Clarified butter made from the milk of a buffalo or cow that usually finds its place in the South Asian and Middle Eastern dishes, curries and is often applied on the top of flatbreads is known as Ghee. Mostly used in the Indian Subcontinent, scientifically Ghee is the butterfat left over after the milk solids and water are separated out from the butter. While in most cases people prefer to distance themselves from consuming ghee in order to lose weight, very few know that Ghee actually helps in weight loss along with benefiting you in many other ways.
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Benefits of Ghee
- Good source of Vitamin A, E, D and K
Being a good source of Vitamin A, Ghee proves to be a very good product for helping eyes adjust to the light changes without straining them. The abundance of other Vitamins like E, D and K also result in an improved immune system, stronger bones, preventing sore muscles and blood clotting.
- Helps burn fat cells
Loaded with essential amino acids that help the fat cells to initiate the burning process in order to provide energy to the body, Ghee proves to be one of the best and quickest sources to burn the fat cells thereby losing weight.
- Acts as a lubricant
Originating from milk fat, Ghee retains its properties of being a lubricant. A good and effective solution for soothing the joint pains and other body aches, Ghee is said to lubricate the joints of the human body, when consumed or applied directly.
- Helps stimulate gastric juices
Rich in nutritional content, some studies have also found that Ghee is quite useful to further the digestion process of the human body. Ghee helps to stimulate the stomach acids that are responsible for breaking down the food thus aiding in digestion.
- Natural Moisturiser
Consumption of ghee ensures that we get the essential fats present in ghee thereby ensuring a healthy skin not just from the outside but from inside too. It acts as a natural moisturiser for our skin to keep it soft and graceful.
How Does Ghee Help in Weight Loss?
By burning excess fat and reducing the amount of fat made in the human body, Ghee helps boost the process of weight loss, if consumed in the right proportion. Full of essential amino acids that mobilise the fat and shrink it, Ghee is packed with Omega-6 fatty acid conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) that help increase lean body mass as well as reduce the fat body mass. Apart from this Ghee also contains Omega-3 fatty acids which can help you shed that extra weight.
How To Consume?
While the nutritionists recommend restricting the consumption of ghee to 2 tsp a day but the consumption can be done according to the below-listed methods:
- To lubricate the nasal airway passage, enhance breathing and cure a dry cough, consume one teaspoon of cow’s ghee with warm water every day.
- Consuming 1 or 2 tsp of ghee every morning on an empty stomach helps to improve blood circulation, prevent hardening and blockage in arteries and reduce the free radicals accumulated in the body cells.
- Consumption of ghee along with rice or Indian flatbreads will improve the digestion process and boosts the absorption of nutrients from food.
- Consuming excess of ghee is bad for your health. To see the best results, limit your ghee intake to moderate quantities of 1 or 2 tsp a day.
- Exercising along with consuming ghee will not only help in weight loss but will also ensure the movement of the lubricated joints and reduce the pain.
“If you consume a large amount of hydrogenated ghee (Buffalo Ghee) it will lead to thickening of arteries, accumulation of fats in the body and decreased metabolism,” says Dr Vrunda Lotlikar a Medical Consultant at Birla Ayurveda.