Berocca is an effervescent soluble tablet that contains a wide selection of crucial vitamins and minerals that should keep you healthy and energetic while keeping your immune system high too. The impressive list of ingredients are: vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folacin, vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium and zinc – many of which in doses significantly larger than the RDA (recommended daily allowance) but always within the upper-safe region. This does however mean that you need to watch what other supplements you’re taking if any, and keep an eye on your diet as overdosing in vitamins and minerals can be a problem although it is largely reversible. Overdosing in vitamin B6 for example can cause nerve damage while overdosing in calcium can cause aching joints. Both can cause kidney stones… and no one wants that.
The supplement is by no means essential and many doctors advise against them as a cheap marketing ploy – the idea being that you can get most of these ingredients through a balanced and healthy diet. The problem with that is that a) most of us don’t get all these vitamins through our diet, b) those engaging in a lot of strenuous activity require more and c) taking these will make you feel healthier and more energetic than almost any other single supplement. In the wild we would have eaten mostly nuts, berries, fruits and vegetables while we tracked prey for protein – that’s why the recommendation for eating fruit and veg should really be closer to seven than the currently advised five. For these reasons it’s still a worthwhile purchase, despite the fairly hefty price tag, despite nay-sayers advising otherwise.
The two ingredients in the highest volumes are vitamins C and B. The purpose of vitamin C is several fold, with it’s most famous role being to protect individuals against colds and other viruses by boosting the immune system. This obviously has hundreds of benefits, not least meaning you don’t spend summer days in bed with a sniffle, but also leading you to feel healthier and more energetic the rest of the time. Additionally vitamin C is an antioxidant meaning it helps protect against the cell walls becoming damaged by free radicals (in essence you essentially ‘rust’ over time as your cells oxidise). This makes it great for prolonging life spans and protecting against unwanted mutations of the cells such as cancer. Vitamin B meanwhile helps extract the energy from carbohydrates making Berocca a great pick me up.
The other ingredients have a long list of benefits, with calcium being good for muscle contractions, bones and tendons; zinc being good for your sense of smell and testosterone production; thiamine improving oxidative energy; biotin improving the utilisation of amino acids; riboflavin burning carbs; magnesium improving strength… the list goes on.
The only downsides are the taste and the price, but if you can get used to the price you can certainly get used to the taste.