2018 Natural Choice Awards

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There’s something truly special about a Natural Choice Award. The honorees in all 18 categories are selected by retailers who choose the products that have made the greatest impact on their business for the year. Some of the names you’ll recognize. Bluebonnet Nutrition Corp. takes home the trophy for Full Supplement Line three years running. New this year is RXBAR, which won the Best Nutrition Bar category. Thanks to all who voted – through our printed ballot or the new digital voting system. We tallied the votes and broke the ties using our What’s Selling column. Congratulations to all the winners and to the runners-up.

SUPPLEMENTS: FULL LINE
Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation
It’s year three for Bluebonnet Nutrition in the full line category. Having its own state-of-the-art, kosher-certified, cGMP-compliant facility ensures quality control from start to finish. Third-party certifications include NSF GMP Registered, NSF Certified for Sport, KOF-K Kosher Certified, USDA Organic and more.
12915 Dairy Ashford Road, SugarLand, TX, 77478, www.bluebonnetnutrition.com

SUPPLEMENTS: SPORTS NUTRITION
Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation, 100% Natural Whey Protein Isolate
Sourced from grass-fed cows not treated by antibiotics, Bluebonnet uses a special low-temperature processing method for its 100% Natural Whey Protein Isolate which leaves the proteins and immunoglobins intact.
12915 Dairy Ashford Road, SugarLand, TX, 77478, www.bluebonnetnutrition.com

SUPPLEMENTS: BONE/JOINT HEALTH
New Chapter, Bone Strength Take Care
Bone Strength Take Care from New Chapter supports bone, joint and heart health. It’s formulated with clinical-strength plant calcium to help reduce the risk of osteoporosis, with fermented vitamin D3 to help the body absorb calcium effectively and support bone density.
90 Technology Drive, Brattleboro, VT, 05301, www.newchapter.com

SUPPLEMENTS: HEART HEALTH
Natural Factors, Coenzyme Q10
Natural Factors Coenzyme Q10 is 100% natural, consisting only of the trans isomer identical to the body’s own CoQ10 – supporting cardiovascular health and cellular vigor.
14224 167th Ave. SE, Monroe, WA, 98272, www.naturalfactors.com

SUPPLEMENTS: IMMUNE HEALTH
Nature’s Way, Sambucus
Nature’s Way goes to the hills of Austria to seek out the purest elderberries. Tested for bioavailability, this sambucus contains a higher level of naturally-occurring flavonoids.
825 Challenger Drive, Green Bay, WI, 54311, www.naturesway.com

SUPPLEMENTS: WEIGHT LOSS
Bio Nutrition, Garcinia Cambogia Extract
Bio Nutrition uses the finest quality Garcinia Cambogia Extract in an easy-to-swallow vegetarian capsule to help support healthy glucose levels and boosted metabolism.
3580 Oceanside Road, Unit 5, Oceanside, NY, 11572, www.bionutritioninc.com

SUPPLEMENTS: DIGESTIVE HEALTH
Enzymedica, Digest Gold
Digest Gold supports the body in breaking down carbohydrates, fats, fiber and protein. It is 100% vegetarian.
771 Commerce Drive, Venice, FL, 34292, www.enzymedica.com

SUPPLEMENTS: CHILDREN’S
Nordic Naturals, Nordic Berries
Vitamins A, B, C, D3, E, zinc and more. This iconic gummy multivitamin comes in classic sweet-and-sour citrus and cherry berry. Pectin-based and gelatin-free, it’s for ages 2+, containing no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservations. Free of gluten, yeast, soy and milk derivatives.
111 Jennings Drive, Watsonville, CA, 95076, www.nordicnaturals.com

SUPPLEMENTS: HERBS
New Chapter, Turmeric Force
Turmeric Force offers dual extracts of pure and potent whole turmeric, supporting healthy inflammation response, brain health and heart health.
90 Technology Drive, Brattleboro, VT, 05301, www.newchapter.com

FOODS: ORGANIC
Flora, Brown Flax Seed
A source of naturally occurring, high-quality omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, and lignans, Flora Brown Flax Seed is certified organic and nitrogen flushed when bagged to further ensure freshness.
7400 Fraser Park Drive, Burnaby, BC, Canada, www.florahealth.com

FOODS: VEGAN
Daiya, Cheddar Style Shreds
Perennial favorite Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds melt and stretch the way dairy-based cheeses do and work with nachos, queso dip, pizza and more. This plant-based alternative is dairy-, gluten- and soy-free.
2768 Rupert St., Vancouver, BC, Canada V5M 3T7, www.daiyafoods.com

FOODS: BEVERAGES
GT’s Kombucha
GT Kombucha Drinks have been around for more than 20 years, are filled with antioxidants and enzymes, are USDA-certified organic and contain probiotic strains like B.coagulans and S.boulardii.
P.O. Box 2352, Beverly Hills, CA, 90213, www.gtslivingfoods.com

FOODS: SENSITIVE DIETS
Ener-G, Light Tapioca Bread
Verified non-GMO, this light low-phenylalanine gluten-free bread is also free of wheat, casein, dairy, egg, soy and nuts. Made with tapioca flour, it is light, soft and airy.
5960 1st Ave. South, Seattle, WA, 98108, www.ener-g.com

FOODS: NUTRITION BAR
RXBAR Protein Bar, Maple Sea Salt
RXBARs are whole food protein bars with no added sugar, no gluten, no soy, no dairy, no GMO and containing 12 g of egg white protein, 3 g of fiber, 210 calories. Perfect as a breakfast bar-on-the-go, pre- and post-workout bite, or between-meal snack.
225 West Ohio, Suite 500, Chicago, IL, 60654, www.rxbar.com

HABA: SKIN CARE
Aura Cacia, Argan Oil
This USDA organic skin care oil from Morocco is minimally refined to ensure the essential fatty acids remain intact for maximum antioxidant skin benefit.
P.O. Box 299, 3021 78th St., Norway, IA, 52318, www.auracacia.com

HABA: HAIR CARE
Acure Organics, Curiously Clarifying Lemongrass Conditioner
This conditioner washes away buildup and treats hair to a double dose of organic oils infused with lemongrass. Gentle enough for everyday cleansing.
Better Planet Brands, 1850 SE 17th St., Suite 106A, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316, www.acureorganics.com

HABA: Personal Care
Reserveage Nutrition, Beautiful Legs with Diosmin
This one-of-a-kind formula uses clinically researched Diosmin to help maintain healthy blood flow and circulation along with a proprietary resveratrol blend plus Butcher’s Broom and Horse Chestnut.
Reserveage Nutrition, 4800 T-Rex Ave., Boca Raton, FL, 33431, www.reserveage.com

PET CARE
Nordic Naturals, Omega-3 Full Line
These products provide the Omega-3 essential fatty acids —
eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) — that are essential nutrients for cats and dogs just as they are for humans.
111 Jennings Drive, Watsonville, CA, 95076, www.nordicnaturals.com

Natural Choice Awards Runners-Up

Supplements – Full Line: Redd Remedies
Supplements – Sports Nutrition: Tera’s MCT Oil
Supplements – Weight Loss: Bluebonnet Nutrition Corporation, Skinny Garcinia Vegetable Capsules
Supplements – Heart Health: Nordic Naturals, Ultimate Omega
Supplements – Bone/Joint Health: Redd Remedies, Joint Health Advanced
Supplements – Immune Health: Irwin Naturals, Immuno-Shield
Supplements – Digestive Health: Just Thrive, Probiotic
Supplements – Herbs: Gaia Herbs, Turmeric Supreme Extra Strength
Supplements – Children: Redd Remedies, Children’s Sinus Support
Food – Organic: Bragg Live Foods, Apple Cider Vinegar
Food – Vegan: Flora, Baobites Pomegranate
Food – Sensitive Diets: Schär, GF Baguette
Food – Nutrition Bars: Bulletproof, Vanilla Bars
Food – Beverages: Reed’s, Ginger Brew
HABA – Skin Care: Mellissa B Naturally, Pack Your Bags with Caffeine Eye Cream
HABA – Hair Care: Giovanni Cosmetics, Smooth as Silk Conditioner
HABA – Personal Care: My Magic Mud, Activated Charcoal Toothpaste for Whitening
Pet Care – Bach Rescue Remedy Pets

Published in WholeFoods Magazine April 2018

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