Product Type: Berocca Vitamin 50mg
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Berocca Effervescent Tablets
Member Name: cha97mw
Berocca Effervescent Tablets
Advantages: easy to prepare and drink, does make me feel more energetic.
Disadvantages: quite a lot of packaging, makes my urine go a funny colour
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.
Summary: A high dose of vitamins to help you perk up your energy levels more naturally.
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