Dr. Martin Reaney and his team began their study of flaxseed composition with a simple question – Why does flaxseed oil develop a bitter taste over time? The ensuing discovery was that Flaxseed oil contains linusorbs (LOs), cyclic peptides that aren’t typically present in other plant based oils. These cyclic peptides have special properties that include tumour and inflammation suppression, immune-modulation and low-toxicity immunosuppressive properties, and they bind easily with other chemicals. Collectively, these properties make LOs useful for a wide spectrum of potential health, veterinary, cosmetic and even industrial applications.
Based on this discovery, Prairie Tide’s original mandate was to utilize patented technology to commercialize a platform of high-value LOs extracted from flaxseed oil. Since then this mandate has broadened to encompass the biorefinery concept.
As a result of groundbreaking discoveries, Prairie Tide now offers commercial products that utilize all flaxseed fractions and components, not just molecular components of its oil. By developing these value-added products Prairie Tide is helping to expand the flaxseed grower’s market, we are creating products that benefit consumer health and wellbeing, and we are doing so in a responsible manner that utilizes all byproducts of flaxseed processing.
Our Mission: To capitalize our world leadership in discovery, creation, development, and commercialization of value-added flax-based products.
Prairie Tide is continuously working on new products and market opportunities for flaxseed. We are constantly striving to develop and commercialize new products that outperform their conventional counterparts, and which offer innovative health benefits to consumers.
We are always on the lookout for new market and collaboration opportunities. As we strive to develop additional new technologies to fractionate and derive value from flaxseed and its constituent parts, we also further our position as the world leader in discovery, creation, development, and commercialization of value-added flax-based products. In so doing we will continue to expand the return-on-investment into the flax sector of the Canadian farming and research economies.