Ghee or clarified butter has been used for thousands of years in India. It is used not only for cooking but for medical and religious purposes too. The world is now getting to know about it as more and more studies prove the benefits of Ghee.
The process used to make ghee remove all the allergens such as lactose and milk protein, making it suitable for those who are intolerant to lactose. Ghee also has much more medium and short chain fatty acids than butter, medium and short chain fatty acids do not cause heart diseases unlike other fats.
Ghee contains high amounts of Vitamin A, D and K. Vitamin A and D both are important for healthy eyesight, bone development and a number of other body functions. Vitamin K, has been related to healthy teeth and bone formation in babies, so if you are going to be a mother, ghee is good for you, although in limited amount.
It has been long prescribed in Ayurveda to have khichdi, a rice and lentil preparation, with ghee when your stomach is upset. Now we know the reason why it soothes an upset digestive tract. Ghee contains butyric acid which nourishes the cells of intestine and repairs the mucous layer.
Just like other kinds of fats, ghee can make your skin softer and more supple, but due to its rich nutrient content it also helps heal your skin. It has been used for ages by Indian mothers to soothe their kids’ chapped lips. Applying ghee once in a while might be a good idea to get that flawless skin.
Ghee made from milk of cows who are grass-fed has CLA, or Conjugated Linoleic Acid, which is an antioxidant. It is also known to have antiviral properties which might benefit you in case of a minor flu. Image source : Getty
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