Review: My Terranova supplement journey

Review: My Terranova supplement journey 1

If you haven’t heard of Terranova supplements yet, allow us to introduce you… This award-winning UK brand is known for their superior formulations containing only active ingredients – no additives, binders or fillers in sight. They’re also one of the only supplement brands that are entirely vegan-friendly.  

Terranova launched in South Africa late last year (learn more about them over here) and our editor had the opportunity to trial a customised set of supplements, which were selected based on her health concerns. Here, she shares her experience.

“I was excited to embark on a Terranova health journey late last year, but I must admit that I felt a little clueless to begin with. I wasn’t sure which products were right for me, so I was thrilled to have someone from the team help me out.

After a meeting with Cobus Botha, Head of Education & Training at Phytoceutics (Terranova’s parent company), we determined which supplements would be best suited to my needs. Cobus asked me about my lifestyle and my overall health and made suggestions based on the feedback I gave him. I liked his approach, because he said that it’s better to look at your goals and concerns and select supplements based on that, rather than to take an array of supplements just because they are good for you.

Based on our conversation he recommended five supplements for me: iron, vitamin B complex, magnesium, a multi-nutrient immune booster and a beauty supplement designed for healthier skin, hair and nails.

I divided my supplements into morning, midday and evening, based on what made the most sense for my lifestyle and I took them religiously for around two months (or until the bottles were empty). I experienced some amazing results, some of which were very unexpected. Here’s what my daily supplementation looked like:

Review: My Terranova supplement journey 2

Morning supplements

Terranova B Complex with Vitamin C
Terranova B Complex with Vitamin C is formulated with ingredients which allow the body to resist the damaging effects of physical or psychological stress and restore optimal physiological function. The formulation provides the full spectrum of B Vitamins, plus choline, inositol, Vitamin C, and a MAGNIFOOD COMPLEX featuring botanicals that work in synergy with these nutrients. 

Cobus recommended this supplement for me because I’d mentioned that I’d been under quite a bit of stress and had experienced mild feelings of anxiety. This supplement doesn’t make those feelings go away, but it certainly helps the body to handle them better and also gives you a little energy boost (I’m a big believer in taking B vitamins for better energy levels).

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Terranova Easy Iron 20 mg Complex
Terranova Easy Iron provides 20 mg Iron as bisglycinate chelate (Ferrochel™), a unique iron with a small molecular size which allows for optimal absorption and less gastric upset. It also includes MAGNIFOOD fresh freeze-dried plant ingredients which work synergistically to enhance the absorption and utilisation of iron.

I’ve been taking iron supplements on and off for many years as recommended by my GP and I’ve always found that it helps increase my energy and ease the symptoms experienced during menstruation. I replaced the iron supplement I was taking with this one and what I really liked about it, was how gentle it was on my stomach. Iron supplements can give you a runny tummy, nausea and even stomach cramps, but I didn’t experience any negative side effects while taking this one.

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Midday supplements

Terranova Living Multinutrient Complex
Terranova Living Multinutrient Complex features a wide array of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are additionally enhanced by MAGNIFOOD, a bespoke combination of intensely synergistic wholefoods and botanicals providing a vast array of active phytonutrients and other plant compounds. The high level of phytonutrients creates a more alkaline environment in the body than standard multinutrient formulas. 

I like taking a multi-vitamin product to boost my body’s immunity and to keep colds and flus at bay. I am particularly prone to getting sick when I am very busy or stressed, so I always try to up my vitamin and mineral intake during these times. I love that this supplement contains such a wide variety of nutrients to boost one’s overall health.

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Terranova Beauty Complex
Terranova Beauty Complex is a comprehensive formula comprising nutrients and botanicals that provide deep nourishment for hair, skin and nails. It features the building nutrients for collagen production and skin health, while also providing botanicals that contain specific beauty-supportive nutrients along with their naturally occurring, synergistic compounds to enhance absorption and bioavailability.

The most noticeable difference I experienced while taking this supplement was the rate at which my hair and nails started to grow. I like to keep my nails short and couldn’t believe how often I had to clip them while I was taking this! My hair also began to grow a lot faster and felt thick, lush and healthy (despite my constant colouring and rough handling).

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Evening supplement

Terranova Magnesium 100 mg Complex
Terranova Magnesium 100 mg Complex is a highly bioavailable blend of absorpable magnesium which is synergistically enhanced with Pyridoxal 5-phosphate (which facilitates magnesium function), and stabilized rice bran, green oat seed, nettle leaf and pumpkin seed (which work synergistically to enhance absorption and utilisation). 

Cobus recommended I take magnesium for better sleep, and around the same time my physio recommended I take magnesium for my muscles. Of all five supplements I took, this one was my favourite, as it outperformed my expectations. At first I thought I was imagining it, so I tested it by taking it one night, and skipping the next. On the nights that I took it, I had a peaceful sleep either without waking up, or only waking up once or twice. On the nights that I didn’t take it, I went back to tossing and turning and waking up multiple times (which was the norm for me). I was thrilled with this result and am definitely going to be purchasing this now that my trial has ended!

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I know that supplements alone are not going to change my health, and that they are only one of the puzzle pieces that need to fit together for a healthy body. I already follow a healthy diet and I drink plenty of water, but when I started taking these supplements I also went back to gym (after a long hiatus!) and made an effort to go to bed earlier.

I felt a real change in my body. I had more energy than usual, and I was sleeping better. My hair and nails were growing rapidly. I felt healthier, stronger and more focused. On most days I even avoided the dreaded afternoon slump. While I can’t say that these changes were due to the supplements only, I know that they played an important part. Together with my exercise regime, healthy diet and earlier bedtime, they helped me feel better and perform better, whether it was in the office or on the treadmill. Taking them also motivated me to make other healthy choices, and once I started, it had a ripple effect.

I love that Terranova formulations are vegan and that they don’t include unnecessary ingredients like fillers or binders in any of their products. Each product contains only top quality active ingredients to ensure maximum results. I’ve tried a lot of different supplements in my life and can honestly say that this brand has impressed me from day one. I will definitely be purchasing the supplements I trialed to continue on this healthy journey.”

Shop Terranova products online here, or from leading health stores, independent pharmacies, and online retailers nationwide.

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