useless as it unscrews without the need to press either side. So I would advice to keep up out the way of young children. The dosage is one tablet per day preferably with a meal. As ever do not exceed the stated dose.
These tablets contain 12 essential vitamins. Some of which are Vitamin A, D, C, E, a full list can be found on the Tesco website. (www.tesco.com) Each vitamin included is 100% of your RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) which is necessary to attain optimum health.
I was happy with how my previous iron tablets had been working so I was curious to see if there would be any added benefits due to all the extra vitamins.
Whilst taking Iron tablets the main advantage for me was that I felt a lot less lethargic. Due to this being included this has not changed and my energy levels are still the same.
The main reason I picked up these tablets was so that I could insure I was getting all the vitamins that I wasn't receiving through my diet. I find it reassuring to know that even if I'm not getting enough from my food these are there as a sort of back up.
Vitamins such as D and E are supposed to help fight disease. I and I'm sure many of you out there would do anything you could to optimise your health. So I think it is very important to include these in your diet.
One stand out point that I have noticed whilst taking these tablets is the condition of my skin has marginally improved. I am not prone to spots but I do sometimes have a break out or two. My spots have decreased massively and any that appear are minimal in size. I have also noticed that my skin looks a lot brighter and rejuvenated. I believe it is the Vitamin A and C that improve the skins natural elements.
Overall although there aren't many obvious advantages to taking these I believe the benefits are all there internally. Knowing that I could be preventing diseases and insuring that my diet is full of the essentials I need, is reason enough to take these tablets. My skin improving and a boost in my energy levels is just simply a plus. For that price I believe there is no reason as to why everyone is not taking them.
With the rather extended spell of cold weather we have been enduring has come no end of colds in our house. We have really been struggling to shake off anything we pick up and therefore enduring coughs and colds that last for weeks on end. In order to help keep us as healthy as possible, we have been supplementing our diet with these Multivitamin and Iron tablets from Tesco.
The tablets come in a white plastic pot with blue labelling and a blue childproof lid - this needs to be pushed down and turned to open. They are available in pots of 30, 60 and 240 tablets. We opted for the larger pot of 240, which cost us £4.14. There is also a frequent offer in Tesco for vitamins to be buy 2 get one free, so it can be cost effective to take advantage of this.
Inside the jar are the tablets, which are a pale cream-brown colour and long and rounded in shape. They are quite big, in my opinion, and I need to take these with quite a bit of water. I definitely would not recommend these to anyone who struggles with swallowing tablets. Ypu need to take just one tablet a day, I usually take this with my evening meal.
The tablets are a 'balanced source of 12 essential vitamins at 100% of the recommended daily allowance'. They are also enriched with iron which is essential for maintaining healthy blood. The vitamins contained at 100% RDA are Vitamins A,C, D, E, B1, B2, B6 and B12. They also contain folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid.
Aside from not being the easiest to take, they seem pretty good. It is always hard to determine if things like this are actually doing you any good or not but I do feel like they are doing some good. They are also pretty good value for money at a little over £4 for 240 tablets which will last you 240 days as you just need one a day - so roughly 2/3 of a years supply! I will knock off a star due to the sheer size of the tablet, but other than that I would say these are pretty decent!
There are debates about whether multivitamins and other food supplements actually do anything to help your body at all or whether you are wasting your money as they just pass through you. At the low price that Tesco offers their multivitamins at however, i am willing to take the risk.
I tend to take these every other day, switching between cod liver oil too. This means that one pack of these will last me about 4 months. At only around £1 per bottle, this means my years supply of multivitamins only costs me £3! For the possible benefits to my health that these could have, I think this £3 is worth it!
The multivitamins are about the size of your fingernail and pretty easy to swallow. If is recommended you take it with food so I usually do this with my cereal in the morning. I just use a spoonful of milk from my cereal to get the tablet down me; although you can use a glass of water if you wish.
This multivitamin contains everything from iron to vitamins I can't even pronounce all of which have different functions in the body. The RDA of each vitamins is stated on the label and this multivitamins tablet claims to satisfy 100% of this RDA for most of them and some even go up to 1000% of your RDA (I am not sure whether this is a good thing or a bad thing). Other, more important vitamins, such as calcium are only a low percentage and must me made up using your food.
For a second out of your day each day and for the low cost of just £3 a year, I see no reason why your wouldn't at least try them.
On and off, over the years, I have supplemented my diet with some sort of multi vitamin tablet. Until a little while ago I used to buy some very expensive multi vitamin and iron tablets from Holland and Barrett. It was becoming very costly to do this in the longer term especially as my husband also decided to jump on board, and take one too. For this very reason I decided to shop around and see if I could fine a cheaper alternative. Just taking a multi vitamin is no good for me. I suffer from very heavy periods and I really do need to increase the iron in my diet and so an iron supplement alongside the multi vitamins was essential. I don't always eat as well as I should, (especially green leafy vegetables) and so by taking a supplement I feel I'm covering all my options. I have also been anaemic in the past and it makes me feel very low and run down when my stores are running on empty, so I really do need to keep my levels topped up.
Most recently I have been taking the Tesco's own range of multi vitamins with added iron. These are part of Tescos' Well Being range and they are really competitively priced as a multi vitamin, especially when comparing them to 'named' brands. The tablets I buy are in the larger sized plastic tub and one tub contains 240 tablets and one tub costs about £4.20. As we only need to take one each every day, a tub lasts hubby and me a long time before it needs replacing. Different tub sizes are available but buying the larger pack is a lot more cost effective.
I have a few problems in swallowing tablets especially if they are large or oddly shaped. I actually find these ones really easy to get down. They are rounded in shape and a sort of deep rusty brown in colour. They are smooth on the surface and easy to swallow if I place them right at the back of my tongue and swallow with milk or water. There is no taste and I have no unpleasant side effects from supplementing my diet with these tablets but I am sure that they give me more energy, especially as they contain the added iron.
The tub has a child proof lock on it, which makes it difficult even for me to open some mornings. The idea is to press the sides of the lid together and twist at the same time. I do struggle sometimes and have to ask hubby to help. I have no doubt that a young child would find this pretty impossible to get into.
Each tablets contains 12 vitamins and minerals and 100% of the daily-recommended amount. I do think my immune system has improved since taking these tablets long term and I also believe that taking a supplement such as these will only show any real benefits if they ARE taken long term.
My energy levels are good at the moment and for this reason (and the fact that they are so completely priced), I'll definitely continue to take these tablets as I see them as an added security measure for those times when I'm too rushed to make sure I am eating properly.
I highly recommend them.
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Having being diagnosed with low iron reserves I was told to buy over the counter Iron tablets by my Doctor as prescription ones can have side effects. Firstly I tried an expensive brand as they were on offer but of late I've taking Tesco Multi Vitamin and Iron as at £1.73 for 90 they are a fraction of the price. Being one aday they last 3 months. Also available is a 30 pack and a 240 pack.
The tub they come in is blue so easy to spot. They have a childproof lid which is okay to open. The label tells us that they are for vitality and healthy blood. These are one a day. The tablets contain twelve essential vitamins and minerals with Iron to keep blood healthy.
The tablets themselves are small and easy to swallow, much smaller than the dear ones. They have a brown colour to them and are round. Also they are vegetarian which makes me happy. They don't repeat on me.
Do they work:
I've been taking one aday for a couple of months and I do think they are working. I'm definitely less tired during the day. I can't say that I feel healthier for taking them but I certainly don't feel ill often. Medically I can't be sure that my iron reserves are up because I haven't had a recent blood test. I'm certainly more energetic so I'll presume they are up.
I would recommend these for a few reasons the price, they seem to help my energy levels and are easy to swallow.
5 Stars from me
When it comes to vitamins they are something I try alot of on and off. I suffer with M.E and a thyroid condition, smoke and drink too much and eat an appalling diet!
These multivitamins are the ones that I am taking at the moment, before these I was taking just the Tesco regular multivitamins and not these with Iron (please see the review of those I wrote way back if interested!) and the reason I didn't take these with the added benefits of Iron was because I had an eating disorder and I was told by my Doctor to avoid taking additional Iron as my body at the time couldn't absorb it.
These come in a white plastic tub with a push and screw down blue plastic lid and on the front of them we are clearly told what they are and who they are by and the amount in the tub. On the back of the tub other information listed includes dosage advice and composition and contact details for Tesco are clearly stated.
These small round tablets are a reddish colour and smell a bit meaty to me and all you do is take one a day (suitable for children and adults over 12 years of age) and you simply swallow them and that's that.
These contain 12 essential vitamins and Iron which is to help support bones and healthy blood. I find these really easy to swallow as they are not big and are coated in a slippery substance and they leave no after taste either.
Do They Work?:
Once again with a vitamin I can't say for sure that they do much but I'm happy to take them as I know they won't hurt me and simply top up with the vitamins I am probably lacking. I don't suddenly feel revitalised, refreshed or more energetic for popping a pill a day I have to be honest about that but like I say I can't see them harming me and I haven't suffered any adverse effects for taking them as far as I know.
These cost a mere 64p for the 30 tablet tub I buy which usually lasts me a month and they are very often on offer (like they are at the time I write this review) at 3 for the price of 2 and they also come in tubs of 90 and 240!
Only available from Tesco stores.
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--Why I Bought This---
Like lots of people I do not really get as varied a diet as I should. I try to have my 'five a day' but it does not always work out. Plus having long term health problems I always feel that I could do with a bit of a 'boost'. Over the years I have bought lots of different vitaims, Evening Primrose Oil and Ginsing, some of which can be quite expensive.
Tesco Wellbeing range.
Labelled as for 'health and wellbeing and for keeping the blood healthy'.
60 tablets - one a day.
The tablets come in a white plastic bottle with a blue screw off lid. The lid states to squeeze the sides and twist off - but actually you can just twist it off so it is not childproof.
The tablets are sealed in with a round foil disc.
The tablets are small and a dark red/pink colour. They are under half an inch and are compressed powder and not covered in gelatine or any shiny coating.
Produced in UK for Tesco.
Suitable for vegetarians. No artificail favourings or preservatives.
Free from wheat, gluten, yeast. fish, milk, egg and sodium.
Long shelf life - mine are dated up to December 2013.
For adults and children over 12 - one tablet a day with a meal.
Do not use if inner seal is broken.
Store in a cool dry place.
Keep out of sight and reach of children.
If you are taking medication please consult your doctor or pharmacist before use.
This product contains iron which, if taken in excess, may be harmful to very young children..
This product contains Vitamin A. Do not take if you are pregnant, planning to, or likely to become pregnant, or if you are breast-feeding, except on the advice of a doctor or antenatal clinic.
---% of Daily Requirements---
Vitamin A 800.0µg (100% of RDA)
Vitamin C 60.0mg (100% of RDA)
Vitamin D 5.0µg (100% of RDA)
Vitamin E 10.0mg (100% of RDA)
Thiamin (Vitamin B1) 1.4mg (100% of RDA)
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) 1.6mg (100% of RDA)
Niacin 18.0mg (100% of RDA)
Vitamin B6 2.0mg (100% of RDA)
Folic Acid 200.0µg (100% of RDA)
Vitamin B12 1.0µg (100% of RDA)
Pantothenic Acid 6.0mg (100% of RDA)
Iron 14.0mg (100% of RDA)
£1.15 for 60 tablets
£4.14 for 240 tablets.
But currently on a three for two offer as well.
I was quite surprised finding these on the Tesco website - and pleasantly pleased that they were suitable for vegetarians. Brousing the website many of the vitamins on sale were very expensive, and although I had been buying some of them in the past, I could not justify the cost any more. I like to take some vitamins to try and boost my health, but cannot afford the high prices of some when there is no real way of knowing if they are actually having any effect or not.
Over the years while taking many different supplements I have never been able to say that something actually worked - so taking vitamins is more an insurance policy that knowing you will feel an improvement, and I cannot afford expensive insurance!
It used to be that the cheaper vitamins always had gelatine in them - so I was happy to find these.
They have 100% of many vitamins and iron for your daily requirements and you only have to take one small tablet a day.
The tablet has no flavour and are small and easy to swallow.
I cannot say they have worked really - but it must be better than not taking anything at all.
At full price these tablets are only 2p each so it is worth the gamble of taking them. Plus Tesco often do vitamins on 'three for two' offers.
These do not have a proper child-proof lid so make sure you keep them well away from children.
---Would I Recommend?---
Cellulose, Vitamin C, Calcium Carbonate, Ferrous Fumarate, Maltodextrin, Niacin, Vitamin E, Modified Maize Starch, Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, Pantothenic Acid, Sucrose, Silicon Dioxide, Maize Starch, Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Colours (Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide), Magnesium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Riboflavin, Vitamin A, Talc, Mannitol, Acacia, Folic Acid, Antioxidant (Tocopherol), Triglycerides ,Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.