In the US, doctors are often guilty of over-medicating their patients. Big Pharma is big business!
But prescription drugs are not always the best solution. The body can heal itself naturally with the help of good foods.
For example, one of our customers had a baby boy, but she could not breastfeed. So she tried formula, but it made her son cry, vomit, and constipated. Her son wasn’t gaining weight, and her doctor wanted to prescribe acid reflux medication.
She said, “Absolutely not! His problem is not acid reflux, his problem is the formula.”
After learning about camel milk, she decided to try it, the results were immediate!
He kept the milk down. Zero vomiting. And within days, his digestive system normalized.
So think of camel milk more like a supplement than a food!
Protective Proteins Not Prescription Drugs!
My husband, Ryan, and I founded Camel Culture to share the secrets of camel milk with people in the US. My educational background is in pharmaceuticals. But today, I am more passionate about nutraceuticals!
Nutraceutical = a food containing health-giving additives and medicinal benefits. (1)
Camel milk is hands down one of the most amazing nutraceuticals on earth!
In recent blog posts, we have been learning the health-giving benefits of camel milk by investigating its macronutrients. And we’ve discovered it’s protective proteins that naturally boost our immune systems like lysozyme and immunoglobulins.
Today, we are going to learn about another amazing protective protein in camel milk -Lactoferrin!
Our bodies naturally make lactoferrin and it is found in human fluids. High concentrations of lactoferrin are in human colostrum and milk, but it is also found in our tears, saliva, joint fluid and the like. (5)
But, we also can fortify our bodies by drinking milk from other mammalian sources that contain lactoferrin (i.e. camel milk) where it acts as a nutraceutical for us!
Lactoferrin: The Camel Milk Vaccine
Every sip of camel milk that you enjoy comes laced with a lactoferrin punch!
Lactoferrin is one of the most dominant proteins in camel milk. (8)
One study regarding camel milk and lactoferrin looked at giving camel’s lactoferrin to rabbits. They found the camel’s lactoferrin acted like a natural vaccine to protect and strengthen the rabbit’s immune system. (9)
What is Lactoferrin?
Lactoferrin is a protective protein naturally found in milk. But camel milk contains much higher doses than other animal milks.
Lactoferrin possesses anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and anti-carcinogenic properties. (6)
Yes, all that!
Proteins are molecules that are made up of smaller components called amino acids.
Lactoferrin is a bit of an overachiever… It is made up of 690 amino acids to be exact.
We know that -lacto comes from the Latin word for “milk” and -ferrin comes from the Latin word -ferrous which means “containing iron”.
And bada-bing-bada-boom that is exactly what this milk protein does! It binds to iron molecules.
Let’s take a look at its antibacterial and antiviral effects, and see exactly how it works.
Anti-bacterial Effects of Lactoferrin
If your high school chemistry teacher wanted you to remember 1 fact about iron it’s this -iron is acidic.
This little fact is super important to understanding how lactoferrin fights bacteria.
Bacteria need iron in order to wreak havoc in our bodies. Lactoferrin plays on this weakness because by its nature, it is quite literally an “iron magnet” and limits the supply of iron available to bacteria leaving them wanting. And we want them wanting iron but not being able to find any!
Once lactoferrin binds to iron, it doesn’t easily let it go, even when other proteins might be tempted to do so because of the unfavorable pH atmosphere created in our infected tissues.
Lactoferrin is an all-star player on team immunity!
But it is also a team player because once it is released from your white blood cells it will than strengthen other white blood cells, called the natural killer cells. (7)
Together, they mount a very strong defense against bacteria in your body!
Anti-viral Effects of Lactoferrin
The way Lactoferrin chooses to fight viruses is by taking a defensive posture and blocking the virus from being able to enter our bodies’ cells.
It does this by latching onto the virus itself or by blocking the receptor on the cell that the virus wants to attach itself to. (7)
In this way, lactoferrin acts like a “big monkey on the virus’ back” making it hard for the virus to attack our bodies’ healthy cells.
Lactoferrin Fights COVID-19!
Some interesting research came about in 2020 when so many great minds worked to combat COVID-19.
In one study (7), lactoferrin was proposed to be both a preventative and therapeutic supplement to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It was theorized that it would be able to help in a few ways.
First, lactoferrin uses the same cell entry point as do coronavirus’ called the Heparin Sulfate Proteoglycan (HSPGs) as well as the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) sites.
Don’t you feel smarter just knowing that these are not only words, but also cellular receptors in your body?
If the lactoferrin docks first on these receptors, guess who can’t?
You got it, the coronavirus!
It also would work by the roles we already mentioned above by hoarding the iron supply that the virus needs, giving our combating white blood cells a needed boost, and helping to decrease inflamed tissue sites.
Finally, lactoferrin may also help prevent some of the later negative effects that an active COVID-19 infection plays on our bodies’ blood platelet counts. (7)
Lactoferrin has massive immunological benefits. It is a powerful nutraceutical in camel milk.
Camel milk contains much higher doses of lactoferrin than other animal milks. It is similar to human mother’s milk.
Lactoferrin possesses anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, and anti-carcinogenic properties.
Do you see how camel milk is more of a supplement than food?
It has Immune boosting effects that are delicious down to the last drop is lactoferrin.
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- Almehdar, Hussein A. et al. ‘Immunogenicity Comparison of Lactoferrin Purified from Saudi Arabia Camel Clans Milk’. 1 Jan. 2019 : 85 – 90.