The one where I review Emergen-C

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I like Vitamin C– who doesn’t? However– I don’t like oranges ( the socially accepted way of getting vitamin C) and vitamin C in pill form just tastes icky and sour, so I needed to find a new way to get some more of the goodness that is Vitamin C in me prior to recent trip– just to help prevent me getting any icky colds from being crammed on a plane with 300 other people for 5 hours.

So I found this stuff —

My Thoughts —I tried both the Acai Berry and the Super Orange.  While I didn’t get a cold– I did get an upset stomach (both of them), my throat hurt from the fizziness (both of them)and the taste was horrid (overly sweet and chemically(both of them)) and neither one really ever dissolved in the water  — I did some research on the web and found out some interesting side effect from Emergen-c…

  1. Indigestion. Indigestion can occur due to high amounts of vitamin C in Emergen-C. This is usually only a side effect when taken in large amounts.
  2. Upset stomach. This can occur because of the soy that Emergen-C contains since some people may have a problem with soy. Check with your doctor if you are unsure of your soy intake.
  3. Diarrhea. This is another possible side effect due to the small amount of soy in Emergen-C. If you do have problems with soy, even in the slightest amounts, please be cautious.
  4. Insomia. Due tothe high amounts of vitamin C contained in Emergen-C you might feel very alert and maybe a little restless if taken close to bedtime. The over alertness is normally due to very large doses of this product.
  5. Decrease in progesterone. Emergen-C might not be the best idea for women who are pregnant. Vitamin C can cause a decrease in the hormone progesterone and should be reconsidered.
  6. Nausea. A person might experience nausea if they are not used to taking dietary supplements such as powders like Emergen-C. If you have had issues in the past with dietary powders Emergen-C likely will have the same effect.
  7. Headache. Headaches can occur, but is usually only a symptom when too much vitamin C is taken. Be sure to monitor your intake.
  8. Vomiting. Normally occurs due to the feeling of nausea people sometimes experience with dietary supplements. Vomiting is rare, but can occur if extreme nausea is present.
  9. Heartburn. As with many food or diet products heartburn can occur due to the fizziness of Emergen-C. Talk to your health care provider to see if Emergen-C will result in your heartburn symptoms.
  10. Throat irritation. Another rare side effect from drinking the fizzy powder mix that Emergen-C offers. Irritation can occur with too much intake of this product.  (Credit for side effect list)

Hmm– Headache, nausea, vomiting, throat irritation , diarrhea or the slight stuffiness and sniffles that I get from sitting on a plane for 5 hours.  I’ll take the stuffiness over the upset stomach and icky sweet chemically taste any day.

Would I buy it— A resounding no.  It was like drinking poorly flavored alka-seltzer. I can deal with sniffles much better than I can with the upset stomach.

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