Is that a week already is what I am telling myself! Yep, a week already in Kerala, God’s own country where I am getting a complete detox done. As I gear up for the Panchkarma, an ancient Ayurvedic practice of cleansing the body from all impurities and toxins, I am also learning new things about my body and all things that are being administered to me. One such thing is the Ghee, which is also known as clarified butter. Did you know that health benefits of ghee include improved digestion, better memory and flexibility of body tissues? I wasn’t aware of it till I was put on a ghee dose! My only knowledge about ghee was that its fatty and not an ingredient to be consumed daily!
Ghee is known to be tridoshic, which means that the three doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha tend to benefit from its qualities. Some doshas may need to use it sparingly because it can cause am imbalance when consumed in excess. I think I should write another post on how to make ghee when I get home! Getting back to health benefits of ghee, my search on the net and a talk with the doctors made me realize that ghee was actually a wonderful ingredient that needs to be incorporated in the everyday diet.
Health benefits of ghee – 7 things that you should know!
- You can use ghee for cooking, yes even frying food. Ghee will not break down into free radicals like many other oils.
- Ghee helps to aid digestion by stimulating the secretion of stomach acids. Other fats and oils that are used in cooking can actually slower the digestion process and make you feel heavy.
- Ghee is rich in the healthy fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are important for the bone, heart the and immune system to function well.
- Ghee is made from butter ( which is made from the milk cream). When the butter is cooked to make the clarified butter, the levels of lactose or casein reduce drastically and it also helps to strain out the impurities. This makes it easier for someone who is lactose intolerant to also consume ghee.
- Ghee is rich with antioxidants and it aids in the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods, this in turn helps to strengthen the immune system.
- Ghee can also help to reduce inflammation when rubbed externally on the skin. It has been long used to treat burns and swellings of the skin.
- The best health benefit of Ghee is that it is absolutely pure. It does not contain any artificial additives or preservatives that makes it pure.
Ghee is known to have a longer shelf life, even when it is not refrigerated. However, it is important that you store it in a glass bottle and use a clean and dry spoon when scooping out the ingredients. So, if you haven’t already, you should consider incorporating this superfood in your diet everyday!