Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Health Benefits of Butter

Greetings, wellness lovers!

Today I wanted to share with you some interesting information about real butter! Yes, you read correctly... butter, something I am sure you have been conditioned to avoid or greatly reduce in your diet, as most Americans have been.

For detailed information about the health benefits of butter, and to understand the studies that have been challenging the lipid hypothesis, I recommend checking out the articles under "further reading" below. :)

What are the health benefits of butter?
  1. Butter is rich in the most easily absorbable form of Vitamin A necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.
  2. Contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida.
  3. Contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
  4. Contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage.
  5. Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
  6. Is a great source of Vitamins E and K.
  7. Is a very rich source of the vital mineral selenium.
  8. Saturated fats in butter have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
  9. Butter contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster
  10. Vitamin D found in butter is essential to absorption of calcium.
  11. Protects against tooth decay.
  12. Is your only source of an anti-stiffness factor, which protects against calcification of the joints.
  13. Anti-stiffness factor in butter also prevents hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland.
  14. Is a source of Activator X, which helps your body absorb minerals.
  15. Is a source of iodine in highly absorbable form.
  16. May promote fertility in women.9
  17. Is a source of quick energy, and is not stored in our bodies adipose tissue.
  18. Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children's brain and nervous system development.
  19. Contains Arachidonic Acid (AA) which plays a role in brain function and is a vital component of cell membranes.
  20. Protects against gastrointestinal infections in the very young or the elderly.
Source: The 20 Health Benefits of Real Butter, Body Ecology

Further Reading

1. "Why Butter is Better" by Sally Fallon and Mary C. Enig, PhD
2. "The Skinny on Fats" by Sally Fallon and Mary C. Enig, PhD