It’s no secret that cow milk has taken criticism due to unethical milking practices and food allergies.
As a result, plant-based “milk” alternatives are on the rise.
True, plant-based milk is ethically produced and non-allergenic, but it’s actually very low in nutrition. It’s essentially just water, nuts, and sugar.
Not all milks are created equal!
For over 5,000 years, desert people have been sustained by camel milk in the harshest environments on earth. It has long been praised for its miraculous health benefits.
But in North America, we are only just beginning to discover this wonderful gift from nature!
15 shocking benefits of camel milk:
1. Camel milk is most similar to human mother’s milk.
It has similar properties to colostrum and breast milk. Many parents use camel milk as a natural supplement to infant formula. It’s great for kids!
Camels produce a very unique milk that is high in immunoglobulins -protective proteins that fortify your immune system against disease. The immunoglobulins in camel milk are smaller than human immunoglobulins and can more easily pass into tissues in the body.
2. You can drink camel milk even if you are lactose intolerant.
Camel milk is very low in lactose and casein. It lacks the 2 most common allergenic proteins found in cow milk -A1 casein and lactoglobulin.
Studies show, almost all people who are lactose intolerant can still tolerate 18 grams of lactose per day. A full serving of camel milk contains only 11 grams of lactose, which falls far below the threshold. It is the least allergenic animal milk on earth.
3. There are 52 units of insulin in 1 liter of camel milk.
People with diabetes are drinking camel milk to help maintain optimal health. Camel milk contains insulin-like proteins that help regulate blood sugar levels, which may be responsible for its anti-diabetic properties.
So camel milk can help lower blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity in people with diabetes. It’s also high in zinc, which helps as well! This study found that camels “could be considered a rich source of the omega-3 fatty acids, which might have a role in lowering cholesterol and decreasing the incidence of cardiovascular diseases”.
4. Camel milk could help fight Autism.
There is a great deal of research into the autism camel milk connection. At Camel Culture, we have heard many positive stories from our customers who have used camel milk in cases of autism.
Another study in 65 children with autism ages 2–12 noted that 2 weeks of drinking camel milk led to significant improvements in autistic behavioral symptoms, which were not seen in the placebo group.
5. A camel’s hump does not contain water… only fat.
Camel hump fat is highly nutritious and consumed by many people worldwide!
Camels are biologically engineered to survive harsh weather conditions. So their humps are essentially used to store food and energy for their long desert journeys.
6. Camel milk is given to premature babies in hospitals in the Middle East.
Due to its reputed non-allergenic and nutrient-rich qualities, camel milk has long been used as a supplement to infant formula, and even given to aid newborn babies.
7. Camels are originally from North America.
Although the US classifies camels as ‘exotic” animals, they actually have early origins in North America; fossils have been found in Los Angeles.
During prehistoric times, camels eventually migrated across the land bridge into Asia and Africa. Today, the true knowledge of camels and their nutritious milk is found in cultures across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
8. Camel milk could help fight COVID-19.
Scientists have long known that the antiviral properties in camel milk can fight disease in your body.
So before vaccines were available for COVID-19, scientists proposed an idea for combating the virus... exposing camels to the coronavirus. This would allow camels to produce neutralizing immunoglobulins to fight COVID-19, and then pass these powerful antibodies to us.
Though this study was never actualized, the fact that this camel study was even a possibility shows how powerful camel milk truly is!
9. You only need to drink about 4 oz per day to get all the nutritional benefits.
A little bit goes a long way because camel milk is a nutrient dense superfood. Think of it more like a vitamin or supplement -you only need a small dose of it!
For adults, with no pre-existing health issues, we would recommend starting with 6-8 ounces per day. For children, we would recommend starting with 3-4 ounces per day. For those with pre-existing health conditions, please consult with your doctor.
10. Camel milk is Paleo, Keto, and Whole30 approved.
The popular Paleo diet, also known as the caveman diet, encourages people to return to the foods their ancient ancestors have eaten for millions of years.
Likewise, Camel milk is not a modern fad; it has also been consumed by humans for millennia. Unlike modern farming which often uses harmful chemicals and genetically modified growing, Camel milk is all-natural and has stood the test of time!
11. Camel milk is a natural anti-inflammatory.
The typical American diet is full of unhealthy fatty acids like Omega-6 that increases inflammation in our bodies. Too much Omega-6 is making us sick and unhealthy.
On the other hand, healthy Omega-3 fatty acids can actually be anti-inflammatory in nature, but we typically eat too few of them. These are found in fish, flaxseed, walnuts, AND...(drumroll please)...CAMEL MILK!
12. Camel milk is a natural probiotic.
Probiotics are healthy bacteria that live in your digestive system and promote good gut health. Camel milk is an excellent source of probiotics because it contains a broad spectrum of beneficial bacteria.
13. Camel milk is a healthy alternative to cow milk, and more nutritious than plant-based milk.
Compared to cow milk, camel milk is higher in protein, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, B, and C. While also being lower in lactose, casein, saturated fats, and cholesterol than cow milk.
Compared to plant-based milk, camel milk is more nutrient rich. Plant-based milks are a more recent fad, and their main ingredients are essentially just water, nuts, and sugar.
14. Queen Cleopatra bathed in camel milk everyday.
The ancient Queen of Egypt, known for her beauty, would fill her bath tub with camel milk to give her the clearest skin complexion. Camel milk is used in many skin care products such as lotion and soap.
Nomads also rub camel milk on their skin to protect themselves from the sun. Some dermatologists suggest that camel milk’s benefits for your skin might outweigh those of acid exfoliators, hydrating masks, and vitamin C serums!
15. Camel milk tastes delicious!
Most people in the US are nervous to try camel milk. They assume it will taste dirty or gamey. But our customers are always shocked by how delicious camel milk is!
Some say that camel milk is sweet and fresh. Others say it tastes smooth, but has hints of saltiness.
So join the camel culture! Try it now -we guarantee you’ll love it!
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