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Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C
Advantages: Easy to take, reasonable value & taste quite pleasant..
Disadvantages: None for me!
I have had a horrible head cold-type virus recently which has left me feeling very run-down and tired. Whilst shopping in a local branch of Tesco to stock-up on some much-needed medicines and supplies, I spotted a selection of vitamins and tablets at the end of the relevant aisle in-store. I will often try and take a multi-vitamin tablet or vitamin C tablet when I have been unwell, as I feel it helps me on the road to recovery and I have found in the past that own-branded versions of well-known vitamins tend to be as good as bigger-branded alternatives, in my opinion.
As I scanned the supermarket shelves on this occasion, I noted that there was a wide selection and variety of vitamin C tablets available, but I knew exactly what I was looking for: a long, thin, cylinder tube made of plastic which contains some large 'effervescent' Vitamin C tablets. I found it easily, thanks to the brightly-coloured orange packaging, and paid around £1.20 for the tube.
Returning home, I decided to take one of the Vitamin C tablets and dug them out for a closer look. I could see easily that the tablets also contain Zinc, are suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and can be taken by adults and children over the age of 12.
To take one of the Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C tablets, all I need to do is drop one of the large, chalky-looking tablets into a small glass of water. The tablets are about the size of a ten pence piece, but this will soon dissolve in the water so don't be alarmed by the size of them!
I find that after only a minute or two the tablet has dissolved easily, and with no help from me, and it has mixed nicely with the water to produce a glass of orange-flavoured vitamin C 'water' that is a bright orange colour, and with a noticeable but pleasant orange aroma.
The orange-flavoured vitamin 'water' tastes very pleasant, and I find it is quite sweet and sugary. I think there is a certain 'sharpness' to the flavour of the drink, and the taste is certainly much sharper than having a drink of orangeade or something similar. For me however, I find that taking my daily dose of Vitamin C this way is much more pleasant than trying to swallow a rather large tablet. For me personally, the effervescent tablets offer a pleasant change, and as I take a large amount of prescribed medication on a daily basis, I am more than happy with the option to take the vitamin in a refreshing, pleasant-tasting drink rather than having to take (yet) another pill!
According to the packaging for the effervescent tablets, they are "rapidly absorbed to help support the body's defences." I know that Vitamin C is supposed to support the immune system and this is a reassurance for me personally as my immune system is compromised as a result of some of the prescribed medication that I need to take. Furthermore, I like to think that the addition of Vitamin C in my daily diet is going some way to provide some of the essential vitamins and minerals that are lacking in my diet when I am feeling unwell, as I usually struggle to eat much, or to eat properly. There are further explanations and reassurances on the reverse of the plastic tube such as: "Vitamin C helps maintain healthy bones, teeth, gums, skin and immune system. It also functions as an antioxidant."
I cannot honestly say that as soon as I started to take the Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C I immediately started to feel better and my head cold virus disappeared. What I CAN tell you however, is that I felt a little less tired and more reassured that the fatigued, run-down feeling I was experiencing was soon about to pass, and I just felt a little better for doing *something* to try and help myself.
As with all medications and vitamins/supplements, you should never exceed the stated dose. You should also consult with your pharmacist or doctor if you are pregnant or have other medical conditions to ensure that the product is suitable for you personally.
I would wholeheartedly recommend the Tesco Effervescent Vitamin C tablets and I will buy them again. I believe that the vitamins were available in a small selection of flavours such as the orange flavour I am reviewing here, and a raspberry option.
*N.B* It may be worth noting that there is currently a promotion running in Tesco stores (and online, via www.tesco.com) where all vitamins and mineral supplements are subject to a promotional deal which is a three-for-the-price-of-two type offer. I believe that this offer/promotion will run up until March 2012. (Info correct as @ January 2012).
Summary: Fizzy vitamin C tablets that are easy to take and taste quite pleasant!
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