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Holland & Barrett is a household name of health food stores which excels and specializes in supplements such as vitamin and minerals as well as a range of other products. There have many stores throughout the country as well as a very good and easy to order from website.
On offer under their own brand name is their "Holland & Barrett - ABC Plus" a multi vitamin and multi mineral supplement with added beta carotene and lycopene. It comes in four different sizes to suit either a single person or the entire family and claim to "Provides all round nutritional support for adults in a convenient one a day caplet."
Each caplet provides you with a complete profile of vitamins and minerals and contain Vitamin A Beta Carotene, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Thiamin, Vitamin B1, Riboflavin, Vitamin B2, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin K, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum,Phosphorus, Potassium, Selenium, Zinc, Boron, Lutein and Lycopene. Despite my best efforts I couldn't find anything that this supplement doesn't provide you with and therefore it does offer a very broad range.
The caplets themselves while not the smallest are still pretty easy to take and do not leave any aftertaste. It did take a bit of practice to work out how to open the lid and the direction to turn wasn't indicated. Other than that these caplets are easy to take and shouldn't present any problems. The jar itself is much larger than it needs to be with the contents filling just over half with the rest being air. Once you've removed the quality control seal under the lid it's just a matter of storing it in a cool dry place.
One of the only failings to this product is that the expires date on the bottle I purchase was only for three months into the future #60 caplets size#. I can't comment how long these supplements will be "safe" for after the expires date however I wouldn't want to consume them to far beyond this date. There is a chance that this problem simply arose from the one I purchase and usually you get a far longer shelf life.
It is recommended that you take it with a meal and not to exceed the recommended dose. I take each caplet (one per day is the dose) each morning when shaving along side Cod Liver Oil Syrup (but beware that also contains a lot of Vitamin A)
With all vitamin and mineral supplements they are not intended to be a substitute for a good healthy and balanced diet, instead just as a safe guard to ensure you are getting everything your body needs to be at it's best.
Pregnant Women or those trying to become pregnant should consult their doctor before taking these supplements as should Diabetics. Their use in children maybe carefully monitored and limited as the iron content can be harmful in high doses.
Prices vary per size of bottle but retail for the following prices and can be purchased both instore and online.
60 Caplets for £3.99
120 Caplets for £7.25
240 Caplets for £13.99
480 Caplets for £23.05
They are not the cheapest supplement on the market and many of the super markets own brands are much cheaper. However with these Holland & Barrett ABC Plus your getting a brand you know as well as a product that is very comprehensive and a great way to ensure your health.