Health Benefits and Therapeutic Properties of Camel Milk

 

Camel Milk is a source of nutrition for nomadic people from ages. It remains available in the harsh environment of the desert.

Somalia, Sudan, and Ethiopia rank highest in the number of camel herds. Camel is the sole source of milk for a longer period of time in such a harsh environment. The yield of camel milk may vary from 3-10 liters for a lactation period of 12-18 months.

There are several studies in support of the effectiveness of camel milk as an antioxidant, antimicrobial agent, anti-hepatitic, for the treatment for paratuberculosis, hypoglycemic activity, anticancer, prevention against aging, autoimmune diseases, used in cosmetics.



Now a day’s Camel milk is commercially available in powdered and frozen form.

Nutritional Profile of Camel Milk

  • Contains Low cholesterol
  • Lower sugar
  • Higher Minerals (Sodium, potassium, copper, zinc, and magnesium)
  • Higher Vitamin C
  • Functional proteins like LactoferrinLactoperoxidaseImmunoglobulinslysozyme
  • Good source of Long-chain Fatty acids

Health Benefits of Camel Milk

Prevention against various allergies

Beta-lactoglobulin, which is responsible for various allergies is lacking in camel milk. So, it can be used in the place of bovine milk for the allergic population.

It is also a substitute for human milk as lacks Beta-lactoglobulin and the immunoglobulin profile of milk is quite similar to human milk.

Can be used as an alternative of cows milk for lactose intolerance people as the lactose concentration is quite low in camel milk.

For Autism treatment

Autism is caused due to complex brain disorders that impacts the person’s ability to communicate and interact.

Due to disturbed formation of amino acids in an autistic person, the casein instead of breaking down into Beta-casein and Beta-lactoalbumin, break downs to form a Casomorphine a powerful opioid, that worsens the symptoms and conditions of Autistic person.

So, providing autistic person camel instead of cow milk would be a much better option.

For Diabetes Treatment

Diabetes is caused either due to lesser secretion of insulin or due to the development of insulin resistance.

Camel milk is rich in insulin and does not coagulate in acid and get proteolyzed in the upper gastrointestinal tract as it is encapsulated in micelles. So, drinking camel milk would be highly beneficial for diabetic patients. 

For Type, I diabetic patients it can be useful to provide camel milk along with insulin therapy, and the need to provide insulin could be reduced.

Antimicrobial properties

Camel milk is rich in the number of antibacterial and antiviral factors such as Lactoferrin, lactoperoxidases, and smaller Immunoglobulins for stronger immunity. These factors induce bacteriostatic and bactericidal effects. 



study demonstrated the antimicrobial effect of camel milk for a successful reduction in E.coli and L.monocytogenes.

Raw milk is more effective as an antimicrobial agent.

Anti-ulcer properties

Camel milk is rich in Vitamins C, A, B2, E, magnesium and Zinc.

Vitamins are known to reduce oxidative stress.

Magnesium is required for the absorption and metabolism of vitamins. It also plays an important part in the biosynthesis of Glutathione which has an important role in the prevention of damage caused by heavy metals, peroxides, and free radicles.

Zinc prevents cellular toxicity.

Camel milk also produces nitric oxide, which produces mucous and prevents neutrophils from sticking to the endothelial cells.

Antiaging properties

Camel milk on the breakdown into the human body produces natural antioxidants. Antioxidants neutralize free radicles and slow down the wear and tear of cells.



Vitamin C protects collagen, which is responsible for the growth of cells and blood vessels, thus provides plumper and elastic skin due to increased blood flow.

Camel milk also has alpha-hydroxy acids which are important to keep skin firm, supple, and prevents wrinkles.

Prevention of hepatitis

Researches have shown that camel milk has a positive effect on the treatment of hepatitis B and C both. The special fat in camel milk possess soothing effect on the liver and chronic liver patients slowing down the symptoms.

Limitations

Camel milk is not easily available to most of the population and cannot be pasteurized because it reduces effectiveness. This makes camel milk quite costly.

 

 

 

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