From gummies to tablets, make your wellness budget go further with these affordable multivitamins

Here at Boots, we love a beauty multitasker. And the same can be said when it comes to supporting our health and wellness. Cue: multivitamins, and thanks to the Big Boots Summer Sale and bevy of 3 for 2 offers**, they now deliver even more bang for your buck.

We round up seven great options to consider, to help support your daily nutritional requirements. But first, we speak to Boots nutritionist, Vicky Pennington, for some bite-size nutritional need-to-knows about multivitamins that will help your money go that much further.

What are some of the benefits of taking a multivitamin?

From the get-go, it’s important to highlight that a food-first approach is the best way to get your daily quota of important vitamins and minerals. That being said, there are of course going to be times when you may not always be able to meet those quotas – no judgement here, we’ve all been there.

In fact, recent stats show just how common this might be. “Significant numbers of people in the UK do not consume diets in line with the Eatwell Guide (our healthy eating guidance) and data from the most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) shows a substantial proportion of the population have intakes of vitamins and minerals below recommended levels,” Vicky tells us.

“In an ideal world, we’d get all the nutrients we need from a healthy, well-balanced diet. But things don’t always work that way,” says Vicky. “Busy lifestyles, budget constraints, fad diets, eating a restrictive range of foods and confusion about what constitutes a healthy diet can all contribute to less-than-perfect intakes.” So don’t be hard on yourself if you do fall short.

“Sometimes we need additional support to meet our nutritional needs and/or achieve recommended intakes. Multivitamins can provide a reliable source of additional micronutrients to help bridge the ‘gaps’ for a period of time,” says Vicky.

Think of them as a helping hand for supporting your nutritional needs when life changes or circumstances cause your diet to be less balanced than usual.

Find your routine: what works best for you to remember to take your supplement daily.

How to take a multivitamin

While guidance can differ from product to product, there are some useful things to bear in mind as a starting point.

“Before you start taking a new supplement, always read the label,” recommends Vicky. “Most are best taken with a drink of water before or after a meal.”

And always speak to a pharmacist or GP for advice about supplements if you're pregnant or breastfeeding, are taking medicines or have a medical condition.

As for when to take them, “Many people find that taking supplements with breakfast helps them to remember to take them every day,” says Vicky.

“In my opinion, the most important consideration is to ‘find your routine’: what works best for you to remember to take your supplement daily.” Consistency is key.

Want to explore your options? Pop into Boots for a chat with a member of our pharmacy team and find out which vitamins may be suitable for you by taking our free vitamin quiz below.

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7 affordable multivitamins to consider

Whatever your budget or whether you prefer a gummy or tablet, here are seven multivitamins to consider adding into your daily routine to help fill any nutritional gaps and get you closer to that daily dose of key nutrients. Read on to find one that suits you best.

Looking to help stretch your wellness budget even further? Opt for supersize versions that can provide up to eight months’ supply.

Shop our full range of multivitamin supplements to find more options for your needs.

Boots Everyday Vitamins

• Size: 240 tablets

• Suitable for adults and children aged 12 years and over

• Suitable for a vegetarian diet

• Free from artificial flavours and preservatives

• Lactose-free

Containing 240 once-a-day tablets, this jumbo-size pick has the potential to keep your multivitamin stores stocked up for a while. Each tablet contains essential vitamins including A, D and C to support the normal function of the immune system, plus vitamin B12 and niacin to help reduce tiredness and fatigue.

Bassetts Multivitamins Raspberry & Pomegranate Flavour Soft & Chewy Multivitamins for Adults

• Size: 60 gummies

• For adults

• Raspberry and pomegranate flavour

• No added sugar

Not a fan of swallowing tablets? Consider a multivitamin gummy. Soft and chewy, each one contains vitamins including riboflavin (vitamin B2), which contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, vitamins B6 and B12 to help support energy levels, plus vitamins A, C and D to support the immune system.

Vitabiotics WellWoman Original

• Size: 30 tablets

• Suitable for women and girls 12 years and over

• No artificial colours

• Gluten-free

Developed with the needs of women in mind, each tablet contains nutrients including vitamin B6, which contributes to hormone regulation, vitamin B12 and iron to help reduce tiredness, plus selenium and zinc to support the immune system and for healthy hair and nails.

Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil Plus Multivitamins Omega 3 Fish Oil

• Size: 90 capsules

• Suitable for adults and children over 12 years

Helping to maintain normal blood pressure and blood triglyceride levels, these capsules also contain a vitamin blend that includes vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12 and C to help support energy levels.

Centrum MultiGummies Mixed Fruit Gummies

• Size: 60 gummies

• Suitable for adults

• Milk and lactose-free

• Natural fruit flavourings

For those of us who don’t like tablets, these gummies are perfect. Deliciously fruit-flavoured, they contain a combination of vitamins and minerals such as vitamins D and B6 to support the normal functioning of the immune system, vitamin A to support eye health and zinc to support normal cognitive function.

Boots Multivitamins with Iron

• Size: 180 tablets

• Suitable for adults and children over the age of 12

• Free from artificial flavours

• Lactose-free

• Vegetarian-friendly

As well as a range of vitamins, including A, C, D and E, this multivitamin has added iron to help reduce tiredness and fatigue, and pantothenic acid to support energy levels.

Boots Kids Daily Health Multivitamins + Omega 3

• Size: 30 gummies

• Suitable for children age 3 years and above

• Free from artificial flavours and colours

• Lactose-free

• Orange flavour

For the little ones, consider these chewable gummies. Made for growing children, they contain essential vitamins, including vitamin A to support normal vision, vitamin C to support the immune system and vitamin D for the maintenance and development of bones and teeth*. They’re also orange flavoured, which should go down a treat.

*The Department of Health and Social Care recommends that all children from six months to five years are given a vitamin supplement containing vitamins A, C and D.
**3 for 2 on selected vitamins, supplements, health foods and complementary medicines. Cheapest free. Subject to availability