Ghee is a superfood in and of itself, but it’s also a very useful “carrier” of other nutritional components. While those include a wide range of vitamins and nutrients, ghee has traditionally been used to deliver herbal jams, medicated ghee extracts, and as a base for many ingestible treatments. It’s even used as a local application to heal minor scrapes, burns, and to stop nose bleeds.
Ghee has been used in those ways and more for thousands of years. It’s list of historically assumed benefits is powerful: aids in digestion and metabolism, lubricates connective tissues, strengthens the nervous system, and improves memory. For instance, ghee contains a wealth of fat-soluble vitamins: A, D, E, and K--plus other components like conjugated linolenic acid, butyric acid, beta carotene, as well as short- and medium-chain fatty acids. Short- and medium-chain fatty acids are metabolized more successfully and contrary to what some believe, are not associated with cardiovascular disease. While these exist in butter at 12-15%, ghee contains 25% or more. What ghee doesn’t have is lactose, none at all. Our cultured line is also 100% casein free, for those who have a high sensitivity to dairy protein.
Very important to the overall healthy aspects of ghee is the absorption of those fat-soluble vitamins. For example, the milk of grassfed cows contains high levels of vitamin A. Essential to good health, much of the vitamin A in grassfed cow’s milk resides in the fat that’s separated from milk. Since ghee is pure fat, vitamin A and its counterparts are immediately absorbed into the body and put to use. Simply put, a higher concentration of vitamins entering your body along with healthy fats.
Yes, ghee is a nutrient-rich, saturated animal fat. Depending on who you talk to, healthy fats should make up 20-35% of your daily caloric intake and contribute to weight loss and overall health. In addition to being carriers that deliver and aid in the absorption of many other health-improving components, the healthy fats found in ghee boost the immune system, are gluten free, and can be extremely beneficial for those with IBS, Crohn’s, and certain pancreatic disorders.
Whether ghee is the right fat of choice for a certain situation depends on the individual. Like most superfoods, what works for some may not have the same effect on others. So, experiment. Give it a try. Test it out. See what you think. You know your own body. Listen to what it tells you.