A spoon of ghee full of health

A spoon of ghee full of health

A spoon of ghee full of health: ‘Poses no danger to cardiac health’ and could protect us from cancer

Desi Ghee or clarified butter oil – often blamed for obesity and heart diseases – is not that bad after all. Indian scientists have just discovered that cow ghee could protect us from cancer.

Cow ghee enhances the availability of enzymes responsible for detoxification of cancer-causing substances and decreases the availability of those responsible for activation of carcinogens, scientists from the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) have reported in the latest issue of the Indian Journal of Medical Research.

The new finding, however, does not mean you can go ahead with liberal amount of ghee in your food. One must ensure that the intake of total fat (including ghee) should not exceed the prescribed limit of fat consumption. In the experiments done in lab, scientists studied the effects of cow ghee compared to soybean oil on female rats which were artificially given breast cancer causing chemicals.

They observed that the initiation and progress of mammary cancer decreased in rats which were fed on cow ghee. However, there was a greater proportion of tumours in animals fed on soybean oil.

Researchers have deciphered the mechanism of ghee’s protective properties.

  1. ‘Feeding cow ghee decreased the expression of genes responsible for cell proliferation and raised regulated genes responsible for cell apoptosis’, explained Dr Vinod Kansal, who led the research team.
  2. One probable factor in cow ghee is the presence of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is known to possess beneficial properties.
  3. Cow ghee is a rich natural source of CLA, whereas, vegetable oils lack this particular fatty acid.
  4. Most vegetable oils contain high amount of unsaturated fatty acid as well as linoleic acid – which is considered pro-carcinogenic as it forms free radicals known to damage DNA.
  5. The ghee available in India is mostly made from buffalo milk.

And though the study was done on cow ghee, scientists said buffalo ghee is also expected to be similarly effective because both contain CLA.

Dr Kansal said ‘Ghee poses no danger to cardiac health as long as the total fat intake remains restricted to the prescribed limit.’ 

Moreover, ghee improves blood HDL level, which is good for heart, he added. ‘I have serious reservation about doctors prescribing vegetable oil brands with highly unsaturated fat which is pro-carcinogenic,’ the researcher said.

Source : Dailymail

Ghee – 6 reasons why experts recommend eating it every day!

Ghee – 6 reasons why experts recommend eating it every day!

Ghee – 6 reasons why experts recommend eating it every day!

Ghee or clarified butter that was an essential part of the Indian cuisine has lost its sheen these days. Many ‘health-conscious’ people dismiss adding ghee to food as they believe it is an unhealthy practice. But in reality ghee is packed with myriad health benefits. Don’t believe it? Here’s how adding a dollop of ghee is good for your health.

#1 Acts as brain tonic

According to nutritionist Neha Chandna, Ghee is good for the nerves and brain. It contains high levels of omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids, which is ideal for overall health. Apart from this, decreased intake of these acids is associated with increased risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Hence, make it a habit to include ghee in your diet regularly as it can help your brain function better.

#2 Prevents cancer

Although ghee is high in saturated fats, it is ideal for cooking Indian food because it has a high smoke point (i.e., it does not burn very easily). This means, it generates less free radicals when heated, which are known to increase your risk of cancer. It is also rich in antioxidants that in turn protect you from free radical damage.

#3 Aids digestion

‘Ghee helps in the secretion of stomach acids that aid digestion,’ says Neha. Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar in her series Indian Food Wisdom and the Art of Eating Right highlights the fact that certain foods such as khichdi, puran poli, etc. need to have ghee to help us digest them better. You can also try these yoga poses to improve digestion.

#4 Used as a natural moisturiser

Ghee is a good beauty enhancer as well. If you have chapped lips, apply a drop of ghee on them before you sleep. In Ayurveda, ghee is used as a moisturising agent by mixing it with water and stirring it. The process is repeated several times before ghee can be used. And once made, you can store it for up to six months to use it regularly. Here are 5 beuty benefits of ghee you should try out!

#5 Melts stubborn fat

If you have problem areas where fat gets accumulated quickly, consider adding ghee to your diet. ‘Ghee has essential amino acids that help mobilise the fat and allow the fat cells to shrink in size,’ explains Rujuta. Apart from the above benefits, ghee is good for people suffering from joint pain. It also improves your memory and vision power. As ghee has powerful antiviral and antifungal properties, it strengthens the immune system.

How much is too much?

Ghee is considered to be unhealthy because people do not know how much is too much. Though it has several benefits, eating unhealthy amounts will only lead to problems. ‘Learn to draw the line at two teaspoons of ghee per day. ‘Also, remember that it is rich in saturated fat and eating too much can increase your cholesterol levels, affecting the heart,’ says Neha.

Who should avoid it?

Though it has numerous health benefits, people with heart disease, high blood cholesterol, diabetes and obesity should avoid or reduce the intake of ghee to prevent further health complications.

Now that you know the various benefits of ghee, don’t shy away from spreading a spoonful on your rotis or adding a dollop of it on your dal-chawal.

Source: thehealthsite

Know these amazing benefits of ghee!

Know these amazing benefits of ghee!

Know these amazing benefits of ghee!

New Delhi: Who doesn’t like ghee? Well, everyone loves it, but many of us are not aware of its health benefits.

Ghee or clarified butter is unhealthy when consumed in excess. So, one should control their ghee intake.

Here are some health benefits of ghee:

Good for digestion

Being a rich source of butyric acid that is a short-chain fatty acid, ghee helps in lowering inflammation and improving the digestive system.

Boosts your immune system

Ghee contains high content of antioxidants that helps in increasing your body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals from other foods that you consume and keeps your immune system strong.

Aids constipation

Ghee is a good remedy for those who suffer from constipation and it also boosts metabolism.

Provides essential vitamins

Being a rich source of vitamins A, D, E and K, which are fat-soluble vitamins, ghee play an important role in the immune system functioning of the heart, brain, and bones.

Source : Zee News India