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Any Old Iron
Tesco Iron Tablets
Member Name: k2705
Tesco Iron Tablets
Advantages: Easy to swallow and reasonably priced
Disadvantages: None for me
As you may see from previous reviews I am currently on various supplements, one of which I have been advised to take is Iron tablets. As with most of the supplements I am taking I purchased them from my local Tesco due to them being much cheaper. Iron supplements are something I am familiar with as my Mum takes them due to being anaemic, although she is prescribed hers by the doctor, whilst I am not actually anaemic it is something that can occur in pregnancy and the doctors are concerned this could happen as I do not have enough iron in my diet, generally I do however during pregnancy there is more of a risk that the baby will take what it needs leaving me with too little iron resulting in me becoming anaemic, so I now have yet another supplement to add to my growing list.
The Tesco iron tablets come in exactly the same packet as the Folic Acid ones I take, the pot is made from a white plastic with a bright yellow and black labels going around the middle of it, you really have to read the labels to make sure you are taking the correct tablet. There is a black band going along the top of the label with "Woman's Health" written in yellow writing, and a further black band going along the bottom of the label, this states the amount of tablets per pot and the dosage you should take daily. The middle of the label is bright yellow, this has the "Tesco" name written in orange writing and the word "Iron" just beneath this in black, there is a sentence just below stating "Iron is needed for blood formation". The rest of the label is take up with the outline of a person in orange jumping. The back of the label is again yellow and covered in small black writing made up of the ingredients, dosage, warnings and a bit of information about the tablets. The pot has a large yellow plastic lid, this is designed to be child proof and can only be opened up squeezing the two sides and turning, the lid simply twists back on the pot.
When I first brought the Tesco Iron tablets I had also purchased the Calcium supplements at the same time, I was pleased to see that the Iron supplements were no where near as big as the calcium ones, measuring no more that 3mm in diameter. They tablets are a light speckled brown colour and look like they are going to have a rough texture to them, however when I took one of the tablets out of the pot I was surprised to find that they are extremely smooth and have an almost shiny surface, I'm not sure if this is to help you swallow them easier but I was pleased that they were smooth and not rough or gritty as I'm not sure I could take them if they were. As with the other supplements I am taking I was pleased to discover that the Iron tablets had no smell to them as again I think I would struggle if they smelt every time I opened the pot.
What the Tablets Do
Iron is important in making haemoglobin and red blood cells, these in turn carry oxygen in the body and are necessary for this function, iron is needed to help give the body energy, without it we would be constantly tired and unable to do anything. Iron supplements help to boost the iron in your body which traditionally you get from eating certain types of food. As I have mentioned in many of my reviews I am a vegetarian, but a very fussy one and there is a long list of things that I just will not eat, generally my diet is very good and I like to think I have a healthy diet, however during pregnancy your body needs to support the development of the baby, so if your iron intake is limited anyway, and then it is being used by the developing baby you are going to be left with very little iron yourself, by taking iron supplements your are boosting your iron intake reducing the chance of becoming anaemic. However it is best to speak to your doctor before taking iron supplements, I am only taking them as it was recommended to me by my doctor.
You only need a small dose of iron per day, I take the recommended dose on the pot which is one tablet a day, this equals 14mg of iron. Again it is best to check this first with your doctor before taking them, I was advised that one tablet a day would currently be enough, however it is possible to overdose on iron so you should never just take what you think you need without checking first.
The warnings which are listed on the back of the pot are standard for this type of product and include
* Do not exceed the recommended dose
* To be used as part of a healthy balance diet, not to be used as a replacement
* Do no take if the inner seal is broken
* Keep out of reach and site of children, iron can be harmful to very young children
* If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant consult your doctor before taking any type of supplement
Price and Availability
I brought my iron supplements from my local Tesco, although other brands are widely available from different supermarkets and pharmacies. A pot of 60 tablets cost me £1.75 which personally I think is a very reasonable price as other brands charge a lot more for pretty much the same product. When I brought my pot all supplements were on offer where you brought 3 pots for the price of 2, I think this offer is currently available so I will be stocking up on my supplements while I can get them a bit cheaper. However even if they were not on offer I would still opt for the Tesco brand as it is one of the cheapest available.
To be honest I have not really noticed any difference since I have been taking my Iron supplements, however I know that they are something I need to take to prevent me from becoming anaemic so I definitely will be continuing to take them as I do not know what effect not taking them would have and I don't really want to find out. I have had no side effects from the tablets, or none that I have noticed and also no problems swallowing them. I would definitely recommend Tesco Iron Supplements, if this is a product you need to start taking or are currently taking I would suggest anyone tries Tescos version as they are extremely cheap and do just the same as other brands which are double the price, however this is a product that you should only take after consulting your doctor first.
Summary: A good cheap supplement
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