15 Amazing Benefits of Ghee

Modern science now verifies what Ayurvedic health science has said for thousands of years: Ghee has a host of health and cooking benefits and is good for the mind and spirit.

I consider ghee—a form of clarified butter—an essential powerfood. Here are a few benefits I’ve found through my years of using ghee. (And if you’re new to ghee, here’s a tutorial for making homemade clarified butter.)

Great For Cooking and Taste

1. Ghee has a high smoke point (250 °C or 482 °F).
You can cook and fry with ghee and it will not break down into free radicals like many other oils.

2. Ghee does not spoil easily so it does not need refrigeration.
Some ghee mixtures last up to 100 years.

3. Ghee is not likely to affect people with a dairy or casein intolerance.
Ghee is made from butter but the milk solids and impurities have been removed, so most people who are lactose or casein intolerant have no issue with ghee.

15 Amazing Benefits of Ghee

High Nutrition:

4. Ghee is rich in the oil soluble vitamins A and E.

5. Ghee is rich in K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – an antioxidant with anti-viral properties if it is sourced from grass fed cows.

Energy and Weight Management

6.  Ghee is Nutritionally Rich Like Coconut Oil
Ghee is rich in medium chain fatty acids, which are absorbed directly by the liver (like carbs) and burned as energy. Athletes can use ghee as a consistent energy source.

15 Amazing Benefits of Ghee

7. Weight Loss
The energy from these medium chain fatty acids can be used to burn other fats in the system and lose weight.

Digestion and Immune Strengthening
Ghee (unlike other oils) is rich in butyric acid, a short chain fatty acid. Beneficial intestinal bacteria convert fiber into butyric acid and then use that for energy and intestinal wall support. A healthy body therefore makes its own form of ‘ghee’ but you can aid that greatly by consuming it.

8. Healthy Digestive Tract
Research shows that people with unhealthy digestive tracts do not produce butyric acid.

9. Healthy Immune System
Research shows that adequate production of butyric acid supports the production of killer T cells in the gut and thus a strong immune system.

10. Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Cancer

11. Strong Appetite
Ghee stimulates the secretion of gastric acid, thus aiding in the digestive process. Better digestion equals better health and weight loss.

Mind and Spirit

15 Amazing Benefits of Ghee

12.  Molecules of Emotion
Modern research is now revealing that negative emotions have a chemical nature. This is what ancient cultures have always maintained, that the mind and body are one. These chemicals are attracted to and stored in fat. Ghee can be used to replace those fats. Plus, if used properly in a cleanse, can attract and pull out these toxins so they can be cleansed from the body.

13. Positive Food
Within Ayurveda, ghee is considered one of the most satvic foods. Satvic foods promote positivity, growth and expansion of consciousness.

14.  Holy Cow
The positive subtle effects of ghee is said to come from the fact that it comes freely from cows. Cows are considered special or holy in many Hindu cultures. The milk from cows therefore contains the essence of all those energies and ghee is the essence of the milk.


Herbal Energizer

15.  Fry Your Spices in Ghee
Many of the medicinal properties of herbs and spices can be absorbed and transported to targeted areas of the body with ghee. This is why Ayurveda uses ghee in thousands of different herbal preparations.

You can do the same thing by frying your kitchen spices in ghee before adding them to your dishes.

Making and Storing Ghee

Ghee is made the same as clarified butter, but heated longer. Learn how to make ghee here.

The two things that will degrade ghee are water and sunlight.

  • Always store your ghee in a container with a good seal in the dark.
  • Ghee will last 2-3 months if you keep it in an airtight container.
  • When kept in a refrigerator, without opening, ghee can last up to a year.

Don’t Be Scared of Ghee

Ghee was once thought to be unhealthy because it is saturated, but research has now revealed the truth about fats and oils. Ghee is one of the seven healthy fats you need in your kitchen.

Recipes using Ghee:

Turmeric Rice and PotatoesMung Dal Soup
Dal and Rice
Cardamom and Coconut Rice Palau

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Written by Randy Fritz with Diana Herrington at Real Food For Life


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Ob Ka
Ob Ka10 months ago

this was very informative. I have ghee in the house.

Jenny G
Jenny Gabout a year ago

I'll need to investigate how to make ghee as it is extremely expensive to buy and only available in the health food shop.

Tania N.
Tania Nabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus C1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Rosslyn O.
Rosslyn O1 years ago

Thank you very much, I had no idea, just thought Ghee was bad for you...

Dana W.
Dana W.1 years ago

Eight sticks of unsalted butter will fill two, quart sized ball jars. If you use salted butter, that's fine, but the finished product will be grainy when it solidifies. If you use unsalted butter, you can add salt AFTER the one hour cooking process and it will not be as grainy. This is to be eaten on hot foods, or used for frying and cooking. If you try it when it's cool, on a piece of bread, it's not a good texture. Instead, put it on hot toast, hot potatoes, hot soups, etc.

Jim Ven
Jim V1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Sarah Hill
Sarah H1 years ago