What are Health Benefits of Ghee?

Ghee - The health effects in Ayurveda

Ghee is the clarified butter of Ayurveda, and it is food and medicine in one. Compared to butter, ghee has interesting advantages.

Ghee can also be used internally as well as externally and in both forms represents an indispensable component of Ayurvedic healing.

In Ayurveda, ghee - the golden elixir - is used in particular for detoxification, but can also help, prepared with special herbs, against psoriasis, increased cholesterol levels, arteriosclerosis and much more.

According to Ayurveda, ghee has many more health properties. Very few of them have been scientifically confirmed, but the experience of Ayurvedic healing theory, which is at least 5,000 years old, speaks for itself.

Also Ayurveda enthusiasts who regularly visit the numerous Ayurveda clinics - whether in India, in the USA or in another country rave about its healing benefits.

Ghee obtained in a wide variety of preparations confirmation regarding its fantastic effects again and again.

Here are some of the properties described by Ayurveda:

  • Ghee is easy to digest, and - according to Ayurveda - more smoothly to digest than butter or other fats and oils.
  • Ghee is anti-inflammatory. According to Sushruta Samhita - a script from ancient Ayurveda - ghee is one of the ultimate anti-inflammatory foods.
  • Ghee for external medical and cosmetic purposes: Ghee can prevent the formation of scars and blisters and promote wound healing. In facial care, it is just as ideal for removing make-up as it is for caring for irritated and reddened skin.

Ghee is considered a panacea, the golden elixir of healing that can be used in Ayurveda for almost any problem:

  • To rejuvenate the skin
  • To regenerate the digestive functions: Ghee can heat up the digestive fire. The result is better digestion and faster metabolism.
  • To strengthen the immune system
  • To cleanse the blood
  • To improve sleep: When applied to the soles of the feet in the evening, ghee is said to promote peaceful and healthy sleep
  • To harmonize the hormonal balance
  • To improve memory and even to promote intelligence
  • For the regeneration of the stomach with gastric ulcers and intestinal inflammation
  • Ultimately even to extend the lifespan

Yogis also use ghee because they say it moisturizes the connective tissue and, therefore, makes the body more flexible.

The - according to Ayurveda - detoxifying effect of ghee is particularly well known.

Fatty acids and vitamins in ghee

In addition to the predominantly saturated fatty acids (60 percent), ghee also contains around 30 percent monounsaturated fatty acids and around 5 percent polyunsaturated fatty acids.

In addition, the fat-soluble vitamins A, vitamin D and vitamin E are contained in the ghee. (Also in the butter, of course.)

One would have to consume plenty of ghee, however, so that its vitamin content could noticeably contribute to covering the daily need for vital substances.

100 g of ghee (of course) would cover 30 percent of the daily vitamin E requirement and 10 percent of the vitamin D requirement.

It only contains enough vitamin A that 20 g of ghee would cover over 20 percent of the daily requirement for vitamin A - but only if the butter from which the ghee was made was also rich in vitamin A. This is solely the case if it came from the milk of grazing cows.

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