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Why is Ghee a superfood?

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Over the ages, our ancestors have always advocated that Ghee has benefits that affect both the physical and mental aspects of the human body. Off late, modern science too, has come around to give deserving credit to Ghee, labeling it as a Superfood.

Interestingly, Ghee has its origins in India, and to this day is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine because of its healing properties.

Understanding Ghee

In simpler terms, ghee is clarified butter. It is made by heating the butter to separate the water, salt and milk solids, which leaves us with the golden butterfat. The residual golden butterfat is an easily digestible fat that is highly nutritious with a subtle, caramelly aroma and flavor.  

Not all kinds of Ghee are considered high quality i.e the type that contains all benefits that an ideal spoonful of Ghee has to offer. Natural and high quality ghee is sourced from indigenous breeds such as the A2 Badri cow, which is a Himalayan breed. Ghee, like the Himalayan Natives A2 badri cow ghee, made using the milk of such desi cows, specifically has a high nutrient content and rich flavour.

Why is Ghee considered a superfood?

This ancient ayurvedic wonder has seen a rise in popularity with the end of “fat phobia”, as more and more evidence builds around the multi-faceted benefits of making ghee a part of your daily diet. Ghee contains high nutritional elements like proteins, iron, sodium, calcium, vitamin A, D, E, and omega fatty acids.

Let us go through some scientific and abstract reasons why Desi Cow Ghee is considered as nothing short of Manna.

  • Packed with Fat-Soluble Vitamins

To maintain a healthy metabolism, the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins with the fat is necessary. Fat-soluble vitamins are not absorbed in water but are absorbed with high-fat foods. These vitamins, when taken in appropriate amounts help in different body functions.

Ghee is a natural source for fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamin A and E that act as powerful antioxidants. Vitamin A and D help in immune function as well as in bone health and development. Ghee contains a uniquely absorbable form of Vitamin D that helps with the proper functioning of the synapses in the brain.

Brain synapses are connectors that help pass signals that assist in various locomotive and mental functions. Vitamin A plays an essential role in liver health, fertility, hormone-balance, and long-lasting energy. Ghee also contains Vitamin K2 that is essential for the body to help utilize minerals. More on this in the next point.
  • Ghee contributes to a healthier generation

The fact that Ghee contains Vitamin K2 goes on to mean more than just the fact that it has yet another vitamin. Women with a diet focused on Vitamin K2 close to their conception, deliver babies with more symmetrical faces and healthy teeth. Grass-fed ghee is a rich source of Vitamin K2. Thus, if you are family planning, do keep in mind to include a healthy diet of grass-fed cow ghee as well.

  • Has a High Smoke Point

Smoke point is the highest temperature a fat can go to before it begins to smoke, and its fatty acids are oxidized. This creates harmful radicals along with development of bad flavour. Ghee has a significantly higher smoke point than most oils and butter. Also, ghee is a more stable and natural fat, which prevents its chemical structure from being altered or damaged when it’s heated.

  • Natural source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

Ghee naturally contains CLA which has been proven to improve heart health, weight, and blood glucose regulation amongst other health benefits. CLA in the body helps to regulate blood glucose by lowering adiponectin concentrations which in turn increase insulin sensitivity.

This not only helps with blood glucose regulation but also helps with other severe outcomes such as type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome and obesity. CLA has been found to increase lean body mass (muscle) while decreasing fat tissue in obese individuals by modifying testosterone in the body.

  • Natural source of Butyric acid

Ghee is a great source of naturally occurring butyrate. Butyrate, or butyric acid, is a short-chain fatty acid that acts as a detoxifier. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps improve colon health. This naturally occurring Butyric Acid has been shown to support healthy insulin levels and may be helpful for individuals suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

  • Helps the digestive system

Ghee is a type of food that helps minimise development of excess stomach acid. Ghee also helps lubricate and repair the ‘cilia’ – hair-like structures that line the stomach walls. Through further creation of digestive enzymes, ghee helps in issues related to Indigestion and acts as a natural medicinal paste for your stomach lining.

  • Packed with Omega-3 and Omega-9 fatty acids

Ghee contains Omega-3 and Omega-9 fatty acids which are strong natural antioxidants that help detox the body by eliminating petrochemicals, pesticides and heavy metals. Stimulation of bile release via sources of saturated fats like ghee, encourage detox, balanced hormones, and weight loss. Ghee from Free-Range, Grass-Fed cows also contains lauric acid that acts as an antimicrobial and antifungal substance.

  • Hack for the Lactose Intolerant

Ghee can work as a hack for those who are lactose intolerant. This is because Ghee has a very less amount of lactose present. Since it has a very low lactose content, one could start consuming ghee in low quantities to check how it would affect the digestive system over time. If symptoms start showing up after a while, you could go for a check-up and follow a ghee based diet that is tolerable by your digestive system.

  • Rich in Ojas

It is not just about the scientific aspects of ghee which make it so valuable. According to ancient Indian Ayurveda medicine system, Ghee has the potential to supply one’s body with ‘Ojas’ or ‘vitality’. As understood through Ayurvedic philosophy, Ojas is a life energy understood to be possessed by all of us, which keeps us healthy and lively. It could get depleted by age, stress, poor diet/nutrition, toxins and more. Thus, certain foods and herbs such as ghee have the ability to resupply the body with Ojas. In the same way, ghee also has the ability to not just resupply but to increase basic strength levels.

To conclude

Now that we know the amazing benefits of pure cow Ghee, there should not be much doubt in your mind before you start including it in your diet. With endless usage possibilities, you can add it to prepare pancakes, saute vegetables, prepare parathas or simply enjoy it raw; a spoonful every morning for good health. Winters, for example seem to be the best of seasons to keep your body warm internally through healthy Ghee consumption. In any case, be it any time of the year, Ghee can always serve as the natural rejuvenation that your body needs.

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