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Health insurance for 87p?
Member Name: loopy-lou33
Disadvantages: Don't contain minerals, just vitamins.
The debate rages on about whether we actually need to take vitamin supplements, with convincing arguments from both sides. Some experts say that we get adequate vitamins from our diet, and that too many vitamin supplements can be dangerous, as certain vitamins are toxic in great quantity. The vitamin companies argue back, that many people benefit from taking extra vitamins, and that modern diets are lacking in certain nutrients.
I am used to taking vitamin supplements, and have been taking them since I was a child.Personally, I haven't got a clue whether they work or not, or whether taking them has decreased my chances of getting ill, but to me, taking a daily vitamin is cheap and easy to do, and I don't feel it does me any harm.
The trouble is, that when you go into a supermarket or chemist, there are such a mind boggling variety of products available, and at wildly different prices. This is especially evident when you go in health food stores, packed with shelves full of products claiming to cure everything from eczema to athletes foot! I feel that the very expensive supplements offer no more than the cheap ones, and you only have to look at the labels and compare them in terms of the amounts of vitamins that they contain. For me, a basic multivitamin more than suits my needs, and I know I am covering "all the bases" nutritionally.
Tesco sell a tub of 60 multivitamin tablets for 87p. They are one a day tablets, so a tub lasts for 2 months. Not only that, but they are currently on 3 for 2 offer, so your pennies will go even further.
The vitamins come in a small blue container, which is an ideal size to fit in your handbag. It has a clear blue plastic lid, which you open by applying pressure to the sides and twisting. It is not exactly childproof, but younger children would find it difficult to open. The lid is an oval shape. There is a foil seal inside the container, to prevent tampering, which you need to pierce to get to the tablets.
If you smell the contents of the container, there is a slight yeasty smell that is typical of products containing B vitamins. The tablets themselves are quite small, a little smaller than a paracetamol tablet, and brown in colour. They are designed to be swallowd whole with water. There is no perforation mark down the centre. The tablets are not sugar coated. When you put them in your mouth, they don't really taste of anything apart from a very mild yeast flavour, but it is not a strong flavour, and doesnt repeat on you once you have taken the tablet, and it leaves no aftertaste. They are easy to swallow and don't get stuck on the way down!
On the back of the container, it explains that the product is for adults and children over 12. Not for children. It is also unsuitable for pregnant women, as it contains vitamin A, which is dangerous for pregnant women if taken in large quantities. They also advise against breastfeeding mothers taking the product.
One tablet contains:
Vitamin A 800ug
Vitamin D 5.0ug
Vitamin E 10mg
Vitamin C 60mg
Thiamin (B1) 1.4mg
Riboflavin (B2) 1.6mg
Folic Acid 200ug
Pantothenic Acid 6.0mg
All these quantities are 100% of the RDA for these vitamins per day. The supplement does not contain additional minerals, such as iron.
Tesco Multivitamins are a cheap way to make sure you are getting your vitamins. I feel it is good insurance to take these when there are lots of cold and flu bugs about, and even if the effect is purely psychological, I feel happier taking them!
Summary: Simple to use and cheap too.
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