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A nice supplement but tastes not so nice!
Member Name: MsTricia
Date: 20/03/13, updated on 20/03/13 (437 review reads)
Advantages: works well, my daughter likes, it, feel more perkier and create more appetite
Disadvantages: tastes horrible for me!
As I mentioned in a previous review, I recently ended up in Holland & Barrett with my sister as she had some constipation problems and on our trip I got talking to one of the Advisors who recommended me to take some Feroglobin after I mentioned that I wanted a supplement to boost my intake and help me feel a lot healthier. I had already picked up some Cod Liver oil and he added this was a well rounded vitamin to take.
I was debating between buying some children's chewy vitamins as my daughter's previous batch of fish oil supplements had run out when he said this one was ideal for adults and children. A 200ml bottle costs £5.99 so it sounded ideal especially with a buy one get one half price on all products in the store.
~ Packaging ~
It comes in a vibrant red thin cardboard box with a picture of a happy family (mum, dad, and 2 kids). To be honest the box is rather overloaded with tons of information about the product that it put me off a bit and I couldn't be bothered to read it! Essentially, it is explained as Gentle Liquid Iron with Zinc, B Complex. Iron is highlighted as contributing to the normal formation of haemoglobin and red blood cells, and iron, folate & B12 which can also contribute to the reduction of fatigue.
Inside the box is a usual medicine looking bottle which is actually made of plastic and so rather squeezable. It has a safety cap which is ideal as my daughter is rather addicted to medicine and would probably drink this if she got her hands on it!
~ Taking The Product ~
It is a liquid food supplement which is apparently a blend of malt and honey. It is made of Swiss Alpine Malt and is gentle on the stomach. Opening the bottle it actually looks like really thick, dark brown syrup! It smells of extremely concentrated orange juice which sadly is not appealing to me as I cannot stomach orange juice at all! When I spoke to the assistant he told me he gives it to his children mixed in with their glass of orange juice in the morning. I should have realised this and taken the hint really! So for me to take it, I just gulp it down on the teaspoon and have a nice drink after to wash it down! The taste literally is of sweet undiluted orange cordial so its not the most appealing taste but it's still edible. For my 3 year old she is happy to eat have it straight so goes to show it is not that awful as she loves it!
Directions for taking it vary according to ages:
Adults (Men & Women) = 1 teaspoon, twice daily
1 - 3 years = Half a teaspoon daily
4 - 6 years = half a teaspoon, twice daily
7 - 12 years = 1 teaspoonful, 1 - 2 times daily.
It is recommended during menstruation or pregnancy to take 1 teaspoon 3 times daily. During my menstruation I have to admit I found it quite hard to take it three times daily as I often forget but where I could I did adhere to this!
~ Results ~
Fortunately, my daughter doesn't get ill too often, and I have found that taking this supplement has boosted her just that little bit more. She had a cold sore recently, and combined with using Zovirax it healed really quickly and she didn't seem run down or unwell at all! With horrible cold weather she has still been perky and not had a sign of a sniffle so I am always happy with any product that keeps her fit and healthy (as well as eating a balanced diet I might add!).
For myself I have found I do feel a bit more energetic, have a bit more of a fresh approach in the mornings and just generally feel more capable to get up and go. I am trying a whole new outlook anyway as I was consistently going to bed late, and then had early starts so I have found this nice for me building a new routine so by the mornings I am not feeling so lethargic.
One thing the shop advisor mentioned to me is that this product helps to open the appetite and I don't know if this is an unconscious thing but I have definitely found me and the little one are eating far more! It's a healthy appetite though, as for me my 3 year old is quite small and so although she is tall and the doctor says she is in proportion it always makes me happy to see her eating and she has definitely been munching away far more than usual.
~ Overall ~
We have been taking this a few weeks now and it is definitely a supplement I would recommend. It doesn't taste great so you really have to grin and bear it but the results are ideal. The liquid version is faster acting as you consume it straight away (more advise from the Shop Assistant!) and so it gets to work quickly and you can feel the difference. I am trying a new branch of healthy living (ish!) and this has given me some results I am proud of so I would definitely recommend it.
Summary: a decent supplement with iron, zinc and b12 at a decent price
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