6 reasons you should start having Desi cow ghee today

The Vedas regard ghee as ‘the first and most essential of all foods’. Ghee (esp. made from Indian cow A2 milk) has traditionally been an inseparable part of every Indian ritual. Indians have been using Desi ghee for cooking way before cooking oils even existed.

This golden color liquid that is unmistakable from its characteristic aroma, has more benefits than one might think.

It is only now, when modern science has facilitated numerous clinical studies, that Western medicine has finally come to realize the super medicinal properties of this common Indian food. So Let’s dive right in!

Home made Desi ghee:

Most Indian households traditionally follow a rather long process to make ghee from milk.

  • Collecting cream (malai in Hindi) by separating it from the milk
  • making it into a creamy curd,
  • churning the curd + water in a wooden centrifuge (or a mixer) to separate butter and buttermilk,
  • heating the butter till all the water has evaporated and we’re left with ghee.

An important point to note is that most benefits only come from this home made ghee. Factory made ghee is not extracted through the same process and hence doesn’t have the same properties.

cow ghee benefits

Digestion and bowel movement

It is said that most diseases originate from the stomach. So they can be avoided if your digestion is in top shape.

Desi ghee is the most easily digestible of all fats that are used for cooking. Apart from aiding excretion of toxins, it also prevents constipation as it makes stools softer.

Add half a teaspoon of Desi cow ghee to a glass of warm milk and have it before you go to bed, and it will not just take care of your digestion, it will also make you sleep better.

Good for the heart

Indian cow ghee helps improve the HDL (High Density Lipoprotein), most commonly known as good cholesterol as it contains Mono-Unsaturated Fatty Acids, or MUFA which also helps reduce LDL or the bad cholesterol in your blood.

So go ahead and replace a spoon of oil with a spoon of Desi cow ghee in your daily fat intake and see the benefits yourself. (provided your daily fat intake is within prescribed limits)

People with chronic cardiac issues however, should avoid being too liberal with any type of fat.

Cow ghee helps fight cancer

An article in the Daily Mail speaks about a study conducted by the National Dairy Research Institute, where scientists found that ghee improves the availability of enzymes that help detoxify the body of cancer causing substances.

This could be attributed to the presence of CLA (Conjugated Linolenic Acid) present in ghee known to possess beneficial properties.

Slows down ageing

Ghee contains rich quantities of carotenoids and vitamin A that fight free radicals which cause cell damage.

Ghee has a high smoke point, which means it does not break down and release free radicals when heated during cooking (something that happens to oil when heated).

This also means ghee will retain its nutritional properties even after being heated to high temperatures. So it doesn’t cause ageing, AND slows it down too! (Unlike to most other vegetable oils)

Eye health

Vitamin A deficiency is the main cause for night blindness (most of us learnt that in school). Well consuming Desi cow ghee will give you lots of it, and more.

Carotenoids (abundantly contained in ghee) are the substances that neutralize free radicals harming the eyes’ macular cells thereby preventing macular degeneration and cataracts.

Freshly made Desi cow ghee using clean and sterile utensils can also be applied directly to the eyes for a soothing sensation in case of itchiness or irritation.

One can also put a few drops of it in their eyes (you may experience milky vision for a few minutes, but it will go away in a minute or two) and avoid many eye problems. (Just make sure this ghee is stored separately in a sterile container and not used for any other purpose)

Works wonders on the sinuses

An ancient Indian remedy for chronic sinus problems and allergies is desi cow ghee.

People who suffer from irritable sinuses (esp. during weather changes or in dusty environments) will find great relief in desi cow ghee.

Introducing a few drops of Desi cow ghee in the nostrils (preferably while lying down) reduces irritation to a great extent and also soothes the nasal passage from the inside. It is advisable for people with chronic sinus issues to this little exercise every day.

One for the road: Ghee has wonderful moisturizing properties. People with dry skin should apply it as an overnight cream and they will find their skin supple and glowing in the morning.

So while the process of making requires some effort, the miraculous end product is definitely worth it. Add a teaspoon of Desi cow ghee to your diet; you will be healthier, and your food, tastier. Cheers!

P.S.: Don’t forget to check out our infomational article on Desi cow A2 milk.

Holy Cow! What is A2 milk and why you should have it.

Milk and Cookies

Barring some people, milk forms a significant part of every breakfast (Especially for people having cereal) or every diet.

And it actually is no surprise, as it has protein, vitamins, carbohydrates and basically everything that the body needs for daily nutrition and sustenance.

Varieties in milk

Apart from the product differentiation of full cream, skimmed, toned etc., there is a more basic difference in milk varieties, usually due to their constituents. There are mostly 2 such varieties, viz. A1 and A2.

How they are different

Milk contains protein, and one of the three major casein proteins present in milk is beta-casein (The one which makes all the difference). A1 milk contains A1 beta-casein and A2 contains A2 beta-casein protein. A1 and A2 are proteins that differ in structure by one amino acid.

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Indian cows (Gir, Sahiwal etc.) come from the Bos indicus family, while most of others (Jersey, Holstein etc) come from the Bos taurus family.

Indian cows have a dewlap and a hump that are their most prominent distinguishing features. Jerseys / Holsteins have none of these.

Ever wondered why the cow has been worshiped and revered in India since the ancient times? This tradition unfortunately, has been the butt of some jokes; but it has solid basis in science.

One point to note is that according to tradition, it is only the Indian indigenous breeds of cow (the ones with hump and dewlap) that have been considered holy, and none other. Desi (Indian) Cow milk also shares the most compatibility with human mother’s milk; hence desi cows are considered mother-like by Indians.

Only Indian cows give pure A2 milk (which is the only difference that has been researched) which is no less than a treasure of nutrition. Their hump has the Surya-Ketu Nadi (according to yoga, nadis are channels in the etheric body), which absorbs energy from the sun, producing golden salts in their blood as well as milk (this is why cow ghee is golden in color, cow milk has a yellowish tinge).

One could write a whole book on Indian cows, their temperament (which makes their milk much better) their by-products products and their relation with ayurveda and yoga, but I shall stick to the topic here, which is A2 milk.

So, why A2 milk? (And why not A1)

A1 protein produces beta-casomorphin-7 (BCM-7), which is apparently the one causing all the problem (Or rather the only one which is known to), as it is linked with multiple digestive disorders and gastrointestinal problems.

Studies have also linked the consumption of A1 milk to autism. On the contrary, A2 milk is much easier to digest and causes no such problems, but rather is packed with nutrients and medicinal properties.

The BCM7 peptide that comes from A1 protein cannot be broken down by the body. This exogenous opioid is the culprit behind many diseases, as it does not occur naturally within the human body and interacts with human digestive system, internal organs and brain system.

A1 milk also results in an overall increase in LDL or bad cholesterol, which is the reason Image source: Times of India. http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=Growing-band-of-dairy-farmers-sells-A2-milk-23042017013036behind most cardiovascular ailments. There have been few clinical studies on how A1 milk harmfully affects the body.

A2 milk is the best for kids and toddlers as it is easy to digest, and packed with all essential nutrients that kids need.

I have seen kids having packed milk and I have seen kids having pure Indian cow’s milk (since quite early in their life) and the contrast in their health and activity is huge.

Consumption of A1 milk and deteriorating health

In 1970, India launched one of the world’s biggest dairy development program, Operation Flood.

On a high level, it involved promoting new cow breeds (mostly cross-bred with foreign cows) that gave more yield, thereby rapidly improving the milk production, making India the largest producer of milk.

In the process India lost a lot of its indigenous breeds as they were cross bred with Holstein and Jersey; hence India also lost a big chunk of A2 milk sources. Most of the milk which is currently available in India is A1.

It is not surprising that in the last few decades, India has become the Heart Disease and Diabetes capital of the world. I’d like to add that people have also become easily irritable (that’s another social problem).

This could also be attributed to lifestyle changes, but milk (an essential part of every Indian’s daily diet) definitely has a role to play. There should be more and deeper studies into this subject.

Brazil’s economy got a boost; thanks to Indian cows

Brazil has bred Indian indigenous cows for many decades and they now have a sizeable cow population (about 4 million, almost all of them from Indian breeds). Today it is one of the top 5 milk producers in the world, making the Indian cow a real money spinner for Brazil.

Jersey and HF breeds of cow

The main reason behind many people (especially in India) breeding Holsteins and Jerseys is that they have a better milk yield. All that yield comes at a high cost to health, and people are realizing it only now, and very slowly.

Our biggest problem in this context: desi cow A2 milk, firstly is available in limited places in India, and secondly is priced higher.

The only way to make A2 milk mainstream is awareness. Business investment will automatically follow.

People should realize that A2 milk is something India already had, and chose to throw away for something abundant but inferior. In the long term, A2 milk should be commonly available.

Thousands of people have experienced dramatic improvements in their health just by consuming Indian cow’s A2 milk.

The science is solid; most chronic, lifestyle-related diseases plaguing the urban populace today can be tackled effectively by changing one single part of their nutrition. A2 milk is truly the elixir of life.

P.S.: I usually do not ask this, but would like to say it for this particular article. If it has answered your questions or added to your knowledge, I request you to please share this article as much as possible to spread awareness about A2 milk and Indian cows.