I eat only simple Indian homefood like roti, dal and cow ghee. Ghee has so much benefits. “My grandma is 84 and she still looking fit and beautiful!” said Kareena kapoor,the bollywood celebrity!
Ghee is a word that comes from sanskrit which means “clarified butter”. It is found in ancient India, southeast asian cuisine, middles eastern cuisine and used in traditional medicine and religious beliefs.
Traditionally it is made from bovine milk of cows.
Ghee is an auspicious item for ceremonies and funerals. In the Mahabharatha, Kaurava is born from the pots of ghee.
Many large scale producers add salt to their product which makes finding ghee pure enough to use for sacred purposes.
“Ghee is considered one of the best immunity boosters which benefits eyesight, digestive system and even strengthens bones. “said Priyanka Rohtagi, the chief clinical nutritionist at Indraprastha Apollo hospitals.
Nutritional Value Of Cow Ghee
Ghee is predominantly made of 62 percentage of saturated fats. It is also rich in oxidised cholesterol. Ghee is of two types. Desi ghee which is also country made and vegetable ghee (modern ghee).
The unsaturated fatty acid profile is 22.8%. The vitamin A content ranged from 315 to 375 international units per 100g. Palmitic and oleic acid were the two main fatty acids. It is the main ingredient in some ayurvedic medicines.
1. Rich In Antioxidants
Grass-fed cows produce cow ghee so it contains K2 butyric acid and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). Conjugated linoleic acid is a natural fatty acid that has anticancer and antioxidant properties which helps in digestion and weight loss. The high concentration of butyric acid inhibits the growth of cancerous tumors.
2. Has Wound Healing Properties
Ghee and honey has been advocated and used as a dressing for burns in four Mumbai hospitals since 1991.
A standardized ghee and honey dressing
was used to treat fungating malignant lesions, chronic venous ulcers ,diabetes foot ulcers, infected ventral hernia and post cesarean wounds.
Ghee contains no water and has a very long shelf life and their healing properties improve with age. Honey is a nectar collected from flowers by bees.
In addition of enzymes, nectar get converted into a syrup fluid called honey. Honey has many medicinal properties and increased value in wound healing.
3. Treats Indigestion And Constipation
Most of the pregnant women suffer from indigestion and constipation during the second trimester. So what can they do?
– Apart from high fibre intake to relieve constipation, Take a spoonfull of cow ghee and mix it with warm milk every night to help digestion and constipation.
4. Nourishes your body!
Ghee has lot of vitamin E content which produces a glowing, soft, radiant skin. It is the best thing to apply for sunburns.
Often, our grandparents will advise to apply ghee for hair as it relieves dryness.
5. Effective Relief For Cracked Heels And Soles
Heels are the most of ignored part of the body! yeah! But it seems so ugly when we are well dressed and having cracked heels. Even in beauty competitions,the girl with the beautiful heels won the prize.
What are the reasons of cracked heels?
– Improper foot hygiene
Let’s start with cleaning the feet!
1. Dip feet in warm water mixed with crystal salt.This makes skin soft and removes dirt.
2. After that,take a pumice stone,for scrubbing away those dead skin from feet.
3. Wash your feet with warm water and wipe in a clean towel.
4. Then say bye to cracked heels with ghee! Apply ghee on your soles. Ghee helps by adding moisture. Wear socks to prevent ruining your bed!
7. Improves Bone Density
Ghee helps in strengthening immunity and helps in bone development. Usually, vegetarians add spoonful of ghee to their food daily to boosts their immunity.
8. Prevents Atherosclerosis
Vitamin K found in ghee can be used to prevent blockages and prevents calcium deposits in arteries and keep away from cardiovascular diseases.
9. Improves Eyesight
Prevention of macular degeneration and improvement of eyesight is one of the proven health benefits of cow ghee. Cow ghee has a large amount of vitamin A which has the best lubricating power. It maintains the hydration level of eye and prevents dry eye syndrome.
It is an ayurvedic treatment and it’s called Netra Tarpana. In this process, eye friendly natural oil is poured into eyes, and they offer these benefits.
10. Weight Loss
Yes! You read that right! Since ghee is rich in omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids, it is used for weight loss. Omega 6 fats has been shown to increase the lean body mass by reducing the fat mass.
They mobilize fat cells to be used for energy.” Since it is rich in fatty acids,it helps to reduce the size of fat cells”said Dr.Mansi Chatrath, clinical Nutritionist. Since, it is 99.5 % fat content,only two spoons of ghee is allowed.
Anything in moderation is better!
- Hindustan Times
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