Butter For Better Health
The use of butter dates back to thousands of years when people started to domesticate animals. There is a reference to butter in the Bible as well as in Hindu mythology, which clarified butter has been used as a symbol of purity and was offered to gods in religious ceremonies.
Gradually at the turn of 20th century there arose a number of heart ailments and butter was targeted for the raise in cholesterol levels and choking of arteries. Butter consumption has considerably decreased by the health conscious people all over the world. Though the saturated intake has decreased to a great extent the rates of diabetes, obesity and heart ailments have surged alarmingly. Though mostly butter is made from cow or buffalo milk, it is also manufactured from the milk of other animals like sheep, goat, and yaks.
The butter made from cow milk is considered pure and healthy. It is helpful in curing many diseases like piles, cough, bloating of stomach, diarrhea and purifies the blood by removing impure substances. It is helpful in improving the skin condition and gives a glow to it.
SOME HEALTH BENEFITS AND NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF BUTTER
♦ Butter is rich in the most easily absorbable form of Vitamin A which is necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.
♦ Butter contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections. It acts as a good medicine for bruises, sores and inflammations on the body. Fresh butter gives a cooling effect to the skin.
♦ The butter that is made from goat milk improves eyesight, enhances appetite and gives strength to the body. It contains medicinal properties to cure tuberculosis, jaundice, diabetes and various kinds of eye diseases.
♦ Butter contains lecithin essential for cholesterol metabolism. It has become quite clear that it is not as bad for health as people have thought, as high cholesterol related illnesses are due to overconsumption of also simple carbohydrates. In small amounts dietary cholesterol is not dangerous and will rather contribute to children’s brain development and nervous system.
♦ The butter that is churned from cow milk contains sugar that cures many diseases and fevers.
♦ It contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage and protect against weakening of arteries.
♦ The clarified butter or cow ghee cures TB as well as gives strength.
♦ Bleeding piles can be cured by taking butter from cow milk, sugar and kesar mixed together. Piles can be completely cured if sesame seeds are taken along with cow ghee.
♦ A cist in the eye can be cured by applying cow ghee. It also maintains good vision.
♦ Butter is a great source of Vitamin E and K and vital mineral selenium.
♦ Saturated fats in butter have anti-tumor and anti-cancerous properties.
♦ Vitamin D in butter is essential for absorption of calcium and protects against tooth decay.
♦ Butter that comes from cows is a good source of iodine in highly absorbable form. Reducing diary intake also reduces iodine intake which is an essential micro-nutrient. Iodine contributes to normal functioning of most glands thus the systems they support digestion, immunity etc, especially butter obtained from the cows that graze on green grass.
♦ It is a source of quick energy and is not stored in our body’s adipose tissue. It relieves from tiredness.
♦ It protects against the gastronomical infections in the very young and the elderly.
♦ Its anti-stiffness factor protects against the calcification of the joints.
♦ Anti-stiffness factor also prevents hardening of arteries, cataracts and calcification of the pineal gland.
♦ Butter contains arachidonic acid, which plays an important role in brain function and is vital component of cell membrane. It is also linked to healthy kidneys and liver function.
♦ Saturated fats in butter are critical to lung function and protect from asthma.
So keep eating fresh butter and avoid eating margarine, shortening and spreads as there are myriad of unhealthy components to margarine and other butter imposters.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna