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Monday, April 21, 2014

Biocore's Microgreens: Product Review


Well happy Easter Monday!  Its a beautiful day and the last one of our 4 day weekend.  We've been having a great time, how about you? 

Or are you feeling a bit sluggish after too much ham, chocolate and other Easter indulgences this weekend...or Passover indulgences?  Maybe its time to ramp up your nutrition?

Well, do you eat your greens?  Or do you drink them?  I eat them.  All the time.  So much, that people make fun of me.

But I realize not everyone loves green veggies as much as I do.  I guess that's why greens supplements are so popular.  Personally, I am not a smoothie or juice person, so I am not a big user of these, so when I was recently sent a sample of Biocore's Microgreens, I shared them with my friend J, who just started chemo for ovarian cancer.  She has been struggling with her appetite, and, in particular, with having an appetite  for veggies.  She is a long time user of various greens supplements, so I knew she'd be open to trying them.

Hello!  She gave this product a rave review.  Within a few days of using it, she felt a noticeable improvement in her energy levels.  She also said it was by far the best tasting one she has ever tried, and it is much less gritty or thick than the others on the market.  She absolutely loved the taste and said all she needed to do was mix it with about 3 parts water and 1 part orange juice.  She felt any more juice made it too sweet, so some people might even prefer to just mix it with water.

Her comments were also that it was easier to understand exactly what is in the product compared with other brands, and she liked the ingredient list feeling it was even a higher quality product than others.

Here is a list of the core ingredients, by the way:

Barley Grass Juice Powder: Barley grass is the most nutrient dense out of all the cereal grasses. Barley grass juice contains significant amounts of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and other beneficial nutrients. Contains carotene, vitamin B1, vitamin C, calcium, iron.
Parsley Powder:
Contains high levels of beta carotene, vitamin B12, folate, chlorophyll,
calcium, more vitamin C than citrus fruits. Has been used for thousands of years as a medicinal plant.
Sweet Potato Powder:
Very rich in carotenes (helps in the production of vitamin A). Also an excellent source of vitamins C, B2, B6, E and biotin (B7). Is also a good source of manganese, folate (folic acid), copper and iron, pantothenic acid and is rich in dietary fiber.
Kale Powder:
Significant amounts of vitamins B6 and C, carotenes, and manganese. It is also a very good source of vitamins B1, B2, and E, fiber, iron, copper, and calcium.
Broccoli Powder:
Very nutrient-dense. It's an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and K, folic acid, and fiber. Also contains potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamins B6 and E, carotenoid lutein, glucosinolates, and phytochemicals.
Cranberry (6% Quinic Acid):Outstanding source of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and insoluble fiber. They also
provide a good source of manganese and copper. Cranberries are a rich source of anthocyanidins, which are antioxidant pigments that give fruits and vegetables their blue, purple, and red pigments.
Milk Thistle (80% Silymarin):
Silymarin, an active ingredient in the milk thistle, is a powerful antioxidant. Milk Thistle extracts have been used for thousands of years to help improve liver function and detoxification.
Green Tea (50% Polyphenol, Decaff):
Green Tea is rich in a group of chemicals, called Catechin Polyphenols (Commonly known as Tannins which contribute to bitter taste and astringency) like Catechin, Epicatechin, Epicatechin Gallate (ECG), Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), Pro-Anthocyanidins etc. They are also known as Flavonoids and are very powerful anti oxidants.
Polygonum Cuspidatum Extract (20% Resveratrol):
Polygonum Cuspidatum is an antipyretic and analgesic and has antimicrobial, antioxidant and antimutagenic properties.
Cinnamon Extract:
Is very rich in antioxidants, cinnamon also contains polyphenols. Polyphenols seem to imitate insulin in your body and may help regulate blood sugar levels.
Carrot Juice Powder:
High in beta carotene and fiber content and is a good source of antioxidant agents as well. Carrots are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and potassium.
Apple Powder:
Good source of flavonoids and polyphenols both are powerful antioxidants. Apples contain a large amount of minerals and vitamins that can strengthen the blood.
Peach Powder:
Peaches are extremely rich in vitamin A and potassium and are very nutrient dense thus boasting a high nutritional value.
Chlorella:
Chlorella is a potent source of B-12, a vitamin commonly found in proteins. It also contains B-1, B-2, folic acid, and vitamins C and K and is also a significant source of antioxidants.
Spinach Powder:Like other dark greens, spinach is an excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful disease-fighting antioxidant . Possesses several important phytochemicals, including lutein and lipoic acid, which helps antioxidant vitamins C and E regenerate.
Leek Powder:
Combination of flavonoids and sulfur-containing nutrients also very dense in vitamins and minerals.
Lycopene 10%:
Lycopene is a carotenoid, a potent antioxidant, found in high concentrations in vegetables such as tomato. Lycopene is a pigment created by plants.
Lutein 5%:
Found in Carrots, squash and other orange and yellow fruits and vegetables as well as marigold blossoms. Also a very rich antioxidant. Has been proven to help with macular degeneration.
Quercetin:
Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant. It is also a natural anti-histamine, and anti-inflammatory. Quercetin can be found in onions, apples, green and black tea and in leafy green vegetables and beans. Olive oil, grapes, dark cherries, and dark berries (blueberries, blackberries, and bilberries are also high in flavonoids).
Rutin:
Rutin is classified as a bioflavonoid. Rich rutin sources include fruits and fruit rinds (most especially grapefruit, lemon, orange and lime) and in buckwheat seeds. It is also found in black tea and apple peelings.
Digestive Enzymes:
The main health benefit of general digestive enzyme is in the support of a healthy digestive process. Aiding in intestinal function and elimination.
Kelp Powder:
Kelp is high in iodine, potassium, calcium, and other minerals as well as vitamins, especially the B vitamins. Has been used for centuries to maintain healthy Thyroid function.
Oat Beta Glucan:Beta-glucan is a soluble fiber. Soluble dietary fiber is believed to have a valuable effect in the decrease of high cholesterol levels. Foods high in beta glucan’s are known to improve regularity.
Aloe Vera Extract:
Used as a medicinal plant for centuries all around the world. Used internally it is said that aloe vera can ease digestive irregularities, combat high blood pressure levels as well as being used as an analgesic and an antimicrobial.
Acerola Powder (Cherry):Nutrient dense and is a powerful supplier of vitamin C. Is also a potent antioxidant.
Mango Powder:
Excellent source of carotenes, vitamin C, and copper. Good source of vitamin B and E, potassium, and magnesium
Dunaliella Sulina (Betatene):
Unique algae containing rich concentrations of carotenoids (mainly Beta-Carotene), antioxidants and essential vitamins.
Lemon Juice Powder:
A powerful antibacterial, also contains some vitamin A and a large amount of natural vitamin C. The vitamin C found in lemons is also considered a bioflavanoid. Lemon also contains niacin and thiamin in small amounts.
Hawaiian Spirulina:
Spirulina is highly nutritious, it is among the most nutritious, concentrated
whole food sources found in nature.
Grape Seed Extract:
Contains protein, lipids, carbohydrates and polyphenols (which come mainly in the form of flavonoids, also known as bioflavonoids). Flavonoids describe a class of plant chemicals known for their activity as highly potent antioxidants.
Wild Blueberry:
blueberries are high in vitamin C, a strong antioxidant offering support for the immune system. Blueberries also contain fibre, folate, iron, manganese, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, zinc, copper, B vitamins, vitamin E and silicon. Blueberries also top any antioxidant potency list available.
Wild Bilberry:A super potent antioxidant high in flavonoids. Billberry has been used to treat ocular ailments and has been said to better vision.
Prune:
Extremley rich in antioxidants, prunes also contain potassium, iron, vitamin A and C, chromium and Lutein. Very rich in fibre.
Raspberry Seed:
One of the most powerful known antioxidants. Ellagatannins which are converted into ellagic acid in the body. Many fruits contain ellagatannins. However, raspberry ellagatannins are one of very few fruits that have been clinically shown to be transformed into beneficial levels of ellagic acid in the body.
Strawberry:Contain significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants, In addition to vitamin C, strawberries also provide an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

You can purchase the product on their website, and it should soon be showing up in stores across Canada.  If you like greens supplements, I highly recommend you check this one out!!!