Is Ghee Healthy?

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 Is it or isn’t it? Is saturated fat the big evil that dieticians have been proclaiming it is over the past few decades, or not? 

 According to dieticians, saturated fat it is a major proponent of cardiovascular disease. But now, a well respected British cardiologist, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, has announced that this is not the case, and he cites the fact that the biggest saturated fat consuming nation in Europe – France – has the lowest incidence of cardiovascular disease than any of the world’s other nations!

Whilst the amount of research that has been carried out on Ghee is somewhat limited, the tests that have been conducted have consistently shown favorable results. They indicate that whilst Ghee can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease if it is consumed at too high a level, (experts suggest this to be 3 tablespoons or more per day); when consumed at more moderate levels, (experts suggest between 1 and 2 tablespoons per day), that it can help to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly when any other fats consumed are fats from plants or plant oils.

Now let’s take a look at some of the specific benefits to be had from adding ghee into our diet.

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An Anti-Inflammatory Agent
Ghee has the characteristics to work as an anti-inflammatory agent. It can reduce the production of 2 substances which can incite inflammation. These substances are leukotriene and prostaglandin both of which can create inflammatory reactions such as irritation, redness and swelling. They are also thought to contribute to the signs of aging.

Improves the health of arteries
Ghee is a good source of vitamin K2. This vitamin (rarely found in food) has the ability to activate the body’s mechanism for removing calcium from your arteries. It then deposits this calcium where it belongs i.e. in your bones. 

Enhances your metabolism
Another ingredient of ghee is a nutrient known as CLA. CLA is a particular type of fat that is thought to be able to provide benefits similar to that of antioxidants thereby helping to enhance your metabolism.

Boosts immune system health

Ghee is also a rich source of antioxidants. As well as being able to neutralize free radicals, antioxidants can also aid with the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals from the foods that we eat. This helps to boost the efficiency of our immune systems.

Friendly for those who are Lactose intolerant
Because when ghee is prepared the milk solids are boiled out many people who are lactose intolerant find they are able to digest ghee far easier than butter of other vegetable oils.

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Aids digestion
Ghee is linked with being able to enhance the body’s production of stomach acids thus aiding and enhancing better digestion.

Ghee’s role in Ayurvedic medicine
Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world’s oldest and most respected alternative natural medicine doctrines alongside doctrines such as Ancient Chinese Medicine. It originated over 3,000 years ago in India and uses a number of natural herbs and spices (including spices we now recognize here, in the US for their health benefits – spices such as Chili, Cinnamon, Cumin, Ginger and Turmeric).

These are the fabulous benefits of Ghee. However it should be kept in mind that these benefits are more when it refers to cow milk’s ghee!

Please use cow milk’s ghee in your everyday diet and do not forget to share this post with others!



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