Here at Veganic Choice Microfarms, not only will you find the most nutritious, most beautiful, and flavorful Microgreens, and Micro herbs, you will find the cleanest, purest, Veganically grown produce. You will also find a lot of information about the varieties we grow. Our mission is to give you the most nutritious foods you can eat, all the while educating you on why to eat more of these amazing SUPERFOODS, and which ones will be the best for you, and your particular situation. We have listed a lot of information about the amazing health benefits of the Microgreens and Micro herbs we grow, but believe me, this is just a few of the benefits of eating these essential foods. We will be adding more products, and information regularly, so be sure to check back. Together, we can take our health to the next level. Not to some level that only a few privileged individuals should be able to enjoy, but where we're all meant to be, and with little effort, can easily attain.
Micro Cilantro(Coriandrum sativum)I think we all know just how amazing the flavor of cilantro is, well just imagine the purest, cleanest cilantro flavor that's 4 times the intensity of the mature plant, so you only need 1/4 of the Micro Cilantro to make the same micro salads, wraps, pesto's, salsas and sauces, Wow.Micro Cilantro is one of the most detoxifying plants, it Chelates (phytochelatins allow it to do this) with heavy metals, Fertilizers, Pesticides, Chemicals, and Prescription drugs that lead to heart disease, hormonal imbalances, neurological conditions, infertility, and so much more so they can be safely loosened from the tissues and eliminated from the body, taken together with Chlorella (green algae) they synergistically increase the detoxifying effects of one another by up to 60%Oxidative stress is linked to a wide array of degenerative diseases including some types of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s Disease, macular degeneration, and much more. Cilantro’s strong Antioxidant properties in part due to the Flavonoid Quercetin, helps to protect against the damage caused by free radicals in the body. A recent study found that cilantro actually protects against oxidative stress, through its high antioxidant effects.Cilantro’s leaves and stems helps to lower blood sugar levels. The most significant study published in the Journal of Food Sciences, showed that when diabetes has been diagnosed, cilantro helps support healthy liver function, and helps to balance blood sugar.Cilantro helps to dissolve cholesterol build up in the arteries, protecting against atherosclerosis and heart disease.Another study published in Food and Chemical Toxicology found that cilantro’s rich Polyphenolic content and natural cardio-protective nutrients are responsible with preventing the oxidative damage that is specifically associated with cardiac damage and is able to prevent myocardial infarctions.Cilantro microgreens are the richest sources of lutein and beta-carotene of the 25 microgreen varieties that have been thoroughly studied.Micro Cilantro boasts an impressive 40 times the nutritional value of the mature plant.
Micro Dill(Anethum graveolens)Micro Dill Microgreens have a delightful, light dill flavor. One of my favorite flavors to perk up micro salads, salad dressings and green juices, even try some in your next micro pesto, so good!Dill has been around for centuries for both food and medicinal purposes.Dill weed provides amazing Cholesterol- lowering benefits. Through careful studies, it was determined that the effect of dill extract and dill tablets on lipid profile, liver enzymes, gene expression and enzymatic activity was substantial. After one month, the lipid profile, blood glucose and liver enzymes significantly decreased in all dill tablet or dill extract treated groups. Fresh Dill is even more effective for treatment.Dill has been investigated for its various antimicrobial effects. In research, the essential oil of dill weed has been shown to be effective against several bacteria strains, such as the mold Aspergillus niger and the yeasts Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, and Candida Albicans, completely inhibiting their growth, as well as being toxic to many others, even in seeds that had been stored for 35 years.Dill contains Monoterpene effects, these effects were confirmed in a multinational study, and research showed that the antioxidant activity of dill is even superior to Ascorbic acid, Alpha-Tocopherol and Quercetin. Dill also exhibits anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that fight free radical damage.The Monoterpene components of dill have also been shown to activate the enzyme glutathione-S-transferase, which helps attach the anti-oxidant molecule glutathione to oxidized molecules that would otherwise do damage in the body. The activity of dill's volatile oils qualify it as a "Chemoprotective" food (much like parsley) that can help neutralize particular types of carcinogens, such as the benzopyrenes that are part of cigarette smoke, charcoal grill smoke, and the smoke produced by trash incinerators.The total volatile oil portion of dill has also been studied for its ability to prevent bacterial overgrowth. In this respect, dill shares the stage with garlic, which has also been shown to have "bacteriostatic" or bacteria-regulating effects.
Micro Curly Cress(Lepidium sativum)Micro Curly Cress has a delicious peppery, sharp, unique flavor that adds zest to sandwiches, micro salads, wraps and fine cuisine. Both the leaves and seeds are used for seasoning dishes. Garden cress is an important source of iron, folic acid, calcium, vitamins C, E and A. Cress contains essential fatty acids that can give you thick, shiny hair and healthy skin. The seeds are high in calories and protein, whereas the leaves are an excellent source of vitamin A, C and folate.The large amounts of vitamin C helps keep arteries clean from cholesterol and flexible due to the fact that it stimulates the production of collagen, a structural protein responsible for their elasticity.Curly Cress increases the aggressiveness of white blood cells and has potent antibacterial and antiviral properties.Gluconasturtiin, a biologically active compound in Curly Cress and its cruciferous relatives, suppresses the production of enzymes that cause tumor growth, and provide anti-inflammatory and anticancer protection as well.Adding just half an ounce of Curly Cress to your meal delivers 200% of your daily vitamin K needs, which promotes strong, healthy bones and teeth. Vitamin K helps direct calcium into bones, not your arterial walls, joints or heart valves (where you don't want it) and regulates the process of bone renewal by maintaining certain hormonal balances. This preserves bone integrity and helps prevent bone demineralization resulting in brittle bones, fractures and osteoporosis.If you're still not impressed by the nutritional value of garden cress, then consider this: by eating just one ounce of garden cress you'll be supplying your body with nearly 40% of the Daily Value of vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). As you may already know, vitamin A and carotenoids are considered some of the best nutrients for the eyes due to their ability to reduce the risk of impaired night vision, cataracts, retinitis pigmentosa, and even age-related macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness in older people.
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Micro Red Garnet Amaranth(Amaranthus tricolor)Red Garnet Amaranth is a deep, intense crimson red colored microgreen, they have a mild, earthy flavor that is reminiscent of a beet with a delicate sweet grassy finish, they can be used to add amazing color, and powerful nutrition to your micro salads, wraps and sandwiches or try in your Nori rolls, their flavors really complement each other, combining earthy and ocean flavors.Amaranth has far more iron, calcium, protein, manganese, fiber, and other phytonutrients than its competition. Amaranth is one of the most protein-rich of any plant-based food.Amaranth leaves contain a wide range of minerals, including a high concentration of calcium. There are very few leafy vegetables that contain higher levels of calcium, making it a veritable SUPERFOOD in terms of boosting bone strength and preventing osteoporosis. Calcium and vitamin K, both of which Amaranth is extremely high in, are crucial minerals for preventing demineralization of the bones, extending your “active life” well into your old age.Furthermore, the huge amounts of vitamin K amaranth contains is a well known booster for heart health.The results of a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry show that Red Garnet Amaranth contains the highest levels of vitamin C, vitamin K, carotenoids, and vitamin E. “All of these nutrients are extremely important for the skin, eyes, and fighting cancer and have all sorts of benefits associated with them,” says researcher Gene Lester, PhD, of the USDA.New research is revealing that Amaranth also contains a certain peptide that has been identified to reduce inflammation in the body and even prevent the activity of free radicals that can cause healthy cells to mutate into cancerous cells. This anti-inflammatory molecule can also help to alleviate conditions like arthritis, gout and other inflammation-related issues.The potassium content in amaranth helps to lower blood pressure by dilating the blood vessels and reducing the strain on the cardiovascular system, thereby lowering the chances of developing atherosclerosis. The high content of phytosterols found in it also contribute to a reduction in “bad” cholesterol.
Sweet Thai Basil(Ocimum basilicum thyrsiflora)Micro Sweet Thai Basil has shiny green leaves with a sweet, anise-like scent and hints of licorice, along with a slight spiciness. Sweet Thai Basil can be used in anything from curries to soups, even sprinkled over micro salads, rice dishes or cold noodle dishes. Sweet Thai Basil can be used to make amazing homemade teas, and as a main ingredient in the best pesto's you have ever had. Sweet Thai basil may also be used as an aromatherapy treatment by bruising the leaves and inhaling their aroma.Basil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium.Basil contains a wide range of essential oils, rich in phenolic compounds and a wide array of other natural products including polyphenols such as flavonoids and anthocyanins which strengthen, rebuild and protect the body in many ways.Basil contains high quantities of (E)-beta-caryophyllene (BCP), which is effective in treating arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases, according to research conducted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.Basil also has properties that can help prevent the harmful effects of aging, basil does so by effectively killing off harmful molecules and preventing damage caused by some free radicals in the liver, brain, and heart.Basil also has well documented antibacterial and antiparasitic properties. These antibacterial properties are because of its volatile oils, which include estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene.Basil's antibacterial oils restrict the growth of numerous bacteria, including Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Yersinia enterocolitica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This could mean that adding fresh basil to a meal not only adds flavor and aroma, it also helps reduce the number of harmful bacteria on the plate.
Micro Lemon Basil(Ocimum basilicum citriodorum)Micro Lemon Basil is known for its strong fragrant lemon scent, its lemon and lime notes make it perfect for use in soups, curries, micro salads, rice dishes, pesto's, dressings, sweet deserts and other raw preparations. Its flavor is mild enough that it does not overpower subtler flavors. Lemon basil has a citrus flavor because it contains more citral and limonene than other basil varieties.Limonene has well known anti-inflammatory benefits. Those anti-inflammatory benefits are among the reasons that it may be able to protect against skin cancer. Researchers have found that it is a potential inhibitor of cancer cell growth. It may also be particularly effective at protecting against breast and colon cancers. Research has shown citral to be effective at inhibiting the growth of hepatic cancers and preventing the production of new cancer cells. Evidence also exists that citral limits the growth of breast cancer cells.Lemon basil is rich in beta carotene which is a pigment found in many brightly colored vegetables. The body converts beta carotene into vitamin A, which is essential for good vision and functioning mucus membranes.Basil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium.Because of its limonene content, lemon basil can be used to treat heartburn. Research has shown that limonene may help to treat heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux. It also neutralizes gastric acid and regulates peristalsis.Basil also has well documented antibacterial and antiparasitic properties. These antibacterial properties are because of its volatile oils, which include estragole, linalool, cineole, eugenol, sabinene, myrcene, and limonene.Basil's antibacterial oils restrict the growth of numerous bacteria, including Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Yersinia enterocolitica, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.This could mean that adding fresh basil to a meal not only adds flavor and aroma, it also helps reduce the number of harmful bacteria on the plate.
Micro Genovese Basil(Ocimum basilicum "Genovese")Micro Genovese Basil is sweet, floral and delicate, with slightly minty notes, an anise-like aroma and clove-like undertones. Genovese basil is the most widely used basil in Pesto's used on pasta's and pizza. Likewise it can be used raw for soups, curries, micro salads, dressings, pasta, sandwiches, wraps, sauces and marinades.Research has shown that basil consists of phytochemicals, which help naturally prevent cancer, including chemical-induced skin, liver, oral and lung cancers. Basil can increase antioxidant activity, positively alter gene expressions, encourage cancerous-cell apoptosis (death of harmful cells) and stop cancerous tumors from spreading.Basil leaves have got antiseptic properties and are therefore, used in the treatment of ulcers, cuts and wounds. Chewing a basil leaf or applying the juice of basil leaves on the area stung or bitten by an insect also helps relieve the pain as well as draw the venom out.Basil essential oils provide protection against harmful bacterial growth. Basil extract is shown to be helpful in treating resistant strains of bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotic treatments.Basil is quite beneficial for mental disorders or mood-related illnesses, like depression and anxiety. Basil is also considered an antidepressant since it can certainly impact brain function within the adrenal cortex, assisting and encouraging neurotransmitters that regulate the hormones responsible for making us happy and energetic.Basil juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night blindness, which is normally caused by lack of Vitamin A. Two drops of basil juice can work wonders for the eyes. It calms eyes and reduces stress. Also, it can protect from conjunctivitis, boils and other problems of the eyes which are caused mostly due to bacterial and fungal infections by washing eyes with water soaked in basil leaves.Basil can help the muscles that control blood vessel function to contract and relax, promoting healthy blood pressure. Benefits of basil include the ability to help prevent dangerous platelet aggregation, clumping together of blood platelets that can form a clot within the arteries. Basil extracts also decrease inflammation that can cause cardiovascular disease by inhibiting the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, proteins that are secreted from cell to cell in order to communicate and raise the body’s immune defenses.
Micro Cinnamon Thai Basil(Ocimum basilicum "Cinnamon"))Cinnamon basil has a spicy, fragrant Cinnamon aroma and flavor. It contains Cinnamate, the same compound found in Cinnamon. Cinnamon basil has somewhat narrow, slightly serrated, dark green, shiny leaves with reddish-purple veins. Cinnamon basil is used in teas and baked goods such as cookies and pies. It is also delicious used raw in soups, curries, micro salads, dressings, pasta, pesto, sandwiches, wraps, sauces, marinades and fresh fruit salads.The most active ingredient in this herb is the compound Cinnamate. The presence of this valuable natural substance is responsible for providing relief from ailments like diarrhea, constipation, kidney problems, cough, headache and warts.Cinnamon basil has vitamins A and C and provides a large dose of vitamin K. Cinnamon basil has small amounts of folate and iron, similar to its close cousin sweet basil, but with the added compound Cinnamate which is exclusive to Cinnamon basil.One of the main compounds in Basil, (E)-beta-caryophyllene, or BCP, offers anti-inflammatory properties similar to those found in Oregano. It also helps fight bowel inflammation and rheumatoid arthritis. It is used to treat respiratory disorders, allergies, diabetes, colds and flu, herpes virus, and infertility. It is believed to be effective at fighting off free radicals which cause damage at the cellular level. It is even used in the treatment of some cancers. It boosts the immune system and relieves common skin ailments. It is anti-bacterial and anti-viral.Basil essential oils provide protection against harmful bacterial growth. Basil extract is shown to be helpful in treating resistant strains of bacteria that don’t respond to antibiotic treatments.Basil is quite beneficial for mental disorders or mood-related illnesses, like depression and anxiety. Basil is also considered an antidepressant since it can certainly impact brain function within the adrenal cortex, assisting and encouraging neurotransmitters that regulate the hormones responsible for making us happy and energetic.Basil juice is an effective remedy for sore eyes and night blindness, which is normally caused by lack of Vitamin A. Two drops of basil juice can work wonders for the eyes. It calms eyes and reduces stress. Also, it can protect from conjunctivitis, boils and other problems of the eyes which are caused mostly due to bacterial and fungal infections by washing eyes with water soaked in basil leaves.
Micro Fenugreek(Trigonella foenum-graecum)Fenugreek has been used as a powerful medicine and an herb dating back for millennia. Sotolon is the chemical responsible for fenugreek's distinctive sweet smell and flavor that closely resembles maple syrup. Fresh fenugreek microgreens are amazing in curries, micro salads, soups, smoothies, wraps, teas, used in homemade pickling and fermenting or juiced for a lymphatic system cleanser. Fenugreek helps with numerous digestive problems, such as upset stomach, constipation and inflammation of the stomach. Fenugreek also works to treat digestion problems and is often incorporated in an Ulcerative Colitis treatment plan due to its anti-inflammatory effects.Some Fenugreek uses for men include treating hernias, erectile dysfunction and other male problems, such as baldness. That’s because fenugreek has been shown to increase sexual arousal and normalize and maintain healthy testosterone levels.Fenugreek contains a variety of beneficial nutrients, including iron, magnesium, manganese, and copper, as well as vitamin B6, protein, and dietary fiber. Fenugreek also contains several powerful phytonutrients, including choline, trigonelline, yamogenin, gitogenin, diosgenin, tigogenin, and neotigogens.The seeds contain 25% galactomannan. This is a type of natural soluble fiber which specifically relates to a reduction in cardiovascular diseases.Research studies show that fenugreek consumption reduces cholesterol levels. It helps to reduce the level of low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) significantly, which can prevent various conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. It is a rich source of fiber, which scrapes excess cholesterol off of the arteries and blood vessels of the body. By reducing cholesterol content in the bloodstream, you reduce the chances of clots forming or becoming stuck in the vessels.Fenugreek helps in battling free radicals due to its high antioxidant properties.Fenugreek possesses anti-carcinogenic properties. The steroid diosgenin in fenugreek has been specifically linked to colon cancer prevention. Furthermore, the various non-starch polysaccharides like saponins, hemicellulose, mucilage, tannin, and pectin, lower cholesterol levels and inhibit bile salts from being reabsorbed by the colon. This can bind to the toxins and protect the colon’s mucous membrane, which can reduce colorectal cancer and other conditions that can negatively affect the colon.Fenugreek has strong anti-inflammatory compounds that act to attack inflammation at the source. For this reason, the majority of skin complications such as burns, blackheads, pimples, boils, eczema and wrinkles can be eradicated.
Micro Onion Chive(Allium schoenoprasum)Micro Onion Chives are one of my favorite flavors of any Herb, their wonderful light oniony flavor with that delicious hint of garlic for a fantastic finish, added to just about anything they add great flavor, texture and color that will surely please.Chives are a nutrient-dense food. This means they are low in calories but high in beneficial nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are a rich source of potassium, iron and calcium, vitamins A and C, folate, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin and the very important and elusive vitamin K essential for bone health. One of the most exciting areas of research for all members of the Allium genus is the role of Quercetin in preventing certain types of cancers. Although research is still ongoing, early results show that Quercetin can effectively prevent a wide range of cancers, including breast, prostate, colon, lungs, and ovarian. The antioxidant activities of vitamins A, C and K contribute to this prevention as well, helping to reduce levels of free radicals in the body that can hasten the spread or appearance of cancerous cells. Zeaxanthin and lutein, two other antioxidant compounds found in chives, have been shown to lower chances of oral cancers.One of the most important organic compounds found in chives is Allicin, which has recently been linked to reducing levels of “bad” cholesterol in the body and improved heart health. Allicin is also connected to lowering blood pressure; when combined with the vasodilatory effects of the potassium found in chives, this unassuming herb can have a major impact on reducing cardiovascular strain. Furthermore, another organic compound found in chives, Quercetin has been directly connected to lowering cholesterol levels and plaque in the arteries, effectively preventing Atherosclerosis and lowering your risk for stroke and heart attacks.Chives also have mild diuretic properties and combined with the other free-radical scavenging and antibacterial qualities, chives are a wonderful way to detoxify the body. By stimulating urination, chives can help the body get rid of excess toxins, salts, water, and even fat, keeping the organ systems running smoothly and clearing out any dangerous substances that could do us harm.The carotenes found in chives, namely lutein and zeaxanthin, are directly responsible for reducing oxidative stress in the ocular system and delaying the appearance of cataracts in the eyes. They also help to slow or prevent macular degeneration, keeping your eyes healthy well into your old age.