Health Benefits of Ghee (Clarified butter) – For Your Bones and Joints

When the chilly season sets in and temperatures start to drop, the tautness of joints, throbbing aches and dull pains throughout the body become a common affair for the young and the old alike, indicating how today’s generation is dealing with extremely worrisome and degrading bone and joints health. This is indicative of the fact that it is time for us to remember and reconstitute the use of the golden ingredient- clarified butter/ ghee in our staple diet. Let us enumerate the numerous benefits of this miracle fat so prized by our older generations.

 

ACTS AS A NATURAL LUBRICANT

In Ayurveda, arthritis is considered as a disease of excess ‘vata’, i.e. the air principle which increases as we age. It is responsible for eliminating moisture from our bodies and causing our joints to lose their natural lubrication. To counter this, this medieval study counsels ghee (clarified butter) on cranky joints while also administrating a healthy dose of it in the form of food to help relieve the pain, lubricate the ageing joints and drive out the stiffness caused by arthritis.

 

SOOTHES INFLAMMATION

The butyrate acid abundant in ghee helps in offsetting inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is the core cause of most major diseases including cancer, heart disease and arthritis so any measure adopted to counteract it will prove highly beneficial in the long run.

 

BOOSTS BONE HEALTH

As kids, we were fed a spoonful of desi ghee daily in order to boost up our immunity and make our bones stronger. This is because Desi ghee acts as an effective microbial, anti-cancer and antiviral agent. It is a storehouse of fat soluble vitamins that help in growth and development of the bones. It is also essentially rich in omega-3 fatty acids which prevent osteoporosis.

 

HELPS IN UTILIZING CALCIUM EFFECTIVELY

Get a daily shot of vitamins by this cooking fat. Ghee is a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins A, E, and K. All three of them are extremely necessary but when it comes to bone health, Vitamin K2 acts as an indispensable catalyst in the effective utilization of calcium in the process of building and strengthening bones  Studies have proven that it also helps protect us from tooth decay and plaque build-up.

 

GIVES AN ANTIOXIDANT BOOST

The process of oxidation produces free radicals in our body that are known to have a negative impact on our health. These free radicals have been linked to various ailments such as cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s inflammation of joints etc. Our body responds to the damage by a counteractive antioxidant system which is powered by the Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). Clarified butter provides a steady supply of this acid to our bodies when consumed regularly in health amounts. Certain studies have proven that CLA-enriched ghee boosts antioxidant enzyme activities in the blood and liver, providing relief from a plethora of health concerns.

Apart from being good for lowering blood sugar, Ghee or Clarified butter has many more benefits. You may read about them at the below links:

Health Benefits of Clarified Butter for Lowering Blood Sugar

Health Benefits of Clarified Butter or Ghee for Skin

Health Benefits of Ghee or Clarified butter for Hair

 


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