Ghee is rightly called the therapeutic vehicle for body as it serves body with multiple nutrients and it is helpful in many ways.

Grass fed ghee, being the best quality ghee or clarified butter offers a bunch of nutritional benefits. In Indian Ayurveda, grass fed ghee was regarded as a natural therapeutic vehicle of wellness and healthy way of life.

Grass fed ghee is superior in its category

According to the scientists and researchers of Teagasc Moorepark Research Center and Cork and the APC Microbiome Institute (on their research on the nutritional benefits of grass fed quality of ghee) grass fed ghee is found of better quality.

 The survey was done between the three varieties of cow milk based on their diet. These are,  

  • Grazed grass (outdoor) and fed on grass diet.
  • Grazed grass plus clover (outdoor) as diet
  • An indoor animal fed on total mixed ration (TMR) diet.

The result has clearly revealed that the nutritional superiority of pasture-fed or grass fed cow milk: for obvious reason grass fed cow ghee (produced from grass cow milk-butter) holds its superior quality over the other ghee varieties.

What makes grass fed ghee a better option?

It’s all about nutritional advantages of grass fed cow milk and the milk fat derived from this good quality cow milk. The nutritional profile of grass fed cow milk is always richer than the cows’ milk collected in captivity. For example, pasture feeding of cows increases the quantity of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) levels greater than TMR-fed cows.

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CLA effect

CLA is unique among fatty acids in that the primary source is from ruminant animals, since the bacteria in the digestive tract of these animals are responsible for its production. There’s an emerging body of evidence that CLA confers a number of health benefits, including  

  • dietary support to weight loss and
  • reduces cardiovascular metabolic disease risks,

However, more detailed medical research on the CLA effect is still ongoing. Grass fed ghee contains CLA and hence, moderate quantity of ghee in diet can reduce the aforementioned risk issues. 

Butyrate effect

Grass fed Ghee is quite rich in butyrate acid, and clinically butyrate acid is proven as helpful for improving digestive health of ghee consumers. Also it has a unique anti-inflammatory influence on body.

According to research, butyric acid supplement intake can cause clinical improvement/remission in patients suffering with Crohn’s disease. Butyric acid is actually the short chain fatty acids, and favored food for the colon cells and that perfectly makes it a natural remedy of maintaining healthy colon.

The butyric acid in ghee is helpful for natural control of irritating constipation hex. Those are suffering from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) may try restricted ghee diet to get relief from the irritation of this lifestyle disease.

A review from Poland, for example, has revealed the fact that butyric acid has been counted as a medical remedy to reduce pain during defecation and improve peristalsis. It is also effective to treat the contraction of muscles within the intestines to help propelling food via the digestive tract.

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Nourishment for bones

Strong bones are definitely an advantage. Regularly adding a few servings of cow ghee in your diet can help you to fulfil your need of vitamin K.  It is medically known that Vitamin K is crucial to many facets of health, such as natural blood clotting, heart health as well as healthy and consistent brain function. It’s also exceptionally important for maintaining health and endurance level of your bones.

This happens because vitamin K is directly involved in the bone metabolism and improves the amount of a precise protein that is essential to maintain the quantity of calcium in your bones. According to the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers observed the diets of 2,591 adults and found that a low intake of vitamin K was linked with the risk of reduced bone mass density in mean especially in the post-dirty year age.

 Although Ghee supplies a small quantity of vitamin K, the regular dose can make a big change when it is incorporated with a general healthy diet and active lifestyle.

Reduced risk of cardio vascular disease

Despite the bad publicity it has earned over the years, ghee may actually be protective against heart disease. Ghee is rich in conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, a medium chain fatty acid known to be preventive against carcinogens, artery plaque formation, and diabetes. Due to these benefits, researchers say cow ghee can theoretically be used to help in preventing cardiovascular diseases. 

However, moderation and active lifestyle are necessary for enjoying cardio disease protection from ghee diet.

A study on a rural population in India showed that men who consumed significant amounts of traditional cow ghee had lower rates of heart disease than those who have not consumed it. 

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The advantage of vitamin intake

Grass fed ghee contains fat soluble vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, and Vitamin E: also ghee contains trace elements like copper and iron as well as carotenoids.

Vitamins A, D, and E offers natural care for eye, skin, and hair. Vitamin K supports in formation of strong bones. Other benefits of these vitamins in Ghee are:

  • Improving bone health with improved bone density.
  • Natural protection for arteries.
  • Improvement of eye health.
  • Faster healing of wounds, especially in post-surgery phase.
  • Healthy heart and lesser risk of developing cardio diseases.

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Ghee in pregnancy diet

Pregnancy being a critical phase of life for a woman, pregnancy diet plats an important role. Here traditional ghee diet plats a good role.  According to Autuvedic remedy of labor pain control, it is often prescribed ghee diet in pregnancy 3rd semester. Besides easing labor pain, it is believed that ghee in diet helps lubricating the vagina, aiding in hassle-free delivery.

In some folk remedy of PAN Asia it is believed that ghee diet could be helpful in boosting contractions naturally, and thus highly recommended for laboring women.

As per concerned research, that a pregnant woman needs 200-250 extra calories daily for offering her fetus daily dose of nutrition. Ghee diet helps in getting high calorie especially for vegetarian moms in a dfinie way.

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Cow ghee as detox agent

As per Ayurveda, grass fed Cow ghee is very much beneficial to human beings as it stretches and melt toxins and can pacify humors (Doshas) in the skin and blood. It unlocks the small channels for removing and eradicating heavy toxins for body cells. Thus, ghee diet helps in eliminating toxins from deeper tissues and with ghee diet it starts to flow in the gastro intestinal tract for final removal.

Cow ghee also lubricates and hydrates the cell membranes and related tissues. The nutritional backup protects tissues from damage, helps in the natural flowing of wastes and toxins from the body.  However, people with a strong digestive power can get to enjoy more ghee benefits for detoxing than those with a weak digestive system.

Disadvantages of ghee in diet

With all the health benefits of grass fed ghee, this dairy staple is not free from its health vices.

It is full of saturated fats and that is why ghee in diet should be used with complete moderation. Over use of this milk fat may induce obesity.

  1. Grass fed cow ghee is high in its calorie count. If the intake of ghee is coupled with sedentary lifestyle it may cause harm than ghee benefits.
  2. Ghee in pregnancy is a healthy diet. But it is not that essential with high calorie diet. Patients of existing hyper tension should not include this milky fat from staying away of overweight and obesity related diseases.
  3. Heart patients shouldn’t have it as it may increase the risk of heart attack. This is because it contains fatty acids which increase the blood pressure and make them more prone to such attacks.
  4. People with diseases like jaundice, or those who have some abdominal discomfort should also avoid cow ghee as it may lead to some major problems of the organs.

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