Amazing Benefits of Ghee
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.
I consider ghee—a form of clarified butter—an essential powerfood. Here are a few benefits I’ve found through my years of using ghee.
Is Consuming Ghee In Summers Good For Your Health?
Desi ghee makes for an indispensable part of most Indian households. You may agree that a generous helping of ghee on rice, chapattis and dals made them taste amazing.In fact, our grandmothers swore by this greasy delight and used it in most 'gharelu nuske'. Desi ghee is made with cow or buffalo's milk, and is generally churned at home by heating white butter or malai. In the Ayurveda wisdom, ghee is considered to be a rejuvenating ingredient that is used to cure most ailments. Ghee, an unprocessed fat is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acid along with vitamin-A, which helps to keep your body healthy. Its anti-inflammatory properties keep you free from various ailments.
While ghee is revered as one of the healthiest ingredients in the Indian kitchens and mostly enjoyed during winters, its edibility during summers is generally questioned. If you think ghee can only be enjoyed during winters, then you might be wrong. Here's what our experts have to say.
According to Ayurvedic expert Dr. Dhanvantri Tyagi, "Ghee is loaded with healthy fats, and a human body needs some amount of fats to keep it going. This is why we recommend having ghee during hot days. Also, since our body gets dry in summer, consumption of ghee will help balance the internal moisture."
According to Debjani Banerjee, HOD, Dietetics at PSRI Hospital, "Ghee is highly nutritious and consists of various nutritional benefits. It is rich in butyric acid that helps to improve our immune system. It also helps keep our body cool. I recommend taking half a spoon of ghee daily on an empty stomach in summers. This can improve digestive functions by stimulating secretion of gastric acids."
As per the book, A Historical Dictionary of Indian Food by K.T. Acharya, in Ayurvedic terms, ghee is a 'sweet food' - it is strengthening, aids digestion and tempers the over-activity of all the three bodily doshas.
The best form of ghee that can be consumed during summers is prepared from cow's milk, as it is sweeter in taste, cold in nature, light on stomach and makes for an excellent pacifier of aggravated vata dosha and pitta dosha. Pitta dosha is hot in potency by nature, and during summer this heat is aggravated causing heat related ailments in the body. For effective results, ghee should be added separately after cooking as foods cooked in ghee may have completely different effects.
Given here are the amazing benefits of ghee.
1. Low In Fat
If you have problems with cholesterol, ghee is a healthier option than butter as it is low in fat. It is also easier to digest because of this. Research has shown that ghee can reduce cholesterol in the intestine as well as the serum. If you are looking for a good source of healthy fats, ghee is your best option as it is almost made up of saturated fat.
2. Aids The Digestive System
Ghee is a rich source of butyric acid that is a short-chain fatty acid. This acid is connected to an immune response that can help in lowering inflammation and improving the digestive system. Ghee also aids in the stimulation of stomach acid secretion, which, in turn, helps with the proper digestion of food. It does not slow down digestion like other fats such as oils and butter do.
3. Strengthens The Immune System
Ghee also has a high content of antioxidants. It helps in increasing your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from other foods that you consume. This, in turn, keeps your immune system strong. Research has also shown that when butyric acid is adequately produced, killer T cell production in the gut is supported, and your immune system is strengthened. These T cells are mainly responsible for all the heavy work carried out by the immune system against allergens and foreign particles that enter our bodies. Fat soluble vitamins and minerals also boost our immunity, and ghee helps in the absorption of these nutrients in our body.
4. Provides Essential Vitamins
Ghee is rich in vitamins A, D, E and K, which are fat-soluble vitamins. They play an important role in the immune system functioning of the heart, brain, and bones. It also has loads of dietary fats that help your body absorb these essential vitamins and make use of them.
5. Has Anticancer And Anti-Inflammatory Properties
According to researchers, butyrate enemas and oral butyrate supplements can be used for the effective treatment of diseases that cause inflammation in the bowels, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. Ghee is also naturally rich in CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) if it is prepared from cows that are grass-fed.
Animal studies with CLA have shown improvement in insulin resistance and the potential to fight cancer. However, more research is required to understand this acid’s interaction with humans. Also, it is believed that a high concentration of butyric acid, which has anti-viral properties, can inhibit the development of cancerous tumors.