Ayurveda means the science (Veda) of life (Ayur), and is the oldest known healthcare system in the world. It is the sister discipline of Yoga, as both are derived from the same ancient knowledge documented in the Vedic texts. The original writings on Yoga are the 8 limbs of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, and Yoga Asana’s are the third limb.
Ayurveda tells us that an important key to health is knowing our own mind-body type, which gives us the knowledge to adjust our diet and routine to improve our lives. This can be important in making choices and even in selecting the right superfoods and supplements for our dosha type.
Ayurveda describes three fundamental energies that govern our inner and outer environments: movement, transformation and structure, known as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. These primary forces, or doshas, are responsible for the characteristics of our minds and bodies. We all have a unique mix of these and most people are a mix of two, one being primary and the other secondary. For a simple mind body type questionnaire click here.
Ayurveda has years of experience with spices and herbs that can be added to our diet to strengthen and nourish our minds and bodies.
These superfood ingredients can be combined to meet the needs to Vata, Pitta and Kapha mind-body types. Many ingredients are suitable to balance more than one dosha, for example Vata and Pitta are balanced by sweet tastes, which could be from cinnamon.
Other herbs are specifically know for their highly effective use for specific things, such as Amla Berry for vitamin C and virility.
Below is a table of all the ingredients currently in our Ananda Superfoods, and their benefits. But remember that the value is significantly increased by the holistic nature of Ayurveda, which treats the person as a whole, mentally, physically and emotionally.
For the effects on Vata, Pitta and Kapha in this table where a – means balances and + means increases or aggravates. While — means significantly balances.
|Ingredient||High in||Good for||
Vata, Pitta &
|Amla Berry (gooseberry bush)||Rich in Vitamin C, antioxidant||
immunity and virility
|Arjuna||Co-enzyme Q-10, antioxidant, polyphenols and flavonoids that have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipid lowering effects||cleanses heart and lungs||V-,P-,K-|
|Ashwagandha||Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and antistressor properties||Reduces stress and
|Bala||Diaphoretic, diuretic, stimulating to the central nervous system and anti-asthmatic||Energises and strenthens||V-,P+,K+|
|Goji Berry||An overall tonic||Vitamin B2, vitamin C, Iron and a range of amino acids||V-,P+,K-|
|Moringa||A good source of protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, amino acids and antioxidant properties||
Anti oxidant, iron and allround
|Tulsi – Holy Basil||Vitamin C, other antioxidants, potassium and vitamin A||
Clears the sinuses and lungs,
|Sarsaparilla||Antioxidant, omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids||
Cleans the blood, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal
detoxing and cooling
|Coconut Sugar||A little lower glycemic index to cane sugar||
Sweet taste that balances Vata &
|Cinnamon||High in calcium, potassium and vitamin A||
|Fennel||Vitamin C, sodium, Potassium and magnesium||
aids digestion, good for the respiratory system
|Ginger||Ginger has all round benefits for all doshas but in larger amounts can aggravate Pitta||Stimulates digestion||V-,P+,K-|
|Long Pepper||Vitamin B1||Improves digestion||V+,P-,K-|
|Liquorice||Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid) and vitamin E (tocopherol), phosphorous, calcium, choline, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, silicon and zinc||
Soothes and aids