Can I Use Ghee (Clarified Butter) to Make Turmeric / Golden Paste?

YES, ghee or clarified butter can be used to make the golden paste as it contains healthy fats. Ghee enhances the absorption of turmeric and has other health benefits compared to some vegetable oils.

What is Ghee?

Ghee or clarified butter is a popular alternative to using cooking oil in many parts of the world. It is very popular in India. Turmeric has been used with ghee in many ways in India – Ghee is put in curries along with turmeric, ghee is also added to milk along with turmeric and so on.

Ghee can be a great healthy alternative to oil which is used in Turmeric Paste to enhance its otherwise low absorption. (Read: How to increase Turmeric’s absorption)

Now, let us discover the scientific aspect of why ghee can help in golden paste same way as oil does.

Why Ghee is a Great Alternative to Oil in Turmeric Paste

Ghee can be used because it’s not only healthy as healthy oils but helps in enhancing Turmeric’s absorption in the same way as oils do.

Can I use ghee clarified butter for turmeric golden paste

1. Ghee can improve availability of turmeric

The primary benefits obtained from turmeric are attributed to the presence of the active ingredient Curcumin. It is a known fact that turmeric and curcumin have poor bioavailability and fewer amounts of turmeric that is consumed is actually absorbed and utilised by the body. [1]

To overcome this problem, turmeric is consumed with certain bioenhancers and compounds which can increase the availability of turmeric.

Turmeric is poorly soluble in water but is soluble in lipids [2]. Therefore, it is advised to consume it with healthy fats and oils. These fats and oils also serve as a base for the golden paste and facilitate its intake.

In Ayurvedic system of medicine, it is usually recommended to consume turmeric with milk and fats like ghee. These combinations have been used for a long time to treat various ailments. [3]

Recent studies have found that consuming turmeric with lipids, phospholipids and in lipid-based nanoformulations, greatly increases the absorption of turmeric by the body. [4] [5]

Some studies have used turmeric with ghee, to enhance its bioavailability and assist in the treatment of health conditions.

In one such study, curcumin milk consumed with ghee resulted in elevated plasma concentrations of curcumin and enhanced bioavailability. This, in turn, increased the therapeutic effect and the anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic activity. [6]

Another study discovered the potential of using turmeric with traditional lipid vehicles like ghee (clarified butter) and milk. Clarified butter was found to increase the permeability of curcumin by about 10%. [7]

Thus, it can be said that consumption of ghee or clarified butter may facilitate turmeric absorption.

2. Ghee has healthy fats

Although turmeric is recommended to be consumed with lipids and fats for better utilisation, it is essential to determine the type of fats and oils used.

This is because several fats and oils contain high levels of cholesterol and unhealthy fatty acids which can disrupt the lipid profile. They can raise the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. High levels of these lipids is usually associated with diseases like obesity, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular ailments.

Several studies have shown that ghee does not raise cholesterol and triglyceride levels and decreases the risk of dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular ailments. [8] [9] [10] [11]

Compared to other vegetable oils like groundnut oil, sunflower oil, mustard oil [12] and soybean oil [13], it has more significant health benefits. [14] [15]

Ghee prepared from milk is preferred from vegetable ghee. This is because vegetable ghee contains lots of trans fats which increases one’s risk of cardiovascular diseases. [16] [17] [18]

Also, it is best to limit its intake and consume only in required amounts as increased intake of fats even from ghee can increase the risk of cardiovascular ailments. [19]

Oils like olive oil and coconut oil are also healthy alternatives as they mostly contain saturated fatty acids, beneficial for health.

How to use Turmeric?

If you are new to turmeric, here are some pointers to include turmeric in your life with ease.

Read: 100 Health Benefits of Turmeric  

How to use?

You can take turmeric powder, raw turmeric or turmeric supplements. We recommend using powder and raw turmeric rather than supplements.

One of the best ways to use turmeric is to make Golden Paste, one can make it using both powder (recipe here) and raw turmeric (recipe here).

How much to take?

You can start with 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder to start with and then slowly increase it to 1-1.5 tsp per day.

Read: Ideal Turmeric Dosage a Day

Which Brands are good?

You can buy any trustworthy powder brand (spice). Just make sure it does not have heavy metals and other possible contaminations. If you are confused, here is a list of recommended brands from our side.

Feel free to ask any queries on turmeric through comments section below. Do not forget to share your experience of using turmeric with Ghee or otherwise. !

Stay Healthy!

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