2018 Essential Supplements Awards

When it comes to our health, nutritious food is the best medicine, and nature provides us with all that we need. Yet, even with the best of intentions, it can be challenging to consistently eat in such a way to achieve optimal health and radiant natural beauty.

The pace of life and constant stress further chips away at our ability to look and feel our best. Add to that the sheer number of available products in today’s marketplace, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

To help you meet your health goals this year, we’ve highlighted some products with effective ingredients for extra support.


Flora FloraSil contains highly bioavailable silica derived from non-GMO horsetail herb extract to strengthen hair and nails and help maintain skin elasticity.


Michael’s Naturopathic Programs Arginine Citrulline with Organic Beet tablets contain the amino acids L-arginine and L-citrulline as well as organic beet root. The trio works to improve blood flow by helping to open blood vessels.

Blood Sugar Balance

EuroPharma Terry Naturally Sucontral D is a clinically tested formula that delivers polyphenols from Hintonia latiflora. This herb has been shown to support glucose management and healthy insulin function in those with Type 2 diabetes.

Mushroom Wisdom SX-Fraction is a proprietary maitake mushroom extract with a research-based glycoprotein that decreases circulating blood glucose levels and supports healthy blood sugar levels.

Cold Relief

Quantum Health TheraZinc Oral Spray delivers a full dose of bioavailable zinc to your mouth and throat. Natural peppermint oil, menthol, and cherry bark extract soothe scratchiness while echinacea and elderberry bolster immunity.

Annoying, painful sore throat? REDD Remedies Throat Drops come to the rescue with a potent and powerful blend of throat-soothing herbs and pure essential oils. Cool Mint, Cherry, and Sweet Lemon flavors.


American Health Dual-Action Enzyme Probiotic Complex combats gas and bloating with a blend of nine enzymes, 2 billion probiotic micro-organisms, and a fiber complex that aids in the digestion of protein, fats, and carbohydrates.

Enzymedica Digest Gold with ATPro battles heartburn, bloating, and gas by breaking down carbohydrates, fats, fiber, and protein with a blend of enzymes and ingredients that support the body’s natural digestion processes.

The Bacillus indicus bacteria in Just Thrive Probiotic & Antioxidant survive stomach acid to support digestion and immune function. The probiotic creates antioxidants such as alpha and beta carotene, lycopene, lutein, astaxanthin, and zeaxanthin, in the digestive system.

Wakunaga Kyo-Green Powdered Drink Mix Sprouts Blend Digestion is made of GMO-free, vegan, and gluten-free ancient grains, seeds, and grasses—including amaranth, flax, chia, barley grass, chlorella, and spirulina—that serve as a natural prebiotic for healthy digestion.

Joint Pain

Emerald Health Bioceuticals Endo Inflame reduces inflammation and pain with curcumin, boswellia, and organic hemp seed oil.

Genacol PLUS delivers hydrolyzed collagen and glucosamine to fight inflammation, relieve discomfort and stiffness, and reduce joint pain.

New Chapter Zyflamend Whole Body harnesses the synergistic power of 10 herbs—including Chinese skullcap, ginger, green tea, turmeric, and rosemary—that support the body’s inflammation response.

Youtheory Turmeric supports a healthy inflammation response with turmeric extract curcumin C3 complex formulated with a black pepper extract that promotes bioavailability and absorption for protection against free radical damage.

Eye Health

Ridgecrest Herbals EssentialEyes combines evidence-based, eye-protective ingredients such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and bilberry with traditional Chinese medicinal herbs.


Dr. King’s Natural Medicine Soothing Advanced Arnica Homeopathic Cream can be massaged into sore, stiff muscles before or after exercise for relief. Free of parabens, dyes, propylene glycol, and petroleum products.


Irwin Naturals Melatonin plus 5-HTP & Rhodiola combines melatonin, L-theanine, and 5-HTP with relaxing adaptogen herbs and traditional sleep-inducing botanicals such as passionflower, chamomile, and lemon balm.

Heart Health

Aging, intense training, and some medications such as statins interfere with the levels of CoQ10 in the body. Bluebonnet Cellular Active CoQ10 Ubiquinol provides the active antioxidant form of CoQ10 to support heart function and energy production while protecting against inflammation and oxidative stress.

Women's Multivitamins

MegaFood Women’s One Daily is a well-rounded, nutritious, food-based formula that contains a plethora of herbs for emotional balance, stress reduction, and immunity.


When life gets stressful, Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health Daily Support can help. This blend of adaptogen herbs—Siberian rhodiola, holy basil, schisandra berry, and ashwagandha—nourishes the nervous system and helps you meet challenges more calmly.

Men's Multivitamins

Natural Factors Whole Earth & Sea Pure Food Men’s Multivitamin & Mineral provides a full range of nutrients made from raw whole food. Many of the plants used in this product are grown on Natural Factors’ certified organic farms. Whenever possible, food sources such as sunflower (vitamin E), lichen (vitamin D3), and kelp (iodine) are used.

NOW Adam Softgels Superior Men’s Multi contains vitamins and minerals plus a full complement of male-friendly nutrients, including saw palmetto (prostate health), lycopene (anti-cancer antioxidant that strengthens eye and heart health), and CoQ10.


Carlson Olive your Heart blends award-winning extra-virgin olive oil with Norwegian marine oil from deep, cold-water fish. Can be used on salads to easily obtain 1,480 milligrams of omega 3s in a delicious way, with no fishiness. Basil, lemon, garlic, and natural flavors.

Genesis Today Superfruit & Seed Oils Omega 3-6-7-9 offers vegan omega fatty acids from varied sources, including organic flaxseed, sacha inchi, sea buckthorn, coconut, and pumpkin seed oils. Supports cardiovascular, cognitive, and joint health.

Protein Powder

Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Powder delivers 20 grams of whole-food protein along with joint-soothing ingredients, including collagen, gelatin, glucosamine, and chondroitin.

Each serving of Garden of Life Organic Whey Protein Grass Fed Vanilla delivers 21 grams of protein. The USDA Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified whey comes from pasture-raised, grass-fed cows that aren’t subjected to hormones or routine antibiotics. Two billion CFU probiotics support digestion.


Life Line Foods Buried Treasure Liquid Nutrients Added Attention supports children’s learning with a whole-food liquid complex containing omega 3s, B vitamins, GABA, DMAE, and lemon balm. Gluten, yeast, and dairy free.

Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega 2X Teen for ages 12 to 18 provides 1,120 milligrams of omega 3s from anchovies and sardines in easy-to-swallow, concentrated mini soft gels with natural strawberry flavor. Non-GMO Verified and tested by third-party experts for environmental toxins.

Protexin Bio-Kult Infantis helps relieve digestive issues ranging from constipation to antibiotic-induced diarrhea in babies, toddlers, and young children. Each sachet contains seven probiotic strains and 1 billion micro-organisms. Omega 3s and vitamin D3 offer added benefits.

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