Ghee as been part of the Indian culture as an Ayurvedic medicine for many years where it has been used as medicine and food. But when we refer to this product, its origin can be from different sources and therefore, it will have different nutritional values. In this opportunity, we want to explain about the great health benefits that the camel ghee attribute to our lives and why you should use it instead of the ordinary butter.
Camel Ghee: What is it?
In general terms, ghee is clarified butterfat and is very popular in India. For its production, first is necessary to heat the butter and remove the foam formed on its surface and conserving the fat. Usually, cow’s milk butter or milk from goat is used, but upon discovering the health benefits of camel milk, nowadays camel ghee is gaining strength.
Unlike butter, that is, made with cow’s milk, which contains approximately 80 percent fat, camel ghee consists of only 2 grams of fat in 100 grams of milk, which represents 3% of daily requirements. All other components of this butter, such as proteins, lactose, and water, are removed during the production of camel ghee.
Effects of Camel Ghee on Health
Although fats, in general, are not considered healthy foods, camel ghee can certainly score with some positive health effects.
The search for more nutritious and healthy alternatives to common cow’s milk is leading to the dissemination of products that did not exist before or that were purely local. This is the case of camel milk, with which, the camel ghee is manufactured and was consumed for hundreds of years in North Africa and Asia and has already landed in the United States market, obtaining a great reception.
The properties of this product are extraordinary, with a vitamin C content five times higher than that of cow’s milk, an iron content ten times greater and the absence of those proteins responsible for the main milk-related allergies. Let’s see more details:
- Diabetes Improvement
An investigation of the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice showed that camel ghee from camel milk could be a complement to insulin treatment, as it improves long-term glycemic control and could reduce the dose of insulin in patients with diabetes Type 1.
- Improvement of Food Allergies
In a small study of eight children with food allergies published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Israel, it was found that camel ghee helps the person overcome serious food allergies, which were mainly related to foods derived from cow’s milk.
- Obtaining Beta Casein
Camel ghee contains beta-casein A2. Most of the cow butter from cow’s milk produced in the United States comes from Holstein and Friesian cows, which originate milk with beta-casein A1 instead of beta-casein A2. Beta casein A1 breaks down into an opioid peptide called beta-casomorphine-7 (BCM-7). It has been shown that BCM-7 can suppress the immune system, cause inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and contribute to the formation of atherosclerosis. It has also been implicated in the development of type 1 diabetes.
- Low Fat Ghee
Nutritionally, the camel milk with which camel ghee is produced is slightly lower in total fat and saturated fat, but equal to cow’s milk in total calories and protein. Camel ghee also has more iron and vitamin C than dairy products derived from cow’s milk.
- Essential Fatty Acids
Saturated fatty acids are an important source as a composition of camel ghee. There is a belief that this compound adversely affects the body causing the increase in cholesterol. Despite this, the health effects of camel ghee provide healthy saturated fats so that cholesterol is kept under control.
If you still have some doubts, let us give you more reasons to consume camel ghee:
- Camel ghee is not responsible for the free radicals formation.
- This positive fat can help to reduce the inflammation in the body.
- Camel ghee can help reduce/maintain cholesterol levels and reduce cardiovascular problems.
- One study has proven that can help reduce the psoriasis symptoms.
- Camel ghee reduces the formation of cancer cells.
The Importance of Camel Ghee According to Ayurvedic Medicine
In Ayurveda, camel ghee has been used for centuries due to its beneficial effects on the body, especially in cells, nerves and a positive impact on the skin.
According to the ancient health teaching of India, the Ghee camel can:
- Detoxify the body.
- It promotes digestion and metabolism, as well as helps with constipation.
- Stimulate appetite.
- Promote concentration.
- Help in wound healing and prevention of scars.
- It prevents anemia.
- It supports the immune system.
- Cells regenerate, rejuvenate and prolong life.
Camel Ghee: Nutrients
As we mentioned before, during the manufacture of camel ghee, water, lactose, and some proteins are eliminated. Despite this, vitamins and minerals are preserved and compared to butter from cow’s milk, in camel ghee their levels are higher.
This means that camel ghee is much more nutritious and healthy than any other butter. The vitamins found are A, D, E and K as well as minerals such as sodium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and iron.
Camel Ghee: Storage and Durability
Camel ghee does not necessarily have to be stored in the refrigerator, but this prolongs its shelf life. At room temperature, Camel Ghee can last for up to 9 months and in the refrigerator for about 15 months.
Ideally, you should always remove the ghee with a clean spoon to avoid contamination or mixing it with other products.
Camel Ghee: Uses
As for its uses in cooking, camel ghee is used to prepare a large number of dishes, both salty and sweet (for example it is widely used in oriental pastries). It brings a very special aroma and flavor, which give a different touch to the dishes. In addition, there is also the possibility of combining it with numerous spices. And it is even used very frequently in hot infusions, especially in the Ayurvedic diet
We invite you to try it, we know you will not regret it.