Ghee is one of the most revered substances in the entire system of Ayurvedic medicine. Ghee is a valuable food that has a number of different medicinal and culinary applications. Ghee can be taken on its own or used to improve the power of other herbs and medicines.
As you might expect, many women are keen to use Ayurvedic ghee during pregnancy. In this article, we’re going to explain the benefits and important considerations.
Why Use Ayurvedic Ghee During Pregnancy?
Ghee has a number of specific benefits for pregnant women and can lead to an all around improvement in health and wellbeing.
Ghee Nourishes All Tissues of the Body
Ghee is known to nourish all of the tissues in the body for optimal cellular health and growth. Nourishing the tissues is important for a pregnant woman so she and the developing fetus can become strong and healthy.
Ghee Improves Immunity
Ghee is also a powerful immune booster. In fact, it’s said that ghee is the spitting image of ojas itself: light golden, nutty and sweet-smelling. Improving immunity is important in order to avoid illness during pregnancy.
Ghee is a Rich Source of Nutrients
Ghee is a rich source of healthy fats and some vitamins and minerals. Getting all of your essential nutrients is important when you’re pregnant, and ghee is a great source of the following very important nutrients:
- Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
- Omega-3s fatty acids
- Butyrate, a fatty acid that is known to heal and repair the stomach lining, soothe inflammation and improve immunity
- Conjugated linoleic acid, which has been found to combat cancer as well as cardiovascular disease.
Ghee Enhances Digestion
Ghee can help improve all facets of digestion. From stimulating agni to improving nutrient assimilation and reducing constipation, ghee offers a number of benefits that improves digestion during pregnancy, which improves all over health.
Considerations for Buying Ayurvedic Ghee During Pregnancy
It’s incredibly important to consider what you’re eating when you’re pregnant. All of the food that you consume travels through the umbilical cord directly into the fetus, so you need to make sure that you’re only eating high quality food. Fortunately, there aren’t any health risks associated with eating ghee. Not only is ghee safe, but it can nourish the baby and help strengthen its ojas.
The only thing you’ll want to consider when buying ghee is ensuring it’s high quality. You want to source your ghee from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows that have willingly given their milk. This ensures the ghee will be organic and free from pesticides, antibiotics, hormones or other harmful toxins. You may also want to consider buying ghruta – a superior form of ghee – that has been made according to hand-crafted Ayurvedic methods. This will ensure you’re treating yourself to ghee made from Indian Gir cows, which offer additional health benefits as well as spiritual benefits.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)