With lifestyle diseases and obesity on the rise, there’s a new super villain in the world of nutrition. Fitness enthusiasts and weight watchers tend to regard fatty foods not just as unhealthy, but almost as something that needs to be avoided like the plague. While we certainly need to be more conscious of what we put into our systems, not everything is black and white in the world of nutrition.
The truth is that some amount of fat is essential to any healthy diet. Moreover, there are different types of fats; some that need to be restricted, while others should be increased. Ghee has long been popular in Indian cooking and is widely used in traditional cuisine, including Indian sweets. Known as ‘ghrita’ in Ayurveda, it is regarded as ‘the best’ among lipid media, due to its quality of inheriting and enhancing drug potency. This makes it the perfect fat source to incorporate into your regular diet or to consume as an adjuvant medicine.
Depending on your health status and the presence of any medical condition, an Ayurvedic specialist may recommend the consumption of Ghee with regular food, in isolation on an empty stomach, and in specific dosages. The relevance of ghee to cope with modern lifestyle diseases becomes apparent from the following:
Ghee can be used as an effective cleansing agent or laxative. Despite the fact that it is an animal-based fat, studies have shown that even large doses do not increase the levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol, LDL. Instead, this increases the ‘good’ cholesterol HDL or does not alter the lipid profile at all.
As strange as it may seem, including ghee in your diet can help lower the risk of certain common conditions like atherosclerosis. This, in turn, makes you less susceptible to complications like strokes and heart attacks. The intake of ghee helps as it facilitates the absorption of fat soluble vitamins like vitamin E, which helps prevent oxidation of LDL in the sub-endothelial space of arteries.
While the obesity epidemic attracts all the coverage, there are still plenty of people who have dangerously low levels of body fat, sometimes because of malnutrition, but also because of certain health conditions. Ghee is often recommended to such individuals for bulk and weight gain. This can help address any deficiency of fats and fat-soluble principles. Moreover, even though LDL has received ill repute as ‘bad’ cholesterol, it is essential in its non-oxidized form as it helps in the formation and repair of cell walls.
Many enzymes and hormones are also released and activated by lipids in the GI tract and blood. Ghee stimulates biliary secretion and contraction of the gall bladder. It nourishes GI mucosa, lubricates it, enhances the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, and strengthens the colonic flora of useful microbes.
These uses make it abundantly clear that ghee can be used to great effect if administered in suitable doses. It can not only help reduce the toxicity of certain medications, but can also enhance absorption, transportation, and bio-availability of certain drugs. If you are unsure about how to incorporate Ghee into your regular diet and the appropriate, consult an Ayurvedic specialist for advice.