Ghee, or clarified butter, is a wonderful supplement full of vital nutrients. Ghee is one of the best kept secrets of Ayurveda. Ghee is butter, which is clarified or melted for a long time so as to dissolve the fat. The butter used to prepare the ghee is either from a cow or a buffalo. Ayurvedic ghee is considered to be the best and it is obtained from cow’s milk.
There are many misconceptions around consuming ghee on a daily basis. People tend to think that refined oil is a healthier alternative to ghee whereas the opposite is true. Ghee contains many essential fats that are needed for the proper functioning of our body. Ghee can enhance weight loss and proves to be a good source of calcium.
Benefits of consuming Ghee
Ayurveda recommends the intake of approximately 2 tablespoons of Ayurvedic ghee as part of your diet. You could simply drizzle it on salads, serve a dollop on top of your lentil soup, or spread it on a flatbread. The flavor of the ghee enhances any food it is used in. Indians use ghee in a variety of things such as with rice, as tempering for gravies and lentils, as a spread on top of Naan and Rotis or even for preparing sweets such as Halwa and Ladoo.
Ghee keeps the body warm in cold weathers
Ghee is known for its fat which helps our bodies maintain its warmth during winters. The fat soluble content helps increase the temperature of the body and helps in metabolising the food it is consumed with.
Ghee helps in decreasing joint pain
Ghee has short and medium-chain fatty acids which help lubricate the joints especially for women and the elderly. The joints on the knees and hips start to ache when the fluid on the joint starts to dry up as a result of old age. Ghee helps in restoring that balance.
Ghee helps in clogged nose
Yes, this is going to sound weird but it works! Pouring a few drops of pure warm ghee into the nostrils helps relieve cold and clogged nostrils. Ghee has lauric acid which has antimicrobial properties that reduces the inflammation and helps relieve symptoms of allergy and cold.
Ghee is a source of energy
Due to its fat content, ghee metabolizes the body and provides a burst of energy. It is prescribed in Ayurveda that ghee is often consumed by nursing mothers so as to improve their health and provide energy to both the baby and the mother.
Ghee is great for weight loss
Yes it’s a surprise but it’s also a fact. Although made of fat, it’s all good fat. The fat that is present in ghee is HDL (High Density Lipoproteins) which is an essential fat for the maintenance of the body and for muscle wear and tear. Ghee helps in retaining the good cholesterol. When consumed with foods with high glycemic content, it helps bring the glucose level down. Pair it with a bowl of rice or on top of your rotis or add to a bowl of dal, it can help metabolize the food consumed and break down the fat.
Ghee helps in heart health
Yes! Owing to its high density lipid nature, ghee can help lowering LDL (Low Density Lipoproteins) or simply the bad cholesterol and increasing the good cholesterol. Many nutritionists and dieticians recommend consuming 1 to 2 tablespoons of ghee for adults and 3 to 4 tablespoons for kids.
Ghee helps with calcium
Ghee when consumed regularly can increase the calcium levels in the body and helps with bone maintenance. Ayurveda recommends ghee to be a part of a baby’s diet mixed with solid food so as to help gain bone weight and for stronger bones. Ghee helps with the joint movement problems in the elderly by retaining the fluid around the joints
Ghee helps with skincare and hair
Ayurveda recommends mixing of ghee in face packs to help get that bridal glow. It’s a common practice in India to mix fullers earth with ghee and turmeric to get that glowing skin. Ghee has a moisturizing effect to it and helps in absorption of moisture in skin and make it supple and youthful.
These are just a few benefits of including ghee in your diet. Make sure that ghee is taken in moderation for those who have a preexisting condition such as high cholesterol. Ghee is a magic potion that is delicious and full of goodness.