What is epigenetics you may ask? Well, we have our genes, our genome, the genetic code that has the instructions to make sure we are humans and not oaks. But then we have our phenome, which are the instructions on how those instructions are read and then manifested.
Epigenetics is how Your Genes are Expressed
Imagine if you had a huge cookbook with all the recipes and instructions to make every soufflé possible. All those instructions together would be the soufflé genome. However, you knew some tricks to make an extra-amazing soufflé, like little changes in heat and/or in the timings, so when you went through the instructions, you decide to skip a few steps and add some of your own that you had written in the border of the page. The instructions are the same, but the specific way how those instructions are “carried out” are the phenome, or sometimes called the epigenome. And if you do it right, you make the best soufflé you can possibly make.
For more information on epigenetics please see the article I wrote on this topic.
Positive Epigenetics is Perhaps the Single Most Important Wellness Facet
To some extent, generating positive epigenetics is the most important facet of wellness. We want to create positive epigenetic events, and there ways to this, including using certain herbs like Tulsi, Ginger and Turmeric. Science has recently recognized that Ghee and Butyrate are two of the more positive epigenetic substances, which totally makes sense. One of the ethnopharmacological “heralds” of this in the ancient traditions is when an herb or food is pronounced to radically support longevity. To live a long and healthy life your bodymind has to continually be making positive epigenetic choices to counteract the effect of aging on our genetics.
And my friends, one of the coolest things here is that you pass your epigenome down to your kids! So if you really take care of yourself, you pass a better collection of gene expression to them. Your choices in your life can change your bodymind at the genetic level, but they can help evolve the human species. It is a very sweet gift to give your children.
Only True Ghee is Ghee
When I mention Ghee here, remember, I am referring to ‘True Ghee” only, meaning the ghee made in small artisan-like batches by simmering the butter churned from the yogurt or the milk of free-range drug-free cows that consume a diet of organic grass and wild herbs. My friends, there are several examples of “industrial Ghee” on the market in both India and the USA that are simply not Ghee and are not useful for anything that I mention here.
Research Shows that Ghee Supports Positive Epigenetic Changes
One set of researchers have said (paraphrased here because we can’t mention anything about disease on per a law called DSHEA enforced by the FDA, so bear with me. Basically I have re-written it in terms of wellness instead of in terms of disease):
To counter the age-related biases and support healthy blood sugar, healthy heart and healthy cellular life/death cycles we must support healthy epigenetic modifications, where accumulation of minute changes in the epigenome over time leads to the maintenance of wellness. Epigenetic changes are influenced by life style and diets. This represents an avenue whereby dietary components could accelerate or prevent age-related diseases through their effects on epigenetic modifications. Dietary components, such as the butyrate in Ghee, sulforaphane in Onion family foods, and the curcumin in Turmeric, have been shown to positively enhance epigenetic changes, and their health benefits are attributed, at least in part, to epigenetic modifications. Given the decades that it takes to accumulate epigenetic changes, it is unlikely that pharmaceuticals could undo epigenetic changes without side effects. Therefore, long term consumption of dietary components that can alter the epigenome could be an attractive means of the maintenance of True Wellness. The goal of this review is to highlight the roles of diets and food components in epigenetic modifications.
It is a great, thorough and free article and I recommend that you download it. They showed how the Butyrate in ghee is an extremely important facet of inducing positive genetic change, especially when taken in the context of a diet that is low in starches, having a low glycemicindex, and high in herbs like Turmeric and Green Tea.1
Intuition plus Tradition plus Western Science Conformation
Epigenetics as a concept may be new to you, but the truth is that there is so much common sense here. You know innately what is going to change your life for the better, and these technical articles are just a confirmation of that. I support you merging your intuition with tradition with Western Science confirmation!
What is Truly Good for You is Good for the Planet
I really love to study what creates positive versions of these changes and what creates negative versions of these changes. Sharing this knowledge is a great way to support ‘The People” because invariably what is good for ‘The People” is good for ‘The Planet.”
Thank You and All the Best
- Tho X. Pham and Jiyoung Lee; Dietary Regulation of Histone Acetylases and Deacetylases for the Prevention of Metabolic Diseases; Nutrients. 2012 December; 4(12): 1868–1886.