This year makes it a (gluten-free) baker’s dozen as we honor our winners in the 13th annual Natural Choice Awards. Natural products in 18 categories were voted on by our readers, and we’ve come away with a truly impressive group of winners and runners up, including several multiple-time Natural Choice Award winners. There are some newcomers to the party as well.

For consumers, retailers and product makers alike, digestive health can be a tough category. There are enough natural options to satisfy every complaint or concern, but there’s also enough complexity to make connecting consumers with the right products a tall task.

The nutritional benefits of mushrooms are widely discussed by health aficionados. Despite all of the benefits of consuming mushrooms during meals, however, these advantages pale in comparison to the health-promoting properties of medicinal mushroom supplements. What is known about these supplements includes thousands of years of traditional use in Chinese and Japanese herbal medicine and the modern research spurred by their reputations. From possible immune health-supporting ingredients to athletic performance enhancers, medicinal mushrooms promote good health in all sorts of ways. Here are just a few of the most promising mushroom supplements on the market right now.

This year makes it a (gluten-free) baker’s dozen as we honor our winners in the 13th annual Natural Choice Awards. Natural products in 18 categories were voted on by our readers, and we’ve come away with a truly impressive group of winners and runners up, including several multiple-time Natural Choice Award winners. There are some newcomers to the party as well.

News and notes from industry suppliers.

Two research groups independently collected data on branded probiotic strains and generated some interesting results.

Newport Beach, CA—A new pilot study sponsored by BioCell Technology suggested its branded type II collagen (BioCell Collagen) may support recovery after exercise.

Oslo, Norway—Researchers from Maastricht University, The Netherlands, have published data in Cardiovascular Biology and Cell Signalling suggesting that vitamin K2 supports cardiovascular health.

Cooking. Cleaning. Organizing. These routine tasks can add up, not just in time or in money, but also in environmental impact. As the consumer base grows more eco-conscious and terms like safety and sustainability become viable selling points, alternatives to traditional offerings become popular. This is a main element behind the rise of green household products, a category that has steadily grown over the last few years with little sign of stopping.