You’ve probably heard that grass-fed is better than grain-fed when it comes to meat and dairy products. Well, the differences might amaze you!
Cows grazing in grass pastures with no supplemental feed had a whopping 500% more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in their milk fat than cows fed typical dairy diets.4
When ghee is organic from grass-fed and pasture-raised cows, it has one of the highest sources of CLA on the planet. CLA has numerous health benefits, including supporting:2
- healthy liver function
- healthy bone mass
- glucose metabolism
- optimal weight
- cardiovascular health
- antioxidant activity
Perhaps CLA’s most well-documented benefit is its ability to help the body burn fat.1, 2 Numerous studies suggest that ingesting CLA, short- or long-term (1 year or more), significantly reduce the body’s fat mass index.4
Our previous grass-fed ghee supplier, Purity Farms, was bought out by a big corporation and they cannot guarantee that their ghee is 100% grass-fed anymore, so we found a new source of ghee from the absolute best, organic, traditionally-made, small-batch Ayurvedic ghee company in the US: Ancient Organics.
Not only can you taste and smell the difference, but their ghee:
- comes from grass-fed, pasture-raised, happy cows.
- is organic and free of pesticide, antibiotics, and hormones.
- is made from cultured milk cooked in small batches over an open flame according to Ayurvedic standards.
Ghee is one of the crown jewels of Ayurvedic medicine. It is a delicate, aromatic saturated fat that is solid at room temperature and melts into liquid as it warms. Ghee is made by boiling off the milk solids (casein, whey, and lactose) from unsalted butter, leaving a very unique blend of heart-healthy short-, medium-, and long-chain fatty acids. Without the milk protein and milk sugar, ghee is devoid of growth factors that typically cause milk allergies, inflammation and weight gain.
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Worried About Saturated Fat?
Sadly, much of the science for the past 30 years telling us that saturated fats were bad was flawed. Cholesterol turns out to be good for us in the general “total cholesterol” sense. It is the size of both the good (HDL) and bad (LDL) particles that determines cardiovascular risk.
Study after study has now negated any association between healthy saturated fats, such as ghee, and cardiovascular issues.3
The World’s Best Cooking Oil
With one of the highest flash points (485°F) of any cooking oil, the creation of free radicals and oxidized molecules from high-temperature cooking is prevented.
While we think of ghee as a food, according to Ayurveda, it is a powerful medicine. Ghee is loaded with heart-, brain-, and skin-healthy omega-3 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, along with all the fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), minerals, and at least nine phenolic antioxidants.
The Ghee-Producing Microbe
Butter gets its name from a fatty acid called butyric acid, and ghee, which is concentrated butter, is the highest known food source of butyric acid. Butyric acid is the primary fuel for the cells of the colon, boosts immunity, feeds good microbes, and much more.
As is turns out, the body loves ghee, or butyric acid, so much that the microbes in our intestinal tracts make their own! Scientists have discovered a microbe that actually produces ghee or butyric acid in the gut. This microbe, Clostridium butyricum, has been used in Asia as a probiotic since the 1940s. It lives naturally in the small and large intestine of healthy folks. Those without great digestion were found to have less butyric acid production in the gut.5 Today, numerous butyric acid producing bacteria have been identified in the human gut.12
Benefits of butyric acid production from Clostridium butyricum7
- Helps digestion
- Maintains integrity of gastrointestinal mucosa.
- Blocks growth of bad bacteria in the gut.
- Interferes with growth of highly toxic bacteria.
- Helps growth of beneficial bacteria like bifidobacteria.
- Helps loose bowel function and regulates abnormal bowel movements.
- Helps adjust water and electrolyte concentration of the intestinal tract.
According to one study, the best sources of Clostridium butyricum are potato skins, yogurt, and cream.8
In another study, the short chain fatty acid (butyric acid) produced by Clostridium butyricum supported health of intestinal mucosa and normal bowel function in inflammatory bowel conditions.8
In another very comprehensive study in the journal Diabetes, butyric acid production in the gut was found to deliver a host of remarkable benefits that extend far beyond the gut.9
Benefits of Butyric Acid Beyond the Gut
- Increases insulin sensitivity.
- Supports healthy levels of both good and bad cholesterol.
- Increases energy production and efficiency of energy utilization.
- Reduces fatty tissue.
- Reduces hunger levels.
- Boosts killer T cell activity.
- Increases thermogenesis.
This study also reminds us that we can make our own butyric acid in the intestinal tract by feeding the microbes, such as Clostridium butyricum, who make it. This can be achieved by including large amounts of fiber in the diet.
I have written extensively on the importance of increasing your intake of healthy fats and fiber—do you see why now?
The Science of Ghee in Ayurvedic Detox
Environmental toxins, such as pesticides, preservatives, heavy metals, and industrial toxins, are all fat-soluble or “lipophilic” (lipo = fat, philic = loving). Such lipophilic toxins have been associated with hormone disruption, immune system suppression, reproductive disorders, several types of cancer, and other diseases.10, 11
Ayurveda detoxes these fat-soluble toxins by using a lipophilic-mediated detoxification procedure, where ghee is ingested to pull or chelate fat-soluble toxins from the body.
Based on the Ayurvedic approach of using ingested fats to detoxify environmental toxins, there have been studies showing impressive results. In one study with 88 subjects, 48 of them underwent a 7-day detox of ingesting ghee while on a no-fat, -meat, or -dairy diet. The researchers measured nine different environmental PCB toxins and eight pesticide toxins. They saw a decrease in 46% of the PCBs measured and 56% of the pesticides measured.6, 7 These results suggest that lipophilic-mediated detoxification may be effective in reducing the body burden of the fat-soluble toxin all around us.10, 11
Ayurveda suggests a ghee-based detox every spring and fall.
Benefits of a Ghee-Based Detox
- Flushs liver and gall bladder
- Resets natural ability to burn fat as a primary fuel
- Chelates, pulls, or detoxifies stored fat-soluble toxins and environmental pollutants
- Repopulates the gut with butyric acid and butyric acid-producing bacteria
- Resets the body’s upper digestive strength
- Supports healthy lymphatic flow as good fats (ghee) are processed via the lymph
- Restores healthy intestinal tract lining
- Delivers needed fats to body’s massive amount of inner and outer skin
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Additionally, there many Ayurvedic practices, including daily oil massage, mouth swishing with oil (oil pulling), ear oil, and other techniques, based on the idea of lipophilic-mediated detoxification, which demand further investigation. Ghee can be successfully used for all of these practices and so much more.
Have you tried Ancient Organics ghee yet? What do you think?