Benefits of Ghee

Ghee traces its roots to the ancient tradition of Ayurveda, where it was considered a sacred, medicinal, cleansing, and nourishing food known as Sattvik Food (spiritually pure). Sattvik food nourishes our mind, body and soul with its calming and pure nature. The benefits to use ghee daily are limitless, let’s take a look at some of these.

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In Cooking:

Ghee has a high smoke point (250 °C) which makes it very ideal for cooking and frying and will not break down into free radicals like many other oils. Ghee does not spoil easily and can be stored without refrigeration. Since Ghee is made from butter after filtering the milk solids and impurities, it does not affect people with lactose (dairy) intolerance.

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High Nutritional Value:

Ghee is rich in oil soluble vitamins A and E. Ghee sourced from grass fed cows is rich in K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) which is an antioxidant with anti-viral properties.

Weight loss and Energy:

Ghee is rich in medium chain fatty acids which are absorbed directly by the liver and burned as energy. This energy can be used to burn other fats in the system and lose weight. If you are a sports person you can use ghee as a consistent energy source.

Improved Digestion:

Ghee is rich in butyric acid (a short chain fatty acid). In our body beneficial intestinal bacteria convert fiber into butyric acid which is then used for energy and intestinal wall support. Therefore consuming ghee will improve your digestion. Ghee also stimulates the secretion of gastric acid which aids in the digestive process.

Healthy Immune System:

Research shows that adequate production of butyric acid is required to support production of killer T cells which is required for a strong immune system.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties:

In Ayurveda ghee enemas are being used for centuries to decrease inflammation.

Mind and Spirit:

Ghee is one of the most Sattvik foods and promotes positivity, growth, expansion of consciousness and a healthy and long life. Ancient cultures have always maintained that the mind and body are one and research is now revealing that negative emotions have a chemical nature which are attracted and stored in fat. Consumption of ghee can be helpful in replacing those fats and cleansing the body by pulling out these toxins.

Herbal Energizer:

Ayurveda used ghee in various herbal preparations as the medicinal properties of these herbs and spices can be absorbed by ghee and transported to targeted areas of the body. Therefore use ghee to fry your spices before adding it to dishes. 

Spiritual Energizer:

According to the Science of spirituality the lamp with clarified butter is more Sattvik as compared to lamp in which oil is used. Ghee lamp has more capacity to attract the Sattvik vibrations present in the surrounding atmosphere over large distances.