Why Ayurveda regards Ghee as a "Superfood"?
Do you remember that epitome view in every classic where the sages pouring the ghee was an obligatory rite performed in yajna? This notion is derived from Vedas where ghee was essential and still is.
‘Ayurveda’, the medical scripture evolved from Vedas, is considered to be the communication by God to his sages about medicinal knowledge through scriptures like Sushruta Samhita and Charaka Samhita.
Ghee acts as a superfood
In our fast-paced lifestyle, we eat any junk which is easily accessible to satisfy our taste buds and time demands. With this lifestyle desi ghee is an elixir because it acts as an energy booster, helping us get through our daily life without fatigue. People who require high energy (like athletes) are prescribed ghee as an essential part of their diet. Desi ghee contains a wide spectrum of medium-chain fatty acids which are processed by the liver to release energy.
Ayurvedic Properties of Ghee
1. Pacifies Vata
As per Ayurveda, the study of life science, ghee made by bilona process extracted from cow milk is best of all types and diminishes ‘Vata’. Excess Vata causes dry skin, constipation, weak joints, improper blood circulation, sleep issues, involuntary jerks, and abnormal bowel movements. It is one of the best sources for curing dysuria, rhinitis, intermittent fevers with chills, diarrhoea, anorexia, and emaciation. It increases strength and sperm count.
2. Promotes Deep Cleansing and Conditioning
Rasa , the juices of the body are increased by consuming ghee which leads to better movement and transport of nutrients. Ama, the waste products of the body are flushed out of the digestive tract with the help of ghee.
Ghee is a yogivahi, or catalytic agent that carries the medicinal properties of herbs to the deeper tissues, which are the seven dhatus of our body.
3. Enhances Lifeforce
According to Ayurveda, ghee increases Ojas, Tejas, and Prana.
Ojas is the essence of strong immunity, liveliness, and energy. Tejas is the essence of our aura, clarity, courage, and understanding, and comprehension at the cellular level. Prana is responsible for the subtle essence of Vata or air element, vitality and energy, and the processes of respiration, circulation, digestion, excretion, etc. Hence these three looks upon both your outer and inner health wholesomely in the body known as Yogavahi.
Ayurveda considers food as medicine and medicine as food and hence it vouches for the enchantment of ghee which flows in our food stream just like the holy river the Ganges flows through the soil of India.
Of all the oils humans can eat, the best is ghee - चरकसंहिता
Benefits of consuming Ghee
Across the world, it is estimated that around 42 million people suffer from cancer, just like metastasis the disease has started to spread rapidly. To prevent this, a healthy diet is a necessity as our lifestyle today is highly prone to cancer. ‘Ghee’ made by curd churning bilona process has a good amount of CLA, which reduces the growth of cancerous cells.
Enhances Skin Charm
Air pollution damages our skin every day and we use harmful chemicals such as sunscreen or moisturiser to protect it from the external environment, causing more harm.
Earlier when there were no skin conditioners or moisturisers, our elders used to rely on ghee for skin care as it makes the skin soft along with brightening the skin. People who eat ghee regularly and smear it on their skin look much younger than their contemporaries without the least or zero side-effects as it is natural.
Enhances Heart Metabolism
Although they say that fat is not good for health. Yet there are few kinds of fat which are a necessity for our body. Bilona Ghee has a rich variety of fats that are good for the heart. Desi ghee is made from the milk of free-ranging cows which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce bad cholesterol in the blood while boosting good cholesterol which further improves cardiac health.
Boosts Bone Growth and Repair
The intake of bilona ghee not only increases bone strength but also enhances immunity and stamina. Ghee is also a good source of calcium which is essential for bone growth whose deficiency may result in osteoporosis especially in women. It helps in the development of the brain by improving wisdom, memory, and intellect.
Eliminates Toxins from the Body
There are two kinds of toxins found in the body- water-soluble and oil-soluble. The water-soluble toxins are easily ejected from our body daily as we excrete waste fluid by sweating and urination. However, oil-soluble toxins secretion is a little difficult and very slow. Cow ghee made by bilona process fastens the process of oil toxins secretion and burns the fat readily.
Pro tip: Consume a tablespoon of ghee each day on an empty stomach and see a natural weight loss.