Celebrating Finlandia’s 46th Birthday! I’d love to share some hidden gems in the Finlandia product range and how they can support your wellness.
D-ribose is a superfood sugar that provides cells with energy without raising blood sugar levels. In other words, it is keto-friendly.Unlike regular sugar, it’s simple structure allows this sugar to be directly used for fuel in cellular energy production and allows more efficient energy recycling and regeneration in cells. This superfood sugar is also used clinically to support heart muscle cell function in patients with cardiac disease. D-ribose is also used to support fitness performance and recovery. The typical adult dosage is 5g half an hour before your workout. For additional alertness in the morning, add 1 tsp D-ribose and 1 tsp coconut oil to your coffee, blend in a high speed blender until frothy for a delicious bulletproof coffee.
Please note that D-ribose can lower your blood sugar levels, so if you are taking blood sugar medications or prone to hypoglycemia, avoid taking this product.
Glycine is an amino acid that makes up 33% of all protein molecules in the body, including collagen. Although our body can produce glycine from protein-rich food we consume, the body’s ability to produce glycine decreases as we age, resulting in less collagen overall and decreased ability for the body to restore tissue damage caused by natural metabolic stress. Glycine is the smallest amino acid with a single hydrogen molecule as its side chain, making it easy to be used as a foundational molecule for protein molecules such as collagen. It is found to increase elasticity and moisture in the skin, and protect the skin from sun damage. Glycine is a good vegan alternative if you can’t use collagen which is always made from animal sources.
As a neurotransmitter, glycine has a modulating effect for mood and cognition. It has a calming effect on the brain when the nervous system is overstimulated by increasing GABA concentration. This amino acid has the ability to improve blood flow in the brain by relaxing the blood vessels, allowing better oxygenating and nutrient delivery into the brain, thus supporting memory. For beauty and mood, considering adding 1-2 g glycine to water after dinner. Glycine is naturally sweet without sugar so it makes a pleasant addition to your evening routine.
Astaxanthin is a naturally occurring antioxidant that gives some algae, shrimp, salmon the pinkish red colour. This antioxidant provides our cell membrane from environmental and internal stressors. Because this is a fat-soluble antioxidant, it has a specific infinity to the brain, nervous system, brain and the digestive tract. In the nervous system, astaxanthin protects the communication network in our brain and our eyes. In the digestive tract, astaxanthin helps to repair cells responsible for nutrient absorption, and in our skin, astaxanthin provides protection from UV damage.
The best part of this antioxidant is that it can be stored in the tissue for up to 2 days, consider taking 6mg every other day.
Finlandia’s vitamin D + K provides the perfect ratio of vitamin D and K for the North American climate where we don’t get enough sun exposure for most of the year. As fall and winter creep up on us, a healthy vitamin D level is important for protecting your immune system, supporting mood and bone health. Vitamin K is important as a nutrient that shuttles calcium into our bone matrix and directs calcium away from blood vessels. Many vitamin K is derived from soybeans but Finlandia’s vitamin K is derived from rosehips. This formula also will delight you with a natural lemon flavour that reminds you of drops of sunshine. For a healthy adult in fall/winter weather, consider taking 4 drops per day.
Carnitine is an amino acid that helps the cell burn fat for energy.The additional acetyl group helps to protect cells from the metabolic stress from energy production and makes carnitine more accessible to the brain and nervous system. The body becomes less able to produce carnitine as we age so supplementation has shown benefit for energy and memory. You can also benefit from a little energy uplift if you are on the low carb or keto diet.
Alpha lipoic acid is an antioxidant that is important for energy production in cells. It’s anti-inflammatory benefit has shown to benefit brain function, blood sugar levels and cardiovascular function. When combined with acetyl-l-carnitine, this formula is a great antioxidant blend for energy, brain health and memory and beneficial for blood pressure and artery health. To maximize the antioxidant benefits, take 2-3 capsules daily with food.
Resveratrol is naturally found in grape skin, blueberries and walnuts in small amounts. It belongs to a group of antioxidant ca polyphenols. Studies have shown resveratrol can inhibit the pro inflammatory process that leads to the formation of amyloid plaque in the brian, a marker of Alzheimer’s disease. The issue with resveratrol is that it requires several reactions before absorption can happen, making the viability of resveratrol unpredictable. Finlandia’s resveratrol incorporates pterostilbene from blueberries that helps to integrate resveratrol better into the bloodstream.
Although our body is very capable of filtering its own toxins, herbal support can help make this process work as best as it can, providing nutrients and reducing inflammatory stress on your liver, kidneys, skin and lymphatic system.
Depending on your preference and goals, these formulas provide different levels of intensity to support your detox system. It’s important to keep in mind that the stronger is not always better as detox can add more stress to our system. You can consider trying a gentle formula first while working on improving your overall health before trying the more intensive programs.
This formula is the most gentle out of all detox formulas, it works on helping the body build its foundation by supporting health blood cell production and providing nutrients and antioxidants to the kidney and liver.
●Deep Skin Cleanse
This formula is the intermediate option for acne and other inflammatory skin concerns. The formula contains gentle laxative herbs that remove toxins from a sluggish digestive system.
This formula is the strongest detox option to help the body purge toxins from the gut, liver, kidneys and lymphatic system.
Tahlia Sage (C.N. P, BSc. Food, Nutrition & Health) is the founder of Tahlia Sage Wellness and a partner of Healing House Natural Wellness, and instructor at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition.
Her coaching practice helps clients achieve their wellness goals by embracing functional foods and healthy lifestyle changes. Tahlia’s own health challenges and weight issues prompted her to pursue an education in nutritional science and holistic nutrition. Tahlia empowers her clients to regain balance with easy, concrete steps.
Disclaimer: This blog post is for information purpose only, please consult with your healthcare provider.