It is normal to go through periods of fatigue, especially in winter. Our vitamin and micronutrient needs increase to deal with possible infections and stimulate our immune defences. An external boost is then welcome.
What’s in these multivitamin complexes?
These complexes contain:
- from group B vitaminsessential for the production of energy and the transmission of nerve impulses;
- of the vitamin C which participates in the immune defences;
- minerals : iron which allows red blood cells to ensure the transport of oxygen; manganese, zinc and magnesium, also necessary for energy production and the body’s defences.
Essential for nervous balance and muscle relaxation, magnesium is indicated when fatigue is accompanied by nervousness, sleep disturbances or cramps. In conventional multivitamins, it is often present in small quantities and/or in the form of salts that are poorly assimilated by the body. For optimal intake, prefer it in the citrate, bisglycinate or glycerophosphate form at a sufficient dosage (at least 100 mg per day), and combined with B vitamins which promote its absorption.
If fatigue is already well established, we can favor formulas that provide higher doses of certain B vitamins and vitamin C, exceeding the nutrient reference values (NRV), which correspond to the average needs of the population in vitamins and minerals. “These vitamins, within the limits of the maximum authorized values, are not at risk of overdose”, explains Professor Marie-Paule Vasson. Care is then taken not to exceed 3 to 4 weeks of treatment.
In case of severe or prolonged fatigue (convalescence), we add ginseng : it improves physical and intellectual performance during periods of prolonged fatigue, properties recognized by the World Health Organization. Count 10 to 15 days to realize its effectiveness. It is not recommended before the age of 18, nor in case of heart problems or poorly controlled arterial hypertension.
For kids : in addition to these anti-fatigue components, we ensure an optimal contribution in vitamin D necessary for proper bone development and growth. Respect the manufacturer’s instructions: many references are not suitable before 12, 15 or even 18 years.
Its particularities: a reference that is suitable for adults and children with a good value for money. 100% of the nutritional reference values (NRV) in B vitamins, vitamins C, A, E and D as well as certain minerals: zinc, copper and iron. Magnesium, manganese, selenium are also present as well as chromium which optimizes the assimilation of nutrients.
For what situations? From 6 years old, in case of onset fatigue and/or in addition to a diet low in fruit and vegetables or animal products.
Our tips for use : the tablets are small so easy to swallow for the youngest. They are coated with chocolate but they should not be sucked or chewed.
His price : around €18 for a box of 90 tablets, 3 months of treatment. Urgo laboratory.
Its particularities: a simple but well-balanced formula in anti-fatigue and antioxidant components. Dosages higher than NRVs for certain group B vitamins and vitamin C (125%). A combination of several antioxidants: vitamins A, E and zinc. Vitamin D (100% of NRVs) is also present, as well as chromium.
For what situations? From the age of 12, in the event of mild to moderate fatigue, particularly in winter or to compensate for a drop in tone.
Our tips for use: as a precaution, we limit ourselves to one month of treatment as for all formulas exceeding the VNR.
His price : 11 € approximately the box of 30 capsules, 1 month of treatment. Lab. Nutergia.
Bion 3 Continuous Energy
Its particularities: probiotics promote the absorption of certain vitamins and minerals, in a time-release formulation. The 8 B vitamins are present, up to 300% of the VNR for some, vitamin C up to 225% of the VNR. A little iron and iodine, involved in energy metabolism, and a little ginseng.
For what situations? From the age of 15, in case of established fatigue, to face sustained days.
Our tips for use: taking it in the morning with breakfast makes it possible to benefit during the day from the delayed release of the components.
His price : 11 € approximately the box of 30 tablets, 1 month of treatment. Lab. Merck.
Its particularities: the same components as its “big brother”, the drug Bercocca, at lower doses but higher than most other multivitamins: up to 5 times the NRVs for certain B vitamins, 3 times for vitamin C (250 mg ). Zinc (50% of the NRV), a little calcium and magnesium. Sugar free.
For what situations? From the age of 18, to recharge your batteries when fatigue has set in or if you don’t like swallowing tablets.
Our tips for use: To be taken at the end of a meal for good digestive tolerance. A sparkling effect in the mouth which contributes to an invigorating sensation.
His price : around €11 for 28 orodispersible tablets, orange or red fruit flavouring, 28 days of treatment. Lab. Bayer.
Its particularities: magnesium (approximately 50% of NRV for 6 tablets), in a well assimilated form (glycerophosphate), B vitamins as well as taurine, an amino acid which facilitates the absorption of magnesium and helps to reduce nervous tension. Arginine, another amino acid useful in case of fatigue, is also present.
For what situations? From the age of 15, if fatigue is associated with stress, nervousness or muscle cramps.
Our tips for use: the dose is adjusted to the intensity of the fatigue: 6 tablets per day as an attack cure for 10 to 15 days, divided into 3 doses, then 2 to 3 tablets/day.
His price : €12 to €15 for a box of 80 tablets, from 13 to 40 days of treatment. Lab. Synergy.
Gerimax Activates Energy
Its particularities: a formula that combines 100% of the NRVs in 8 group B vitamins, vitamins A, C, E and D, in several minerals (iron, zinc, manganese, copper, iodine), and a well-dosed ginseng extract, 100 mg for a tablet. Magnesium also and a green tea extract, rich in antioxidants.
For what situations? From the age of 18, in the event of physical or mental overwork or in convalescence. Not for use in case of arterial hypertension.
Our tips for use: to be taken in the morning or possibly at noon, not later, as ginseng can cause sleep disturbances.
His price : between 10 and 13 € the box of 30 tablets, 1 month of treatment. Lab. PharmUp. Available in boxes of 60 tablets.
Anti-fatigue vitamins, special precautions :
– No more than 2 months of treatment in self-medication in adults, 1 month in children.
– Do not combine several formulas to avoid any risk of overdose of vitamins A and D or iron.
– Possible interactions with certain medications (certain antibiotics, thyroid hormones).
– No contraindications but in case of renal insufficiency, stick to 100% of the recommended nutritional values, no more.
– In case of chronic disease (diabetes, hypertension…) and in children, take stock with their doctor.