Ghee, also known as “clarified butter”, has been used for thousands of years and is most commonly used as a staple in Indian cooking and medicine.
According to an ancient Ayurvedic text, ghee is “sweet in taste, and cooling in energy, rejuvenating, good for the eyes and vision, kindles digestion, bestows luster and beauty, rejuvenating, increases intellect, promotes longevity and protects the body from various diseases.”
That’s an huge amount of benefits.
So why aren’t people jumping on the ghee bandwagon like they did with quinoa, chia seeds, and flax seed?
We’ve been raised to think all fat is bad. Fat-free this. Fat-free that. You check the back of labels, and when it’s high in fat the first thing you imagine is it turning to pounds when consumed. So naturally, the idea of including fat on purpose into one’s diets seems backwards. However, this is not necessarily true. Our bodies need healthy fats to survive. Bad fat = undesirable effects. Good fat = desirable effects.
Ghee, when used from grass-fed cows, is rich in nutrients which our bodies need for optimal functioning. When taken in the right amounts, it will not make you gain weight. This is the same idea with omega-3’s and 6’s. Our bodies need it.
And you know what, current research has supported these claims:
1. Ghee has been shown to enhance both physical and mental strength. Ghee aids in the bodies ability to heal itself and remove impurities from the organs.
2. It enhances eyesight and aids in muscle and tendon functioning.
3. It is a significantly better option than regular butter, because it has been shown to lower levels of cholesterol. Plus, it’s easy to digest.
4. Speaking of digestion, ghee has been shown to help stimulate the digestive tract and aid in weight loss (as long as you are being active).
5. Ghee is FULL of Vitamins A, D, E, and K.
6. It’s great for your skin.
7. It aids in overall brain health.
So, by now you’re probably thinking, “Where do I get ghee?”
You can either make it at home yourself, or buy it online.
Easiest way to get it is online if you can’t find it at your local health food store. Vons and bigger chains will most likely not carry it.
The important thing to remember when buying ghee is that it is grass-fed and organic. The healthier the source, the healthier it is for you. The health benefits of non-organic and non-grass fed ghee have not been established. This is one of those things that is highly dependent on the quality of the source.
I’m personally a fan of OMghee.
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