PRODUCTS & SERVICES
Welcome to Organic Times conveniently located in downtown Minden, Ontario.
Bulk Food & Spices
Buying bulk is a cost effective way to buy those things you use a lot.
We carry a variety of items from soup to nuts, candy, snacks, baking supplies, cereals, grains, spices from the everyday to the exotic, dried fruits, nutritional vitamins and supplements, health and natural food products and more...
Organic bulk foods on average are 89 percent less expensivethan their organic packaged counterparts, according to research results.
Vitamins and Suppliments
We carry a huge assortment and varieties of Vitamins and Suppliments and can help you with advise on what might be right for you.
Vitamins are VITAL MINERALS and used by the body in a variety of ways. Here are the main ones.
Vitamin A –
Promotes healthy cell growth; used in cell division and specialisation throughout the body; and helps regulate the immune system. Poisonous if taken to excess.
Beta Carotene – Converted into Vitamin A by the body. Commonly used in supplements instead of Vitamin A as excess is simply unconverted.
Biotin – Uses: converts fats and carbohydrates into energy; synthesises hormones and cholesterol; helps control blood sugar levels.
B Complex – a combination of most or all of the B Vitamins. General uses: converting foods into energy; growth; metabolism.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) –Uses: helps supports the normal function of the nervous system, muscles and heart. Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) –Uses: red blood cell and antibody production; respiration; and regulating human growth and reproduction.
Vitamin B3 (niacin) – Uses: in the digestive and nervous systems; promotes healthy skin. Helps balance good and bad cholesterols.
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) - Uses: normal growth; metabolism of fat and sugar to energy.
Vitamin B17 (Laetrile or Amygdalin) –
An extract of many seeds, nuts, etc, especially almonds. Claimed to be a cancer cure. Claimed by opponents to be poisonous because it includes an arsenic compound.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) –
Humans are the only animals unable to store Vitamin C. Lack of this vitamin causes scurvy, a potentially fatal disease. It is used in forming collagen, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels and in maintaining bones and teeth, and in the absorption of iron.
Vitamin D –
Is made in the body by exposure to UV rays (sunlight).
Uses: promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorous that are vital in forming and maintaining strong bones. It may also be involved in regulating cell growth and maintaining a healthy immune system.
Vitamin E –
Uses: as a powerful source of antioxidants; is involved in immune system function; DNA repair; the protection of blood cells, the nervous system, muscles and the retinas.
Drug & Hormone Free Beef
Meat (and milk) sold in the stores is usually from cows in confinement. This means that they are forced to sit, stand, and sleep in a small (often about 17 feet worth per cow) area with many (think hundreds) of cows. This is disgusting and is part of the reason why sickness abounds, hence the (constant) need for antibiotics.
In addition, the GMO grain diet that confined cattle are fed is very bad for their digestive systems. In a nutshell, it is very difficult for them to digest and it can lead to rumenitis, which simply means that the rumen cannot digest nutrients nearly as efficiently as it should. It ulcerates, causing bacteria to seep through the walls to the liver, causing an abcsess of the liver. 15-30% of feedlot cattle have abscessed livers. This is not to say that cows that are fed non-GMO grain from time to time are going to end up sick.
Cattle that are allowed to freely graze on grass have “a healthier fatty acid profile, including an omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio twice as high as grain-fed beef, and significantly increased cancer-fighting antioxidants. In addition to having more “good” cholesterol-neutral fats and less “bad” cholesterol-increasing fats, the overall fat content of grass-fed meat is much, much lower. On top of all that, grass-fed meat also has significantly higher in precursors for Vitamin A and E.”
Gluten Free Products
These days, lots of people are giving up gluten. Eighteen per cent of American adults buy gluten-free products, according to market researcher Packaged Facts. Eating gluten-free is still challenging because gluten is so ubiquitous. It's in the obvious products, like bread, pasta, and cookies, but it is also lurking in many prepared foods, like soup, salad dressing, and soy sauce. At Organic Times we can help you with our assortment of Cluten Free products.
Gluten is a protein complex found in wheat (including kamut and spelt),barley, rye and triticale.
Organic & Natural Foods
What is organic?
The agencies that certify a product as organic use the Canadian Organic Standards to assess ingredients and production methods.
The standards lay out the specifics of organic production, including how livestock must be housed, fed, transported and slaughtered; how specific crops and produce are to be grown, extracted, processed and stored; how pests and diseases are to be treated; which substances, methods and ingredients may not be used; and what environmental factors must be taken into consideration.
Today the organic food market is described by industry analysts as the most dynamic and rapidly growing sector of the global food industry. The global market for organic products, once a small scale niche market, reached a value of almost $US 63 billion in 2011 (Source: International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements). Worldwide, about 37.2 million hectares of agricultural land are certified according to organic standards, and there are about 1.8 million certified organic producers.
In Canada, there has been a small but increasing organic agriculture sector since the early 1980s. In recent years, this sector has seen dramatic growth with organic food consumption developing at a faster rate than production.
Herbal medicine (or "herbalism") is the study and use of medicinal properties of plants. The scope of herbal medicine is sometimes extended to include fungal and bee products, as well as minerals, shells and certain animal parts.Pharmacognosy is the study of all medicines that are derived from natural sources.
Plants have the ability to synthesize a wide variety of chemical compounds that are used to perform important biological functions, and to defend against attack from predators such as insects, fungi andherbivorous mammals. Many of these phytochemicals have beneficial effects on long-term health when consumed by humans, and can be used to effectively treat human diseases. At least 12,000 such compounds have been isolated so far; a number estimated to be less than 10% of the total.
The bark of willow trees contains large amounts of salicylic acid, which is the active metabolite of aspirin. Willow bark has been used for millennia as an effective pain reliever and fever reducer.
Bath and Body Products
At Organic Times, we are dedicated to bringing you high-quality natural products that are made and packaged in an environmentally friendly manner. We carry products with fresh ingredients, combining soy, essential oils, natural fragrances, herbs and natural minerals that create healthy, life enhancing products. Essential oils benefit the skin as well as the mind and spirit
Can natural bath products really make that big of a difference?
Yes! And the reason is the American bath market is saturated with products filled with harsh drying chemicals that only multiply the dry skin problem. Many commercial bath products are merely detergents with a glorified name. These ingredients compound the dry itch problem and can have negative effects on general health.
Eco Friendly Products
Our objective is to improve awareness about environmental concerns and assist people with buying eco friendly products. By consistently making green and organic purchases we gradually shift the economy away from the toxic alternatives.
The products we are especially interested in carrying are the ones that allow us as individuals to change our lifestyle and start to make a difference in preserving the planet as we know it.