Healthy or not so healthy?

Healthy or not so healthy – misleading vitamin supplements raising risk of high blood pressure.

Vitamin effervescents, like Berocca, that are dissolved in water are an easy and healthy way to keep up with your vitamin intake. Or are they?

Most of us are aware that salt should be consumed in small quantities and that too much salt can increase your risk of high blood pressure, which in turn is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. As you age your risk of high blood pressure increases, meaning it becomes even more important to keep an eye on your salt consumption.

Though it might be difficult to resist a bacon sandwich, at least its high salt content is predictable. New research by Healthspan shows that many popular brands’ vitamin C effervescent tablets contain the sodium equivalent of more than two packets of ready salted crisps.

Sodium comparision Graph

Even more shocking, ninety percent of Brits recognise that excess levels of salt have a negative effect upon their blood pressure, yet only a third actually check the label of any health supplement they purchase.

This research has prompted Healthspan to introduce a new low sodium vitamin C effervescent tablet, Ruby Breakfast. In regards to other vitamin C effervescent products that are widely available in pharmacies and supermarkets, Healthspan’s Head of Nutrition Rob Hobson says, ‘Each of these products contain a startling amount of sodium, which many consumers are unaware of.’

The relationship between sodium and salt can be a little unclear. Salt is contrived of forty percent sodium and sixty percent chloride, and six grams of salt is equivalent to almost two and a half grams of sodium.

Sodium is typically added to these water soluble effervescent supplements to make them fizz and dissolve. Using the very latest manufacturing process, Healthspan’s new Ruby effervescent tablets sparkle and fizz without the addition of sodium. The tablets contain less than one percent of your daily allowance of sodium, as opposed to Waitrose’s blackcurrant flavoured vitamin c effervescents, which provide a grand total of seventeen percent.

At this time of year, we are all trying to avoid the winter sniffles. Healthspan’s Ruby breakfast effervescents, £11.95 for an 80 day supply, contain vitamin C and provide a healthy way to boost your immune system.

Save £2 off Healthspan’s vitamin C packed low sodium Ruby Breakfast effervescent with this code: PRRB-ZDE

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22nd Dec 2016
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So many people, particularly in the post-50 age group take vitamin suplements because today's food is not what they grew up with. It no longer satisfies, and we begin to feel run down, and wonder why?

Having been a farm stockman raising pigs, sheep and cattle, I can tell you ... you're right! Best sources say eat ox liver to get iron - better than iron sulphate pills. Wrong. Cattle are fed on rolled barley and never see a blade of grass, from which comes the iron we need. Better the iron sulphate pills.

Vitamin C is vital to human life - it is the building block of health. Vitamin C does so much for us, it is a preventative, a curative and a staple for maintaining our immune systems. No shop bought food, that's Waitrose and Harrods included, will supply our daily need of Vitamin C. Our intake must be supplemented, but fret not, one cannot have too much of this vitamin ... well, perhaps. A massive oral dose will result in frequest potty stops.

Commercial brands such as Berocca are extremely expensive. All effervescent Vitamin C tablets contain excessive salt. Best advice, leave them alone, Healthspan has a good, almost salt free, line as does

My vitamin regime keeps me going - been on it twelve years. No colds, no 'flu nor anything else, well, apart from Glandular fever reccurrences. But that's something else.

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