Supplements work ONLY because of the active ingredients in them. So why are almost all supplements on the market laden with in-active ones? Fillers, binders, anti-caking agents, lubricants, disintegrants, coating agents, sweeteners, colouring agents, flavouring agents. . . and this list is by no means complete. Terranova is one of only a few broad-range nutritional supplement companies in Europe to completely avoid the use of these in-active manufacturing additives.
So why are such additives (often referred to as excipients) used in the first place? In the production of tablets, certain additives are actually essential – such as binders (to help the ingredients bind properly when the tablet is compressed). This is why all Terranova products are in either 2-piece vegetarian capsules, powder or liquid form, instead of tablets. In the case of 2-piece capsules, the use of additives is not necessary. However, presumably because they make supplements easier, faster and more efficient (and, therefore, cheaper) to manufacture, almost all of the encapsulated nutritional supplements on the market contain additives as well.
Due to the physical characteristics of certain unadulterated botanicals we use, some Terranova products have presented us with supreme manufacturing challenges to overcome because of our refusal to use excipients. For example, our Living Multinutrient formula takes around four times longer to manufacture than it would if we allowed the use of anti-caking agents and other excipients. This is partly because the encapsulation process must be significantly slowed down due to the fact that, without anti-caking agents, the powder does not flow as readily into the capsules. Ironically, this need to slow down encapsulation, which actually applies to all Terranova products to varying degrees, has one huge advantage. High-speed encapsulation generates heat, and heat can denature enzymes and other sensitive nutritional and botanical compounds. Because Terranova ingredients are not exposed to denaturing levels of heat before or during encapsulation, their activity is protected from unnecessary environmental damage.
100% Vegan Products
At Terranova, we had a strong desire to create a ‘safe haven’ for certain consumers who had limits to what they could buy or use – limits which narrowed their choice to a significant degree. In particular, we wanted to provide a complete range of products that could be used by vegetarians and vegans, or those who want vegetarian or vegan products (perhaps for religious reasons or due to a sensitivity to dairy prodcts), and those who want or need to avoid in-active manufacturing additives, such as fillers, binders, etc.
We understand that having to check te labels of everything one buys can be an all-consuming task, so we wanted vegetarians and vegans (or those who were looking for vegetarian or vegan products) to know that it if was a Terranova product it was automatically suitable for them. Terranova is one of only a very small number of broad-range nutritional supplement companies in the world to offer vegan suitability for 100% of its range of products. In spite of the audits that we‘ve had to carry out to ensure vegan suitability of raw materials and the increased expense of certain vegan alternatives that we have to use, we’re fully committed to our vegan ingredient policy.
A person doesn’t need to be vegan (or even vegetarian) to prefer to use vegan products, just as one doesn’t have to be sensitive to additives to prefer additive-free products. It makes us very happy to know that or ingredient policies allow us to provide those people looking for vegetarian or vegan and additive-free products with a comprehensive range of nutritional and botanical formulations to choose from.
Fresh Freeze Dried
Many of the botanicals and phytonutrient-rich foods used in Terranova products are fresh freeze dried. Air, oven and and spray drying – the standard commercial methods used to dry plant materials – can degrade important compounds and alter a plant’s delicate biochemical balance. On the other hand, research shows that fresh freeze drying actually protects and retains a plant’s potency, biochemical integrity and enzymatic activity. In fact, the biochemical profile of a fresh freeze dried plant very closely resembles the profile of the original fresh plant, but in a much greater concentration, due to the removal of the plant’s moisture content. In other words, Terranova fresh freeze dried botanicals are a highly concentrated version of the original fresh plant.
Due to their powerful synergistic impact in Magnifood, fresh freeze dried plants have always profoundly enhanced the effect of Terranova products. And now their remarkable health properties are featured even more prominently in Terranova’s new range of phytoFRESH freeze dried super-blend powders and fresh freeze dried botanicals in capsules.
The fresh freeze dried advantage
Fresh freeze drying retains virtually all of the original biochemical integrity of a fresh plant, including the enzymatic activity
Fresh freeze drying prevents most enzymatic/chemical changes associated with other drying methods that can reduce activity and alter biochemical balance.
Fresh freeze drying typically allows plants to retain potency and shelf stability for longer than other drying methods.
Fresh freeze drying produces ingredients with a high solubility, which may facilitate assimilation of the plant’s nutrients and other important compounds within the digestive tract.
Fresh freeze drying produces highly porous and brittle plant material, which can be milled into powder (i.e. for encapsulation) without generating destructive levels of heat or friction.
Organic and Wildcrafted
Many of the botanical and superfood ingredients in Terranova products are either certified organic or ethically wildcrafted. The 90-acre certified organic herb farm of our primary botanical supplier, Eclectic Institute, is located in a remarkably secluded and awe-inspiring setting in Oregon, surrounded by native forest, the Sandy River canyon and the magnificent backdrop of Mount Hood. Every Eclectic Institute crop has been nurtured in a pristine, chemical-free environment and has been harvested at a stage when the plants have reached their peak levels of bio-active markers. For those botanical ingredients which are wildcrafted, Eclectic’s highly skilled and experienced wildcrafters carefully collect the plants from areas which have not been sprayed with pesticides or herbicides. The Eclectic Institute wildcrafts in an environmentally sustainable manner, without putting at risk either the population of the plant species or the delicate balance of the ecosystem.