In case you haven’t heard… grass-fed butter is the new cream when it comes to your morning cup of joe.
A trend promising more energy, better focus, improved health and a sure fire way to kick your day into over-drive! Personally I enjoy a good cup of coffee and after learning more about the promising benefits of adding ghee (also known as clarified butter) to my morning drink I decided to test it and today I am here to share my experience thus far.
Yes,I know, Butter is animal based.
Here’s the thing…
Zuzana and I don’t label ourselves. We are on this journey to bettering our health and overall well being – experimenting, researching, testing and learning all to share it with you. Not to mention we have had many travels and teachings from the motherland India that support and give us a positive connection & reason to use Ghee.
In India, cows are treated as holy animals and are worshipped. They not only give them milk, even their waste is found to be of great medicinal use. You will find them roaming free in the streets, or as family “pets” (in which the mother and calf are kept together). When the calf needs the milk in the morning, it goes to its mother and asks for it. Then the cow naturally releases the milk and the calf consumes milk according to its requirement. After the calf is done, only then the cow is milked, then used or turned into ghee.
Maybe I have fallen for it, I don’t know? I am still learning. I do not in anyway want to support the massive milk industry and production. So please if you do choose to use Ghee, make sure it is ethically sourced. I usually bring some home from my travels to India.
However, if you cannot find good quality and ethically sourced ghee, or want a vegan option – simply use coconut oil.
A magic elixir, capturing media and society’s attention.
Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof coffee – combines coffee, unsalted grass-fed butter, as well as Brain Octane Oil or MCT Oil to create a foamy and healthy “kick start your day” elixir.
- 1 cup of high quality, organic coffee (brewed)
- 1-2 tablespoons Brain Octane or MCT oil
- 1-2 tablespoons *grass-fed, unsalted butter (Ghee) *Can also use Coconut Oil (vegan)
- Combine all three ingredients in a high-speed blender for about 20 seconds, until the drink takes on a frothy, foamy consistency.
- You may also like it as more of a latte - simply by adding some homemade nut-milk.
So what’s all the hype about?
Advocates of BPC claim it improves energy, mood, productivity and overall health. Saying it’s satisfying and kills hunger much more than regular old coffee, and replaces those empty calories with healthy ones. This not only creates sustainable energy (especially for those who normally skip breakfast) it also avoids those common coffee jitters. As your body works to digest these healthy fats, the delivery of caffeine slows down – allowing for more sustainable energy and clarity.
Let’s dig a little deeper…
High Quality Organic Coffee Is The Key
One day we read that coffee is so bad for us and the next it’s good. Why all the conflicting information?
From my research I came to understand that it comes down to what kind of coffee we are drinking.
This could be the game-changer.
People don’t realize it, but different processing methods introduce different amounts of potent toxins into the coffee. It depends on how much and how long the coffee is allowed to ferment and on how damaged the beans were before roasting.
So, how can you continue to drink coffee without ingesting harmful toxins?
By being very selective about the kind of coffee that you drink.
Start by choosing organic, wet processed (less toxins), and single estate beans.
Why choose single estate or single origin? Single origin is defined as a coffee that’s sourced from one single producer, crop, or region in one country. More than that, there is often a genuine connection between the farmer and the roaster in producing and sourcing the best quality bean.
Resources to help you avoid these toxins and choose a good coffee:
Brain Octane/MCT Oil (medium-chained triglycerides, which are healthy fatty acids.)
A supplement created by BulletProof [link] founder, Dave Asprey – Brain Octane claims to be 18 times stronger than coconut oil at delivering caprylic fatty acids to your brain. Caprylic fatty acids are thought to be responsible for cognitive energy, focus, concentration, and reduced “brain fog”. Many people use coconut oil for these benefits, which is great – however if you are looking to take it up a notch, Brain Octane is much more powerful.
Additionally caprylic acid is known for its, anti inflammatory, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Making it a healthy treatment for any condition. One of the most well known health benefits associated with the ingestion of caprylic acid, is its ability to treat the overgrowth of yeast-like fungus that can live and grow in your intestines, yet allowing beneficial bacteria to thrive. It is completely natural and doesn’t pose the same risks as harsh antibiotics or chemical treatments. While antibiotics can kill off all bacteria in the gut environment — both good and bad — caprylic acid can actually do the opposite, helping prevent an imbalance between the presence of various bacteria.
And guess what?
The higher the “good” bacteria, the stronger your immune system. And with a strong immune system you will likely have lower inflammation, less risk for allergies, improved hormonal health, and much more.
Interested in all the scientific, geeky stuff?
Grass-Fed Butter/Ghee/Coconut Oil
If you cannot find good quality and ethically sourced ghee, or want a vegan option – simply use coconut oil.
Ghee may be composed primarily of fats, however this clarified butter with a nutty flavour is known to be a true “ancient” health food and great addition to your diet. Many people think of fats as unhealthy calories, but the truth is that the body needs fat to function. Omega-3s (monounsaturated fats) are healthy forms of fat that can be found in ghee, in addition to other fatty acids like conjugated linoleic acid and butyric acid, both of which assist the body in performing optimally.
Let’s look at 10 benefits of this holy butter:
- Increases Digestion. Possibly the most well-known health property of ghee is the fact that it is an amazing agent for enhancing the digestive fire (agni). Ghee stimulates the secretion of stomach acids and in turn increases our ability to break down food. It also removes toxins and promotes elimination, both of which will help to increase one’s overall digestive capacity.
- Enhances the absorption of nutrients. Ghee not only helps to break down food matter, but also increase the ability of the intestinal wall to absorb vital nutrients.
- Enhances the healing properties of herbs. In Ayurvedic medicine, Ghee is a well known catalyst (anupana), which has the ability to drive the healing properties of the medicinal herbs deeply into the tissues. This increases the effectiveness and healing potency of the herbs dispensed.
- Increases vital Ojas in the body. Ojas is the subtle energetic force that is responsible for one’s energy, vitality and immunity. A person with healthy Ojas is soft, gentle, compassionate and patient. Ojas is also responsible for a healthy luster of the skin as well as a strong, healthy libido. Ghee will enhance all of these qualities when taken consistently in proper proportions.
- Heals the intestinal wall. Ghee is one of the highest sources of butyrate acid, a short-chain fatty acid. This healthy fatty acid is vital in the health of the intestinal wall, as it nourishes, heals and reduces inflammation of the gut wall making it ideal for disorders such as “leaky gut syndrome”, IBS, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Reduces the risk of colon cancer. Butyrate acid has been proven to be preventative to colon cancer, as it increases the healthy bacteria in the colon, removes the unhealthy and is responsible for the growth and regulation of colon cells.
- Lubricates the body, externally and internally. Ghee is a well-known treatment in Ayurveda for relieving dryness in the body, as it is oily and moisturizing by nature. Whether taken internally or applied externally, ghee has the ability to nourish and lubricate the tissues on a cellular level. This reduces dry skin, dry colon (constipation), inflammation and stiff joints while increasing luster, flexibility and promoting healthy elimination.
- Nourishes the brain and nervous system. It is known as a “medhya” substance as it increases mental reception, intellect and memory. It is beneficial for mental and emotional imbalances, as well as a depleted, sensitive nervous system.
- Powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Ghee possesses powerful anti-inflammatory agents – great for allergies, arthritis and autoimmune conditions. Chronic inflammation can cause many unwanted issues and if left untreated – inflammation soon leads to destructive disorders such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune conditions.
- Rich in fat soluble vitamins A and E. It also contains K2 and CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) – an antioxidant with anti-viral properties if it is sourced from grass fed cows. Phew… that was a long one!
At the end of the day, bulletproof coffee may be a great addition to a healthy balanced diet.
You just might have to give it a try and see if it’s right for you.
Just keep in mind – everything in moderation.
You can never have too much awesome 😉
Dedicated to your health and wellness-being,