Healthy Awards 2018: The Winners – health and fitness
Because we all need a wellbeing boost sometimes
Unbeelievable Health Bee Energised Energy & Focus
Need to feel a bit more buzzy? You’ll love these capsules, loaded with organic bee pollen, rose hips and Siberian ginseng extract to help maintain energy, stamina, concentration and alertness. Perfect as a replacement for late-afternoon coffees when you start to flag, but it’s also worth noting that bee pollen has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and may help boost your immune system, too.
New Nordic Active Liver Tablets
Given that the liver is essential to detoxify the body – and responsible for up to 500 other functions – it makes sense to look after that bad boy. These supplements contain milk thistle and artichoke to support liver function and choline, a vital nutrient for metabolism that’s been linked to liver disease if we don’t get enough.
Holland & Barrett High Strength Turmeric With Black Pepper
Turmeric is having more than a moment, it’s having an era. And no wonder – this spice from our fave curries is well researched, with evidence it fights inflammation (the cause of many diseases) and helps the body detox. Black pepper helps you absorb its magic.
Best Children’s Product
Making looking after your little ’uns easy (well, easier)
Nature’s Aid Mini Drops Range
These four formulae cover vitamin D – to support bones and teeth – DHA, to boost brain development and function, vitamin C for the immune system and to promote iron absorption and a multivit. So parents can pick and choose to safeguard fussy eaters or just to make sure their kiddos have nutrition nailed. They’re tasty, too, and the pipette means you can drop a dose in drinks. Suitable for tiddlers from three months to five years.
Alive! Children’s Soft Jells
Made from extracts of 26 fruits and veggies, these cover a spectrum of nutrients, including vitamins C and D, plus iodine and zinc for growth and development. Kids love them – maybe because they look a bit like sweeties. But what a treat!
Holland & Barrett Healthy Kids Multivitamins Plus Omega 3
The addition of omega-3 to this multivitamin gives that bit of extra support for cognitive health – a study published last year has linked fish oils to relieving symptoms of ADHD. And although they’re aimed at kids aged over three years, the dose is suitable for adults as well – so you can share.
Best Fitness Product
Whether you’re all about the yoga or totting up triathlons, these can help
Holland & Barrett Magnesium Oil Spray
Magnesium contributes to muscle function, making it a priority nutrient for active people. It’s essential to enzyme systems that maintain blood pressure and bone health. What you love about this spray is how it provides a supersaturated, seriously-absorbent source that you apply directly to the skin. Those with muscle pain also swear it eases discomfort.
Vega Clean Protein Chocolate Flavour
Blended into a smoothie or diluted to make a drink, this popular, plant-based protein delivers 25g of protein per serving – just under half your RDA – and a range of amino acids making it a must for those who want to build muscle. It’s vegan, doesn’t go grainy, and tastes fantastic.
Pretty Athletic Workout Glow
Gym kit beauty is a growing area and we’re grateful – no one likes sitting in a meeting red-faced after rushing to work straight from a spin class. This hyaluronic vitamin tonic ticks all the boxes – rose, calendula and hyaluronic acid keep skin balanced, antioxidants vitamin E and niacinamide nourish, and it’s chemical-free. There goes that excuse not to work out.
Best Free-From Product
Because some of us appreciate alternatives
Ricola Sugar Free
We all love this range of herbal sweets – and the sugar-free versions still contain a unique blend of 13 natural herbs. Grown in the mountains of Switzerland, these include marshmallow, yarrow and peppermint, all used for centuries to support oral and respiratory health. And that’s why you suck on them – they’re just so good at clearing your throat.
Doves Farm FREEE Plain white flour
Can you believe that you can find a gluten- and wheat-free our that works in any recipe, with a tiny adaptation – just a little more liquid? Well, thanks to Doves Farm’s blend of rice, potato, tapioca, maize and buckwheat, here you have it! Ideal for anyone who’s gluten intolerant or coeliac.
Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser
We were impressed by how well this cleanser lathered up given that it’s free from sulphates – the go-to ingredient for foaming products but one linked to skin irritation. This formula is also free of parabens, a preservative that can build up in the body. The team rave about its gentle but effective formula, perfect if you love a lather but not dry skin.
The judging process:
We believe that transparency makes us trustworthy, so The healthy Awards are voted for by you. In fact, more than 2200 of you picked your favourite products between June and July this year, with additional commendations awarded by the expert team at healthy magazine.