Camel milk – is it really that good?
This is not news to the cultures of the Middle East, but to Westerners, the news of camel milk is spreading everywhere. You say “camel milk” and people say “ewww…” but you ask them “have you tried” and the answer is always “no”. It is hard to believe that camel milk can be as good as it is claimed … has not cow’s milk been treated as a “healthy superfood” only to have its status abandoned. years later?
Where there are humans there is a mistake, and we are always excited to “discover a ‘new’ superfood that will help us be loud and suffer less.
The camel itself has many uses, but the late camel milk is hitting the market especially for people with underlying health issues.
A recent National UAE article wrote about scientific studies conducted on camel milk and people with health problems. he writes:
“Those who drank camel milk over the past millennia were on a good thing, as modern science has shed light on a host of health benefits associated with its consumption.”
There was a recent review article in the Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, titled Therapeutic Potential of Camel Milk written , by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology and Science Pilani (BITS Pilani). The participation of Indian scientists is appropriate because, just as camel milk has long been a favorite in the Gulf region, it is also drunk by some traditional communities in South Asia.
Reducing Diabetes… “One of the main diseases of camel milk has been shown to be effective against diabetes, a particular problem in the Gulf due to poor diet and eating habits. sedentary life ”.
“ Camel milk has been shown , said lead author of the journal, Dr Uma S Dubey, of the BITS Pilani campus in Rajasthan, to be effective in reduce the level of glycosylated or glycated hemoglobin in the blood. This is the hemoglobin that glucose is attached to and is usually found at high levels in people with diabetes. Camel milk can therefore be used to reduce the dose of insulin that diabetic patients need . Indeed, camel milk has been shown to contain an insulin-like molecule, ”said Dr. Dubey.
“Diabetes is a disease in which the therapeutic potential of camel milk can be fully utilized. It has well-observed clinical advantages. ”
Too good for me True…? So you can see why camel milk is so enthusiastic about its health benefits. This is not your ordinary dairy cow.
He continues by saying …
Human milk vs camel milk…. “ Another important problem concerns the immune system. Breast milk contains a variety of immunologics that can help protect babies against infection, with studies showing that a breastfed baby can receive up to 1g of the main type of antibody in breast milk, secretory immunoglobulin A daily. Camel milk also contains high amounts of antibodies which, in the same way, can help protect against infections. The enzymes it contains, such as lysozyme and lactoperoxidase, may help fight bacterial infections. ”
“There are also dietary reasons why drinking camel milk makes sense. It has a high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid which can lower the concentration in the blood of harmful forms of cholesterol. Camel milk is also rich in minerals and contains significant amounts of certain types of vitamins. It has also been shown to reduce lactose intolerance, fight hepatitis, and decrease kidney and liver damage from alcohol. ”
So what’s the problem …?
“It is no wonder that Dr Dubey ‘definitely’ recommends that people drink camel milk regularly to stay healthy, although she cautions that the unpasteurized ‘pool milk’ of many camels could pose health risks due to unidentified microbes.
“Fresh milk from a healthy camel undoubtedly has multiple nutritional and health benefits” , she said.
However, camel milk is perhaps under-utilized as a therapeutic agent at present. Dr Dubey notes that in terms of medical benefits, it is generally only used “at the local level and on the basis of traditional knowledge”.
And even cancer…?
“More research is needed to exploit these medical applications, with cancer treatment being an area where it could be used in the future. As Dr Dubey says, the presence of a specific anticancer molecule in camel milk has not yet been established, but camel milk has been shown to lyses or destroys cancer cell lines. It is thought to do this by interfering with transcription, the process by which DNA is converted into RNA, which in turn forms proteins. ”
“As modern science learns more about the therapeutic benefits of camel milk, specific components could be used in more targeted ways to fight the disease. This is a result that, had they known, probably would have pleased those who started drinking this precious liquid thousands of years ago.
So there you go! Camel Milk has exciting new scientific studies underway in the UAE which will hopefully be spread around the world for the benefit of human health, and in particular using our so-called “ wild camels ” in Australia.