Ghruta, a superior form of ghee, is one of the most important Ayurvedic substances.
Rich in digestible, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, including Omega 3s, butyric acid and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), as well as trace minerals, Ghruta delivers essential nutrients to the body while softening and nourishing all tissues.
Health Benefits of Ghruta
These are some of the most powerful health benefits that you can experience by beginning to consume Ghruta.
One of the most important ways Ghruta impacts the body is through the digestive system. Ghruta boosts the body’s agni, which is the Ayurvedic term for ‘digestive fire,’ but the term covers more than the assimilation of nutrients from food (although ghruta is known to aid in this directly by stimulating the secretion of stomach acids to improve the breakdown of food and enhance nutrient absorption).
Agni fuels ojas and tejas, and encourages the absorption of ethereal nutrition: prana, absorbed from sunlight and air. Ghruta is able to help encourage all forms of agni to function at their best.
The Rig Veda, an ancient collection of Sanskrit hymns, even states:
Streams of ghee caress the burning wood.
Agni, the fire, loves them and is satisfied.
Ghruta also lubricates the digestive system to maintain and repair the mucus lining of the stomach while delivering butyric acid, a short-chain fatty acid that inhibits the growth of bad bacteria and fuels the repair of the intestinal wall. This improves the overall functioning of the digestive system and – according to Ayurveda – proper digestion is essential to our well-being and longevity.
Boosts Immune & Lymphatic Systems
A person’s ojas is believed to be involved in their overall health, vitality, and well-being. Those with a high ojas are said to have more life force than others, and are less likely to develop diseases or immune problems.
Ghruta can help to restore ojas. In this sense, it is believed to be a strong immune booster.
Pure ojas is believed to be yellowish in color, have a sweet taste, and to smell a bit like fried rice – all qualities that this ethereal substance shares with Ghruta. This is further confirmed by the well-known Ayurvedic ideology that ‘like increases like’.
Ghruta is also believed to aid the lymphatic system by encouraging the movement of lymph fluid.
Aids Detoxification & the Excretory System
Ghruta can be very useful for helping the body excrete toxins. Ghruta increases rasa within oneself while penetrating the body’s tissues. As a result, Ghruta dislodges toxins (ama) and drains them into the gastrointestinal tract for elimination.
During an Ayurvedic detox regiment known as Panchakarma, a person will take larger doses of ghee internally every morning to prepare themselves for the purging process. They will be given daily Ghruta massages to help encourage the release of toxins from fatty tissues.
Panchakarma has been shown to help speed up the elimination of at least 14 different fat-soluble toxins. These toxins would normally remain in the body for quite a while, since the body is most efficient at removing only water-soluble toxins.
Enhances Reproductive Health
Ghruta helps prepare the body for conception by delivering nutrients, providing energy and keeping illnesses at bay. It also uniquely increases cholesterol, which is essential for the production of sex hormones that are critical for fertility.
In addition, Ghruta infused in Brahmi is often prescribed to pregnant women to aid in the mental development of their unborn child.
Fosters Cardiovascular Health
Ghruta is known to help improve cardiovascular health by regulating blood glucose and reducing the amount of LDL (bad) cholesterol in the blood. This is because Ghruta can increase the range of vitamins soluble in fat, like Vitamin E, preventing the oxidation of LDL. It also increases the secretion of biliary lipids.
Strengthens Bones, Joints & the Skeletal System
Ghruta promotes strong bone and joint health by delivering healthy fat–soluble vitamins, like A, D, E, and K. It can also help the body absorb calcium.
Supports Hormonal Health & the Endocrine System
Our hormones require a healthy source of fat to function well. Ghruta can help to ensure the proper functioning of these systems by supplying that fat. Furthermore, by acting as a nerve tonic, Ghruta can help reduce discomfort caused by overactive adrenals.
Improves Cognitive Function
Ghruta is often one of the main ingredients found in tonics and supplements developed by Ayurvedic practitioners to help restore or enhance cognitive health.
One of the reasons for this is because of Ghruta’s characteristic sweetness. Sweet tastes are believed to nourish nervous tissue and the brain, enhancing cognitive ability and communication between nerve cells.
In addition, saturated fat is essential for proper brain health and ghee is one of the highest-quality sources of saturated fat available. Saturated fats are essential for myelin sheathing, which helps neurons, axons and nerve cells fire and communicate properly. Ghee is also rich in cholesterol, choline and omega-3 fatty acids, which are vitally important brain nutrients.
Aged ghruta, which is generally more bitter and possesses more of a heating quality, is believed to be useful for helping to remove mental blockages. This could be useful for helping to remove trauma or barriers preventing one from seeking treatment.
Nourishes Skin, Hair, & Nails
As a potent regenerative agent, Ghruta is known to strengthen and improve the appearance of the skin, hair, and nails. It does this by promoting the growth of new, healthy cells.
Restoring Balance to the Doshas
Ghruta can also be used to balance the doshas. It’s tridoshic, but especially fantastic for managing imbalances of Pitta and Vata. Ghruta has soothing qualities that calms and nurtures the body and mind. It is particularly useful during autumn when Pitta and Vata can become easily disturbed. For those with a Kapha constitution, ghruta is best taken in smaller quantities for maximum benefit.
In addition to the numerous benefits Ghruta has on the systems of the body, it’s also important to note that Ghruta is rich in butyric acid and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which decrease inflammation and have been linked to the prevention and treatment of cancer. Ghruta also contains medium chain triglycerides that help the body achieve optimal weight.
Ultimately, Ghruta is a powerful medicinal substance with a vast array of health benefits. Its ability to assimilate herbal concoctions and heal the body is surpassed by very few other substances.
Reviewed by Dr. Jayant Lokhande, MD (Botanical Drugs), MBA (Biotechnology)