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Goji Berry Benefits (According to Ayurveda)

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How Does This Ayurvedic Food Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW

Where other nightshades such as cayenne as noted for pungency, Goji berries are unusual among nightshades for their sweetness. The use of many nightshades, from tomatoes to eggplants, is controversial because so many members of this family are poisonous. The edible varieties general stimulate the liver, due to low grade toxicity, which has been used for medicinal benefit by many traditions.

The nightshade family includes several other tonics such as ashwagandha, and nutritives such as potato, but these tonics generally come from nightshade roots, not the fruits. As goji is a fruit, it is lighter and more stimulating than potato and ashwagandha. It's bright red color is a sign of beta-carotene, stimulating to the liver.

About Goji Berry

Goji berry is called wolfberry in Chinese medicine because it is a member of the nightshade family.

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Is Goji Berry Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?

Find out by taking this free, easy quiz. You'll learn your body type, and whether 'Goji Berry' is a good fit. Complete the basic quiz in 1 minute, or go deeper with additional quizzes at your own leisure to learn more about your body.

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AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT

Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.
SERVING SIZE: 1/2 c
SPECIES: Lycium barbarum
FAMILY: Solanaceae

Biocharacteristics of Goji Berry

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INCREASES
Guna Help

Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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MOBILE

ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.

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TASTES
Taste Help

The 6 Tastes

Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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SWEET

ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC

Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

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DOSHAS
Dosha Help

The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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PACIFIES
Kapha pacifying Pitta pacifying Vata pacifying
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Family: Solanaceae
HERBAL ACTIONS
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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Goji Berry
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Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.

Nervine

NERVINE

Balances the nervous system. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer's, and even chronic pain. Often they are aromatic in nature.

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Stimulates Energy

STIMULATES-ENERGY

This category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Tonic

TONIC

A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.

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Blood Tonic

BLOOD-TONIC

An herb that produces more blood cells in the body, or otherwise improves blood cell quality or hemoglobin content. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.

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Rebuilds Fluids

REBUILDS-FLUIDS

Herbs or substances that create moisture in the body and increase fluids.

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Livotonic

LIVOTONIC

An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.

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Constituents:
Calcium

CALCIUM

Calcium nourishes bones and muscles. A muscle cell is activated when calcium enters the cell. It relaxes when the calcium is secreted.

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, Melatonin, Polysaccharides

Foods with a Similar Nature to Goji Berry

Grape

Grape has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Tonic, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Livotonic, Rebuilds-fluids

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Coconut Flakes

Coconut Flakes has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Blood-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Livotonic, Tonic

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Coconut Cream

Coconut Cream has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Livotonic, Tonic, Nutritive

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Coconut Butter

Coconut Butter has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Blood-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Livotonic, Tonic

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Sesame Oil

Sesame Oil has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Livotonic, Tonic, Nutritive

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Almonds

Almonds has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Stimulates-energy, Nervine, Tonic, Nutritive

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Saffron

Saffron has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Livotonic, Stimulates-energy

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Bone Marrow / Fat

Bone Marrow / Fat has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Tonic, Livotonic, Nutritive

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Jaggery

Jaggery has these Actions in Common

Rebuilds-fluids, Blood-tonic, Tonic, Nutritive

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Flower / Bee Pollen

Flower / Bee Pollen has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Blood-tonic, Tonic

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Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Goji Berry

Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam

Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Tonic, Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids

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Amalaki

Amalaki has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Stimulates-energy, Tonic

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Vata Massage Oil

Vata Massage Oil has these Actions in Common

Nervine, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids, Tonic

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Codonopsis (dang shen)

Codonopsis (dang shen) has these Actions in Common

Tonic, Blood-tonic, Nervine, Rebuilds-fluids

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Maca

Maca has these Actions in Common

Stimulates-energy, Tonic, Nervine, Nutritive

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Bala

Bala has these Actions in Common

Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Tonic, Nervine

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Oats, Fresh Milky Seed

Oats, Fresh Milky Seed has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Nervine, Nutritive, Tonic

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Schisandra

Schisandra has these Actions in Common

Livotonic, Rebuilds-fluids, Stimulates-energy, Tonic

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Bhringaraj

Bhringaraj has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Livotonic, Nervine, Tonic

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Eleuthero Ginseng

Eleuthero Ginseng has these Actions in Common

Blood-tonic, Nervine, Stimulates-energy, Tonic

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Licorice Ghee (9oz)

Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common

Livotonic, Nervine, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids

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Joyful Belly is a recognized school of biocharacteristics medicine.

TRADITIONALLY INDICATED FOR THESE SYMPTOMS

Goji Berry may be beneficial for these symptoms. The suitability of any food for a condition is highly dependent on the individual. Please see your doctor before using this food to treat a medical condition.

HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?

Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.

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About John Joseph Immel

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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These are definitely one of my favorite berries! They're great for teas, smoothies, granola, and morning cereals.
- Jess, Allen park, MI
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