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.
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)
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.