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2023 Practitioner’s Choice Awards

Practitioner’s Choice Awards Practitioner’s Choice Awards
Kaneka
 
EuroMedica

Natural Practitioner (NP) magazine polled its practitioner readers on their most recommended products to compile its 2023 Practitioner’s Choice Awards. After all, who is better qualified to determine the industry’s winners than the people who recommend them to their patients?

The 2023 Practitioner’s Choice Awards represent a random sampling of practitioners across the country polled earlier this year. The winners are based on the number of votes in each category.

NP would like to thank the practitioners who supported this year’s Practitioner’s Choice Awards with their time and input, and congratulate all the winning manufacturers.

Product descriptions are provided by the manufacturers and do not reflect the viewpoint of NP.

Vitamin & Mineral Supplement Category

Single Vitamin/Mineral

DaVinci Laboratories by A.D.K. 10

ADK 10 provides a trio of vitamins that build healthier, stronger, more resilient bones.* Bones are constantly under construction—being built, broken down and rebuilt. Called bone remodeling, this process keeps bones strong despite everyday wear and tear. Vitamins A, D and K2 are essential nutrients for healthy, strong, durable bones.* These nutrients also support heart health and keep the immune system strong and healthy.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Antioxidant Supplement

Liposomal Glutathione by Designs for Health

Liposomal Glutathione provides 100 mg of reduced glutathione in each serving. This product is formulated using liposomal technology for superior delivery, absorption and bioavailability. Liposomal delivery bypasses proteolytic degradation in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and is effective for reaching target tissues. This technology helps to overcome the absorption challenges faced with oral glutathione supplementation. Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants produced by the body. It helps protect cells against oxidative stress from dietary and environmental free radicals, and those resulting from normal metabolic processes.* Glutathione protects vulnerable DNA from damage and serves as a key factor in proper detoxification.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Multiple Vitamin/Mineral

O.N.E. Multivitamin by Pure Encapsulations

O.N.E. Multivitamin provides vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients to provide a comprehensive once-daily multivitamin for both men and women. O.N.E. Multivitamin specifically provides antioxidant support as well as promotes cellular and optical health.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Specialty & Herbal Supplement Category

Acidophilus, Probiotic or Enzyme: TIE

Probiotic 100B by Ayush Herbs

Probiotic100B offers a combination of the seven most common strains of healthy bacteria that help support a healthy immune system, digestive tract, urinary tract as well as cognition. Moreover, they are combined with fructooligosaccharides, which are food for the gut flora known, as prebiotic fibers, to ensure a healthy microbiome and maximum results. By using food-based probiotics, Ayush Herbs’ Probiotic 100B focuses on strains familiar to the human microbiome for millennia while potentizing them to maximize digestive support.

Omni-Biotic AB 10 by AllergoSan USA

Omni-Biotic AB 10 was designed to restore the gut microbiome from imbalance resulting from antibiotic use, infection, travel, SIBO and other conditions. With proven anti-bacterial/fungal characteristics, AB 10 clinical studies demonstrate mitigation of multidrug resistant gram-negative bacteria, elimination of recurrent C. diff and significant reduction of antibiotic associated diarrhea. Case study success stories with AB 10 have also shown efficacy in IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), Lyme disease, bacterial vaginosis, oral thrush and more.

Vegan, hypoallergenic and room temperature stable, Omni-Biotic evidence-backed probiotics are formulated with synergistic strains targeted for specific needs.

EFA Supplement

ProOmega 2000 by Nordic Naturals

ProOmega 2000 delivers 2,000 mg of EPA and DHA in the highly absorbable 90-plus percent triglyceride molecular form in just two soft gels.*

• Optimizes cognitive, visual and neurological health by facilitating cellular flexibility and communication*
• Supports cardiovascular function by maintaining healthy triglyceride and blood pressure levels*
• Promotes healthy eye moisture and tear production*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Children’s Health Supplement

Organic Kids Formula by Smarty Pants

SmartyPants Organic Kids vitamins are USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture) Certified Organic, Non-GMO (genetically modified organism) Project Verified, vegetarian kids organic multivitamins with over 12 nutrients and omega-3 from organic flaxseed oil to support whole body health, all in one delicious formula kids love.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Herbal Supplement

Biocidin Liquid & Capsules by Biocidin Botanicals

Biocidin has been Biocidin Botanicals’ signature botanical blend since 1989—and it just keeps getting better. A uniquely potent microbial-balancing formulation, Biocidin combines 18 botanical extracts and essential oils. The resulting synergy provides a powerhouse of activity that works to support a resilient microbiome and body!

Reflecting its commitment to ingredient quality, Biocidin Botanicals in 2023 increased the amount of organic botanicals in the Biocidin blend to 99 percent!

Biocidin Liquid is a stand-alone product and the foundational ingredient in five more formulations in the Biocidin Botanicals’ product line. It targets the entire GI (gastrointestinal) tract and more—clearing away irritants, unwanted microbes and biofilms, allowing the body’s innate restorative ability to go to work.

Its far-reaching effects include support for biofilm cleansing, immunomodulation, healthy digestion and elimination and detoxification support.

Homeopathic Remedy

Arnica montana by Boiron

Arnica montana, made from a mountain daisy, reduces muscle pain, stiffness, swelling from injuries and bruises.* Manufactured by Boiron, the world leader in homeopathic medicines, Arnica will not interact with other medications or supplements or cause drowsiness. It will not mask symptoms of a more serious condition. Easy to take, the pellets melt under the tongue without water, chewing, or swallowing pills. Arnica is available over-the-counter in a multidose blue tube of approximately 80 oral pellets or a value pack of three tubes. This general pain reliever can be used with topical Boiron Arnicare Gel, Cream and Ointment for spot treatment.

*Claims based on traditional homeopathic practice, not accepted medical evidence. Not FDA evaluated.

Joint/Bone Support

Bone Builder by Metagenics

Bone Builder provides bone health support with microcrystalline hydroxyapatite concentrate (MCHC); a highly absorbable crystalline compound comprised of naturally occurring components of bone that is backed by more than 30 years of research. MCHC contains naturally occurring calcium, phosphorus and trace amounts of other minerals, bone growth factors, collagen and other vital bone proteins. This well-rounded formula is designed to support bone mineral density.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Women’s Health Supplement

Myo-Inositol Powder by Protocol For Life Balance

Myo-Inositol is the most abundant form of inositol, a member of the B-vitamin family, in the body, with its highest concentrations being found in the brain and central nervous system.* Myo-Inositol in particular is a versatile nutrient for the promotion of emotional and mental wellness, healthy eating patterns and restful sleep through its critical role in neurotransmitter messaging systems.* In addition, it is an important nutritional element for the maintenance of ovarian health and normal blood sugar maintenance, especially in women.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Men’s Health Supplement

Prostate Health by Priority One Vitamins

Prostate Health capsules are designed to support a healthy prostate and maintain male hormones already within the normal range.* It provides the whole gland prostate with the beneficial effects of saw palmetto, and a high concentration of the three amino acids L-alanine, L-glycine and L-glutamic acid.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

Brain Support Formula

Brain Factors by Thorne

The body’s natural production of both NAD+ and BDNF play key roles in learning, memory, attention, focus and mood, but both substances tend to decline with age, stress and various chronic health conditions. The nutrients in Brain Factors promote healthy aging and optimal brain function by increasing BDNF and NAD+ levels.* By supporting NAD+, nicotinamide riboside (NR) supports healthy brain aging and enhances the production of energy at the cellular level.* The BDNF supportive properties of whole coffee fruit promotes the growth of brain and nerve cells and helps support cognitive function and a balanced mood.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Digestive Support Formula

Digestzymes by Designs for Health

Digestzymes is comprised of a proprietary blend of digestive enzymes along with betaine hydrochloride (HCl) to support the optimal digestion of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. This product contains the special protease dipeptidyl peptidase IV (IVDPP), which aids in the breakdown of the peptides gluteomorphin (from gluten) and casomorphin (from casein). Digestzymes also includes the enzyme lactase, which helps break down the dairy sugar, lactose. The use of Digestzymes before meals may be helpful for patients who experience gas and bloating after eating, occasional constipation or a feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food.

Heart/Cardio Support Formula

Endur-Acin Extended Release Niacin (Nicotinic Acid) (500 mg) by Endurance Products Company

Endur-Acin Extended Release Niacin (Nicotinic Acid) is a cardiovascular health supplement for adults. Numerous clinical trials confirm its therapeutic value for managing blood cholesterol and lipid profiles. Endurance Products Company’s exclusive wax-matrix tablet ensures a slow, steady release over six to eight hours, the preferred dissolution rate to support blood cholesterol balance. One comparison study of 19 niacin supplements reveals only Endur-Acin has a dissolution profile similar to prescription niacin. Our extended-release delivery also helps avoid the nuisance “niacin skin flush” and digestive upset common with regular formulas. Endur-Acin is gluten free, vegan and free of common allergens. It is also available in 250 mg and 750 mg tablets.

Energy Formula

Red Ginseng Energy by EuroMedica

Red Ginseng Energy and Red Ginseng Energy Chewable with HRG80 delivers seven times more rare, noble ginsenosides than conventional ginseng. For your patients, that means maximum benefits. According to the company, leading research shows amazing results:

• 67 percent increased energy*
• 48 percent better mental clarity*
• 46 percent sleep improvement
• 72 percent more stamina

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Immune Support Formula

Immune Activator by Gaia Herbs PRO

Immune function is a complex collection of cellular mechanisms supported across multiple systems to destroy and clear a broad range of microbial, toxic and allergenic substances. Fortifying the body’s ability to modulate cellular components of the immune response is crucial for immune function. Gaia Herbs PRO’s Immune Activator is intended to support the innate immune systems responding to challenges at onset.* This formula is made with a combination of botanicals including two species of echinacea root for high levels of alkylamides, to support a quick immune response.* Each two-capsule serving contains 14,550 mg dry herb equivalent.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Natural Medicine Category

Natural Allergy/Hay Fever Remedy

Natural D-Hist by Ortho Molecular Products

Natural D-Hist is a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, proteolytic enzymes and botanicals designed to provide comprehensive support for seasonal challenges caused by common environmental allergens. Natural D- Hist includes quercetin, a powerful flavonoid, to support healthy histamine levels. Bromelain enhances the absorption of quercetin and supports mucosal tissue health. Stinging nettles leaf balance hyper-immune response and N-acetyl cysteine clear the airways by promoting normal viscosity of mucus. This powerful combination actively promotes healthy nasal and sinus passages for individuals with elevated histamine and respiratory irritation.

Headache Remedy

Magnesium Caps 500 mg by Life Extension

Life Extension’s Magnesium Caps contain magnesium oxide, magnesium citrate and succinate, providing a total of 500 milligrams of well-absorbed magnesium.

Insufficient magnesium has been associated with neural/vascular head discomfort. Low serum, cerebrospinal fluid and lymphocyte magnesium levels have been measured in these patients. Magnesium has been used for prevention and treatment of these attacks.

Magnesium oxide and magnesium citrate have, separately, been found to improve this condition. A trial that involved 40 patients found decreases in frequency and severity in association with magnesium citrate when compared with pretreatment values or a placebo. Other magnesium trials have also resulted in improvements.

Natural Indigestion Remedy

Rhizinate by Integrative Therapeutics

Rhizinate is deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) in a chewable formula for soothing digestive relief.*

The stomach maintains an acidic pH that helps to initiate digestion and promote microbial defense, yet its epithelial tissues must simultaneously be shielded against harsh acidic conditions. The stomach’s protective mucin barrier must be intact in order to protect stomach health and comfort. Patients who experience an occasional discomfort after consuming coffee, spicy or fried foods may benefit from supplementing with a plant-based agent, such as deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), which has been shown in animal studies to support the mucosal lining of the stomach and intestines.*

Rhizinate is DGL in a chewable formula. It works by stimulating natural protective factors in the digestive tract that help relieve occasional stomach discomfort.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Natural Sleep Remedy

AnxioCalm by EuroMedica

Plants can be of the same species, yet yield different compounds and provide different benefits. For example, there’s always been echinacea for the immune system. Now, there’s echinacea for the brain. Soil, climate, sun and many factors work together to alter the chemistry of a plant. AnxioCalm provides a unique, clinically studied echinacea, EP107. Its brain-specific alkamides are able to safely bind to brain receptors that trigger feelings of calm and relaxation.*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Congratulations to Deborah Langheld of Emergent Health, who was selected at random to win a $100 Visa gift card for participating in this year’s Practitioner’s Choice Awards!