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camel milk science and researchCamel milk is said to have many benefits, studies show that it has a rich source of protein and that it may have antimicrobial and protective activities. Patients and malnourished babies are traditionally given camel milk in Arab and North African cultures. A research center in India found it to be beneficial to diabetic patients.  While many countries have done scientific studies on camel milk (one shows it’s a good milk product for kids with food allergies, others that it helps in diseases such as tuberculosis, diabetes and skin conditions), new interest is starting in the US. Some researchers think the value of camel milk is to be found in the high concentrations of volatile acids and, especially, linoleic acid and the polyunsaturated acids, which are essential for human nutrition. But many others think there are special qualities yet to be documented. Please note that Desert Farms does not support or promote any of these claims.* Check with your local doctor if you have any medical conditions before introducing a new food
to your diet.

Came milk is not a medicine or supplement

Various scientists have analyzed camel milk and researchers are often inspired by anecdotal reports, which you will find a growing number of medical studies on camel milk in the PubMed database. The components of camel milk are thought by many researchers to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. Some scientists believe the camel milk acts as an anti-inflammatory, calming inflammation caused by immune system dysfunction. Many of these are nothing short of amazing and there's a lot more studies that researchers around the world are discovering!

Here's a list of a few camel milk benefits:

High Levels of GABA in Camel Milk
GABA is needed for the brain to function properly. University of California (Irvine) scientists found that both camel milk and goat milk have significantly more GABA than cow's milk or human milk. Not only that, but the GABA in camel milk is also more bioavailable. This can partly explain why people may feel more relaxed after drinking camel milk.

Eating a High Fat, High Cholesterol Diet Even Though Your Doc Says Not To?
Better consider incorporating camel milk in your diet. In a rat study published in October 2013 in the journal, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, rats fed a high fat, high cholesterol diet that caused fatty liver disease benefitted greatly from camel milk added to their diet. The camel milk prevented the fatty liver, increased the good HDL-cholesterol, reduced insulin resistance and showed antioxidant properties as well.

Camel Milk Packed with Proteins
At King Saud University, pharmacologists are excited about what they found when they ran an electrophoresis panel on camel milk. They discovered over 200 different proteins. Some of them were immunoglobulin’s that help the immune system work better but others were peptides that have an unknown function. They're expecting that many of them can potentially be used as nutraceuticals in the near future.

Whey Protein in Camel Milk Enhances Diabetic Wound Healing
Diabetic mice that received camel milk whey protein showed accelerated closure and healing in their wounds. Compared to those who did not get the milk. The group consuming camel milk also had fewer free radicals and inflammatory compounds.

Camel Milk Prevents Liver Damage From Carbon tetrachloride in Rats
Carbon tetrachloride is a poison to the liver and causes an elevation of liver enzymes and some other lab tests. However, when rats received camel milk in their diet, their liver was protected from these changes. The greater the amount of camel milk consumed, the greater the protection.

Autistic Children Benefit From Camel Milk
The free radicals produced by oxidative stress can play a role in different neurological disorders, including autism. Researchers at the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia examined the effects of 500 ml camel milk vs. cow's milk on 60 autistic children aged 2-12 years old for two weeks. 24 children received raw camel milk; 25 received boiled camel milk, and 11 received cow's milk as a placebo. Blood analysis revealed low levels of antioxidants in all children at the beginning of the study. However, those in both camel milk groups showed significantly less oxidative stress at the end of the two weeks as well as improvement on the behavioral and cognitive tests for camel milk and autism.

Camel Milk Improves Glucose Tolerance in Type 2 Diabetics in India
Two groups, non-diabetic and diabetic were enrolled in this study to investigate effects of camel milk consumption on insulin sensitivity and glycemic control in normal and type-2 diabetics. The Non-diabetics were supplemented with cow milk and diabetics with camel milk; followed by one-month washout period. An improving trend was observed in both the groups for camel milk effect. It shows hypoglycemic effect of camel milk reducing insulin resistance. 

Camel Milk Fights Diarrhea
For hundred of years camel milk has been used to treat diarrhea even though the identity of the active substance in the milk was not known. This article offers a new look at two gastrointestinal diseases, with accompanying immunological involvement, that have reached epidemic proportions and which respond to camel milk.

Camel Milk Protects Mice From Salmonella
In some countries people believe that camel milk can protect against various aggressors, whether due to infections, diabetes, or even autism. Little has been scientifically demonstrated regarding the veracity of these beliefs. This study tests the anti-infectious action of camel milk. A statistically significant survival was observed in the mice supplemented with camel milk. Camel milk is an excellent nutrient and because of its specific properties, particularly its anti-infectious action, it can be used to replace other milks.

Scientists Stumped on How Exactly Camel Milk Improves Diabetes
Camel milk contains 'insulin-like' small molecule substances that mimic insulin interaction with its receptor. Literature review suggests the following possibilities: i) insulin in camel milk possesses special properties that makes absorption into circulation easier than insulin from other sources or cause resistance to proteolysis; ii) camel insulin is encapsulated in nano particles (lipid vesicles) that make possible its passage through the stomach and entry into the circulation; iii) some other elements of camel milk make it anti-diabetic. 

Camel Milk Closest Substitute to Human Mother Milk
Camel and human milk samples (twenty individuals’ samples each) were analyzed for fat, total protein (casein, whey protein), lactose, minerals as well as vitamins; B1, B2, niacin and C. Results indicated that camel milk contained higher fat, protein (especially casein), ash, Ca, Mg, P, K, Na, Fe, and Cu. It can be concluded that camel milk can be considered as a good food of high nutritive and therapeutic applications. Meanwhile, the high content of antimicrobial agents in camel milk may explain its potential as an antiviral activity especially against diarrhea-causing viruses.

Camel milk is not a medicine or a supplement

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