If you’re like most Americans, you reach for butter in the morning to spread on your toast or bagel. And while real, grass-fed butter definitely has a lot of health benefits, especially when compared to margarine, it doesn’t quite stack up to ghee.
Ghee is butter – but it’s clarified butter. If you’ve ever gone out for a lobster dinner, you most likely dipped your lobster in clarified butter. Butter is actually made up of three components: fat, water, and milk proteins. Clarified butter is the result of a process that removes the water and milk proteins, leaving the golden-yellow butterfat. This is ghee.
It turns out ghee offers a tremendous amount of health benefits. That’s most likely why it has been a revered food in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Keep reading to find out what adding ghee to your diet can do for your health.
It’s Lactose Free
For people who want to gain the benefits of grass-fed butter but are lactose intolerant, ghee is lactose free so you can eat as much as you want without stomach upset. That’s because the very process of making ghee removes the lactose.
A Great Source of Energy
Ghee contains medium- and short-chain fatty acids including lauric acid. Not only are these excellent sources of energy, but lauric acid is a potential antimicrobial and antifungal substance.
One of the BEST Fats
For too many years we have all been told junk science, and that was that all fats should be avoided. So we did what we were told like good little consumers and avoided real fats and replaced them with fake fats (trans fat) and refined carbohydrates. And what happened? Instances of disease skyrocketed. We got fatter and sicker.
Luckily the truth has come out about fats – the body NEEDS them to function optimally. We need to eat real, healthy fats every day, and ghee, made from grass-fed cows, is one of the best.
If you’re looking to lose weight in the new year (and who isn’t), then you absolutely need to make sure you eat enough healthy fats each day. You see, the body was built to burn fats for fuel NOT carbohydrates. When you make sure you eat enough healthy fat and lower your carbs significantly, you turn your body into a – literal – fat-burning machine.
Supports GI Health
Ghee happens to be one of the best sources of something called butyric acid, a substance that supports the health of the intestinal walls. Beyond this, butyric acid is also the preferred source of energy for the cells of the colon.
If you’re someone that suffers from constipation, ghee may be able to come to your rescue. In fact, research conducted at the National Botanical Research Institute found that ghee is one of the best natural remedies for constipation. Ghee softens stools and flushes out toxic waste that has accumulated.
Animal studies have found that eating ghee has the ability to decrease total cholesterol as well as LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides. A study in the rural population of India, where ghee is eaten daily, revealed a significantly lower prevalence of coronary heart disease in the men who ate the most ghee daily.
While more studies will need to be conducted, as of now it is thought that ghee could be a superfood to lower cholesterol naturally.
Ghee has been a part of beauty rituals in India for thousands of years. While consuming it has benefits, applying it directly to this skin can also do wonders, thanks to the fatty acids that act as a nourishing agent. Ghee is said to be suitable for all skin types and leaves skin soft and supple. Try it yourself!
We all know that vitamin A is necessary for eye health. But what you don’t often hear is that plant sources of it are not bioavailable to our body. You can eat all the carrots you want – you’ll end up with orange skin and, eventually, poor eyesight.
But the dairy products of ruminants (cows, goats, sheep) provides an excellent source of bioavailable fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamin A. Once you eat ghee, the vitamin A is immediately usable by the body. But beyond eyesight, vitamin A also plays an essential role in hormone balance, liver health and fertility.
Bone and Teeth Health
Grass-fed ghee contains an incredibly important nutrient called vitamin K2. This vitamin is what is responsible for making sure all of the calcium you eat actually makes it into your bones and teeth and does not land in your soft tissues like joints and arteries. While vitamin D and magnesium are both necessary for the proper transport of calcium, vitamin K2 is often left out of the equation. And then people wonder why their bones become brittle and their arteries are clogged.
Vitamin K2 is the MISSING PIECE OF THE PUZZLE. Without this important nutrient, your body will not utilize calcium correctly. It will land in your soft tissues instead of in your bones and teeth where it belongs.
You have to admit, these are some pretty great health benefits. And the best part is, you don’t have to make ghee yourself, most grocery stores now sell ghee. So what’s stopping you from experiencing these health benefits yourself? Nothing!
Before you go…
I just mentioned how important vitamin K2 is in getting the calcium in your bones and teeth so it doesn’t land in your arteries and joints. If you are someone that has been suffering from arthritis, I encourage you to start using grass-fed ghee in your diet.
I also encourage you to pick up a copy of The Joint Pain Solution. This guide was written by a doctor who COMPLETELY CURED himself of osteoarthritis in his knee. For years he relied on OTC pain killers and couldn’t exercise from the pain. But today, he is pain free and able to run and ride his bike.