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Flax Seed Facts & Information
FLAX seed is a most important super food -- actually one of the very best foods you can eat.
Flax seed and its oil provide multiple health benefits. Flax can prevent or contribute to improvement in many of the health problems that bother millions of people. These include: stress, depression, high cholesterol, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, cancer, constipation, irritable bowel, arthritis and much more.
The best way to use flax is to consume milled organic flax seed.
The Best Organic Milled Flaxseed
Northern Edge® flax seed is the very best there is. No other organic flax product is grown, tested, prepared and cared for like Northern Edge.
Best Growing Conditions
~ Northern Edge® Milled Flaxseed iscertified organically-grown in a large region of farms at the far northern edge of Canada, which have been growing organically for about30 years.
~ The environment is pure & clean there at the northern edge of where food can grow, north of the 53rd parallel.
~ The flax Seed grown in this area is the highest quality in the world.
~ The very cold climate and the rich organic soil of these farms, cause this northern edge flax northern seed to have the highest oil content, about 45%, AND the highest Omega 3 level of the oil, about 60%. This is FAR higher than any other flax product on the market.
~ The soil in this northern edge region is free of toxic metals like cadmium. This is one of only two North American flax seed growing areas (both in northern Canada) that meet Europe's strict import standards for toxic metals. All soils in the U.S. are too high in these metals to meet those standards. Flax draws more minerals out of the soil than other plants, which is good if the minerals are nutritional, but a problem when there are toxic metals present.
Founded in 1991, Randolph & James Flax Mills is a family-owned business with a thorough commitment to highest quality. Superior to any other brand, the flax seed selected for Northern Edge is tested for quality.
They process only certified organic flaxseed that is grown in this special organic region north of the 53rd parallel for the Northern Edge® brand. This is the highest quality flax seed in the world, containing 44-45% oil, with up to 60% of this oil being the important Essential Fatty Acid, Alpha Linolenic Acid (source of Omega 3). Only the very best of the crop from this unique area is used.
~ With the careful growing, harvesting, cleaning & storage methods the farmers in this area have perfected, their flax seed is known all over the world for being of thehighest quality. Broken seeds (which would lead to rancidity problems) are avoided.~ Every batch of flax seed grown for Northern Edge is cleaned to 99.9% purity, and tested twice for bacteria, mold and other contaminants, and for rancidity. One test is done at harvest time, the other right before milling.
~ Another test is done in selecting flax seed for Northern Edge® to insure the seeds have 45% oil content and that 60%+ of that is Alpha Linolenic Acid, the needed Essential Fatty Acid source of Omega 3 fats.
~ This flaxseed is also tested to insure high content of lignans, protein and minerals.
~ Northern Edge® Flax is on average: 22% protein, 45% oil, 26% fiber (14% soluble, 12% insoluble), and the remaining 7% is made up of carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins, lignans (antioxidants), enzymes and other trace phytonutrients.
~ Only the very best (about 1/3) of what is certainly the best-grown and cared-for flax seed in the world, is selected for milling by Northern Edge®. The remainder of secondary quality is sold for use by others.
~ In two tablespoonsful (the daily recommendation) of organic Northern Edge flax seed there are:
Calories . . . . . . . . . . . . 80
Total Fat . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6.4 grams
Trans Fat . . . . . . . 0 grams
Polyunsaturated 4 grams
Monounsaturated 1 gram
Cholesterol . . . . . 0 grams
ALA . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.85 grams
Carbohydrates . . . . . . 4 grams
Dietary Fiber . . . . 4 grams
Soluble . . . . . . . 2 grams
Insoluble . . . . . 2 grams
Sugars . . . . . . . . . 0 grams
Protein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 grams
Calcium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4% Daily Value
Iron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4% Daily Value
Phosphorus . . . . . . . . . . 8% Daily Value
Magnesium . . . . . . . . . . 15% Daily Value
Zinc . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4% Daily Value
Copper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10% Daily Value
NOTE: Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Note that although 2 tablespoons of our milled flaxseed contains 80 calories, that 50 of them are from the very desirable, high-quality nutritious oil. The rest is mostly from the protein. The carbohydrate content of flaxseed is virtually all fiber. Flaxseed is the best choice for fiber to help with bowel function. Flaxseed is 26% fiber, and an ideal mix of soluble and insoluble fiber. It is the very best food for the intestine.
~ Northern Edge® flax seed is specially cold-milled to give full benefits. The mill head temperatures are maintained at under 42 degrees Celsius. Milling is a needed process to enhance digestibility and bioavailability.
~ Northern Edge® has developed a unique, patented flaking process that breaks up the seed, yet leaves the oil within the seed. In order to leave as much of the oil as possible within the cell walls (not exposed to oxygen), this flax seed is milled by slicing. It is not ground or crushed.
~ This slicing or flaking process seals the oil & other nutrients into the pieces of the seeds, protecting and preserving them. The oil seals itself into each tiny piece like a self-sealing envelope.
~ Ordinary grinding of flaxseed is too oxidizing. The oils gorancid; as they do when flax oil is extracted. Expelled flaxseed oil is a fractured, dead food, which also lacks the fiber, protein, enzymes and other nutrients, and has far less lignans than the seeds.
~ On the other hand, whole unmilled flaxseeds cannot be broken down well by chewing nor by the digestive juices, so as much as 90% of the value is missed.~ Northern Edge® Milled Flaxseed is milled directly into a light-proof bag, ONE BAG AT A TIME, and instantly VACUUM-PACKED.
~ The proprietary slicing machinery is thoroughly cleaned after each milling with compressed air. No chemical solvents or soaps are used on the blades which might leave a contaminating residue.
~ Because of these unique procedures, the freshness and purity of Northern Edge Milled® Organic Flaxseed is GUARANTEED.Our flax has been tested as far as 16 months from packing with no detectable deterioration.
Best To Eat
~ This Northern Edge® flax seed product is milled for easy digestion, and is ready-to-eat. It's slightly nutty flavor tastes great with any other food. It can be sprinkled on or mixed into any dish, such as cereals, salads, sauces, sandwiches, eggs, potatoes, rice or other grains; in muffins, bread or casseroles; in juices and blender drinks; in applesauce; on vegetables or fruits; in yogurt or cottage cheese; even on ice cream!Note About Color: Golden vs. Brown Seeds
The color of flax has no bearing on its nutritional value, despite claims by its growers that golden flax is superior. In tests conducted by the Canadian Grain Commission in the summer of 2001, the "Dakota Gold" flax from South Dakota was shown to have 43-44% oil content, while the Canadian brown flax tested had 44%, virtually the same.
However, the level of ALA (Alpha Linolenic Acid -- source of Omega 3 fatty acids) in the Canadian brown seed was 59% of the oil, compared to 51% in the "Dakota Gold". This difference is due to the colder Canadian climate, and perhaps better soil quality, not the color variety.
Both the Canadian brown and "Dakota Gold" flax are superior in oil content to other flax grown in the U.S. which has far less oil. However, unlike any other North American flax, Northern Edge® Flax seed is free of toxic cadmium; and it is the only flax seed tested to ensure the highest ALA oil level as well as purity from contaminants.
Further, golden flax is a hybrid plant. Hybrids are generally weaker than standard varieties of a plant, and usually do not absorb nutrients from the soil as well. Chemical-based farming is commonly used with hybrid plants, which are more susceptible to pests and blights. Golden flax is rarely if ever organically-grown.
Simply The Best
The growing, harvesting and storage methods of the conscientious organic farmers who raise flax seed for Northern Edge® result in the cleanest, least rancid, and most nutritious flax product on the market.Their careful procedures eliminate broken seeds which can contaminate a batch with rancidity. Our growers are paid six times as much for their organic flax seed as would be paid for normal flax seed at the grain elevator.This is one of only two North American flax seed products acceptable under Europe's strict import standards for heavy metal (cadmium) toxicity.
No other flax seed is as high in oil content and ALA (Omega 3 source) content (every batch is tested).
No other flax seed is tested for rancidity.
No other flax seed is tested for bacteria and mold (tested twice).
No other flax seed is milled by a slicing method that seals the oil in the pieces and minimizes its exposure to air and light.
No other flax seed is cold-milled in the dark directly into the light-proof container and instantly vacuum-sealed.
Other producers mill their lesser quality flax into a large hopper where it sits for a length of time, then they fill the containers from there.
Flax oil makes up a large segment of the flax product market. The oil is expelled from the seed leaving behind most of the antioxidant lignans, the protein, the fiber, and the vitamins. minerals and enzymes.
Exposure to light and oxygen begins the spoilage process. Rancidity quickly spreads through an oil-rich medium like an infection. Free radicals create more free radicals (peroxides). So flax oil, oil capsules or other brands of pre-ground flax are NOT the best choices for the consumer.
Northern Edge® Milled Flaxseed combines the benefits obtained from consuming flax seed oil, fiber products, mucilage (soluble fiber), lignans and high quality protein all in one complete wholesome product.
About Grinding Flax At Home
The whole flax seeds available for home grinding, even when organically-grown, are inevitably too high in toxic metals and other contaminants, and too low in oil, Omega 3 source fatty acid and other nutrients. There is no other flax approaching anywhere near the quality of Northern Edge®.
Further, if the blades of a grinder are not cleaned properly each time, rancid oils remain to infect the next batch with free radicals. On the other hand, cleaning with typical dish soap leaves chemical residues on the blades.
Be wary: whole unmilled flaxseed is NOT digestible by humans. It only acts as a laxative. (In fact it moves so efficiently that after it passes through the digestive tract it can be planted and it will grow.)
Flax seed needs to be milled to allow the digestive tract to absorb the nutrients contained in the seed. However, bulk milled flax seed or flax oil may rapidly go rancid by exposing the oil to light and air, resulting in a poor shelf-life.
Properly prepared and protected, milled flax can be eaten raw, blended into drinks, sprinkled on ice cream or cooked and baked into items without losing much of it's nutritional value.
Flax is the best known source for the two most essential fatty acids: Linoleic [LA, (18:2)] and the less common Linolenic [LNA. (18:3)]; which combat heart attacks, breast and colon cancer, arthritis, severe menstrual cramps -- even depression.
Organic Northern Edge® Milled Flaxseed is for many reasons the best flax product in the world.
No other flax seed is grown, tested, or milled and packed like Northern Edge®.
The freshness and goodness of other flax products is much less than one so carefully grown and prepared. It is free of contaminants and protected from oxidation, yet ready to eat so it can be conveniently used daily.
Northern Edge flax seed is theBEST by far!
Northern Edge® MILLED FLAXSEED
One bag (15 oz) of Flaxseed is a month's supply for an adult at about two tablespoonsful per day. Unopened, the flax remains fresh in the vacuum-sealed bag for over a year from packing (even well past the future expiry date on the bag). After opening, it should be resealed and kept in the refrigerator.
Those with sensitivity or inflammation in the digestive tract should start gradually with any flaxseed, perhaps a teaspoonful per day for the first week. Then work up in steps to 2 tablespoonsful.
The Super Food In Wheat
"Wheat germ" is a nutritious super food, rich in vitamin B complex, vitamin E, enzymes, minerals and more.
The "germ" is the most nutritious portion of the wheat kernel and makes up only about 2 1/2 % of its weight. Wheat germ is the reproductive area or embryo from which the seed germinates to form the sprout that becomes the green wheat grass. (The term "germ" comes from the word germinate, and does not refer to "germs" such as bacteria and viruses.)
Wheat germ is usually separated from the bran and starch during the milling of flour because the germ's perishable oil content limits the keeping time of the flour. Wheat germ contains very little of the sticky gluten protein to which many with wheat allergy react.
To get the benefit of wheat germ, it needs to be truly fresh.
Wheat Germ Contents & Benefits
Wheat germ is the highest source among few foods containing Octacosanol, a group of long-chain food molecules that benefit the body in many ways.
Octacosanol has been found to:
lower blood levels of cholesterol
improve energy storage in muscles
enhance performance, endurance and stamina, even at high altitudes
improve oxygen utilization
increase ability to handle stress
Wheat germ is the highest food in vitamin E complex (including all three tocopherols, not just the alpha, which is all that most "vitamin E" supplements have.) -- Tocopherols are natural antioxidants that help prevent heart disease, cancer & aging.
Vitamin E protects the muscles, blood, lungs, & eyes; prevents blood clots; and strengthens the immune system.
An adequate amount of vitamin E lowers the risk of heart disease between 1/3 & 1/2. (Study at Harvard Univ. School of Public Health)
A deficiency can cause ischemic heart disease (study by World Health Org.), sterility, impotence, miscarriage, loss of vitality, arthritis and paralysis.
NOTE: Synthetic vitamin E is named dl'alpha tocopherol. The "l" following the d refers to the left rotation of its molecules, the mirror image of the right rotation of the natural molecules. Not only is the synthetic E much less effective in the body (only 5 to 20% as much biological activity), it has been show to block absorption of the natural E from food (New York Academy of Sciences -- 1988 Conference on vitamin E).
Synthetic vitamin E is usually made from petroleum, turpentine, sugar and artificial preservatives. The body definitely can tell the difference.
Wheat germs is one of highest foods in B-complexvitamins, good for metabolism & handling stress. It is especially high in B-6 & folic acid which lower homocysteine levels, preventing arterial damage. B vitamins are needed for energy, digestion, nerves, muscles, skin & hair, organs, growth and repair of tissues, and more.
ProteinWheat germ is abundantly rich in Protein(28.9%). High quality protein is absolutely essential for repair of tissues and for carrying minerals and other nutrients into cells.
The highly-cooked, poorly-digested protein foods most people consume still leave them with a deficiency of good protein to meet the body's needs.
Other Nutrients in Wheat Germ
~ good source of Vitamin A (Beta Carotene) & enzymes
~ two tablespoons (about 25 grams) per day provides the RDA of chromium&manganese
~ provides these and other minerals in highly absorbable organically-bonded form.
Northern Edge® Fresh Wheat Germ
~ the BEST available
~ produced from high-protein, Hard Red Spring Wheat
~ specially vacuum-packedimmediately after milling in a light-proof package & frozen until shipping time; freshness is guaranteed(store in the freezer) ~ ready-to-eat; tastes great with a light, nutty, slightly sweet flavor
Northern Edge provides what may be the only truly fresh commercially available wheat germ in North America. Almost all other wheat germ on the market is rancid, stale and/or toasted. Ours is fresh, uncooked, and truly superior.
Once wheat germ has been exposed to air and/or light, rancidity develops rapidly. A bitter aftertaste is indication of rancidity. If rancid, a food is more harmful than good for you, and it should not be eaten.
Please consider ordering the best!
FRESH WHEAT GERM
One bag (26 oz) of Wheat Germ is a two month's supply for one adult at about two tablespoonsful per day. For maximum freshness, store the Wheat Germ in the freezer, both before and after opening the vacuum-packed bag. The bag is stamped with the date of packing. Unopened, the product is good for about two or three months if NOT frozen (avoiding heat); and for many months if frozen.
Flaxseed and Wheat Germ
When ordering, please provide all needed information, including the correct shipping address. If you want your order sent to a different address than the billing address, make that clear in a note with your payment.
We offer several flax + wheat germ combination package choices to save on shipping cost for you.
NOTE: The product price and shipping cost are detailed on this page, but combined into a total on each PayPal payment page. These prices are for U.S. orders only. For calculating orders outside the U.S., CLICK HERE to contact us.
Most flax & wheat germ orders are shipped promptly by Priority Mail. Usually you should receive your order in just a few days.
Full caseorders (12 bags) may be shipped to you by Parcel Post, depending on your distance from us, which can take up to a week to arrive. If you would like a full case order of wheat germ, contact us for special arrangements.
One bag (15 oz) Milled Flaxseed --> $10 + $5 shipping -->
Two bags (30 oz) Milled Flaxseed --> $19 + $7 shipping -->
Four bags (60 oz) Milled Flaxseed --> $35 + $10 shipping -->
Six bags (90 oz) Milled Flaxseed --> $50 + $10 shipping -->
Full Case -- Twelve bags (180 oz) Milled Flaxseed --> $92.87 +
$13.50 shipping -->
FRESH WHEAT GERM
One bag (26 oz) Fresh Wheat Germ --> $11 + $5 shipping -->
Two bags (52 oz) Fresh Wheat Germ --> $21 + $9 shipping -->
COMBO PACKAGESTwo bags (30 oz) Milled Flaxseed + One bag (26 oz) Fresh Wheat Germ --> $28 + $10 shipping -->
Four bags (60 oz) Milled Flaxseed + Two bags (52 oz) Fresh Wheat Germ --> $53 + $10 shipping -->
Full Combo Case -- Eight bags (120 oz) Milled Flaxseed + Four bags (104 oz) Fresh Wheat Germ --> $96 + $19 shipping
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