Supplement Focus : Healthspan's Vitamin B Complex and Chewable Vitamin C

Let's talk about vitamins today. Vitamins are essential for good health. However, they are not produced in our bodies, so we need to get them through our diet. A balanced diet usually provides our required vitamin quota, but this modern lifestyle of ours often leaves us lacking the necessary vitamins and minerals. And that is where supplements come into the picture.

Vitamin B complex which is a complex of eight B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12) is an essential vitamin that helps to maintain energy levels. It helps to reduce fatigue and research has shown that it may also help to reduce the risk of stroke. Each vitamin in the complex has its own health benefits. My paternal grandmother who is 88 now, has been taking Vitamin B Complex for nearly three decades now and attributes her energy levels to this supplement. You have to see her, to believe her energy levels at that age.

Most of us get our B vitamins from the food we eat. However as we age it makes sense to include supplements in our lifestyle to ensure that we are getting all the essential nutrients our body needs. Healthspan who have been manufacturing supplements and vitamins for a long time now are one of the most well known direct suppliers of vitamins in the UK.

Healthspan Vitamin B Complex and Chewable Vitamin C


Healthspan large range of vitamins and supplements includes different Vitamin B supplements. Vitamin B Complex with Folic Acid and Biotin is one of their offerings. The supplement is gluten and gelatine free and is suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Here is the nutritional information for the product from Healthspan's site.

Key nutritional values
Typical values, % NRV (where applicable) in brackets:
Vitamin B1 1.1mg (100)
Vitamin B2 1.4mg (100)
Vitamin B3 16mg (100)
Vitamin B5 6mg (100)
Vitamin B6 1.4mg (100)
Vitamin B12 2.5mcg (100)
Biotin (B7) 50mcg (100)
Folic Acid (B9) 200mcg (100)


Ingredients
Maltodextrin, Cellulose, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Stearic Acid – of vegetable origin, Hypromellose, Mannitol, Silica, Magnesium Stearate – of vegetable origin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Talc, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12.

My mom has tried these and has not experienced any side effects. She is an active person as is but has found that the supplement did improve her energy levels which is always a welcome effect. She has no trouble swallowing the tablets and takes the tablets around 4 times a week. Long term she plans to continue taking Vitamin B Complex and Healthspan would be her preferred choice. Based on her experience, she recommends the product.

Healthspan Vitamin B Complex and Chewable Vitamin C


My dad will be 70 soon and takes multivitamins regularly. He still works and has a busy schedule. He takes vitamin supplements as a preventive measure even though he consumes a varied and healthy diet. He regularly takes Vitamin C supplement in additon to multivitamins. Vitamin C has varied health benefits including supporting the immune system and the normal functioning of the nervous system. My dad has tried Vitamin C in tablet form, in powder form (which is mixed with water and consumed as a drink) but his favourite is the one in the chewable format. He loves the Vitamin C (with Bioflavonoids) tablets from Healthspan.

Here are the nutritional value details from Healthspan's website:
Typical values, % NRV (where applicable) in brackets:
Vitamin C 500mg
Mixed Citrus Bioflavonoids 16mg


Ingredients
E420, Sodium Ascorbate, Ascorbic Acid, Flavours (Natural Orange, Peach, Apricot), Magnesium Stearate - of vegetable origin, Stearic Acid - of vegetable origin, Silica, Rutin, Citrus Bioflavonoids, Sucralose, Acesulphame Potassium.

The tablets are pleasant to chew, have a lovely orange and apricot flavour and helps boost immunity to colds. It also helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. Totally recommended by my dad. If you are looking for a chewable Vitamin C supplement, try these from Healthspan.

A 160 tablet pack of Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids costs £6.95 while a 360 tablet pack of Vitamin B Complex with Folic Acid and Biotin is just £8.95. Reasonably priced both the products are quality products that come in sensible packaging. You can check these two and all other products from Healthspan on their website.

Disclaimer: This post is based on my parents' experience with the supplements. You should always consult your GP if you have any health issues or are planning to take any new supplements.


“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being,
and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
- World Health Organization, 1948
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