“ Brand: Boots / Type: Capsules / Cod Liver Oil / Dosage Form: Oil „
Boots Pharmaceuticals Cod Liver Oil & Glucosamine Sulphate
Having become a bit of an amateur jogger in the past year or so I have noticed that my joints, particularly my knees, have become prone to aches and pains. I am not one for regularly taking vitamins and supplements as I have a pretty healthy diet and am generally in good health. However, I do like to boost my intake of certain vitamins every now and then and this is one of the ones that I take, Cod Liver Oil & Glucosamine Sulphate.
The vitamins come in a tall and thin cylindrical tube that is plastic and silver/grey in colour. The tub has a pop open top and stickers containing all the ingredients and information that you need before taking these. The Boots branding and writing is on a nice turquoise coloured sticker. Inside the tub you get 60 capsules which are advised to be taken once a day for optimum results.
The capsules themselves are quite humungous as most of these types of vitamins and supplements are! I would say they have approximate dimensions of 1.8 cm x 0.8 cm and have a smooth gel like outer casing that makes them go down a lot more easily than a tablet. They are a pale brown colour and slightly circular/oval shaped.
These capsules have a huge ingredients list that I won't go into hugely here, you can see for yourselves if you want to at this link http://www.boots.com/en/Boots-Pharmaceuticals.
However the chief ingredients in this supplement are the cod liver oil and glucosamine sulphate. The former is rich in Vitamin D and also Vitamin A, which are vitamins that you need to consume in order to maintain healthy bones and muscles in the body. Cod liver oil is renowned for helping with joint pains and conditions such as arthritis. It is also said that taking cod liver oil also helps to maintain a healthy heart and for repairing skin wounds quickly.
Glucosamine sulphate contains Vitamin C, which contributes to normal collagen formation and thus maintains the structure and function of joints. The ingredient is also used to help people suffering from osteoarthritis. All of these vitamins together make for a good, oiled and healthy body.
The Benefits & Results
As I say I do not take vitamins and supplements every day, it is more a case of when I remember and feel that I need to I will reach for them out of my cupboard. This no doubt has an effect on how I feel the supplements work on my body, but this is how I take them. Particularly after a long run I will really feel the ache in my joints the next day and take one of these capsules to help to boost the vitamin levels in my body.
I do find that these make a difference in my recovery time than not taking them. I actually feel better and reason that I am looking after my body, this may be a mental thing but I do know that they are doing me some good because of the ingredients and research that has been done.
I am more than happy to recommend these Boots Cod Liver Oil & Glucosamine Sulphate supplements to people who suffer with joint problems. A tub with 60 capsules costs £8.69, which is quite expensive but this is a minimum of 2 months' worth if you take one a day. They are also currently (and frequently) on a 3 for 2 offer which is why I purchased this brand over cheaper alternatives as you can mix and match with the other vitamins and supplements. They definitely make me feel better both mentally and physically.
Not suitable for children under 12.
Do not exceed the state dosage.
Like many of us, I take food supplements to try and keep existing problems from getting worse and others starting up. Though I am only in my mid-forties, in my case its not the years, its the mileage. I've broken a number of bones - some near the joints - and have hyper-mobility to deal with on top. As a result, I have to try and keep the broken bones from aching when the weather turns and stop or at least delay the onset of arthritis.
I do try to eat a good balanced diet but when you live on your own it can be hard enough to eat all the food you buy at a big shop before they it goes off and still buy and eat a wide enough range of foods to cover all the vitamin and mineral bases.
So I take supplements.
One of the mainstays of my supplement program are these capsules. You get 60 capsules to take once a day. They cost £6.52 for the tube but can often be found as part of Boots' three for the price of two deals, which makes them cheaper. They can also be bought with Boots Advantage points if you have one and the points to use.
I use this product because I know that when I do not take cod liver oil regularly my joints start to creak and the healed broken bones ache.
Cod Liver oil also gives a convenient way to take in your Omega 3 fatty acids, especially for those who don't like eating fish. It also provides Vitamin A and D. These do help me and when I take these regularly I can see the difference in the condition of my hair and skin as well as in the lack of pain within.
This cod liver oil product is augmented with Glucosamine, which is a precursor in the formation of joint cartilage. It is widely used as a supplement for osteoarthritis sufferers. The evidence for how useful this is does vary but I find it helpful, though I think that the bulk of the benefit I get is from the fish oil rather than the Glucosamine. Those looking for the frugal choice might well be better off with going for basic cod liver oil only. I went for the belt and braces approach with the combined product and do feel better for it but am I grading on a health curve here.
As the capsules contains, as it says on the tub, cod liver oil, it is not suitable for vegans or for those who do not eat fish on moral grounds or cod products on ecological ones.
The strong plastic container can be recycled and comes sealed with a removable seal which ensures the capsules have not been tampered with.
Any food supplement should, of course, be discussed with your doctor.
But I find this one useful and you might too.
I have a reasonably healthy diet, but I have also always been willing to take food supplements if I feel that I need to. I have always had a bit of a problem with some of my joints. My knees are easily strained due to a long term knee injury that happened when I was a teenager. Nowadays I only really notice it if I overdo the exercise. I also have clicky hips. If I sit in a funny position for too long, my hip join will seize up and then make a really loud and painful click when I do manage to move it. My husband does get rather concerned about me, so nagged at me until I bought something to try and help the problem.
I decided to pick up these supplements in boots as they contained cod liver oil and glucosamine sulphate together. While cod liver oil is good for joint suppleness and flexibility, it also helps maintain healthy hair and skin. The glucosamine sulphate helps to form cartilage, tendons and ligaments as well as supporting flexibility in the joints. (Ligaments connect one bone to another, whereas tendons connect muscles to the bone.)
The Boots supplements are mostly available on 3 for 2, so if I am shopping I tend to buy a few pots at a time. The current price for 60 capsules is £8.69. The recommended dosage of these capsules is 2 per day to be taken with water. So one pot is approximately a one months supply. I tend to take these for a few weeks at a time rather than take them permanently, and I find that they do have some effect on my joints. I find that they lock up and ache less when I am taking the tablets, and I don't get all the clicking that I normally experience.
The capsules are not unpleasant to take. They are quite large, but the gelatin coating is smooth and it is easy to swallow these torpedo shaped capsules. They are a bit dark brown in colour, they do not have any noticable odour, but I do find that I can detect a bitter taste if they are on my tongue for too long before I swallow them. At approximately 2cm long, I imagine they may put some people off, and they are recommended for people aged 12 plus.
As well as the 2 joint supplements, they also contain 100% of the RDA of vitamins A and D. Therefore they also carry a warning that they are not suitable for pregnant women or those trying to conceive. There is also a warning not to take them if you are diabetic, or if you have blood clotting issues or you are taking Warfarin which is an anti-coagulant given to people after heart attacks usually. It is also recommended to avoid if you have a shellfish or fish allergy.
One thing I like about these are they only contain natural colourings, flavourings and preservatives. I also like that Boots have updated the packaging as a few years back they only sold these in a pot with a screw top lid. Now it is a more child proof one.
Food supplements to me can be expensive to take all the time, and I mainly take this one when I am feeling particularly sore. I find it does provide me some relief at these times, and I am happy to take this brand.