Buttermilk and its wonderful effects:
Butter milk is called “Takra” in Ayurveda. It is derived by separating butter by churning curd. This is low in fat and calorie.
Ayurveda uses buttermilk both to maintain health and to treat diseases
Properties of Buttermilk::
- Taste: Astringent, sour, and sweet
- Potency or energy: Hot
- Post digestive effect: Sweet
- Quality: Binding, light, dry
Health benefits of Buttermilk:
- It is useful in the treatment of inflammation, digestive disorders, spleen disorder, anemia and Vata imbalance related disorders.
- It is a great treatment for IBS and Crohn’s disease as it reduces hyper mobility of intestine.
- Buttermilk prevent heartburn, acidity etc.
- Buttermilk detoxifies body by cleansing the intestines, relieves constipation and reduces body heat and hemorrhoids.
- Buttermilk is a good source of vitamin B12, which is believed to help fight anemia and stress.
- Potassium is believed to help lower blood pressure like vitamin B12.
- Calcium and phosphorous in buttermilk are healthy for bones and teeth.
- Buttermilk is lower in calories and fat, so prevent weight gain, high blood pressure and diabetes.
- Butter milk can also be useful in edema, urinary diseases and many more.
- Natural bacteria in buttermilk helps replenish intestinal flora.
- Butter milk is usually sour in taste and acts as an astringent. (Due to this property butter milk helps in reducing pores caused byacne and pimples
How does buttermilk work in our body?
Takra cleanses the channels of circulation. These channels which cause transport are termed “strotas”. In Acharya Charaka’s opinion, buttermilk removes blockages and purifies the “strotas as a result of which rasa, the end product of digestion of food, reaches the tissues properly. It creates proper nourishment, strength, and complexion. It cures more than a hundred vata and kapha diseases.
Can regular use of buttermilk delay aging?
Due to saturation or ageing of strotas( circulatory channels) during old-age, the control systems of the body does not get adequate nutrients, which causes aging symptoms such as reduction of memory (dementia), reduced vision, wrinkles on the skin, graying of hair, etc. But those who take buttermilk regularly, slow aging by keeping srota clear, hence not depriving body from nutrition. Thus buttermilk keeps `Jara’ (oldage) and `Vyadhi’ (disease) away. Ayurveda treats buttermilk as an excellent food to keep cholesterol related problems miles away which help keep arteries flexible, blood pressure controlled and heart healthy.
How to prepare buttermilk?
Ayurvedic Buttermilk Ingredients:
Take ¼ cup of fresh yogurt, ¾ cupof water, pinch of rock salt , cumin and coriander leaves.
Method: Place the freshly-made yogurt in the blender and blend for three to five minutes. Add water, and blend again on low for three to five minutes. You will notice that a fatty foam has collected at the top of the yogurt. Skim it off with a spoon and discard. Repeat till the yogurt has become watery but still cloudy in color, you have made buttermilk.
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