When you find a supplement or personal care product that “wows” you, you know you’ve found something special. We’ve been bowled over by many of the innovative products introduced on the natural health market this year. Some of them are just plain genius. And we think they deserve special recognition! Hence, the first-annual Amazing Wellness New Products awards.
All of these products stood out for us in one way or another. They include supplements with original delivery systems, those that incorporate new scientific research, formulas that use organic and non-GMO ingredients, and exciting new forms or flavors. All good news for consumers and supplement takers.
Products were nominated by manufacturers and sought out by our on-staff team of sleuths who regularly attend natural products shows. We polled Vitamin Shoppe store managers and supplement shoppers, and we tried and tested the products ourselves (the best part for Amazing Wellness staffers!).
So without further ado ... our Amazing Wellness 2017 Best New Products winners!
Best New Essential Fatty Acids
Super Seed - Bio Nutrition Premium Black Seed Oil
- Black seed oil is derived from the seeds of the Nigella sativa plant, aka black seeds or black cumin. It is a naturally rich, vegan source of essential fatty acids (omega-3, 6, and 9) and contains the powerful antioxidant thymoquinone.
- Black seed oil is a multi-tasker—it promotes a healthy inflammatory response, and has been shown to benefit a range of conditions including asthma and diabetes. This premium oil is 100% pure cold-pressed (so the oil remains undamaged by heat), and is solvent- and hexane-free.
- The softgel form is easy to take and travels well.
Did you know?Omega-3 fats are essential, meaning they’re required for health, but the body can’t make them—they must be consumed.
Best New Herbs & Homeopathic Remedies
A Win for Skin - Dr. King’s Natural Medicine Eczema Symptom Relief
- A homeopathic blend, along with soothing aloe, oat, neem, green tea, honeysuckle, and other natural ingredients.
- It’s formulated to ease multiple symptoms of eczema, including redness, intense itching, allergic skin eruptions, and scaly, inflamed skin.
- It’s incredibly light and non-greasy, easily absorbing into skin to cool, moisturize, and provide instant relief.
Best New Probiotics
Don’t Leave Home Without It - Natural Factors Travel Biotic
- A combination of a proprietary shelf-stable strain of Bifidobacterium longum and calcium.
- This probiotic strain is supported by over 50 published human clinical studies, and shown to be effective for symptoms associated with travel-related digestive distress.
- Helps to support healthy immune system function in seniors.
Fun fact: In a healthy person, there are up to 300 trillion probiotic bacteria, enough to encircle the globe 2.5 times if laid end to end!
Best New Superfood Supplements
Purple Maize - North American Herb & Spice Purple CornMilk Drink Mix
- Inspired by the traditional Peruvian purple-corn beverages that date back to the the Aztecs, this drink mix includes purple corn, purple maca, and yacon powder in a milk base.
- A delicious way to get the benefits of purple corn, an incredibly dense source of antioxidant pigments known as anthocyanins that fight free radicals linked to aging, inflammation, and disease. The milk base makes these pigments more soluble and easier to absorb.
- It’s great hot or cold. Try a teaspoon mixed with 8 oz. of organic milk of your choice, and raw honey to taste.
Best New Vitamin & Mineral Formulas
Liquid Asset - Liquid Asset ChildLife Multi Vitamin & Mineral
- Newly formulated with vitamin D3, this liquid multivitamin provides the full spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals kids need for healthy development, strong immune function, and emotional and mental vitality.
- It can be given by the tea-spoonful (dosages vary for children ages 6 months to 12 years) or mixed into any drink. Plus, it’s gluten- casein-, and alcohol-free, and contains no milk, eggs, wheat, yeast, peanuts, tree nuts, fish or shellfish, or artificial colorings, flavorings, or sweeteners.
- Kids love the natural Orange/Mango flavor.
In 1935, the first “vitamin pill” was created when Swiss researchers discovered a way to synthesize vitamin C. It was mass-produced and marketed under the name Redoxon.
Best New Immune Health Supplements
Mushroom Magic - Gaia Herbs Mushrooms + Herbs Reishi + Turmeric
- A combination of the immune-enhancing mushrooms reishi and shiitake, with anti-inflammatory turmeric and ginger.
- This synergistic combination of medicinal mushrooms supports both immune and inflammatory responses for a one-two punch when it comes to fending off seasonal bugs.
- Ginger is known to calm nausea and aid in a healthy respiratory response.
Best New Bath & Beauty
Collagen Booster - Health Direct Amino Sculpt Anti-Aging Type 1 Collagen Peptides, Sugar-Free Mango
- Highly concentrated, rapidly absorbable Type 1 collagen peptides. The reformulated flavor is a smoother version of the original mango—sweet, but not too sweet, and much less tart.
- This peptide potion not only supports fuller hair, smoother and firmer skin, and stronger nails, it also assists in weight loss by maintaining lean muscle, promotes healthy joints and cartilage, and can even help you sleep.
- Great right from the bottle, but if you mix it with a little of water, the flavor “blooms” and become even more pronounced.
Exfoliating skin removes the outermost layer of dead cells, allowing moisturizers to penetrate more effectively—especially important in cold weather, when skin tends to be drier.
Best New Sleep Supplements
A Dream for an Insomniac - Natural Vitality Natural Calm Specifics Calmful Sleep
- A blend of magnesium, Suntheanine (a patented form of the relaxing amino acid L-theanine), GABA (another calming amino acid), and melatonin, which helps the body ease into restful sleep.
- A great “nightcap”—the powder mixes easily with hot water and can be sipped like a tea. You’ll be off to dreamland in no time.
- It comes in great-tasting Wildberry flavor and is sweetened with all-natural stevia.
Nearly 35% of American adults get less than 7 hours of sleep—the minimum required to reduce risk of several types of disease.
Best New Brain Health Supplements
Brain Booster - Amazing Grass Brain Elixir
- A blend of fermented greens including wheat grass, barley grass, and alfalfa, and adaptogenic herbs including ashwagandha, moringa, medicinal mushrooms, and matcha.
- One of our staffers mixes a scoop in water as an afternoon pick-me-up. It’s a simple way to enhance mental clarity and focus, reduce stress, and feel amazing every day
- Ingredients are organically grown.
Best New ProteinPowders, Weight Loss, & Sports Nutrition Supplements
The Right Ratio - Beast Sports BCAA 2:1:1
- A branched-chain amino-acid formula in the clinically studied 2:1:1 ratio.
- This powder contains the ideal ratio of the amino acids leucine, isoleucine, and valine to recharge muscle and promote new muscle growth, and it replenishes electrolytes.
- This tart Cherry powder mixes easily and is rapidly absorbed.
Turn on some tunes while you sweat: Listening to music while working out can improve performance by 15 percent.