Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Health Benefits of Ghee

Ghee is clarified butter.  Ghee is produced by separating the milk solids from the liquid.  Essentially, the thought is to get the water and impurities out and be left with pure fat.  This leaves an amber colored solid.  I had never heard of it till last year and never tried it till lately.

Ghee is over 2000 years old and has been used in Ayurveda medicine for just as long.  It is said to have anti viral and anti cancer properties.  It's a great source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid  (CLA), which helps fight belly fat.

It has a high heating point 240 degrees F.  It is said to help assimilate other nutrients.  What really got me interested was the fact that Ghee has Vitamin K2.

Vitamin K2 is a very important vitamin that is hard to come by.  The great nutritionist Weston Price, declares that it is vital for health and is one of the missing ingredients in toady's modern life style.  Weston Price authored the now legendary book, "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration."

Weston Price travelled all over the world researching nutrition practices of ancient tribes from Inuit to Masai.  He found that the fat soluble vitamins were of vital importance.  Vitamin A, D and K2.   The tribes were healthy and strong.  Some had limited protein sources, some had little fruit, little vegetables.  All were very healthy.

K2 seems to magnify and be synergistic for the other fat soluble vitamins.  We all know now how important Vit D is now.  Try Ghee and see if you notice any health benefits.

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