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Ghee

"Your interactions [with food] have the power to create or eliminate physical blockages and mental fog,

support of distort the flow of prana, shorten or prolong your life. It takes effort."

 

- Divya Alter

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Ghee is one of Ayurveda’s most powerful healing tools. 

 

Beyond being a versatile cooking oil, this magic gold substance boasts many nurturing and cleansing properties, including micronutrients, antioxidants and vital fatty acids, all of which are delivered without the milk protein and lactose that regular butter contains. 

 

At Divya’s we make and promote what we believe to be the best form of ghee—”cultured” or “prebiotic” ghee. This type of ghee starts with cream that comes from organic, grass-fed cow’s and is then infused with beneficial bacteria, which makes it easier to digest, thus promoting overall health.  

Ancient Ayurvedic texts have a lot to say about the benefits of ghee, but modern research also shows it to have: 

  • omega-3 and omega-9 essential fatty acids, which support heart health and cognitive function.

  • an increased delivery and absorption of Vitamins A, D, E and K.

  • phenolic antioxidants that protect the body from growth of undesirable bacteria.

  • numerous minerals that support enzymatic processes.

  • fatty acids (like butyric acid and conjugated linoleic acid) that support a healthy intestinal lining while feeding beneficial bacteria.

  • a very high smoke point of 485°F, making it one of the best (most stable) oils to use for cooking.

 

In Ayurveda, cleansing with cultured ghee helps to improve the strength of our digestive system by boosting our body’s ability to detox. A few reasons to cleanse with cultured ghee include:

  1. Detoxification: Ingesting ghee triggers the flow of bile in the liver as the ghee’s long-chain fats are broken down.. Not only does the body use this process as fuel, which reduces hunger, it also helps to purge the liver, gallbladder and bile ducts by binding fat-soluble toxins.

  2. Healthy Gut Flora: The main fatty acid in ghee, butyric acid, supports the growth and maintenance of healthy bacteria in the large intestine. In turn, our digestive system supports our body’s overall immune response. The butyric acid in ghee means a healthier intestinal immunity, reduced intestinal inflammation and an increase in the successful absorption of nutrients.

  3. Healthy Heart, Healthy Weight: As a natural source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), ghee has been shown to contribute to the health of the heart, bones, blood sugar and metabolism through a natural antioxidant response.

  4. Balanced Moods: The health of our gut has a profound impact on our mental health. The increase in healthy intestinal bacteria means an increase in emotional stability and our ability to process stress.

  5. Cell Repair: The same butyric acid that helps our flora is also vital to building new cells, repairing cellular damage and fighting the aging process.

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