“Ghee: clarified of impurities, strengthened with all the essential fatty Acid; is a miracle worker.” – Outlook
After being defamed, being blamed for heart disease-bad cholestrol, “Clarified butter or Ghee,” is making it’s way, back to our kitchens and our heart!! Read the benefits and you will want to add this superfood in your diet.
Benefits of Ghee
1. Low In Fat
If you have problems with cholesterol, clarified butter is a healthier option than butter as it is low in fat. Thus, it is easier to digest.
2. Ghee is not likely to affect people with a dairy or casein intolerance
As it is made from butter, but the milk solids and impurities have been removed. So most people who are lactose or casein intolerant have no issue with ghee.
3. Ghee is rich in Nutrients
- Soluble vitamins A and E.
- K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – an antioxidant with anti-viral properties if it is sourced from grass fed cows.
- Nutritionally rich like coconut oil. Ghee is rich in medium chain fatty acids, which are absorbed directly by the liver (like carbs) and burned as energy.
4. Digestion and Immune Strengthening
Ghee (unlike other oils) is rich in butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid. Beneficial intestinal bacteria convert fiber into butyric acid. Thereby using that for energy and intestinal wall support.
5. Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Cancer
Researchers are using oral butyrate supplements and butyrate enemas to treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Besides, Ayurvedic physicians have been using ghee enemas for centuries to decrease inflammation.
6. Strong Appetite
It stimulates the secretion of gastric acid, thus aiding in the digestive process. Better digestion equals better health and weight loss.
7. Beneficial For Skin
Daily consumption and application of ghee can be greatly beneficial to your skin. It is a great moisturizer. And if you apply it as a salve on burns or rashes, it will help in healing the wound.
8. Relieves Constipation
Ghee is a good remedy for those who suffer from constipation. Apart from increased intake of fiber, it is often suggested to take a glass of milk every night with a teaspoon of ghee. Thus it eases constipation and also boosts metabolism.
9. Nourishes the brain and nervous system
Ghee is known as a “medhya” substance as it increases mental reception, intellect and memory. It is beneficial for mental and emotional imbalances, as well as a depleted, sensitive nervous system. Since fat is needed in order to break the blood/brain barrier. Taking brain nourishing herbs along with the ghee will only enhance these mentally boosting benefits.
10. Healthy Joints
In Ayurveda, arthritis is seen as a disease of excess vata, the air principle. As we age, the lubrication in the joints is reduced. To counter this, Ayurveda counsels eating ghee.
All said and done. It is important to establish that ghee is only beneficial when used properly. This means in moderation and at proper times. Although ghee is a powerfully healing, medicinal agent; when overused or misused, ghee becomes toxic.
In Indian homes, ghee is used to light diyas, massage new born babies. It is used in food and also as a medicine. It has myriad benefits, but it is a double edged sword; thereby it needs to be used wisely.
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