Health Benefits

There’s a lot of talk about Camel Milk being the next big superfood. So what’s the big deal with it? Why is it so special? Well firstly, Camel Milk’s numerous medicinal properties have benefited camel herding tribes and Bedouins for centuries. Regarded as a staple part of their diet, they have used it not only as a drink, but as a total food supplement, due to its high nutritional value and content. Despite the harsh and arid conditions Bedouins live in, it is well known that they can survive for a couple of months on Camel Milk alone, an indication of its true value and potency.

Secondly, others have often referred to Camel Milk as “white gold” because of its all round health benefits. In Africa, the Middle East and Asia they have known about its curative properties for years.

Thirdly, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has ranked Camel Milk as the No.1 healthiest animal milk. Here at Camelsmilk UK we’ve tried to cut through all the information out there to give you our very own, definitive top 10 Camel Milk health benefits. Read on.

health_diabetesCamel Milk has a wealth of nutrients, including insulin, which is an essential component of human health. Insulin and glucose balance is very important for the prevention of diabetes, making Camel Milk a potential natural solution for diabetes, eliminating the need for insulin injections if a steady stream of camel milk is included in the diet. If used as a preventative measure, Camel Milk could also prevent you from developing the disease in the first place.

This claim is backed up by research on diabetes which has indicated that an insulin-like protein has been detected in Camel Milk (Beg, 1986). Clinical trials in human Diabetes Type 1 have shown that the daily consumption of 0.5 litre Camel Milk reduces the need for insulin medication by an average of 30% ( Agrawal, 2005 314kb). In addition comparative physiological studies carried out in Israel (Zagorski, 1998 59kb) and Germany (El-Mahdi, 1997) demonstrated the anti-diabetic properties of Camel Milk.

The Huffington Post cites a 2005 study by India’s Bikaner Diabetes Care Research Centre that observed the effects of Camel Milk on type 1 diabetes. Researchers determined that consuming Camel Milk significantly reduced insulin doses required to maintain long-term glycemic, or blood sugar, control. According to lead researcher Dr. R.P. Agrawal, 500 ml of raw, fresh camel milk daily improves the lives of diabetics due to an insulin-like protein that is absorbed rapidly and does not coagulate. However, Agrawal also stated that insulin remains the most efficient treatment for diabetes, unless it is not an option.

Finally, some recent studies suggest that Camel Milk also has a positive effect on Diabetes Type 2 patients. Studies in India show that regular consumption of Camel Milk helps in reducing the required amount of insulin injections, which improves quality of life.

health_autismThe high concentration of unique organic compounds in Camel Milk has been known to have particularly powerful effects on the neurological system, and can even prevent certain autoimmune disorders. Numerous case studies have shown that autistic symptoms have been lessened or erased completely when Camel Milk was taken regularly. The exact pathways are unknown, but this is a potentially invaluable new remedy for a tragic affliction.

Some Camel Milk proponents believe that it might benefit people with Autism. A study published in the 2005 edition of the “International Journal of Human Development” observed the effects of Camel Milk consumption, instead of Cow Milk, on autistic people. Researchers discovered that after a 4-year-old female participant drank Camel Milk for 40 days, her Autism symptoms disappeared. A 15-year-old boy also recovered after 30 days of drinking the milk. In addition, several autistic 21-year-olds consumed Camel Milk for two weeks and were observed to be quieter and less self-destructive. However, the journal stated that further work was required in this area.

In another fairly recent study conducted at King Saud University, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, researchers compared the effectiveness of Camel Milk vs Cow Milk on 60 autistic children (aged 2-12) over a two week period. From the group of 60 children, 25 were given raw Camel Milk, 24 received boiled Camel Milk and 11 received Cow Milk as a placebo. At the start of the study an analysis of blood levels for the group showed the presence of low levels of antioxidants in all children. However, it is interesting to note that by the end of the study the children in both Camel Milk groups showed a significant reduction in oxidative stress, as well as an improvement on the behavioral and cognitive tests for Camel Milk and Autism. The key point here is that free radicals produced by oxidative stress could play a role in different neurological disorders, including Autism.

health_immuneThere are a surprisingly high level of proteins and other organic compounds in Camel Milk, some of which have powerful antimicrobial abilities. This means that Camel Milk can help to boost the immune system and keep us healthy from the inside and outside.

The potent immune-system components in Camel Milk might help fight diseases. Purportedly, the small size of the immunoglobulins, or antibodies, found in Camel Milk enables easy targeting and penetration of foreign disease-causing substances, called antigens, for destruction by the immune system. People with autoimmune system disorders, such as Crohn’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis, have immune systems that attack their own body tissues. Although traditional treatments for autoimmune disorders suppress the immune system, Camel Milk benefits these disorders by boosting it, according to Israeli physiology professor emeritus, the world renowned Dr. Reuven Yagil, a leading expert on Camel Milk. Despite conventional wisdom, Yagil asserts that his observations over a five-year period indicate that Camel Milk can control or even heal autoimmune disorders, but it is true to say that further work in this area is required.

health_circulationThe high iron content found in Camel Milk makes it ideal for preventing Anaemia. Iron is a crucial component of red blood cells, which means that Camel Milk can increase circulation of the blood and oxygenation of the body’s organ systems and extremities. Following childbirth, injury, or a period of malnutrition, Camel Milk can significantly help maintain health.

health_autoimmuneThe high concentration of unique organic compounds in Camel Milk has been known to have particularly powerful effects on the neurological system, and can even prevent certain autoimmune disorders such as Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Autism.

health_cancerResearch carried out by Dr Hosam Habib and Dr Wassim Ibrahim (UAE University) on the benefits of Camel Milk over Cow Milk surmised the following in relation to cancer:

“With triple the amount of vitamin C that cow milk has and its anti-colon cancer properties, Camel Milk is a healthier alternative.

Proponents of the Paleo diet have long said humans should not drink cow milk, for reasons including its inflammatory properties. “Because of this anti-inflammatory effect, Camel Milk can also prevent colon cancer,” says Dr Habib. “The anti-inflammatory effect is the anti-cancer effect.”

Dr Habib’s team examined the functional properties of Camel Milk lactoferrin, the main iron-binding protein of the milk, which showed a 56 per cent decline in cancer growth when applied to cancer cells.

health_allergyCamel milk has been connected to reducing allergic reactions in those who regularly consume it. Furthermore, Camel Milk does not cause the same sorts of lactose intolerance reactions of cow milk, as it has a significantly different chemical makeup.

Camel Milk lacks two powerful allergens found in cow milk and contains immune system components that might benefit children allergic to milk and other foods. A study published in the December 2005 edition of the “Israel Medical Association Journal” investigated the effects of Camel Milk on eight children with severe milk and other food allergies. After failing to respond to conventional treatments, study participants consumed Camel Milk under the direction of researchers. Daily progress reports indicated that all eight children fully recovered from their allergies with no side effects. In fact, researchers stated that results were spectacular when compared with traditional treatments. Disease-fighting immunoglobulins in Camel Milk were believed to play a key role in reducing allergic symptoms; however, further scientific research is needed to sufficiently prove the effectiveness of Camel Milk in treating allergies.

In summary, there appears to be no known allergies to Camel Milk at present, so people suffering from allergies associated with Cow’s Milk can enjoy Camel Milk as a healthy alternative. It is known to be easily digested by lactose intolerant individuals.

health_growthThe high level of animal proteins found in Camel Milk, many of which are not found in goat and cow milk, can help to stimulate proper growth and development of bones and organ systems. Protein is one of the most basic building blocks of life, and Camel Milk provides this in abundance. In fact, in many cultures, Camel Milk is given to malnourished infants and children, as it can improve health and wellness so dramatically. Camel Milk was first used as a way to prolong journeys through the desert, when food and other chances for liquid were limited.

Also, because Camel Milk is naturally pro-biotic it can assist with healthy bacteria growth within the gut.

For hundreds of years Camel Milk has been used to treat diarrhea even though the identity of the active substance in the milk was not known. Research carried out by Dr Yavgil on two gastronintestinal diseases (with accompanying immunological involvement) that have reached epidemic proportions has shown the positive effects of Camel Milk in treating these conditions.

health_vitaminCamel Milk is low in fat. The fat content of Camel Milk is approximately 50% lower than of Cow’s Milk. Camel Milk is also known to be rich in natural vitamin C. The content of this immune-boosting vitamin is 3-5 times higher than in cow’s milk. Just ½ litre of Camel Milk almost represents the recommended daily requirement of vitamin C. Camel Milk contains more calcium than other milks. The intake of this natural mineral is important for growing children and helps preventing Osteoporosis. People who care about diet have an excellent low fat alternative. As well as being low in fat, rich in vitamin C and calcium, Camel Milk also contains unsaturated fatty acids (these are also referred to as ‘healthy fats’). The percentage of these ‘healthy fats’ is higher than those found in Cow’s Milk. Healthy fats help reduce cholesterol to aid healthy cardio-vascular functioning.

In terms of diseases, ongoing research is being carried out to investigate the positive effects of Camel Milk on patients with hepatitis, autoimmune diseases, Crohn’s disease, Autism & Rheumatism.

health_humanmilkIn a study carried out samples of Camel Milk and human milk (twenty individuals’ samples each) were analyzed for fat, total protein (casein, whey protein), lactose, minerals as well as vitamins; B 1, B2, niacin and C. Results indicated that Camel Milk contained higher protein (especially Casein), fat, ash, calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, iron and copper.

Additionally, Camel Milk also contains lactose but is a non-allergic organic product. Only human and camel milk have physiologically high concentrations of the enzyme NaGase (N-acetyl-B-glucosaminidase).

In summary, Camel Milk can be considered as a good potential food source with high nutritive and therapeutic applications. The high level of antimicrobial agents found in Camel Milk may explain its potential as an antiviral treatment, especially against diarrhea-causing viruses.

Camel Milk is also ideal for pregnant women and supports the healthy growth and development of the foetus.

If that wasn’t enough, Camel Milk has also been used for AIDS patients in Africa to aid recovery, as a skin cleanser for acne and eczema and for anti-aging to smooth fine lines, as a treatment for tuberculosis and other lung ailments in Russia, to fight jaundice and anaemia in India, to alleviate arthritic pain due to its lactoferrin content and to combat the effects of liver disease.

It is also true that Camel Milk is a more environmentally friendly way of obtaining milk, as camel’s do not need the massive amounts of grazing area like goats and cows, thereby leaving the world a bit greener, and filled with less methane gas.

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As a word of caution, Camelsmilk UK are not medical professionals so please seek your doctor’s advice before starting on any diet or regime involving Camel Milk.