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bioterra herbs

You have to be careful with all supplement companies, but especially with new ones. That’s just the nature of the industry. Even more suspect are the companies with neat names, colorful boxes, and fun pictures. (This stuff reminds me of Joe Camel, and we all know how that turned out…)

So when I saw BioTerra Herbs, which fit every one of those items, I knew I had to throw caution to the wind and test their stuff!

I’ll fully admit the packaging is what caught my attention. But the ingredients are what made me want to actually use them. They have some really interesting blends in the full product line which attempts to fix/improve the following conditions:

  • Sleep
  • Snoring
  • Energy
  • Stress
  • Detox
  • Digestion
  • Immunity
  • Vision
  • Mental Focus

The supplements are non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, natural and eco-friendly, and based on 5,000 years of herbal recipes.

If you think about it, all the formulas go hand in hand. People who need energy typically don’t get enough sleep. People who can’t sleep, have low energy levels. People who get stressed, waste their energy dealing with stress, and can’t sleep at night either. Then your mental focus is gone; same with your immune system. You get my point!

I received samples of the Stress and Energy formulas to review.

I’m usually pretty energetic if I can keep a good diet and exercise schedule, but I sometimes need extra energy. I like a cup of coffee in the morning, mainly because I enjoy it, but the energy boost doesn’t hurt – I always invite extra energy!

And stress, well, I’m constantly fighting that off! Sometimes I’m just nothing but stress and anxiety, day after day, for long periods of time. Other than awesome workouts lasting 2-4 hours, not much relieves stress for me. So if this works it’s going to be impressive!

Let’s look at those ingredients I mentioned…

bioterra herbs suggested use

Analyzing the Herbal Formulas

I like BioTerra because they have a page listing the herbs in each formula. Everything at a glance. It’s great.

BioTerra Gahh (Stress Formula)

A closer look at each ingredient:

Bupleurum (root)
Claimed to help you “go with the flow.”

Dong Quai (root body)
Claimed to fight inflammation and provide a muscle-relaxant effect.

Chinese Peony (root without bark)
Used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Bai-zhu Atractylodes (rhizome)
Used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Poria (sclerotium)
Claimed to ease anxiety, tension, and nervousness.

Tree Peony (root bark)
Used in traditional Chinese medicine.

Gardenia (fruit)
Traditionally used in a tea to treat irritability, restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia.

What they all have in common is that they’re used in traditional Chinese medicine and have insufficient evidence to actually back up any claims. A long history, but insufficient scientific evidence… the nature of the supplement industry.

And then there are some well-known ingredients – peppermint, ginger, and licorice for example.

I know that peppermint tea helps me relax, but as far as those main ingredients, I don’t know much. Some of them I had never heard of before this.

BioTerra Boing (Energy)

Here are the ingredients to give you an energy boost:

  • Asian Ginseng (root)
  • Astragalus (root)
  • Ophiopogon (root tuber)
  • Schisandra (fruit)
  • Grass-leaf Sweetflag (rhizome)

I know the first two ingredients and I’m a huge fan of both!

Ginseng is awesome. It’s in those Ginsana supplements I used and quite a few other energy drinks. It typically gives me lots of energy.

Astragalus is great for stress-relief and keeping your immune system in shape. It’s in Greens Plus, many other green powders, and various multivitamin drinks.

Schisandra is an adaptogen, which I’ve explained before, so it’s used for resisting stress, increasing energy, and increasing physical performance and endurance.

The others, from my research, seem to all be part of traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and their supposed (but unsupported) benefits include pretty much everything imaginable.

There’s no point even looking up studies. I’m just going to take it and record my findings, then form an opinion. n=1 is what matters here anyway.

My Test Results and Experiences with BioTerra Herbs

Let’s get the most important question out of the way:

Did they work? Yes.

OK, let’s see how they worked…

bioterra herbs gahh pills

For stress relief

I’ve been stressed out. After nearly two years of low stress living, I got super stressed out around the time I found out about BioTerra herbs. Bad for me but at least good for doing this test!

The dosage: I began my testing using the suggested dose of 2 pills per day, after my first meal of the day (sometimes that was breakfast, sometimes lunch.)

Initial results: Two days in, I felt less stressed out. Three days in, less stressed, but not overjoyed by any means. Five days in, instead of becoming happier, I just felt pretty bland.

After one week: After one week at the full dosage, things got interesting. Certain things could still stress me out, but I was less stressed than usual. I also began to feel sedated.

Quitting the pills: After one day off the pills, I could feel my stress levels gradually increasing.

Repeating the results: I cycled on and off the pills on two separate occasions and had the same results.

What it felt like: You don’t feel it kick in quickly like you would when having a good beer to relax in the evening. But once it kicked in, I did notice I got less wound up, so there was no desire to have that beer.

Getting sedated: This was weird. After a week on these pills, I began to realize I’d had a lackadaisical approach to my workouts. I also didn’t really react to life events in either direction. I was indifferent.

My overall thoughts on Gahh

It definitely did have an effect on me. At just the right dosage, it would keep me calm and relaxed. But there was a very fine line between being calm and being sedated. And it wasn’t a miracle for dealing with stressful events hanging over my head.

It worked, but in weird ways. The Organic India Tulsi tea worked better for me, and it was easier to control the dosage and didn’t have any negative side effects.

Gahh is a good supplement, and it worked well in conjunction with Boing, but it was tricky. Your results may vary!

bioterra herbs boing pills

Giving me energy

Like I said, I’m always open to having more energy!

The dosage: I used the same dosage as the other test – 2 pills after breakfast – with the only difference being that I skipped my morning coffee.

I also switched things up and tried them with lunch at 1pm, after skipping breakfast. As well as in conjunction with my morning coffee or tea.

Initial results: The first day, it definitely worked! It gave me a potent and effective energy boost, yet somehow avoided the “caffeine jitters” I’d get from my coffee. And it only took about 15 minutes to kick in.

After one week: With any type of energy supplements, or even caffeine, I like to take a day off each week. Doing so allowed me to maintain consistent energy levels for weeks at a time without any negative side effects.

Quitting the pills: If I quit taking the pills, whether by design or by accident, I would feel fine for another day, but on the second day, I could tell I didn’t have that extra energy.

Repeating the results: I got the same energy boost, consistently, each use. If I was taking it consistently for a few days, I’d have stable energy. If I quit for a few days, to where I felt low on energy, then started up again, the energy came back!

My overall thoughts on Boing

It’s potent. It’s powerful. It worked every day, even if I woke up and felt like crap. That is incredible!

And using it consistently is even better. It’s so cool that I can take an energy supplement in the afternoon, sleep soundly at night, and wake up energized the next day. It’s like the holy grail of energy.

It’s common for me to experience that with ginseng-based energy supplements. It’s sort of like Ginsana in that it gave me long-lasting, all-day energy. But I’d have to give a slight edge to BioTerra’s Boing Energy.

Where do you buy these?

You can get each one direct from the BioTerra website or on the shelves of your local CVS, Walmart, or Walgreens.

Each box is a 30-day supply and retails for $19.99.

My final verdict is…

Both of these supplements certainly affected me, and there’s a good chance they’ll affect you, too, although it’s impossible to predict how much (or how little.)

I liked them both, but especially the energy one! Definitely a brand to check out!

Official website: www.BioTerraHerbs.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com


Product Review Details
Company: BioTerra Herbs
Product: BioTerra Herbs Boing Energy
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2015-01-31
Obtained Product: Free sample from company.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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6 Comments
  1. Are you planning to test the other formulas too?

  2. @Steve

    Eventually I would like to. Some of them at least. Maybe sleep, immunity, and mental focus. I don’t snore, and I’m a little skeptical of the digestion, detox, and vision ones. So probably not those. But you never know.

  3. I could use the immunity formula right about now. Wonder if its better than Airborne.

  4. @Marty

    I didn’t analyze that one but it could be an interesting comparison.

  5. I am looking for Bioterra Z-Z-Z Sleep I can’t seem to find it. I could sleep 7 to 8 hours with this product instead of 5.

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