I love Ghee, but I really, really love Ancient Organic’s Ghee. As far as healthy fats go its the one I can’t live without. It’s on the kitchen counter, in the bathroom and I even have a little travel container to take it with me wherever I go (obsessed totally, I know).
Okay, so first let me tell you why I love Ghee so much and what I use it for, then I’ll get into the specifics about why Ancient Organics Ghee is the only one for me.
What is Ghee? How is Ghee Made?
Ghee comes from butter (usually from cows, sometimes buffalo). First, it’s heated and purified - aka, clarified. Ghee is simmered longer than typical clarified butter though, which brings out a uniquely warm and nutty flavor and also gives it a high smoke point - meaning it’s GREAT for high heat cooking. Oils with high smoke points produce less free radicals. Free radicals = unstable atoms that cause damage to cells and add oxidative stress to our body (ie: accelerate aging, increase health issues etc.) Fyi, even though it comes from a dairy source when its clarified it becomes lactose and casein free.
The Many Benefits of Ghee
Beyond its high smoke point, Ghee has a TON of benefits. In ancient and modern Ayurveda (the traditional health system of India), Ghee has been used and revered for thousands of years. It is seen as a symbol of auspiciousness, nourishment, and healing. Modern science has now confirmed all of its health-giving miraculousness.
Ghee and Vitamins
Ghee is rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and D, which are all incredibly important.
Vitamin A (also commonly known as retinol) supports fertility and is essential for fetal development. Deficiencies in Vitamin A can reduce immune health (making you more susceptible to infections) and cause hair loss. It’s also a crucial vitamin for healthy vision.
Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin. It strengthens the immune system and supports bone health. It promotes the absorption of calcium and phosphorus, which are crucial to bone maintenance and density. Many people are slightly deficient in this essential vitamin due to the amount of time we spend inside, not soaking up the sunshine.
Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant. It supports healthy skin, new cell growth, and wound healing - all of which help prevent premature aging. This is its main job in the body - protecting all of your cells from oxidative stress and help them rejuvenate.
Ghee and Fatty Acids
CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), a powerful fatty acid, naturally found in Ghee has been studied for its ability to lower body fat, reduce cancer formation, reduce inflammation, and lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
It also contains butyric acid, which is so important for gut health. This fatty acid provides energy for the cells in your intestines and supports a healthy microbiome. It can be incredibly healing and soothing for people with leaky gut, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and food allergies.
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How To Use Ghee
I use Ghee on so many things. I cook with it whenever I’m going to be using high heat, but adding it to oatmeal is my all time fave. I put it in my golden milks to boost their antioxidant power. But, I also use it in some less common ways.
Since it’s rich in Vitamin A - aka Retinol, and Vitamin E - aka the skin healer and softener, it makes my skin feel and look amazing. It’s kinda like it imparts it's golden glow directly to my skin. It’s the best for rough patches, stretch marks, and scars - but also if you have dry skin anywhere on your body, including your face. Remember, retinol increases collagen and elastin production and reduces hyperpigmentation (uneven skin tone, sun spots etc.).
Lately, I’ve been using it as a deep moisturizing treatment for my hair - but I add essential oils so I smell flowery while I leave it in for an hour or so. I have a friend that even uses it as a natural lube!
Why Ancient Organics makes the Best Ghee
First - it tastes amazing, like better than any other Ghee, and there are a lot of reasons why. In 2003 two Ayurvedic practitioners founded the company, after being taught in India the traditional ways of making it. This team puts a lot of care and reverence into the process - from how they treat the cows, to the land that the cows graze on, to the packaging and production of the actual product. It shows.
Their commitment to quality is the highest. Really, this is artisan made Ghee. They clarify their Ghee over open flames in small batches and produced in a mantra infused and love filled kitchen. They source 100% Organic European-style sweet cream butter from Strauss Creameries in Northern California for production. Strauss pasture raises all their cows on beautiful, flower-filled and nutrient-rich soil farms along the northern California coast. These cows may very well be living their best life, grazing on lush grasses, peacefully looking over the Pacific Ocean. Then, there’s also this.
“At the Straus family dairy, they power their operation with electricity generated from methane from cow manure and power their warehouse with electricity generated from solar panels. They reuse 94% of the water from the creamery on the farm to generate electricity and to irrigate fields.” -Ancient Organics ancientorganics.com
Ghee - the Takeaways
Here are the important things to remember!
🖤 Use Ghee for non-toxic high heat cooking.
🖤 The essential fatty acids, CLA, and butyric acid are deeply nourishing for the digestive system and the good bacteria in your gut. They also support a reduction in body fat and may help prevent cancer formation.
🖤 Vitamins A, E, and D, which are naturally present in Ghee, support healthy vision, fetal development, a strong immune system and bones and radiant skin through moisture and new cell turnover.
🖤 Ghee can be used internally and externally. Use it to replace butter and other oils, but also use it for glowing skin and radiant hair - the vitamin A/retinol can help your skin produce more collagen and even skin tone.
🖤 Ancient Organics does it right. Their Ghee is grass fed and organic from cows living their best life!
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