This pure source of cultured ghee comes from the absolute finest, organic, traditionally-made Ayurvedic ghee company in the United States, Ancient Organics Ghee.* Eating ghee from happy cows not only makes for happy taste buds, it supports the natural production of beneficial bacteria in your gut – the site of digestion and nutrient assimilation. According to Ayurveda, digestion is everything, so feed your digestive tract the food of the gods – beautiful, luminescent, golden ghee.
Serving Size: 1 Tbsp (15ml)
Servings Per Container: About 16
Ingredients: Organic Butter (Milk), Cultures
Lactose, Casein & Gluten Free
Certified 100% Organic by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF)
Store in a cool, dark area. Refrigeration is optional.
* The butter source for Ancient Organics Ghee comes from small family farms in Northern California. The sweet grasses and wildflowers of this coastal prairie create a unique diet for the cows which graze year round. This environment has one of the longest growing seasons in the US, allowing for maximum grass and pasture consumption. While the cows are out to pasture a majority of the year, some organic grain is used during the winter months to supplement the dried grass and silage provided. Their diet consists of about 75-80% forages, which include fresh grasses, silage, and hay. The other 20-25% consists of a variety of certified organic grains. All feed is non-GMO, organic and neither soy nor corn is used.
What is Ghee?
In India, ghee has always been a sacred and celebrated symbol of auspiciousness, nourishment, and healing; especially in the daily rituals of cooking and worship.
It is a premium cooking oil celebrated for its taste, nutritional benefits, and medicinal qualities. Ayurveda, the ancient medical science of India, recognizes ghee as an essential part of a balanced diet, and considers it to be the best fat one can consume. Ghee is the very essence of butter; the end result of a long, slow, careful clarification process that removes all of the moisture, milk solids and impurities. The absence of milk solids and water in ghee make it completely shelf stable. Ghee has a very high flash point at 485ºF, which make this oil the best choice for high-temperature cooking.
Ghee is comprised of full spectrum short-, medium-, and long-chain fatty acids, both unsaturated and saturated. It contains Omega-3 and Omega-9 essential fatty acids, along with vitamins A, D, E and K. Nine phenolic antioxidants, as well as numerous other minerals are present in ghee.
Ghee is known as a substance that gives longevity, its elemental qualities balance the aging characteristics by enriching the living body.
Ghee has been used for centuries as a digestive and elimination aid, for energy, sexual vitality, skin and eye health, as a lubricant for the joints and for alkalizing the blood.
The purity of ghee allows it to be deeply penetrating and nourishing as it passes through the lipid membranes of cells. For this reason, the vitamins and minerals from food cooked in ghee will be drawn deep into the body where they impart the most benefit. The assimilation of the nutrients increases when suspended in a ghee matrix. When you add spices to ghee when cooking, the flavor is carried deep into the food. Many herbal preparations use ghee as the carrier oil because of these characteristics.
You have probably heard by now that grass-fed is better than grain-fed when it comes to your meat or dairy products. Well, the differences might amaze you! Cows grazing grass pastures with no supplemental feed had a whopping 500% more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in milk fat than cows fed typical dairy diets. (1) When ghee is organic from grass-fed and pasture-raised cows, it is one of the highest natural sources of CLA on the planet.
CLA has numerous health benefits including boosting immunity, supporting healthy bone mass, overall cardiovascular health, and optimal weight. (2, 3) Perhaps CLA’s most well-documented benefit is its ability to help the body burn fat. Numerous studies suggest that the ingestion of CLA, short-term or long-term (6 months – 2 years), supports a reduction in the body’s fat mass index as a part of a regimen of calorie reduction. (4-6)
Worried About Saturated Fat?
Sadly, much of the science telling us for the past 30 years that saturated fats were bad for us was flawed. Cholesterol turns out to be good for us in the general “total cholesterol” sense, especially in light of what we were told to replace it with: carbohydrates and highly-processed fats. New research suggests that it is the size of both the HDL and LDL particles that determines cardiovascular risk. In fact, study after study has begun to unravel the association between certain saturated fats, such as those found in ghee, and increased cardiovascular health risks. (7, 8)
Butter shares the origin of its name with 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 the good microbes and much more.
As is turns out, the body loves this short-chain fatty acid so much that the microbes in our intestinal tracts make their own! Scientists have discovered a whole host of microbes that actually produces butyric acid in the gut. (9, 10) Those with superior digestion have shown to have higher levels of butyric acid in the gut. (11)
Additional benefits of naturally-occurring butyric acid: (10-12)
• Helps maintain gut homeostasis
• Supports intestinal epithelial cell integrity
• Decreases oxidative stress in healthy colon cells
• Supports the proliferation of beneficial bacteria in the gut
• Linked to histone deacetylation and overall intestinal health at the cellular level
Ghee in Ayurvedic Detox
Environmental toxins, such as pesticides, preservatives, heavy metals and industrial toxicants, are all fat-soluble or “lipophilic” (lipo = fat, philic = like). Such lipophilic toxins have been linked to hormone imbalances, immune system suppression, reproductive concerns, and many other health issues. (13, 14)
Ayurveda detoxifies these fat-soluble toxins by using a “lipophilic-mediated” detoxification procedure, where ghee is ingested to pull (detox) 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 9 different environmental PCB toxins and 8 pesticide toxins. They saw a decrease in 46% of the PCBs measured and a 56% of the pesticides measured. These results suggest that lipophilic-mediated detoxification may be effective in reducing body burdens of fat-soluble toxicants. (15, 16)