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I seem to have been suffering with a cold since the autumn and a few weeks ago a close friend suggested I try taking a vitamin supplement to boost my immune system. She swears by Berocca tablets and so I decided I too would start taking them.
I decided to start by buying a small tube of tablets as they are not cheap. I paid £4.60 from my local Tesco for a tube containing 15 tablets. The tablets are also available in several other size packs including 30 tablets ( £8.50) and 45 tablets ( £12.00). At present Tesco have these on a 3 for 2 promotion. The tablets are available in several flavours including orange, mixed berry and tropical. I opted for the mixed berry option. The information on the pack proclaims that this is an effervescent energy drink .A closer look tells me that each tablet contains a range of vitamins and minerals all essential for good health.
The instructions recommend that you take one tablet dissolved in water every day. It is best to take the tablet first thing in the morning. The tablets are recommended for adults and children over 12. There are no contra indications although the manufacturers suggest that if you are pregnant or breast feeding you check with your GP. Each tablet contains Vitamin B and C, both of which help support the immune system. The body cannot store these Vitamins and so it is important to ensure we take in enough every day. The tablets also contain a range of essential minerals such as magnesium- important for the health of the nervous system, Zinc - helps support the immune system, Folic acid - helps support blood cells and Calcium to help ensure strong bones and teeth.
I have now been taking these tablets for over a month so feel able to give my verdict! The tablets are pleasant to take and dissolves quickly in water. They leave no nasty aftertaste either; something I have experienced with other tablets that dissolve in water. I can honestly say I feel a lot better since taking the tablets and the everlasting cold seems to have gone at last! However it could be argued that my health would have improved without the need to take a supplement and there is no way of testing this. I certainly don't think it has done me any harm taking these tablets and I am planning to continue for another month or so.
I should mention that taking these tablets will make your wee turn a very bright shade of yellow! This is because they contain Vitamin B2 ( Riboflavin). This is a water soluble Vitamin and as any excess cannot be stored by the body it will be excreted in the urine.
The green and orange packaging makes these tablets easy to spot on the shelf. They are widely available for supermarkets and chemists.
Berocca is something that has been around for quite a bit now but when I first heard of it, I didn't like the idea of it. However, it does contain a high amount of vitamins B&C and is an energy drink also to keep you able to face the day and keep going. These are to be taken in the morning, which for some people may not be the most ideal as not everyone can drink something fizzy like this first thing in the morning but on those days when I'm feeling low on energy, I did think it'd be worth giving this a go. Berocca is basically an effervescent tablet which turns into an energy drink and it is orange flavoured, it comes in two pack sizes either a 15 or 45.
The packaging for these is a green box with the Berocca logo on the front and it has an image of the tablet with a dissolve effect around it. It states the number on the front of how many tablets are in the pack and on the reverse and also includes information on how to take these. The tablets look like sweets almost they are pastel orange in colour and round. The box is very bright and stands out on the shelf so is very easy to find when looking for these, there are a few warnings listed on the box also, before taking these. I usually buy these in a pack of 15 as that is enough for me to have in but it depends how regularly you use this.
To start with, there are warnings listed to ensure safety before taking these. It states on the box that you should seek medical advice before taking these if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffering from allergies and also if you suffer from a medical condition or if you are on any other medication. This medicine is a food supplement and should also not be seen as a substitute for a diet. These are the only warnings listed, other than that it explains exactly what the Berocca tablets do, they become an energy drink which is high in vitamin B & C helping you to release energy and the magnesium helps to release energy as these contains magnesium and zinc.
Now, the way to take these is that you take on in the morning you just dissolve it in water and it becomes an orange drink. It dissolves quickly and you only need to take one, it doesn't contain caffeine, sugar or artificial stimulants. Berocca is also good if you have been drinking the night before as it makes you feel less drained, if you need a pick me up. This product is only suitable for adults and children ages 12 and over, to be honest I don't take this that often, only on days when I feel drained and feel like I need Berocca to keep me going through the day. It doesn't taste too bad actually and is easy enough to drink which is why I don't mind it.
Usually, once I have had my Berocca I do actually feel a few hours later that it has livened me up and given me an energy boost so it does work. The increase in vitamins B&C obviously helps but it tastes a lot better than some energy drinks out there and seems like a better way to get a burt of energy than some other products out there. These tablets contain gluten and lactose just so that anyone with allergies is aware and it is also suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Berocca should not be used past the sell by date and it should not be stored in temperatures above 25°C as well as the tube being kept tightly closed once used.
Ideally, Berocca is a good idea for those who lead a busy life and need something to keep them going. It is easy enough to take and the taste is actually quite nice. They are easy to carry around if you need them on the go and they work which is why I like having Berocca in my house. I try not to use these regularly but there are just those odd days where exhaustion takes over and Berocca is the ideal solution to getting through a long day. Sometimes, on holiday I have used Berocca too as when travelling around a lot, it can take it out of you and this does help. It is one of those things that you'll either like or you won't, you just need to try it once.
You can buy Berocca in all pharmacies and supermarkets, Tesco are selling a pack of 15 for £4.40 on a 3 for 2 offer which is about the normal price range for these and Boots have a 45 pack for £11.39 if you use these frequently.
The official Berocca website is http://www.berocca.co.uk/en/home/index.php.
I bought these after a friend swore for them as a hangover cure. Even though I rarely drink and even less frequently have a hangover I am prone to exhaustion and fatigue. Apparently this is what they were originally designed for.
These little tablets dissolve to form a fizzy orange drink, so if you do not like the taste of orange you won't like these. They are very similar to effervesent vitamin C tablets. They contain a high amount of B and C vitamins, which are supposed to help in energy release, and for me, they really do work. It doesn't wake me up in the same way that a cup of coffee does, but gives a more sustained release of energy and allows me to focus more, something which is difficult if you are very tired.
I don't use these everyday, apart from when I am sick with the cold as I do find they make me feel a bit better, even if this benefit is only psychological. The only other occassions I use them are when I'm very tired, usually after working too hard and not resting enough. Of all the Berocca flavours I like the orange ones the least. They are still palatable but I do find myself "downing it" as opposed to savouring the taste, like I do with the Tropical variety, but these are much less available.
I feel that £4 - 5 if you look at these like multivitamins that you take each day as you only get 15 tablets in a pack, but if you only use them occassionally as a pick me up, then I do think they offer good value for money.
I have already recommended these to friends and they all rave about how they shorten the length of colds and flu and make them feel more alert. Whether a placebo effect or not, I'll have some of that!
This has been a bad year for me for sickness. I usually have the constitution of an ox but over winter and early spring I seemed to get every infection, cold and tummy bug going. Normally I rarely take more than a couple of days off work per year, but 2012/2013 I managed to rack up over 2 weeks' sick leave. At one point I was so poorly with flu that, upon my return, our school secretary flung her arms around me for a gigantic hug and she's REALLY not the touchy-feely kind. After the second or third cold I decided it was time to up my vitamin intake. I really didn't feel multivitamin tablets were doing anything for me, so I bought a few packets of Berocca.
Berocca comes in a green plastic tube which I really like as it keeps the tablets safe and secure. It's also the perfect size to pop in your handbag or desk drawer. The plastic top can be a bit of a sod to get off and I usually resort to using my teeth. My classroom assistant is less cack-handed than me and seems to have no problems. When first bought there's also a green cardboard box but I always recycle this as it serves no useful purpose.
===What does it do?===
The advertising claim is that it helps you feel 'like you, but on a really good day' by giving you a blend of vitamins and minerals in a tasty drink which is available in orange, tropical and mixed berries flavour. The drink is made up by dissolving one of the effervescent tablets in water. Usually I hate effervescent drinks but this is quite nice and I don't mind taking it in the slightest. I think you're supposed to make it up with 250ml of water but I never bother measuring and just chuck it in my work mug. I find them much nicer when made up with hot water, particularly in the winter, but it's up to individual taste. They're all quite palatable but the orange and berries flavour are my favourite. Both taste like diluted cordial with a slightly tangy edge and so they're not at all unpleasant to drink.
It's very hard to prove one way or the other whether these kinds of supplements are actually beneficial, which is obviously part of the secret of their success. Psychologically, though, these are quite comforting to take and, if nothing else, the placebo effect can be quite a powerful thing. If I'm feeling run down or hungover these do perk me up a bit, particularly if I take one in the morning just before I start teaching. I find I also tend to use them if I've had one of those weeks where I'm not eating particularly balanced meals in the hope that they'll make up the shortfall.
For me, these are a handy thing to have around during those times in the year when my immune system's taken a bit of a battering. They give you a good dose of vitamin c which has long been proven necessary to help stave off colds. I find they make me feel better but it's worth bearing in mind that these cannot make up for a poor diet and lifestyle in the long term. If you feel seriously under par for weeks on end Berocca probably won't do you a great deal of good and it might be best to speak to your GP.
These are available in most supermarkets and chemists for around a fiver for a 15 tablet tube. It's worth shopping around as supermarkets often have them on a 3 for 2 deal.
Berocca is a pleasant orange tasting lightly sparkling drink that you can take first thing in a morning. Just drop the effervescent tablet into a tumbler of water and it's as simple as that. It's far easier to swallow than actual tablets and I found that after a couple of weeks I actually looked forward to my morning dose. I first tried Berocca after suffering a series of colds that seemed to drag on for weeks. Previous to this I had taken multi vitamins and even tried a course of Siberian Ginseng in an effort to boost my energy levels. I can honestly say that Berocca works for me. I have been taking it for quite a while now and I have been free from colds and despite being in the presence of work colleagues, family and friends struck down with all manner of nasty bugs, I have not succumbed to any of them. I cannot say that Berocca has given me energy and I do not see myself dancing on water logs any day soon but I do believe it has given my immune system a kick in the right direction. If in any doubt I would say, give it a try, as often you are able to buy it on a three for two basis which works out at quite good value. If it keep colds at bay as it has for me, it is well worth giving it a couple of months trial.
Berocca was something I picked up while at the pharmacist while picking up hay fever medicine, not a planned purchase in other words. I saw this and had seen the 'treadmill' ad and thought why not?
It is an effervescent drink (the one I purchased you can also get vitamin tablets) It quickly turned out to be a great purchase, I now take this around every 2 days in the morning to get me ready for the day, rather than that zombie feeling I now feel energized from the start of the day. Ready for the day ahead. The flavors come in: Orange, Mixed Berries and Tropical. Orange seems to be the original and for my tastes the nicest one.
Berroca contains a combinations of Group B vitamins and Vitamin C, 40mg of sodium and the vitamin tablets contain 217mg of sodium. It is manufactured by Bayer.
It is sold in many different countries and has different advertising techniques for each it seems.
You are advised to take one tablet a day (whether that be the vitamin tablets or the drink version) from 12 up. But now I have recently stopped taking them, for now. Not because they stopped working it is just when I need a boost and need to get up I take them, if I feel fine from the morning I see no need to take them. I was taking every 2 days for around a month but realized I did not need them that often.
All in all I would recommend when you need a boost in the morning or if you are feeling low (illness or just generally, check with doctor before in case it would interfere with medicine) And at a price of £5.59 for 12 dissolving tablets I see it as a reasonable price.
I don't believe that vitamin supplements are essential if you have a healthy balanced diet, but after becoming very tired and run down in recent months a friend suggested I try these Berocca soluble vitamins to give me a bit of a lift. She swears by them. I found them in Tesco for £4.20 for a tube of 15 tablets, which I thought was slightly on the expensive side but since they were on a buy one get one free I decided to pick them up. I chose orange flavour but I do believe they come in other varieties.
When I got home I decided to give them a go straight away. You simply drop one of the tablets into a glass of water and wait for it to dissolve before drinking. The resulting drink has a very pleasant orange smell and it tastes lovely too, very refreshing.
I have to be honest and say I did not feel any instant benefit from taking these, I did however notice that they turned my pee a day glow yellow colour (sorry if that is too much information), but after a couple of day taking them I did feel less tired and worn out. After a few weeks I noticed my skin was looking a bit brighter and the dark circles under my eyes were reducing. I also have had less problems with colds and sniffles, which I am usually smitten with the whole winter through. This may or may not be to do with the berocca, but this has been the only change to my usual routine.
I never thought I would say this but I would highly recommend this is a supplement to others, especially at this time of year when we are all tired, run down and fighting the germs. A great product, if slightly pricey.
My energy levels have been all over the place recently. I have been finding myself increasingly tired and run down, spending most of the day trying to wake up before then spending a good chunk of the night trying to get off to sleep. Wanting to get into a better routine and break this horrible cycle I am in, I remembered that a friend of mine had recommended Berocca to me last year. I spotted some in the supermarket while doing my food shop, and decided to give it a try and see how it affected me. It had to be worth a try. For me, this is a way to have more energy during the day without further disrupting my sleep at night.
The Berocca tablets I picked up were the tropical flavour and the orange flavour, both available in packs of 15 for £4. They are also available as packs of 30 or 45 tablets, and you can also get a mixed berry flavour. I am not the biggest fan of berries at the best of times so thought I would stick to what was more palatable to me. Currently Tesco have a 3 for 2 promotion, so I bought 3 medicine products getting one free so it was a bit cheaper.
The tablets are packaged in a cardboard outer package which gives you details such as ingredients and the dosage of the vitamins that it includes. They provide high doses of the B vitamins, as well as vitamin C and then a smaller dose of magnesium and zinc. The vitamins are between 185% and 971% of the recommended daily dosage. I normally take a general multivitamin, so while taking the Berocca I stopped taking my normal multivitamin. I don't see the harm in occasionally having large doses of vitamins but I would be wary of doing it all the time. I don't see the point as the body can't store all the vitamins anyway.
The box had tamper proof tape on each end, which I removed to find my tablets further packaged within a cardboard tube with a security seal. The tablets are then wrapped further within some foil. It does seem a little overkill but security is important, and it is also important to keep the tablets dry until you use them. To further aid this, there is apparently a dessicant within the lid of the tube.
Each tablet is a bit larger than pound coin size. I get a glass of about 250ml of water, and add one tablet to the water. Fizzing starts immediately and the tablet fully dissolves within about a minute. I give the drink a stir just to make sure, as personally I think there is nothing worse than getting to the bottom of this sort of drink to find a powdery residue.
The orange tablets make the drink look a bright orange colour. The taste is very artificial and not really that sweet. The tablets don't contain any artificial stimulants, sugar or caffeine, so there is nothing to make the drink taste good, but it isn't entirely unpleasant either. It reminded me a bit of drinking flat original lucozade or fanta. The fizz is quite quick to disappear so I don't find it hard to drink this or get any unpleasant side effects like feeling gassy and bloated.
I find that the Berocca is quite quick to take effect. I don't know how much of this is psychological, but it can't be harming me to get some extra vitamins in the morning. I find that I do feel more energetic, and I am not reaching for food or a coffee to try and boost my energy levels within a couple of hours of getting up. I feel a bit more mentally alert, and a lot more patient and able to follow what is going on.
The only side effect I have noticed is that my urine appears a slightly illuminous colour. I don't feel like I have any surge then drop in my energy levels with this like I do from caffeinated drinks.
My overall impression is that these are a good way to boost my energy for short periods of time. I would not want to start taking these every day for months on end, but to get through a period of a few weeks I would be happy to supplement my diet with them. They are not difficult to dissolve or consume. They are suitable for Vegetarians and vegans, though they are only recommended for adults aged 18 and over. It is easy to make this a part of your morning routine and the benefit is pretty quickly noticed by me.
It helped me break the cycle of over-dependency on caffeine a little, leaving me able to get on with my day in a productive manner.
What is Berocca?......Berocca effervescent tablets are tablets to dissolve which contain numerous vitamins. They are available in a couple of flavours including orange and mixed berries. There are a few varieties designed for different things such as boost and stay sharp. Performance in orange is the one I take.
What's in it?..... Berocca contains lots of vitamins and minerals, I won't list them all but they include Vitamin B12, Folic acid, Zinc and calcium. All of which your body needs to stay healthy. One Berocca tablet contains the same amount of Vitamin C as 7 oranges. It is both sugar and caffeine free and there are no nasty sounding ingredients in the tablets so I wasn't worried about what I was putting in my body when I bought these.
How to take it.... It's really quick and simple, just take one of the effervescent tablets and dissolve it in a glass of water. I use a half pint glass. The tablet will dissolve quite quickly and turn the water into something resembling orange juice.
How does it taste?..... It tastes pretty much like a fizzy orange. I have purchased some cheaper brands of effervescent tablets which have a salty taste from them and don't dissolve as well as Berocca and leave an unpleasant residue at the bottom of the glass but the Berocca brand doesn' taste quite as bad.
Fluorescent?......The title of this review describes one of the effects of the Berocca tablet. It can turn your urine fluorescent yellow or orange. I noticed this more when I first started taking these but not so much now. I also noticed I seemed to need to wee more often but this has also improved.
Does it work?.....I wouldn't say that I'm bouncing around, bursting with energy from taking these but I have noticed an improvement in my immune system. I'm glad I got into the routine of taking them daily before the winter arrived as I normally spend months trying to shake off one cold or another. It's not a miracle tablet, I have still picked up the odd cold but the main improvement I have noticed is in getting rid of the cold. Rather than having the remains of a cold lingering for weeks I have only had the odd head cold for a couple of days and seem to have got rid of it much faster than normal. I'm guessing this is down to the big improvement in my Vitamin C intake since taking these each day. This reason alone makes the tablets worth taking for me. My daughter takes the 'boost' tablet on a morning and says it gives her an energy boost and makes her feel more alert and generally better.
Where can you get these?......If you want to try Berocca for yourself they are available in most chemists and supermarkets. They are available in various pack sizes including 10's, 15's, 20's and more. I usually buy the biggest size available which is normally they best value, unless other tube sizes are on offer.
They are quite pricey compared with other brands and other forms of vitamins but I feel they are worth it, anything that can improve my immune system and make me feel better is worth is. They taste much better than cheaper brands so it's worth paying a little more for, there may be some better tasting copies out there but the one I tried I could hardly drink with the salty taste. They cost around £4 for a tube of 15, and are often on 4 for 2. So £8 for just over 6 weeks isn't bad.
I was actually recommended this by a friend of mine who said they gave a really good energetic, healthy boost and was helping her on a sluggish day so I also thought I would give these a try. Who doesn't want an easy, effective supplement that will give long lasting effects?!
Berocca is an energy supplement with a combination of vitamins and essential minerals. These come in an easy way to consume - these effervescent tablets! I suppose this is a bit of a cheating way to consume all the stuff thats meant to be good for us in one cup ;) It comes in numerous flavours - orange, tropical, boost with Guarana and mixed berries so there are other options for those out there to choose from.
I am no good with orange flavoured things so I bought the pack in the Mixed Berries flavour. The tablets are a round shape, a bit thick and chunky and simply drop the Berocca tablet into a glass of water, (the pack recommends 250ml but I never really measure this out) and then wait for the tablet to fully effervesce before drinking. I find the tablet dissolves quickly but I like to give it a stir to make sure it has combined with the water completely and doesn't just settle at the bottom. This then makes the water an off-pinkish colour. As for taste, it is clearly meant to be a "mixed berry" flavour but for me it has a rather tangy raspberry flavour which isn't all that nice! Saying that, nothing which is good for us tastes nice so I try and gulp it down in one go so as not to taste it too much.
I recently bought a pack from Sainsburys and for 15 effervescent tablets costs £4 which is actually the price of these on offer so this is quite expensive. If in perspective I suppose it is 26p ish per tablet which mixed in water is enough to last a day so not bad and works out cheaper than taking a red bull or a different energy drink!
If I take this in the morning before if I have a cold and I'm a bit sniffly and worse for wear, it gives me the drive to get up and go and get on with things. I do find this gives me a lovely boost and makes me more alert but I don't take it for long term as I don't want to become dependent and still aim to get daily nutrients and vitamins from fruits and vegetables.
Overall I am a fan of Berocca and would definitely recommend it! This can be bought from good pharmacists, supermarkets etc
Earlier this year I was unwell and my doctor suggested that I take Berocca. I had never heard of this before, but was willing to give it a try. Berocca is designed to give you an energy burst, which is what i need so I went to Waitrose and got a tube of 15 Berocca tablets in the orange flavour and took it home to try...
One Berocca tablet is quite large, about the size of a £1 coin and needs to be dissolved in a glass of water. After plopping the tablet into the glass of water it begins to fizz rapidly and turn the water orange. The tablet dissolves quite quickly in around 30 seconds, although sometimes I find I need to shake the glass a little to get the last bit of the tablet dissolved.
This tastes disgusting! It has a kind of artificial orange flavour which is quite strong and I really struggled to drink it. I have one Berocca tablet a day and after about a week I got to the point where I was semi used to the flavour and wasn't gagging anymore whilst drinking it. I discovered that the best way to drink this was to make it in as little water as possible so it was swallowed in a couple of short sharp mouthfuls rather than prolonging the taste via a full glass.
Does it Work?
I guess after about a week I felt more energised. Berocca provides vitamin B and C as well as some minerals. It's not meant as a supplement for not eating well, but as an energy boost for those of use who are stressed, feeling down or generally busy. I would say Berocca gave me energy when I otherwise was feeling rather stressed and lethargic and therefore heed me recover from being well.
Berocca comes in two sizes as far as I am aware, a box with a tube of 15 tablets in or a
Larger box with two tubes of 15 tablets in. The tubes are round along long with a cap on to
Which can be rather difficult to get off the first time you open them. The tablets inside the tube are wrapped in foil, rather like the Refreseher sweets foil wrapper. I later discovered that Berocca comes in different flavours, although the other flavours are more difficult to come by, I have only found them in larger Boots stores. The tropical fruit flavour is much nicer than the orange flavour and the berry flavour is actually really nice, the nicest of the three flavours. In the future if I bought these again I would definitely hunt down the berry flavour.
Berocca is an effervescent drink, not. Term I had heard of before. Effervescent is the escape of gas from an aqueous solution and the foaming or fizzing that results from a release of the gas, in case you were wondering!
A box of Berocca isn't cheap at around £4.70 for 15 tablets, the box of 30 tablets does work out slightly better value at around £8. You need to take one of these a day, so the bigger box did a month and I probably took Berocca for about three months in total.
I first heard about these on the adverts and also from my mums' partner. Now he's been taking vitamins and other supplements since I've known him and for 65 he looks great! If you can't get what you need via your diet, I don't see harm in using things like Berocca?
The question is besides from the definite energy boost, is Berocca all good?
In terms of essential vitamins and minerals then Berocca over-performs. In some cases you are getting nearly 10x your recommended daily allowance which is safe according to the Berocca FAQ. However, you should monitor any other supplements you are taking too see if they will increase your RDA of a certain vitamin or mineral further. Taking way more than you need can be dangerous.
Reading up on the ingredients, your body is hugely benefiting from just 1 tablet a day.
You are getting your b1 and b2 vitamins which help you to release energy and stay on top form. B vitamins in general are need for healthy skin, hair, eyes and live and also are need for good brain function.
Berocca can also aid in a better sleep as it contains 25% RDA of Magnesium, which sounds crazy as they are meant to keep you awake. Magnesium eases anxiety, relaxes muscles and nerves resulting in an overall improvement of your night's sleep.
The disadvantage to Berocaa tablets are:
they contain two ingredients that might prevent someone from buying them: Aspartame, Acesulfame K. Some studies say that Aspartame is the most dangerous substance on the market.
You can either get Berocca Effervescent in 15 or 30 tablet packs. The box stands out on the shelf and is green and orange with a fizzing tablet in the corner.
The tablets come in a tube and the lid is quite hard to get off, so young children won't be able to open it.
To make things easier, I take all of the tablets out and put them back in without the foil.
In the morning, as suggested i just pop it in a glass full of water and wait until it dissolves. It's actually not a bad taste, the orange flavor is pretty good.
I used to be tired most of the day but now I have energy all day whereas before i'd only start to 'wake up' about 3 in the afternoon.
I've started to feel more alert and able to do a workout every 2 days, my muscles are pretty sore! I'm hoping to feel less stressed out, but I've only been taking them for 2 weeks so i'll see. If not then the gym can take care of that.
Overall i'd recommend Berocca, so many healthy benefits as well as a good energy boost.
I've tried plenty of vitamin supplements in the hope of boosting my immune system and feeling more energised, and after a bad experience as a kid (involving an attempt to eat a Barocca tablet like it was a Polo) I stayed clear of Berocca completely.
A few months back they were on promotion, and after seeing no real difference on the Vitamin tablets I was taking at the time, I thought I'd give Berocca another try. I'm really glad I did. It took me a couple of days to get the amount of water right (don't put too much in, because you won't want to drink it. I prefer to go with enough for two or three large mouthfuls) and I started taking them every day. It helps to stir it immediately before drinking, so you don't end up with a mouthful of chalky residue at the end.
I've noticed a marked improvement in my immune system and energy levels, and they're great for preventing (and fighting) hangovers. I also find it much easier to remember having taken one than I do with vitamins in pill form.
After having a cold for over a month, I've tried all sorts of Vitamins and remedies to get rid of it. My latest attempt was to buy Berocca which was advertised as being a concoction of vitamins and minerals, including Zinc and Magnesium, which would set me up for a really good day. The product promises to give you energy without using artificial ingredients such as Caffeine or sugar and that it will leave you feeling in top form.
The product contains so many different vitamins and minerals that it is no surprise to hear that it is good for you. Included is Vitamin C, B and B12 amongst others, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc and Calcium.
How does the product work?
Although the product is available in other forms and flavours, I purchased the effervescent tablets in an orange flavour. You are directed to put one tablet in a glass and water and to wait until it has dissolved and then to drink it all down.
They recommend that you take it in the morning and that the product can be used daily. You are told that you are never to have more than one in a day and than the product shouldn't replace a sensible diet.
Packaging and Price
The product comes within a plastic tube that is orange and green in colour. The tablets are stacked one on top of another. After removing the safety plastic, the lid flips off. It is quite hard to remove but the tablets should still be kept well out of the way of children. At first, the tablets are wrapped in foil but I remove all the foil as it makes it easier to access the tablets at a later date.
You can buy 15 tablets for around £3 or you can buy the larger pack of 30 for £7 which is the more economical version if you find that you like it. The product can be bought from stores such as Boots, large supermarkets and also from a variety of online websites.
Aroma and Appearance
The tablets smell like a mixture between cream and orange. They are a little bit smaller than a 2 pence coin and are orange with a speckled pattern across them.
Once the tablet has been added to the water it begins to dissolve immediately and lots of bubbles start shooting off it. I actually find it quite fun to watch and I realise that doesn't make me sound very cool! It even makes a sizzling sound. It takes about two minutes for the tablet to fully dissolve and it slows down as it gets smaller.
Once the tablet has dissolved, it gives the water the same appearance as Orangeade, bubbly and orange. It doesn't taste horrible but I don't find it delicious. That being said, it isn't too hard to drink. I find that using less water gets it over quicker, although the taste is stronger in this way. It tastes pretty much as it smells which is like a creamy orange drink and it has a bit of a fizz to it.
I have found that when drinking the tablet in the morning, I do have a bit more energy and that I feel less lethargic towards the end of the day. I have also found that my symptoms from my ongoing cold have lessened and people have said that I'm looking better so that's always a bonus.
The product is suitable for vegetarians and it can be used by those who are 12 years old and over. The tablets come with a use by date but that is around two years after you buy the product so if you haven't used them by then, you're probably not going too. The product doesn't say whether you can take it in addition to other vitamins.
All in all, this is quite a fun way to take a vitamin tablet which gives you extra information. It is a nice way to get extra energy without pumping your body full of artificial ingredients. It makes me feel healthier and livelier so I have no complaints.
I have recently changed job and also changed my working hours because of this I have been feeling very tired and listless. I know that my diet doesn't give me all the vitamins I need and so after seeing the advert for Berocca I thought it may be worth a try.
I bought the product at our local supermarket and the cost was £5.99 for 15 tablets, I have since found a copy in Home Bargains which contains the same vitamins and quantites for £1.79 for 20 tablets so much better value.
Berocca comes packaged in a bright green box with orange accents on the front and the name printed in white. On the front of the box it states "tailored vitamins and minerals to set you up for a really good day" and that they are free from sugar and artificial stimulants.
You are given this information that these tablets are specially formualted with the correct vitamins to help your bdoy to release energy, these tablets are suitable for vegetarians and vegans and are for adults and children over 12.
The following are the contents of each vitamin and the % of your recommended daily allowance,
Vitamin C - 476mg - 595%
Vitamin B1 - 10.4mg - 945%
Viatmin B2 - 13.6mg - 971%
Niacin - 45.3mg - 283%
Vitamin B6 - 7.1mg - 507%
Folic Acid - 366 microgram - 183%
Vitamin B12 - 8.6 microgram - 344%
Biotin - 130 microgram - 260%
Pantothenic Acid - 22.7mg - 378%
Magnesium - 92.5mg - 25%
Zinc - 9mg- 90%
Inside the box you find a plastic tube which holds the actual tablets, the top is actually quite stiff to pull off which i think is good as it means little hands shouldn't be able to get it open. Inside the tube the tablets themselves are wrapped in foil which unwraps easily to reveal circular orange tablets around half a cm thick.
The tablets are very easy to use and you simply place one of the round orange tablets into a glass of water and they dissolve quite violently whizzing around the glass as it dissolves. The solution tastes of string orange like pure juice but sweeter and is actually quite a nice taste so it isn't horrible taking them.
I have been taking these for the past week, it states on the box that these can be used every day but you don't have to take one every day however I have found that the more i have taken the better I feel. On the first couple of days I took these I didn't feel any different and was really thinking that I had simply wasted my money but I decided i had them so i may as well finish them. i have carried on taking these and I now feel more alert all day rather than having a mid afternoon slump and am finding that i am getting to the end of my shift at 10pm without feeling too bad. I am happy that these are making a difference to me but am not sure why they didn't work at first considering they are not supposed to qwork on a build up.
My only issue with these is that some of the tablets are providing you with 9 times what you need in a day for some of the vitamins and it does make you question whether too much of a vitamin could cause any harm. I certainly feel much better with these and feel happier knowing I am getting alot of vitamins that my body needs although i am looking to improve my diet too now i have more energy. ..
Berocca is a multivitamin and multimineral supplement, for people with a busy lifestyle