Ghee is 100% butterfat… golden, flavorful, nutrient-rich butterfat. Butter contains primarily butterfat, but also milk proteins and water. To create ghee, butter is simmered to separate the oil from the other components, which are strained off.
Ghee traces its roots to the ancient tradition of Ayurveda, where it was considered a sacred, medicinal, cleansing, and healing food.
Ghee (unlike other oils) is rich in butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid. Beneficial intestinal bacteria convert fiber into butyric acid and then use that for energy and intestinal wall support. A healthy body therefore makes its own form of ‘ghee’ but you can say that greatly by consuming it.
Research shows that people with unhealthy digestive tracts do not produce butyric acid.
Healthy Immune System
Research shows that adequate production of butyric acid supports the production of killer T cells in the gut and thus a strong immune system.
Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Cancer
- Researchers are using oral butyrate supplements and butyrate enemas to treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.
- Ayurvedic physicians have been using ghee enemas for centuries to decrease inflammation.
Modern research is now revealing that negative emotions have a chemical nature. This is what ancient cultures have always maintained, that the mind and body are one. These chemicals are attracted to and stored in fat. Ghee can be used to replace those fats. Plus, if used properly in a cleanse, can attract and pull out these toxins so they can be cleansed from the body.
Further, the cholesterol in ghee is something to revere, not fear. Science tells us that cholesterol does not cause atherosclerosis. As a healing agent in the body, levels of cholesterol rise during periods of stress or when inflammation is present. Providing cholesterol through good quality fats, such as grass fed ghee, allows the body to help address the inflammation.
It is tridoshic, meaning all 3 constitutions (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) benefit from its qualities of a sweet rasa (taste), cooling vīrya (the effects of ghee on metabolism) and sweet vipāka (post-digestive effect). It should be noted that the Kapha constitution needs to use sparingly, as ghee has kapha qualities and may cause imbalance.
Ghee is good for our health and is also used in Ayurveda for medicinal purposes. It is considered a prabhāva, which means that its dynamic, electo-magnetic action, or its ability to heal.