7 Surprising Nutritional Benefits of Camel Milk

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The important health benefits of camel milk include its ability to prevent diabetes, improve the immune system, stimulate circulation, lessen allergic reactions, promote growth and development, protect against certain autoimmune diseases, and improve the heart health.

What is Camel Milk

Camel milk has been the primary type of milk consumed by many Bedouin cultures for generations. Although it is not in nearly as much supply as cow milk, it has a number of clear advantages over the latter, including more powerful nutrients and better chemical compounds. Camel milk is a more environment-friendly way of obtaining milk, as camels do not need the massive amount of grazing areas like goats and cows, thereby leaving the world a bit greener and with less methane gas.

For generations, it has primarily been used only for subsistence in those cultures, but given the undeniable health benefits of this milk as compared to more traditional forms of milk, there has been a major increase in camel milk farming. However, it is extremely expensive to harvest camel milk, approximately fifty times costlier than cow milk, which makes it considerably pricey.

It may be difficult to find a reliable supply of camel milk in your area, but at some specialty food markets, you are likely to find it. It is also available throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. It is the kind of milk that we have access to besides human milk, which means that it gives us an ideal nutritive mixture, with far better benefits for our body than other common alternatives. It also includes far higher levels of iron, vitamin C, and protein, as well as less fat.

A jar and glass of camel milk with white flowers on a wooden table

Health Benefits of Camel Milk

Let’s take a more detailed look at the health benefits of camel milk.

Diabetes Management

Camel milk has a wealth of nutrients, including insulin, which is an essential component of human health. Consuming camel milk caused a significant reduction in insulin doses in type 1 diabetic patients, according to a report published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The balance between insulin and glucose is very important for the prevention of diabetes, making it a natural solution for diabetes. If used as a preventative measure, it can stop you from developing the disease in the first place.

Boosts Immunity

Research published in the Journal of Dairy Research reveals that there is a surprisingly high level of proteins and other organic compounds in camel milk, some of which have powerful antimicrobial abilities. This is one of the reasons why consuming camel milk helps boost immunity in the body.

The high concentration of unique organic compounds has been known to have particularly powerful effects on the neurological system and can help in managing certain food allergies. A randomized study conducted in Saudi Arabia with 65 autistic children who included camel milk in their daily diet showed promising results. However, further research is required to verify the therapeutic potential of this milk for autism.

Promotes Development

The high level of animal proteins found in camel milk, many of which are not found in goat or cow milk, can help stimulate proper growth and development of bones and organ systems. Protein is one of the most basic building blocks of the body, and this milk has a high content of it. In fact, in many cultures, it is given to malnourished infants and children as it can improve their health dramatically. This milk was also first used as a way to prolong journeys through the desert when food and other chances of liquid food were limited.

Stimulates Circulation

The high iron content found in camel milk makes it ideal for preventing anemia. Iron is a crucial component of red blood cells, which means that it can increase the blood circulation 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.

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Allergic Reactions

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

Heart Health

With such a healthy and comprehensive set of fatty acids, camel milk can greatly improve the balance of cholesterol in the body. By reducing bad cholesterol in the body, it helps to reduce atherosclerosis, heart attack, strokes, and even helps in lowering high blood pressure.

Takeaway

According to a 2018 study published in the Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, camel’s milk is a safe and therapeutic drink. Camel’s milk allergy is extremely rare. So it may be a good alternative for people who are allergic to cow or goat milk.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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