Butter has had a bad reputation and today, we’re writing in its favor! We have been lead to believe that butter is a bad source of fat, a fat that will clog our arteries and lead to many other health concerns. But please, rest assured that is not the case. Yes, butter is a saturated fat but our bodies, and most importantly our brain, needs saturated fat for optimum brain function and preservation. Butter, in moderation, has a laundry list of benefits. We often get the question, “how much butter can I eat?” We encourage people to listen to their bodies. We crave certain foods for a reason. It’s our body’s way of telling us we’re lacking something. If you are craving butter have some– try butter on steamed veggies or with mashed sweet potatoes, your body will thank you. Our only request is that you buy good quality butter, meaning organic butter– without hormones and antibiotics. If you are feeling adventurous try raw butter, Organic Pastures is a great brand. Happy spreading!
Some benefits of butter:
- Rich in Vitamin A, necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.
- Contains lauric acid, important in treating fungal infections and candida.
- Contains lecithin, essential for cholesterol metabolism.
- Contains anti-oxidants that protect against free radical damage.
- Has anti-oxidants that protect against weakening arteries.
- Is a great source of Vitamins E and K.
- Is a very rich source of the vital mineral selenium.
- Saturated fats in butter have strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties.
- Butter contains conjugated linoleic acid, which is a potent anti-cancer agent, muscle builder, and immunity booster
- Vitamin D found in butter is essential to absorption of calcium.
- Protects against tooth decay.
- Is your only source of an anti-stiffness factor, which protects against calcification of the joints.
- Anti-stiffness factor in butter also prevents hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland.
- Is a source of Activator X, which helps your body absorb minerals.
- Is a source of iodine in highly absorbable form.
- May promote fertility in women.
- Is a source of quick energy, and is not stored in our bodies adipose tissue.
- Cholesterol found in butterfat is essential to children’s brain and nervous system development.
- Contains Arachidonic Acid (AA) which plays a role in brain function and is a vital component of cell membranes.
- Protects against gastrointestinal infections in young children and elderly.
Dr. Alex Zaphiris