Ghee Health Benefits Ayurveda
I am a huge fan of ghee! Every few weeks I will make a batch so that we always have it on hand for the 10 amazing benefits of ghee. Ghee is simply butter that has been cooked to remove any water and solids. It is the end result of a chemical process whereby all the butter is cooked down till all the water evaporates and the milk solids sink to the bottom of the pan. It is then strained and poured into a mason jar. As it’s a pure oil, it will not go rancid and does not need to be refrigerated. So what is all the fuss? Modern science now verifies what Ayurvedic health science has said for thousands of years: Ghee has a host of health and cooking benefits and is good for the mind and spirit. Here are the top 10 amazing benefits of ghee!
1. Ghee is anti-inflammatory:
The primary fatty acid in butter is called butyric acid, so named because it was first discovered in butter. Butyric acid, is a short chain fatty acid (SCFA) that the intestinal tract thrives on, as it helps to protect the integrity of the gut wall. The process of making ghee yields an even more concentrated source of butyric acid than butter. However we can make butyric acid ourselves with our own microbes..
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Much of the healthy fiber that we eat directly feeds the microbes in the gut. In turn, these gut microbes convert this ingested fiber to butyric acid, the primary ingredient in ghee. The cells of the colon use butyric acid as their preferred source of energy and their major substance for supporting the health and integrity of the intestinal wall.
The American Society of Microbiology reported on a study that showed patients with inflammatory diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohns disease do not produce butyric acid, and have low levels of fatty acids in their intestines. In Ayurveda, taking ghee internally through ingestion and ghee enemas has been done successfully for thousands of years to support intestinal health and function. Interestingly these studies are now proving the science behind Ayurveda.
2. Ghee boosts bio-availability of Vitamins:
Were you aware that in order to absorb all of the extremely healthy fat-soluble nutrients in your food, you've got to eat them with some fat. So maybe you add olive oil to your salads or eat your veggies with butter to help absorb all of those valuable nutrients.
But did you know that not all fats are created equal when it comes to nutrient absorption? Some work better than others and can actually enhance the amount of nutrients your body receives from the food you eat. Ghee is packed with Omega 3 and Omega 9 essential fatty acids, Vitamins A, D, E and K, and contains high levels of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), when sourced from grass fed cows. Ghee is also high in antioxidants and numerous other minerals
3. Ghee protects your Heart Health:
One recent study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that substituting ghee for vegetable oils can help reduce the risk factors for heart attack and stroke. Another study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating saturated fats – like ghee – prevents the progression of heart disease in women with metabolic syndrome.