Ghee Is a Powerful Healer With Numerous Nutritional Benefits
Ghee is clarified butter made from pasture fed dairy cow butter. Therapuetic grade ghee, called desi in ayurveda, is made from raw milk that has been soured in an earthen vessel to make dahi (fermented milk) which is then churned to obtain makkhan (butter), and very gently simmered over low heat until all the water has evaporated. It has been used in India for numerous health related reasons, and to enhance flavor and the nutritive benefits of ingredients used in cooking. Ghee is applied topically for skin irritations, added to beauty products, and as an anupana (vehicle) in ayurvedic medicine.
Ghee Is Considered A Vehicle For The Spices It Is Cooked With
Anupanas carry herbs and spices deep into the tissues and maximize a specific affect. Common ayurvedic anupanas include ghee, water, honey and milk. Ghee is generally safe for all types of imbalances, and is nutritive for the body and mind. Water is a common anupana that has a relatively neutral influence on the energetic properties of herbs. It mostly affects the rasa tissue in the body. Honey is heating, and milk is sweet and nutritive. Each kind of anupana will influence the energetic of the herb in a specific way. For example, dry ginger powder taken with honey will be hotter and drier, then dry ginger powder mixed with milk. Dry ginger powder mixed with honey is a good expectorant, relieves mucus conditions in the lungs and sinuses, and is a good tonic for kapha conditions. Dry ginger in milk is a systemic nourisher, mild digestive stimulant, and rejuvenates a depleted vata.
Ghee Contains Health Giving Lipids That Assist Digestion
Ghee, if made appropriately (see recipes), will reduce inflammation in the small intestine and colon, and assist restoring intestinal permeability. There are several anticarinegenic and health attributes found in ghee. Ghee is a rich source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), butyric acid, and health giving lipids.Milk fat is one of the richest sources of CLA. Numerous studies demonstrate CLA’s ability to decrease cancerous cells, especially when butyric acid is given during infancy.Butyric acid, is a short-chain fatty acid known to decrease intestinal permeability.It is found in several types of food in low amounts, and is also made in the colon. Butyric acid is known to be a protective feature against colon cancer nurtured by dietary fibers.
Ghee is High In Beta Carotene & Luetin
Dairy products contain bioavailability nutrients and vitamins converted from the foods the animal was eating. Cow dairy ghee fluctuates according to the season, and location it came from. Generally, ghee taken from milk harvested in fall and spring has a higher nutritional content then other times of the year.Ghee is high in caratanoids, luetin and beta-carotene. Luetin is known to encourage retinal tissue repair, and overall eye health. Studies have shown that luetin assists intestinal repair after injury. Vitamin A is converted from beta-carotene during digestion, and known to have a mild sun screen effect, helps to regenerate tissue, increases circulatory function, and boosts immunity.
Medicinal Ghee is Called A Ghritam In Ayurvedic Medicine
Ghee, made from pasture fed cows, contains antioxidants, linoleic acid, and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.Lipids in ghee assist in the absorption of fat soluble vitamins.The high amount of phospholipids, specifically cephalin, make it highly antioxidant and capable of removing the body of heavy metals and other degenerative toxins. Studies have also shown that ghee actually lowers cholesterol through the stimulation of liver bile salts. Ghritams, medicinal ghee, made in ayurvedic medicine by infusing herbs and spices during processing is shown to increase the antioxidant properties in ghee and its shelf life. Amla, tulsi, turmeric, cardamom and black pepper have shown to significantly enhance oxidative stability and viability of ghee more then synthetic preservatives or isolated antioxidants.
Ghee is Used Internally And Topically For Health And Medicinal Reasons
Ghee can be used medicinally for a wide variety of reasons and purposes. It is used for both short and long durations to detox or rejuvenate various functions in the physical body. It is nourishing and helps replenish all the tissues in the body. It builds ojas, essence, immunity, and can help heal almost any condition, including the mucosal lining in the GI tract. It increases agni without aggravating pitta, and can be infused with herbs to induce specific affects on the body, mind and spirit. Ghee is taken internally during courses of internal snehana (oleation), panchakarma, detoxification and rejuvenation. It is also applied externally to the skin to treat numerous skin conditions, dropped into the eyes to remove redness, inhaled into the sinuses to alleviate dryness, inserted in the ears to decrease mucus, mixed with essential oils and used as a facial moisturizer, combed into the hair for a conditioning treatment, and massaged into the feet to induce sleep. Practically everything under the sun could benefit from a smear of well-obtained and processed ghee.
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