“ Brand: Tesco / 60 tablets „
When my son was first born fatigue really became a problem for me. Before he was born I went gym at least three nights a week and I work from seven thirty in the morning the five in the evening. I was having a hard time getting a good nights sleep and giving up work wasn't an option. I didn't want to stop going gym either because I knew if I stopped going it would be difficult for me to get started again. When I feel rundown I tend to eat a lot chocolate and crisps a lot more than usual. My apples and bananas were being discarded in favour of yorkies, snickers and walkers crisps. Whatever nutrition I was getting from the fruit had now disappeared.
My friend suggested taking vitamin tablets. Just to help me ride out this rough patch. Something so obvious yet I had never got around to buying any. At first I ordered some from Holland and Barrett but for some reson they didn't really agree with me so I wanted to give another brand a chance. Shopping in my local tesco I passed the nutrition section. Checking out the vitamin tablets I came across the Tescos one a day, complete multivitamins and multiminerals, for all round health and vitality. Sounded like just what I was after.
There is nothing flashy about the packaging that really catches the eye. The tablets come in a round cylindrical tub with a silver lid and a silver label. On the front of the label there is the standard photo of the happy couple, a man and women who obviously use these vitamins. The smiles on their faces must surely convince me to buy this product. Then the usual. The ingredients, directions of how many to take and with what frequency (one a day kind of gives that away already) and the usual warning to keep away from children although the directions say tablets can be taken by children over 12. If your child was to get hold of the tablets somehow the lid is a safety lid that needs to be pressed in both sides to open so the chances are they couldn't open it anyway. There is a warning that stands out. It concerns woman that are either trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or are breast feeding, like my girlfriend was at the time. It warns do not take if that applies to you because of vitamin A in the tablets.
There is also a diagram of the shape and size of the tablets on the rear of the container. Whilst the tablets are still quite large they were not as big as the Holland and Barrett tablets I used before that were quite difficult to swallow, so an improvement straight away. At the moment these vitamins are priced at £8.99 for 180 tablets, so around three months worth and maybe more if like me you forget to take them every now and again. They can also usually be purchased as part of a three for two offer so nearly nine months worth for £17.98. In my opinion good value for money.
I took my first tablet the next day. These tablets were definitely easier to swallow than the others I had tried before. My last tablets had sometimes left me feeling nauseous during the day whilst I was at work. These tablets din't make me feel like that.
The most important ingredients are:
Vitamin A : Vitamin A helps cell reproduction. It also stimulates immunity and is needed for formation of some hormones. Vitamin A helps vision and promotes bone growth, tooth development, and helps maintain healthy skin, hair, and mucous membranes. It has been shown to be an effective preventive against measles.
Vitamin B1: thiamine is important in the production of energy. It helps the body cells convert carbohydrates into energy. It is also essential for the functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system. Not getting enough thiamine can leave one fatigued and weak.
Vitamin C: is one of the most important of all vitamins. It plays a significant role as an antioxidant, thereby protecting body tissue from the damage of oxidation. Antioxidants act to protect your cells against the effects of free radicals, which are potentially damaging by-products of the body's metabolism. Free radicals can cause cell damage that may contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Vitamin C has also been found by scientists to be an effective antiviral agent.
Vitamin D: is known as the "sunshine vitamin" since it is manufactured by the body after being exposed to sunshine. Ten to fifteen minutes of good sunshine three times weekly is adequate to produce the body's requirement of vitamin D. This means that we don't need to obtain vitamin D from our diet unless we get very little sunlight - usually not a problem for children.
Living in Manchester Vitamin D is pretty hard to come by. Those four are just an example of what the tablets contain and I'm sure you would agree that they are important to a healthy lifestyle. Just as all the other ingredients are. Most of the ingredients provide you with 100% of your recommended intake as well so you are not under as much pressure to get your five a day if you take these tablets.
One thing to watch out for is the use by date. I have always found the use by date to be some way in the future though, so you unless you threw them in a draw and forgot about them they will not go past the date on the label. Even if they did go past the date I don't think they are harmful, just not as effective.
I would love to give you a definitive opinion that these tablets have changed my life but I honestly can't say if they have or not. What I can say is that I lead a far more active lifestyle than I did a few years ago. I do feel better than I have in the past fitness wise and in general and would like to think the tablets have given me that extra boost to liven up. They are good value for money and I think you would be hard pressed to find a better vitamin tablet than these. I only have ten tablets left so need to but more and I will not be shopping around, I will definitely stick to the tried and tested.
Although taking an iron tablet everyday is a necessity for me due to my anemia, I also take several other supplements including the multivitamin tablets from Tesco, mainly because I'm a bit of a health freak!
I take one of these a day along with my other supplements and I have mine after my breakfast as it's advised that the tablets should not be taken on an empty stomach. Each tablet contains twelve essential vitamins and minerals which according to Tesco are for 'optimum health.' The ingredients includes vitamins A, C, D, E, B1, B2, B6 and B12. The tablets also contain folic acid, niacin and pantothenic acid.
These are only available from Tesco and they can be purchased in two different sized tubs - the smaller tub contains sixty tablets while the large tub contains 240 tablets. I have had the large tub for the past couple of months now and there's still loads left, so they're great value. The large tub currently retails at £3.42, equating to just over one pence per tablet.
I'm pretty certain that they were a little cheaper when I got mine, but they're still much cheaper than the holland and barrett version and at a little over one pence a tablet they won't break the bank! Tesco also have a long term 3 for 2 offer on their range of supplements, making them even batter value. The tablets come in a medium sized tub which has got a white and blue colour scheme. Although the tub contains a lot of tablets it's not too bulky and doesn't take up much room in my cupboard.
All of the information needed is written on the tub including the brand & product name, ingredients, safety advice and so on. Opening the tub is easy enough - twist & pull. It is not a child proof lid, however I do think that a small child would struggle to open it. Either way, the tub should be kept out of reach from children and they are not suitable for anyone under the age of twelve.
The tablets themselves are much smaller than I was expecting and very easy to swallow. They're a beige/pale yellow kind of colour and are completely odourless, which is always an advantage in my opinion. They have a chalky feel to them but they're smooth if that makes sense and as they're so small I am easily able to swallow one, as long as I have some water. I've never had any problems swallowing these and the small size is defnitely an advantage!
As for the results, I can't say that I have noticed a drastic change in my health or anything. I've been taking them for around two months now and was hoping that they would boost my energy levels a little, but to be honest I don't think that these alone have made a massive difference. I had also hoped that they'd possibly help clear up the stubborn bits of eczema on my ankles due to the vitamin E which is supposed to be amazing for skin healing. While I have seen a small improvement, I doubt that it is purely the tablets as I have been using various lotions and potions on my skin.
Although I have not noticed a massive difference in my health/the way that I feel on a daily basis since taking these, I do think that they help contribute a little to my overall health, and I haven't felt coldy or ill for quite a while, but as I said I do take other supplements and I have a healthy diet. I will definitely continue taking them to ensure that I am getting enough vitamins and minerals - for just over 1p a day it'd be silly not to. I do have a very healthy diet but I feel like these give my body a boost in vitamins etc which makes me feel a little healthier which I guess is kind of a placebo. I also like that they're suitable for Vegans - there's no nasty ingredients in them and they're also wheat and gluten free.
Overall, recommended - a quick, cheap & easy way to get enough vitamins and minerals.
This review is going to be about the Tesco Multivitamins that my mother insists I take on a daily basis.
::::: The product :::::
Tesco Complete Multivitamins claim to provide 25 essential vitamins and minerals for optimal health, and unlike many other vitamin supplements are suitable for vegetarians. They are to be swallowed whole, and are free from wheat, eggs, gluten; fish, milk and salt so will be suitable for people with a wide range of allergies, which is useful for me as I often have trouble finding things that won't bring me out in a rash. The vitamins and minerals included are:
Now that list doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me beyond Vitamin C, but it sure does seem like a whole load of chemicals to be putting in to your body- surely you can just get all of these from a healthy diet?!
::::: The Effect :::::
To be perfectly honest, after taking one of these daily for a few months now on the request of my mother I haven't really noticed and great deal of difference. I am possibly a little sprightlier, but this could be put down to a decrease in stress and work. So with little obvious external effects I am left to wonder if the tablets are doing me any good on the inside. They are certainly not unpleasant to take, being not to big to swallow whole and having no discernible taste. I'm just wondering if really all I'm paying for is a recipe for mineral filled poo?? It does make one wonder...
::::: The Pric e:::::
My mother informed me she paid £7.30 from Tesco's for a packet of 180..... This seems very steep to me. Okay, so they will last one person half a year but it is still 4 pence a tablet, wich I dare say could be put to better use. Maybe I'm just a bit cynical.
::::: My Opinions :::::
If you haven't noticed already, I'm not a great fan of this product or vitamins and minerals in general. If you have a healthy, balanced diet I see no need to supplement it with extras..... What's the point? Maybe these would be useful for vegetarians or vegans for whom it is harder to have a balanced diet, but I see no reason for a healthy adult to have to pay £7.30 for the inconvenience of taking one of these tablets every day.
*also on Ciao as Walowiz
If you are familiar with my reviews you will be aware that I suffer with an underlying medical condition that weakens my immune system and as a result, I am prone to picking up every cough and cold germ. Whilst I try my very hardest to eat a balanced diet and consume five portions of fruit and vegetables each day (although some experts now believe it should be nine!), I am still susceptible to picking up germs. As with most of us, I have an extremely busy lifestyle, both working and my home life and I frequently find myself feeling run down and out of sorts.
Over the years I have gone through phases where I would buy certain pills, which I would swallow on a daily basis in a bid to improve my health and give my immune system that much needed boost. There's been the vitamin D, Zinc, Echinacea, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Oil of Evening Primrose, garlic capsules and I'm sure there has been a whole load more. I would point out here that I didn't take all of these at the same time! As you are no doubt aware, there are certain brands of vitamins that cost an arm and a leg and I simply did not have the money to spare, so approximately a eight months ago I opted for a cheaper version, namely Tesco General Wellbeing Multivitamins and this review discusses my experience with using them.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
The 60 multivitamins are provided to us in a rigid white plastic tub and it is only when I am now scrutinising it for the purpose of this review that I realise there is no weight. Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought it was a requirement to provide this detail on these types of products. I cannot state that the packaging is eye-catching, as I found it considerably difficult to detect on the shelf in Tesco. I belong to a number of online surveys panels; a couple of which have sent me surveys to select the best packaging for different brands of vitamins and it is these surveys that I struggle with, as I always find all of the options somewhat bland and I am unsure what I would find eye catching on a product of this nature.
There is a large label on the front of the packaging where we see an image of a man and woman holding hands. We are advised that the vitamins are for everyday health and vitality and that they are one a day. This is a real positive as far as I am concerned as there has been many an occasion where I have purchased a tub of vitamins thinking I've bagged a bargain only to find that I need to take several of the tablets each day.
The large blue screw top lid is easily removed and what surprised me is that Tesco have failed to include a child lock and as far as I am concerned, the lid is too easily removed. Tesco really need to address this issue, which is obvious a safety hazard, as I am sure the contents would seem rather appealing to curious little ones. The pale yellow vitamins are fairly small and measure approximately 1 cm in diameter, which is a real bonus, particularly as I often experience difficulty with swallowing tablets. They are odourless unlike many others I have purchased, which often emit a rather overpowering and somewhat unpleasant aroma.
WHAT VITAMINS ARE CONTAINED WITHIN THE TUB?
Whilst I do not intend stating the role of each and every one of the vitamins or the weight contained within each tablet I would advise that they comprise of 11 different types, namely:-
Vitamin A, D, E, C, B1, B2, B6 and B12, niacin, folic acid and pantothenic acid. We are provided with an extensive list on the side of the label, which details the typical milogram content of each of the vitamins, together with the recommended daily allowance.
The recommended dosage for adults and children over the age of 12 is to swallow one tablet daily preferably with a meal, so I tend to take my tablet just before I eat my breakfast. The tablets are easily swallowed and I like to take a few sips of water to assist it on its' journey, although my husband pushes his tablets to the back of his throat and simply swallows. A huge bonus with these is that there is no unpleasant aftertaste.
HAVE I NOTICED ANY IMPROVEMENT?
This is extremely difficult to answer, as I still tend to suffer with at least six viruses every year and have caught three cough and colds since I started taking them; all of which lasted well over a month. However, as previously stated, I have an underlying medical condition that weakens my immune system and consequently, I am prone to contracting coughs and colds and at this present moment in time I am suffering once again. Whether I would suffer with more viruses if I ceased with the vitamins I really do not know and it is always difficult to establish if a product such as this really works. I still feel just as tired as I did prior to starting the multivitamins. My husband takes the vitamins alongside me and he too has suffered two heavy coughs and colds, which no doubt he contracted from me.
Would I recommend these? Again, this is a difficult question to answer and although I continue to take these vitamins every morning I am reluctant to stop, as they may be helping me. Whilst I eat fresh fruit and vegetables every day I often find it difficult to manage five portions, particularly during the working week, so this was one of my reasons for taking a supplement. I pondered for a while before rating this product and would like to give Tesco Multivitamins 2½ stars, which is not possible, so I will go for 3 stars. Perhaps the vitamins are assisting in areas that I simply do not know about, such as skin and bones, so maybe I should return to this review in 40 years time and update! As for recommending them - this is the first time in any of my reviews that I am undecided.
The vitamins are suitable for vegetarians and I would advise that they do not contain wheat, gluten, yeast, fish, milk, egg and salt. There is an extremely lengthy list of ingredients contained on the rear label and for obvious reasons I do not intend copying it into this review. The tablets should be stored in a cool dry place and kept out of sight and reach of children. We are advised that we should follow a balanced diet and not use the vitamins as a substitute. There is no recycling symbol on the container, but as it is made from plastic it would be suitable for your recycling bin.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
There are two sizes of Tesco Multivitamins - a tub containing 60, which will cost you 86p or a tub containing 240, which will cost you £3.09. The only reason I am currently using the smaller size is that at the time of replenishing my stock they were on offer in Tesco whereby I could purchase three for the price of two.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
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To keep myself in tip top shape I have to supplement my diet with multi vitamins, as hard as I try, sometimes I am too buys to eat a proper balanced diet and get all my goodness. I have quite a weak immune system so to avoid getting run down I buy multi vitamins. Currently I buy the ones from Tesco.
These vitamins cost 87 pence for sixty tablets and are often on special offer in a three for two. As these have quite a long sell by date on them I often stock up while they are on offer. You can also buy bigger pack sizes, and packs with additional extras, like cod liver oil, or iron. These are a bit more expensive, but work out worthwhile investing in if you were going to buy the two products seperately anyway.
The packaging is quite plain and simple. It is blue and basic with the details on and a small picture of two people. The lid is a screw on and off, and once oyu screw it back on it is actually quite secure so you won't get any spillages if you fancy carrying the tablets in your bag, which is actually quite a handy way to take them.
The vitamins contain: Vitamins A, C, D and E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folic acid, Vitamin B12, Panthotenic acid and Iron. I find this combination is all I need to take on a daily basis. I do take extras and top ups (such as echinacea, iron, cod liver oil, glucosamine etc), but I dont really want them in my multi vitamins as I don't take them every day, I take them as and when I need them and alter the doseage accordingly.
When I am taking my multivitamins, I feel better in myself, a little more lively, I am less likely to get a cold, and my skin is better. For the cheap price they are, they make such a difference in my life that there is no question as to whether or not I will carry on buying them.
There is one downside to these vitamins which I want to point out- it may not happen to everyone, it may just be a personal thing, but beware! I cannot take these on a empty stomach, if I do, they make me feel sick instantly. The feeling goes after a while but is unpleasant while it lasts.
I try to take a daily multivitamin, although I go through phases with them - I can take them every day for a couple of months, then I'll get out of the habit and only remember to take them every few days.
As I sometimes forget to take them, I have the chance to notice the difference between taking them and not.
Looking at Tesco Multivitamins, it is difficult to imagine that they actually contain everything that they say they do as they are so small! They are around 1cm in diameter and of a pale yellow shade.
Thiamin (Vitamin B1)
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
As they contain Vitamin A, they are not suitable for pregnant women, they are also only recommended for children over the age of twelve. You should take one a day, preferably with a meal.
The pills are very firm and compact, and not flaky in any way; this makes them really easy to swallow.
They don't taste of anything, so there is no nasty aftertaste, which is a bonus and probably encourages you to take them on a regular basis.
I have to say that I don't notice a huge difference when taking them, although I find that this is the case with all of these types of tablets.
There is a clear improvement in my general health though; I find that I have a little more energy, I also notice an improvement in my skin, I seem to look a little healthier, and more 'rested'.
I've taken these tablets on and off for over a year now and the results have been consistent, so I do believe that these affects are due to the tablets, and not other changes in lifestyle.
I have tried quite a few brands of multivitamins over the years, and to be honest, the only difference I've noticed is the size and shape of the tablets.
I would therefore suggest that, unless you are lacking in a specific vitamin/mineral, you should try the cheaper versions as they all tend to contain the same things and should all have the same effect.
Tesco Multivitamins are available in most stores and online and cost 87p for 60, or £3 for 240.
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!
We have various vitamin and mineral supplements in our house. There is is a pot of these in the kitchen, nestling in between some cod liver oil and some other tablets which I forget. It was not until I stopped to survey the vitamin range in Tesco last week that I realised just how vast it was. There were the usual vitamins, but loads of other supplements as well like Ginseng and Ginger...looks like they are trying to rival Holland and Barrett!
A sixty pack of these is less than a pound and should see you through two months, if you have one a day. That is pretty good value I think, for a tablet which claims to provide essential vitamins and minerals. Not much to shout about in terms of look or taste, pale tablets with a delicate slightly fruity aftertaste go down alright. I would have maybe liked them to have had a punchier strawberry taste, but nevermind.
I have taken them on and off for a week or two, while actually having a cold. Unfortunately, the pills did not prevent me catching a cold, but I did notice I seemed to shake it off quicker than usual. Even in these cold months. Usually a cold sticks with me for a week, but lasted just three days this time. Maybe it was just a minor cold, but I would like to believe that taking vitamins has contributed to the body's defence system. If nothing else, it has certainly done no damage to my health.
Judging whether a pill works is difficult, you can merely take them and trust that they are helping your immune system and supporting your body. For less than a pound though, it's probably worth it and also a darned sight cheaper than a lot of branded makes.
I am an avid fan of vitamins and I take them on recommendation from my Dr every day. I have do have issues with my natural vitamin levels and suffer with low Potasium always (I take proper medication for that) and I am known to really suffer with low Vitamin B levels. So I do take a simple multi vitamin every day as I have said to help with all that. Now I have issues with my Iron and because I've had an eating disorder (and still do suffer from time to time in this area of my life) I have to make sure I don't get vitamins containing Iron or it can make me ill so really I am looking for a simple and straightforward vitamin pill!
These are available in several sizes. Whatever the size you purchase its a white plastic tub with a push and twist plastic blue plastic lid to the top of it and around the main of the tub there is a light blue label and on that I'm told they are General Wellbeing Tesco Multivitamins 'For everyday health and vitality' there is a drawing of a couple of people on there and the size is stated and I'm told they are to take one a day of. Other information around the back of the tub includes telling me a bit about the tablets, dosage detail is given, warnings and ingredients are listed, I'm told what they contain, the expiry date is displayed and contact details for Tesco are given.
A Bit About The Tablets And Dosage Details:
A balanced source of 11 essential vitamins and minerals for optium health.
Dosage - adults and children over 12 - swallow one tablet a day, preferably with a meal . Do not exceed the recommended daily dosage. A varied, balanced diet and healthy lifestyle are important. Not to be used as a substitute.
Small round and light brown they have a slight coating to them for ease of swallowing and I like the size of these as they are quite small in my opinion for a vitamin pill. They have a meaty smell to them but when swallowed with a large drink they easily slide down the throat and leave no after-taste at all. At least these aren't like mini bricks and I think these are really simple to take!
These contain 100% vitamins A, D, E, C, B6, B12, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, and panthothenic acid. Do they work? No idea really they do me no harm anyway but I can't categorically say they do anything for me cos I don't think they turn me into super woman or anything and I dont 'see' the effects lol.
Worth taking if you want to top up your vitamins levels and they work out rather economical too!
Only available in Tesco stores and I paid 76p for 60 of them