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Beyond Fish Oil: Fertility Benefits of Ghee

by Beth Heller

Ghee is a form of clarified butter used in Indian cooking. Butter is slow cooked until all of the water has evaporated and then the milk solids are skimmed off, leaving rich oil (ghee) that is solid at room temperature. Ghee does not require refrigeration and adds a deep, nutty flavor to foods. It has also been used as the base for traditional medicines for thousands of years. In the Ayurvedic system of medicine ghee is classified as a “sattvic” foods – a food that is fresh, light and provides the body necessary energy as well as promotes the expansion of consciousness.

Since a fertility-friendly diet contains ample calories from healthy fat we are always looking for new and delicious sources of this beneficial macronutrient. Now science is getting on board with ghee and new evidence suggests additional benefits unique to this delicious fat:

  1. Ghee is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), fats that go directly to the liver and can be used for energy. MCTs can provide immediate fuel in the without raising blood sugar levels the way that simple carbs do.
  2. Unlike many other oils ghee contains butyric acid, a fatty acid that the healthy bacteria in our gut can easily turn in to energy. By keeping our gut healthy we improve our body’s ability to digest and assimilate nutrients from food as well as efficiently eliminate waste.
  3. Ghee is thought to stimulate the production of gastric acid, which promotes digestion. In Ayurvedic medicine it is said that ghee feeds agni, the digestive fire. The stress, anxiety and uncertainty of infertility can dampen agni.
  4. Ghee made from the milk of grass fed cows is a good source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), a form of fatty acid which may have antioxidant and cancer-preventive benefits.
  5. Most individuals with dairy sensitivity or milk allergies can use ghee because the allergens in ghee have been removed with the milk solids.
  6. Sauteeing herbs and spices in ghee helps release the therapeutic substances found in those foods. The ghee becomes infused with them and speeds the digestion and absorption of these substances into the body.

Ghee can be purchased or you can ensure purity by making your own. We hope you will give it a try!

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