“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Tesco iron tablets / Dosage Form: Tablets „
I normally buy combined multivitamins and iron in the same tablet, however after picking up value multivitamins in Tesco without iron added, I had to buy it separately.
Priced at £1.50 for 90 tablets or £1.20 for 30, Tesco iron is a little bit more than I would like to pay for iron on it's own as these are about the same price the ones with vitamins included; they are part of their 3 for 2 offer though. The tablets are one a day making a 90 pack last three months so good value really- mind you they are cheaper in Asda....
The tub is white with a yellow label and yellow lid, although more orangey now due to an upgrade in the design. The label says it's part of their 'Women's health range' and is iron 'for blood formation'. These come with warnings, and are to be kept away from children. The tablets are small, brown and easy to swallow. One a day they contain 14mg which is about on par with other brands and is 100% of the recommended daily amount. They contain Ferrous Fumarate amongst other things- the NHS Choices website has loads of information on this stuff.
Why do I take them?
I suffer from low iron and have to take supplements as my diet alone isn't iron rich enough. The Dr told me to buy it off the shelf as it isn't as harsh as prescription iron and has less side effects. For iron to be effective they need to be taken with consideration in regards to when and what you take them with (even my cup of tea can interfere with their absorption....) I take one in the evening with water.
But do they work?
Yes I think they do, Tesco or any other brand seem to be the same regarding effectiveness. I feel less tired when I take these regularly. I can tell when I forget to take them for a few days so they must be doing something. I haven't had a blood test to check for sure but I certainly feel better for taking these. Although side effects are common when taking iron supplements I haven't suffered from any taking these particular ones.
To sum up they're cheap enough, small and therefore easy to swallow, don't repeat on me and seem to help.
Around 2 months ago I started to get a lot of headaches, common bouts of dizziness and regularly felt very tired. This began to happen almost daily, I decided I needed to do something about this. My mum suffers from an iron deficiency as does my older sister, so after talking to her we came to the conclusion that my iron levels must be low too. I rarely eat vegetables either, I'm quite a fussy eater, but I know that vegetables contain a lot of iron so this was only adding to my problem. I went to the doctors for more specialist advice rather than simply self diagnosing, and my theory was confirmed. I was advised to purchase some iron supplements.
'Iron is necessary for blood formation as it is important for making haemoglobin and red blood cells. Iron is necessary for the transport of oxygen in the body and for energy production. Iron supports the functioning of the immune system and contributes to cognitive function'
Taken from the Tesco website.
As I do my weekly shop at my local Tesco store I picked up these specific tablets from there. I brought these for just £1.20 which is still the current price. My bottle contains 30 tablets, so I believe this is good value for money at just 4p a tablet. These tablets are also available in the '3 for 2' offer, which makes them even better value if you take advantage of this.
Each tablet contains 14mg of iron, which is your RDA (recommended daily allowance). So for people like me who have low iron levels these are perfect in making sure you get exactly what your body requires. You are directed to take one tablet a day, with food. People under the age of 12 are not permitted to take this supplement.
The packaging has changed slightly from the current dooyoo picture above. The bottle is very similar to the other packing in the Tesco's women's health range. The colour scheme is pink, white and mainly yellow. We are told the amount of iron, dosage and number of tablets contained. There is a picture of a magnet in the centre of the bottle. The packaging does not stand out, so don't expect anything fancy at all, but at the end of the day they are only iron tablets. What were we really expecting?
The bottle is equipped with a child safety lid, as with many tablets these days. Before opening it should be sealed with a silver foil lid, please check this before you buy! These are to be stored in a cool dry space, away from sunlight. The tablets are brown in colour, and similar size to your average ibuprofen pill. However these are not coated. The smell is not appealing at all so I would not advise smelling inside the bottle, for some weird reason I did this and it was not nice!
After my doctors recommendation I went straight to Tesco and picked these up, and started to take them the next day. I would say it was a couple of days before I noticed any real difference. Before taking these I did research into why iron was required and because of the lack of oxygen reaching your organs this results in the dizzy spells. These started to reduce, and now after continuous use have completely gone. Before I would notice if I'd skipped a meal I would feel drained, shaky and again very dizzy, especially when I stood up. This has also now gone and I really couldn't be happier. The whole thing had really started to drain me, so was glad when I got some sort of answers.
The headaches were very painful before, I would never be without a pain killer in my bag just in case one came on. I still get the odd headache here and there, but nothing near as bad as before taking these iron tablets. The tiredness is no longer a dominating factor, I have a lot more energy, and day to day tasks are not taxing for me like they were before. Like the headaches I do still have days where I feel more tired than normal, but this is due to my busy schedule nothing to do with the effectiveness of the tablet.
Since I started taking these I have returned to my GP and he is happy with my progress my levels are up and I feel great. For £1.20 a month I really couldn't be happier, if any of my symptoms sound familiar, please don't hesitate in picking a bottle of these up. They truly work wonders, and knowing that you receiving your RDA is a bonus.
After having a bout of constant infections a friend of mine recommended i take iron tablets. I don't really like taking tablets but realise sometimes things do lack from our diets and we need a little helping hand to make sure we have as much as possible. I bought these from Tesco for £1.20 which I think is very good value for money. You can buy iron supplements in the form of water which you drink but when I tried that it was not very nice at all so I thought the tablets were a good way forward.
In the bottle you get 60 and these are in a white and yellow pot which is rather attractive looking as it's bright and shows a picture of a women jumping. I keep these way out of reach and out of sight of any young children who may be around as they do look quite appealing.
The tablets are only small and you take one a day.
Iron helps with how our blood is formed and helps with making the blood cells that carry oxygen around the body. People who have an iron deficiency are anemic. These tablets will not cure anemia but they certainly will help you if you think you lack iron or you want to improve your immune system in my opinion. These tablets help your iron levels so they help your blood and will help your immune system and also cognitive function too apparently. I was feeling rather run down so thought trying these was worth a go.
I must admit they made me feel a little sick when I started taking them. I wasn't sure at first if I was just getting ill or if it was the tablets but a quick google showed me that nausea is a common side effect of iron tablets. I decided to just start taking these every other day instead and found that that stopped the nausea and hoped that it would still have a positive effect upon my body.
I cannot be completely sure if it has helped my immune system as it may be down to chance but I Have felt much better since taking these tablets and I like to think that they are doing some good. You can find iron in various food types such as red meats, broccoli and eggs so it's always best to try and source it in your diet but if you can't or you want to give yourself an iron boost I think these tablets seem to be working quite well.
I was diagnosed with anemia around six years ago now and I've since tried various brands and types of iron supplements.
I took iron tablets for a while then moved onto liquid iron that needed mixing into drinks but didn't like the taste so now I'm back to taking my iron supplement in tablet form. I used to buy them from Holland and Barrett until I realised that Tesco sell a cheaper iron supplement and I've been taking these every day for the past eight months (ish).
A tub of sixty 14mg tablets retails at around £2.30 which is incredibly good value and Tesco also have a long term 3 for 2 offer on all of their supplements you really can't go wrong! Before I started using these I had been using the holland and barrett iron tablets and the price difference is pretty big - the holland and barrett ones are around £7.00 more expensive!
The iron tablets come in a short and stocky plastic tub which has a child proof plastic lid. The packaging is bright yellow with two black bands on either end. There's all of the information that you could need including doseage information, ingredients and so on written on the back as well as safety information and guidelines. The tablets themselves are smaller than I was expecting, which I was pleasantly suprised by! I also like that they're completely odourless, and rather than having a chalky texture they're smooth, which I find makes them much easier to swallow.
I take one of these tablets a day and find the tablet easy to swallow as long as I have a drink. As the tablet is smooth it doesn't feel like it's going to get stuck in my throat or anything! It's recommended that you don't take these on an empty stomach so I take mine after breakfast and have never had any side effects. As for the results, these are just as effective as all of the other (including the much more expensive)brands of iron supplements that I have tried in the past.
I always feel a lot more 'with it' rather than tired and dizzy/light headed all the time like I used to before I was diagnosed with anemia and I feel assured that I am getting enough iron as one 14mg tablet offers a hundred percent of the recommended daily iron allowance. I've always got a reasonable amount of energy and rarely feel run down - despite my lack of sleep due to my ten months old daughter's determination to wake me up every night at 1am, haha!
So, overall I recommend these tablets. They're a cheap and effective iron supplement and the small tub lasts me for two months so they're great value. Five out of five stars.
I have anaemia, and so I have to take iron tablets every day. Iron is in haemoglobin molecules, and is what grabs onto the oxygen molecules, and allows their transportation around the body, in the blood. Its therefore a pretty essential mineral. The natural source of iron is in meat, fish, beans and chickpeas, and so its particuarly vegetarians who might find it useful to take as a supplement.
When my doctor first told me to start taking iron, I went for boots own brand, which was about 3 times the price of this tub. After a couple of months, while perusing the vitamin aisle at Tesco I saw these, and saw that not only were they really cheap, but they were also on 3 for 2.
I started taking tesco own brand instead, and to be honest, iron is pretty much iron, wherever its from. These tablets are much smaller than other ones I have tried, which is great as I do have trouble swallowing them. What I particuarly like is that on the bottle there is a little diagram that shows you how big the tablet actially is.
There is a bit of a funny taste with this one, but as long as you swallow it quick its not too much of an issue.
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.