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The Benefits of Congee

The benefits of congee and looser porridge result from long, slow cooking with lots of water, transforming food into a meal that hydrates, supports digestion & soothes the stomach.

  • Congee improves digestion by soothing and balancing the entire digestive tract and every organ of digestion.
  • Congee gives the digestive system a break from hard-to-digest foods
  • Congee unlocks nutrients by making them easier to digest and absorb
  • Congee promotes digestion & elimination by soothing & gently cleansing the intestines

In Asian dietary therapy, rice of all varieties:

  • Calms Shen or Heart/Mind
  • Builds Qi/Energy
  • Builds Spleen Qi, Boosts Spleen Yang
  • Benefits the Stomach
  • Harmonizes the Spleen and Stomach
  • Soothes Digestion and inflammation
  • Regulates Fluids
  • Generates and Nourishes fluids, especially for nursing mothers


Individual Flavor Benefits

Each ingredient has benefits far beyond those specifically noted.

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The Chinese Medicine Benefits of Congee 

apple cinnamon

We’ve all heard about the amazing health benefits of both apples and oats. Our oats are a complete whole-grain groat! Less processed with more fiber and flavor is our jam. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, oats have many scientifically well-proven benefits for disease as well as prevention in:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Weight control
  • Constipation
  • Digestive Health

Apples are renowned for keeping us healthy too. WebMD recommends apples for the antioxidants and protection again the oxidative stress that leads to cancer. Their article lets us know that scientists have shown that eating apples benefits or helps with:

  • Your lung strength
  • Your heart
  • Asthma
  • Bone health
  • Weight loss
  • Your brain (easing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related memory loss)
  • Your immune system
  • Your gut health
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM teaches us that:
  • Oat Groats build Qi, Blood, Jing, & Yang, calm Shen, support the bones, skin, Heart, calm spasms
  • Apples build Spleen Qi and Yang, & benefit the Stomach
  • Cinnamon relieves abdominal pain from cold, & builds Heart Qi and Yang
  • Nutmeg warms the middle burner, moves Qi, relieves pain and bloating from Spleen and Stomach deficiency
  • Cacao butter benefits the Heart & warms Kidney Yang

blueberry bliss

​Gentle, hydrating, easy to eat and digest, blueberries are a natural companion for your health, and for your Liver and Spleen.

Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants, which means they protect cells from damage before it starts. The fact that blueberries are low in sugar, and high in vitamins and minerals makes blueberries popular in healthy meals and snacks.

According to the Cleveland Clinic, the top five health benefits of blueberries are:

  1. Rich in antioxidants
  2. Full of vitamins and minerals
    1. They’re good sources of vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as manganese.
    2. Vitamin C: 24%, Vitamin K: 36%, Manganese: 25%, Dietary fiber: 14%.
  3. Help manage cholesterol
    1. High in soluble fiber which binds with and helps remove compressed cholesterol with waste.
  4. Help manage blood sugar.
    1. High in fiber and low in sugar, blueberries have shown good results with insulin resistance which leads to diabetes.
  5. Help with blood pressure.
    1. Blueberries have been shown to relax the blood vessels and can help reduce blood sugar in people with metabolic syndrome.
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM teaches us that:
  • Coconut nourishes Heart Yin.
  • Blueberries nourish Yin, benefit & soothe the Liver
  • Lemon nourishes Yin & circulates Liver Qi, clears Heat, & calms Shen
  • Brown Rice calms Shen, benefits the Stomach, harmonizes the Spleen & Stomach, soothes digestion inflammation, regulates fluids


mango sticky rice

Maria Elena Fernandez, in her article for The American Heart Association News,

“Is mango the luscious superhero of fruit?” quotes Maya Vadiveloo, an assistant professor in the Department of nutrition and food sciences at the University of Rhode Island.

“Vitamin C is good for immunity…It’s an antioxidant so it can help with oxidative stress in the body. The primary benefit, in addition to being a really good source of vitamin C, is that (mangoes) are a decent source of vitamin A, folate and are pretty high in fiber, which is beneficial for colon cancer prevention, heart disease and weight control.”

Coconut sugar adds to the benefits of healthy fats that can prevent high cholesterol and decrease the risk of heart disease. Inulin, a form of dietary fiber found in coconut sugar is known to keep your gut healthy, balance blood sugar, and even prevent colon cancer.

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM teaches us that:
  • Mango benefits the Stomach, promotes digestion & nourishes Heart Yin
  • Coconut & mango cool, promote digestion & regulate fluids without putting out the fire of digestion or slowing the ability to metabolize fluids
  • Jasmine rice resolves Damp Heat
  • Coconut Sugar releases slowly and doesn’t spike blood sugar in part due to the fiber inulin, also linked to increased good gut bacteria

masala chai

The spices in masala chai offer a wide range of health benefits from a variety of medical perspectives including recent scientific studies as well as traditional Asian and South Asian medicines. The most commonly accepted benefits include:

  1. Rich in antioxidants
  2. Heart health
  3. Digestive health
  4. Brain health and alertness
  5. Reducing inflammation
  6. Soothes muscle pain
Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM teaches us that:
  • Rice builds Qi, calms Shen, generates fluids & Harmonizes Spleen & Stomach.
  • Cinnamon warms and fortifies the Kidneys & Spleen Yang, relieves abdominal pain & diarrhea from Cold, & warms and unblocks the channels.
  • Cardamom resolves Phlegm-damp in the Lungs.
  • Ginger and Black Pepper soothe Liver Qi, Regulate and move Qi for symptoms of Liver Qi invading or overacting on Earth
  • Fennel nourishes Blood, builds Spleen Qi, and resolves Phlegm Damp in the Lungs

mega omega

The benefits of this flavor are way too numerous to list here! Chia seeds are packed with healthy Omega fatty acids. Black rice is a superfood that rivals blueberries with more antioxidants by weight than blueberries. Brown basmati rice helps maintain balanced blood sugar levels to keep mood even and prevent fat storage.  Learn more about the benefits of mega omega.

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM teaches us that:
  • Brown basmati rice calms Shen, the low glycemic foundation
  • Pears nourish Yin, clear heat & resolve Lung phlegm
  • Chia Seeds calm Shen, nourish Yin and fluids, contain all the essential amino acids, & absorb & release a high volume of water to hydrate the entire system
  • Black rice strengthens Jing & controls sweating
  • Fennel nourishes Blood
  • Coconut cream nourishes Heart Yin, & gently clears Yin deficient heat.

triple berry

According to, buckwheat groats, “contains high-quality protein that delivers all of the eight essential amino acids, including lysine, which is usually lacking in grains. The gluten-free grain also contains two powerful flavonoids which act as antioxidants, rutin, and quercetin. In his article, John Staughton also sums up the health benefits for the heart, maintaining a balanced body weight, and much more. Similarly, brown Teff is 11% protein with a balanced amino acid profile. The trio of berries offers all the wonderful benefits to the immune system and metabolism.

Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM teaches us that:
  • Brown teff is high in all essential amino acids & harmonizes the Liver and Spleen
  • Cinnamon relieves abdominal pain from Cold, & builds Heart Qi and Kidney Yang.
  • Blueberries nourish Blood and Yin, & benefit and soothe the Liver.
  • Cranberries benefit the Bladder and Kidneys, remove toxins from the Blood, clear heat, open the Lungs, promote digestion & regulate appetite
  • Buckwheat Groats descends qi, strengthen the stomach, lower blood pressure, strengthen blood vessels
  • Cacao benefits the Heart, warms Kidney Yang, warms the chest, & moves Blood
  • Goldenberries regulate metabolism & appetite, are high in anti-oxidants & reduce inflammation