Product Type: Holland and Barrett Vitamin 50mg
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Holland and Barrett acai berry capsules
Holland and Barrett Acai Berry Tablets
Member Name: louisechackett
Holland and Barrett Acai Berry Tablets
Advantages: seem to give a boost, work well with a diet and exercise programme
Disadvantages: not the cheapest item to keep buying
It was my brother that first told me about acai berry supplements and he spoke highly of the benefits of taking them and so I decided to do a little research of my own. Having looked online it is clear to see that acai is described as a super food and can offer all manners of benefits but the one that I was most interested in was the fact that it is said to help with weight loss. I looked over to the Holland and Barrett website where there were a good range of acai products to choose from and decided to go for the acai 500mg supplement.
Acai berries are actually found in the amazon rainforest and have apparently been used for centuries for its many health benefits. It is said that they can help with anti ageing, lower cholesterol, regulate digestion, boost immunity and help with weight loss and so I felt that it would be a worth while supplement to take even if it didn't help with weight loss because I do suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and so anything that can help with digestion is a good product as far as I am concerned.
There are many options of acai products on the Holland and Barrett website and you can choose it in powder, capsule or juice form. You can get it with green tea or in a triple strength form for example but I decided to opt for the bog standard capsules which were the cheapest capsule option and I felt this would be best for me. A tub of 120 capsules will cost you £15.79 but they often have offers on and it is worth looking out for them. Currently the penny sale is on and so you can choose another item in the sale for just 1p or you could get two tubs of the acai capsules for £15.80 which is what I did last time I bought them.
The acai berry capsules come in a dark green plastic bottle which has a matching dark green lid. The bottle has a purple wrapper around the middle with the product and brand name and there is also information to tell us that there are 120 capsules in the pack, that this is a food supplement, that the tablets are 500mg in strength and that it is a "natural antioxidant and flavonoid". The lid has a flap on it which is pretty easy to open and then you can tip out the capsules when you need to take them. I usually find tapping the bottle a bit before you do this helps as they sometimes get stuck together in the bottle.
What I found useful is that on the bottle there is a little bit of information about the acai berry and it is referred to as the "power berry"! We are told that it is rich in vitamin B, minerals, fibre and essential fatty acids as well as being packed with antioxidants and so again I found that I was happy to be taking this capsule even if it wasn't going to magically help with weight loss of which there has been some debate anyway.
You are advised to take one or two capsules three times daily and you should really try and take it with a meal. You need to be careful not to exceed the stated dose. Now what I personally do is take two at breakfast, one with my lunch and two with my evening meal most of the time. More recently I have been a bit lax with taking these capsules and have actually ended up wiped out by a cold and I do think this is something to do with it.
I find that the capsules are really easy to swallow and they remind me a bit of the cod liver oil capsules my mum used to force us to take! The capsules have a soft gel outer section which is a bit squishy to the touch and this is so the acai can be released rapidly in to your system. It is important to note that these contain no artificial flavours or sweeteners, no preservatives, no milk, no lactose, no gluten, no wheat, no yeast, no fish and no porcine but they do contain gelatine according to my bottle. Having checked online there is a comment to say the formula has been changed to remove the gelatine and I would thus advise you to go along to a Holland and Barrett store to find out for sure before taking these should you be interested.
Back in the summer last year I started taking these tablets when I began a diet where I was trying to eat better and exercise more. I took these tablets daily and over the course of a few months I lost two stone. Whilst I cannot say that this is down to just these acai berry capsules I do think that they helped me feel more full and therefore I didn't want to eat the same. What I also noticed when taking these capsules was the way in which my energy levels crept up in general and so I felt as though I had more energy to do a work out. My head felt generally less fuzzy and I felt better in general. I guess you could say that that was down to the weight loss and exercise but I do feel these capsules had a real effect.
When I fell off my diet as I always inevitably do I also started to forget taking these capsules and I have been more tired and run down since then. As I need to get my diet back on track I fully intend on starting up these capsules again and seeing how I get on with them this time. I do feel they gave me and my immune system a boost and I have to say one week I actually went to Nando's one day, pizza hut the next and although I had been exercising and things I managed to lose 2lb that week which to me is impressive.
I have to say I do recommend this product. If you get it on the penny deal you are looking at £15.80 for 240 capsules and let's say you take the maximum six a day you are looking at 40 days worth of capsules. As I often only take four a day I get closer to two months worth from them and I think this is a reasonable price to pay for a supplement which gives me increased energy and seemingly a boost to both my weight loss and my immune system too. I would say it is certainly worth a try and if you don't get along with it then it isn't too much money wasted in my opinion! These are intended for those aged 18 plus and you should seek advice if pregnant or breastfeeding before starting these tablets.
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: I recommend this.
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