Berocca FAQs

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How does Berocca work?

Berocca is a specifically tailored supplement that includes all 8 B vitamins. This includes vitamins like B1 which is scientifically proven to help release energy. It also contains B5 to support mental performance and B6 to help reduce tiredness.

Berocca supports your mind and body:

Helps you feel energised: vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 in Berocca work with your body to naturally generate energy from your food
Reduces tiredness and fatigue: Vitamin B6 and magnesium in Berocca help reduce your tiredness and fatigue
Supports mental performance: vitamin B5 contributes to your mental performance

In need of a boost?

Berocca Boost contains caffeine which helps improve your alertness and concentration – giving you an additional kick, when needed. Do not exceed 400mg of caffeine per day. Not recommended during pregnancy or for those nursing/breast feeding.

How many calories are there in Berocca?

Berocca contains negligible calories:

  • Berocca effervescent tablets each contain only 6–8 kcal – depending on the flavour
  • Berocca film-coated tablets each contain less than 1 kcal
  • Berocca fizzy each contain 2kcal per melt
  • Berocca Boost effervescent tablets each contain 8 kcal; a sachet of Berocca Boost powder contains 3 kcal
  • Berocca sport sachets contains 3kcal
Are Berocca film-coated tablets any different to the effervescent tablets?

Both Berocca effervescent tablets and film-coated tablets contain all 8 B vitamins. Including vitamin B1 to help release energy and B5 to support mental performance.

Berocca film-coated tablets are swallowed with a glass of water.

Berocca effervescent tablets are dissolved in water to be enjoyed as a drink.

The film-coated tablets contain lactose in the coating, which should be noted by people with a vegan diet and a lactose/milk intolerance.

There are slightly different levels of vitamins and minerals in the film-coated tablets and the effervescent tablets, and between Berocca and Berocca Boost; please see below for more detail:

What does NRV mean?

NRV stands for Nutrient Reference Value. This is the daily amount of a vitamin or mineral that the average person should aim to include in their diet.

The % NRV in a food supplement label tells you how much of the recommend allowance for a vitamin or mineral allowance you get from each dose of the supplement.

It is a straight replacement for RDA (Recommended Daily Amount).

Should I be concerned that Berocca contains levels of vitamins above the NRV?

There is no need for concern: the vitamins in Berocca are at levels above the NRV (Nutrient Reference Values), but they are all below the Upper Safe Levels which were established in 2003 by an expert group who examined information available for dietary vitamins and minerals

The NRV of vitamins is an EU-recommended amount to ensure people are not lacking important nutrition. Some supplements contain levels of vitamins and minerals above the NRV where this nutrient intake is considered safe.

The B vitamins and vitamin C in Berocca are water-soluble vitamins. This is important for two reasons:

  • You need them in your diet every day because many are not stored in the body for any length of time
  • Any B vitamins or vitamin C provided by your diet and Berocca that exceed your body’s needs are passed out of your system in the urine

Intake

Can I take Berocca every day?

Berocca is suitable for daily use throughout the year and we suggest you enjoy one tablet per day.

It is important that you do not use Berocca to replace a healthy, balanced diet.

For more information on healthy eating, you may find the guidance of the Food Standards Agency useful.

Click here to visit the website: http://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/multimedia/pdfs/nutrientinstitution.pdf

Can I take more than one tablet a day?

The recommended daily intake is one tablet per day, and Berocca is suitable and suggested for daily use.

How do you take Berocca?

Berocca and Berocca Boost effervescent tablets: add 1 tablet to a glass or bottle of water and let it to dissolve to make a great tasting and refreshing drink.

Berocca film-coated tablets: take 1 easy-to-swallow tablet with a glass of water.

Berocca Boost and Sport Fast Melt powders: pour the sachet contents directly onto your tongue.

Are there any safety issues associated with taking Berocca?

We are not aware of any safety issues specific to any of the Berocca formulations. The suggested daily intake for Berocca products is one tablet or sachet per day and it is recommended not to exceed this.

Berocca Effervescent and Film Coated Tablets are not suitable for people with kidney problems.

Berocca Boost should not be taken in combination with ephedrine or other stimulants.

None of the Berocca products are suitable to those who are pregnant, breast-feeding or children under the age of 18 years old.

Why does Berocca make my urine change colour?

Berocca products contain vitamin B2 (riboflavin). Like all B vitamins, B2 is water-soluble so your body takes what it needs and discards the rest. The presence of vitamin B2 in your urine can result in a more intense colour.

This is harmless and not a cause for any concern.

Can I use Berocca during pregnancy/whilst breastfeeding?
Berocca is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women. This is due to the complex nutritional needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women and Berocca has not been specifically formulated for use as a pre/post-natal supplement. We recommend that you talk to your GP, midwife or pharmacist about food supplements.
Is Berocca suitable for children?

Berocca and Berocca Boost are suitable for adults (aged 18 years and over). For children there are special food supplements which provide a balanced formulation of the vitamins and minerals a young child needs for healthy growth and development.

Ingredients

Does Berocca contain aspartame?

Some Berocca effervescent tablets do contain aspartame at a low level which is well below the acceptable daily intake set by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Other Berocca products, such as Boost, Sport and Fizzy Melts do not contain aspartame.

All ingredients in our products, including sweeteners, are tightly regulated and their safety had been rigorously assessed.

Aspartame is a low-calorie alternative to sugar and can be found in many foodstuffs, including sugar-free fizzy drinks, yoghurts and chewing gum. Aspartame has been assessed as being safe as an ingredient in foods and food supplements by both the UK Government Food Standard Agency (FSA) and EFSA. The safety of aspartame was re-reviewed by EFSA in December 2013 and it was concluded that aspartame and its breakdown products are safe for the general population (including infants, children and pregnant women).

For more information on the FSA assessment, click here to visit the website: http://www.food.gov.uk/safereating/chemsafe/additivesbranch/sweeteners/

If you’d prefer to enjoy aspartame-free Berocca, then we suggest you try the film-coated tablets, which do not contain aspartame. The same as normal Berocca, just without the fizz.

Does Berocca contain caffeine?

Berocca effervescent tablets and film-coated tablets do not contain any caffeine.

Berocca Boost contains caffeine and guarana, a natural source of caffeine. Caffeine helps improve alertness and concentration.

Total caffeine in one Berocca Boost effervescent tablet: 75 mg

  • Caffeine 35 mg
  • Guarana extract 222.22 mg, equivalent to 40 mg natural caffeine

Total caffeine in one Berocca Boost powder sachet: 75 mg

  • Caffeine 52 mg
  • Guarana extract 51.1 mg, equivalent to 23 mg natural caffeine

Total caffeine in one Berocca Sport Sachet: 75 mg

There is no NRV for caffeine intake for the general population; however, guidelines suggest that women who are pregnant or breastfeeding limit daily caffeine intake to 200 mg, the equivalent of two cups of instant coffee. It is not recommended for anyone to exceed a daily caffeine intake of 400mg.

Does Berocca contain yeast?

Berocca and Berocca Boost products do not contain yeast.

Does Berocca contain salt?

Berocca does not contribute to significantly increased sodium intake levels when used according to on pack instructions. Berocca recommends taking only one a day.

The sodium in the effervescent tablets comes mainly in the form of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate which are used to create the well-known “Berocca fizz”. These ingredients are used in almost all effervescent tablets. Sodium bicarbonate is also commonly used as a raising ingredient in baking and is also known as “baking soda” or “bread soda”.

Salt is classified as sodium chloride. Berocca effervescent tablets each contain 273–287 mg of sodium. This is equivalent to around 0.7g (682.5-717.5 mg) of salt.

For those who are looking to reduce their sodium intake further, Berocca is also available in non-effervescent formats.

  • Berocca Fizzy Melts contain 30mg (0.03g) sodium per tablet
  • Berocca Boost Fast Melt Powders and Berocca Sport contain 11mg (0.01g) per sachet
  • Berocca Film Coated tablets are classed as “low in sodium” and contain less than 2 mg (0.002 g) of salt per tablet.

The recommended intake of salt per day for an adult is 6g (6000mg). 75% of the salt that we eat comes from everyday processed foods, such as bread, breakfast cereal and ready meals.

Does Berocca contain lactose?
Berocca, Berocca Boost and Berocca Sport effervescent tablets do not contain lactose. Berocca film-coated tablets each contain 94.3 mg of lactose.
Is Berocca suitable for vegetarians?

Absolutely. If you’re a vegetarian, you can rest assured that both Berocca effervescent & film coated tablets and Berocca effervescent tablets and powders are suitable for you.

Is Berocca suitable for vegans?

If you’re a vegan and looking to fizz with vitamins and minerals, then Berocca and Berocca Boost effervescent tablets are for you. Please don’t take the Berocca film-coated tablets as they contain lactose which is derived from cow milk, and are not suitable for vegans.

Does Berocca contain sugar?

Berocca and Berocca Boost effervescent tablets are sugar-free – they contain less than 0.5 g sugar when dissolved in a 250 mL glass of water. On average, each effervescent tablet contains around 0.02g of sugar.

Berocca film-coated tablets are not sugar free - they contain around 0.1 g of sugar per tablet, mainly in the form of lactose.

Is Berocca suitable for people with diabetes?

Berocca products are low in carbohydrates.

Carbohydrate levels in Berocca products are:

  • Berocca Effervescent tablets each contain less than 1g
  • Berocca Fizzy Melt each contain 0.5g per tablet
  • Berocca Fast Melt and Sport sachets contain 1g
  • Berocca Sport sachets contains 3kcal

We have no specific recommendations regarding the suitability of Berocca for individuals with diabetes and we suggest you discuss dietary supplements with your GP.

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