Product Type: Asda Vitamin 50mg
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Asda Vitamins help keep Marymoose Healthy!
Member Name: marymoose
Date: 24/02/13, updated on 24/02/13 (191 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, I feel that they help keep me healthy
Disadvantages: None, unless you don't want to take them, and in which case you won't!
Mostly I do try to eat a well balanced diet, wherever possible making sure I get my 5 a day and other such things. However, there are times that this doesn't happen, and I think that multivitamins can be useful for ensuring that I get most of the necessary things that one is meant to get!
I actually started taking multivitamins religiously along with Omega 3 fish oil capsules (well, I say religiously, but I do lapse sometimes like when I go away and can't be bothered to take the pots with me as they are rather big...but then many people lapse religious practices when they go away!) when I would going through a very disordered eating phase, bordering on an actual eating disorder. At this point I am certain that I wasn't getting all of the nutrients that I needed from the food I was eating, since at times I was eating very little. I believe that these multivitamins helped me to an great extent when I was otherwise in a pretty unhealthy state, and now that I'm back to eating properly I have kept in the habit of taking them.
The big white and purple pot (with a purple screw cap lid) states that these vitamins "May help maintain good general health". They are certainly not claiming to work miracles. It is make clear on the pot that food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a varied diet and healthy lifestyle. But it also says that "A multivitamin supplement may help the development of the body's structures, and is needed for the body's metabolism".
For adults and children over 12 the dosage is one tablet per day - as with any medication it's important not to exceed the stated dose, and obviously to keep out of the sight and reach of children.
These multivitamins contain loads of ingredients which I won't list (you can see before you buy). It might be worth noting that they contain Vitamin A (a special mention is made of that) and that they should not be taken if pregnant or likely to become pregnant, except on medical advice. I might therefore have to stop taking these at some point!
There is a list of different vitamins (etc) on the back of the pop, and usefully how much % of the recommended daily allowance they contains, such as 100% of vitamins A, D and Folic Acid, 75% of vitamin C, and 142% of Vitamin B6 (although only 40% of vitamin B12). I am assuming that more is a good thing where certain vitamins are concerned and that RDAs can be well exceeded (although that will depend upon which vitamin). I know that for a while years ago I was specifically taking Vitamin B6 supplements on the recommendation of a psychiatrist...so it's great that this is included in the multivitamin, as B6 tablets I seem to remember were very big and smelly!
These tablets contain no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours, and are gluten free. They don't say that they are suitable for vegetarians, and I imagine that they aren't, since Asda do a special version for Vegetarians!
---Taking the pills---
The white pills are fairly small and easy to swallow. They measure 9mm across the diameter. You will want to make sure you have a drink when you take them (as you should with all pills in case they get stuck on the way down), as they don't taste very nice if you accidentally taste them which I do on occasion since I tend to take quite an assortment of pills before bedtime (but thankfully far less than I used to have to!) They say to take them with food, but I tend not to as I take all my pills before bedtime. I have never had any problems not taking them with food.
I doubt that the multivitamins can take all of the credit for my health (and I have also been taking Omega 3 Fish Oil capsules during the same time period - review to follow!) However, I have to say that since I started taking them every day (which has been for about 2 years), I haven't suffered from any particularly bad physical health, and I can't remember the last time I had a cold, and prior to taking them I got a lot - I believe that these are contributing well towards my immune system! So for now I will certainly continue to take these multivitamins. I have also got my boyfriend into the habit of taking them - his diet is sometimes not very balanced so I think it can only help.
At £3.50 for 250 tablets, which works out at 1.4p per tablet., I think these are a bargain. They are often available in a 3 for £10 offer, so can work out even (very slightly) cheaper. I realise that many people don't see the point in supplements, and my father who is a doctor would probably say that! However, for me I think that it is a tiny amount to spend on something that I feel I benefit from.
My tablets are best before June 2014, so they should last ok, even if you only take one every other day! I would give these 5 out of 5.
Summary: I haven't been ill since I started taking them...could be a coincidence though!
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