Why Can’t Ghee Be Friends?
Whether you have or haven’t heard of Ghee, it’s worth your health to Ghee friends.
Ghee is concentrated, or clarified butter and is prepared by taking organic butter churned from cream (produced by pasture-fed cows), and simmered to remove liquid residue. Spices can be added for flavor. The texture, color, and taste of ghee depend on the quality of the butter, source of the milk used in the process, and the duration of the boiling. It is considered a super-food in Ayurveda Medicine.
Ghee is a saturated fat and not recommended to consume in large quantities, however for those times when you want that lovely buttery flavor, you can increase your health benefits by choosing organic Ghee over traditional butter.
Ghee is very concentrated in a fatty-acid called butyric acid. Butyric acid is the primary fuel source for the good microbes living in our guts. In fact the healthy bacteria in our GI tracks like it so much they produce their own form of butyric acid. A significant source of butyric acid in the gut helps promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria which has been linked to protection from various diseases, and it is also a favorite fuel for the cells that line our intestinal tract which helps us maintain a healthy lining in our colons.
Ghee is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamins A, D, E and K, numerous minerals, and nine phenolic antioxidants (powerful anti-inflammatory and immune bolstering nutrients).
Ghee is one of the highest natural sources of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid). CLA increases how well and how much we burn energy from the food we eat. When combined with exercise, a regular intake of CLA has been shown to reduce body fat and (perhaps) increase metabolism.
IMMUNE SUPPORT AND DISEASE PREVENTION
Butyric acid has been shown to boost killer T cell activity (our immune system’s major fighting cells). Animal studies show that as little as 0.5 percent CLA in your diet can reduce cancerous tumors by over 50 percent, in breast, colorectal, lung, skin, and stomach cancers. CLA has also been documented to aid in the reduction of asthma, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, osteoporosis, diabetes/pre-diabetes, and allergies.Ghee is concentrated, or clarified butter and is prepared by taking organic butter churned from cream, and simmered to remove liquid residue. Spices can be added for flavor.The texture, color, and taste of ghee depend on the quality of the butter, source of the milk used in the process, and the duration of the boiling. It is considered a super-food in Ayurveda Medicine.
You can find Ghee at your local health food store, Whole Foods™, and Trader Joe’s™