Camel milk has been making strides in the skin care industry, but we at Healing 4 Soul have been recommending Camel Milk for years. A recent write up described camel milk as the ‘drink of the future’ and farmers across the united states are investing in the world’s most successful camel species believing the high protein, low cholesterol milk is poised to be the new alternative to cow’s milk.
In many parts of the word, camel milk is used to treat many ailments including autism. Camel’s milk is non-allergenic and is given to premature babies in hospitals in the Middle East. Parents are utilizing camel milk on their children with autism and reporting improvements in symptoms such as: better sleep, increased motor planning and spatial awareness, increased eye contact, better language and improved gastrointestinal problems.
Scientist Amnon Gonenne believes that inflammation is a key component in autism and states that camel milk is beneficial in calming the inflammation associated with autism. The owner of Milk from Eden, a camel milk farm, agrees with Dr. Gonenne. He states that better results are seen in children with milder diagnoses of autism as well as those with ADHD, however some parents are reporting gains in children who are more severely impacted.
Scientific Studies on Camel Milk
A study published in 2012 by the Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology[i] states that camel milk (but not bovine milk) induced cancer cell death in HepG2 and MCF7 and oxidative stress mediated mechanisms. The scientists believe this could explain the anecdotal evidence for the successful use of camel milk in the treatment of various medical conditions.
Another study published by BMC Immunology explored camel whey protein on diabetic mice and demonstrated the benefits of for improving the healing and closure of diabetic wounds and restoring the immune response[ii].
Most recently the journal Hormone and Metabolic Research indicated that studies confirm the hypoglycemic agent and anti-inflammatory effect in camel’s milk for those with Type 2 Diabetes, even though they are still not sure how it works!
The Journal of Allergy and Asthma Proceedings[iii] published a study in which children who had allergies to cow’s milk were tested for reactions to camel milk. They discovered that 80% of children were not allergic to camel’s milk making it a viable alternative to cow’s milk.
Food Chemistry[iv] published an article in which phospholipids of human milk, cow’s milk, mare milk and camel milk were compared. Camel milk had the highest content of phospholipids and can be among the considered types of milk for infants and toddlers who need alternatives or fortifiers and suggested it could be used for functional food for adults as well.
Benefits to those who have Hepatitis C have also been documented. The most recent study published in Virology Journal in September of 2012, Camel IgGs showed ability to recognize Hepatitis C virus peptides with a significant titer in comparison with human IgGs which failed to do it. Camel lactoferrin was capable of inhibiting the intracellular HCV.
A paper published in the International Journal of Human Development[v] discusses several cases of children and adults with autism who made wonderful progress while on camel’s milk. The writers state that children under 10 has phenomenal benefits while children over 15 had wonderful gains, but once the camel milk was stopped, their symptoms returned prompting parents to keep the teens on it long term.
In April of 2014, Pediatric Research published the results of a two week study on children with autism who were given camel milk. Researchers noted significantly improved clinical measurements of autism severity and decreased serum level of thymus and activation-regulated chemokine[vi].
Another study demonstrated that oxidative stress plays a role in autism and the findings of the study suggest that camel milk could play an important role in decreasing oxidative stress by alteration of antioxidant enzymes and nonenzymatic antioxidant molecules levels, as well as the improvement of autistic behaviour as demonstrated by the improved Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)[vii].
Can I Get Camel Milk in the United States?
The short answer it is difficult to find and the laws vary by state. In most states the dairies are allowed to sell the milk directly from the farms to customers – not on store shelves. Milk is allowed to be sold, depending on the state, in raw form, pasteurized, or cow share program. To find out more about acquiring camel milk in your state, please visit www.camelmilkusa.com and www.camelmilkmagic.com.
[i] Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology. Full article available online at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3359759/
[ii] BMC Immunology. Full article available at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2172/13/32
[iii] Journal of Allergy and Asthma Proceedings – abstract available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21703103
[iv] Food Chemistry – abstract available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22953921
[v] International Journal of Human Development – full paper available at http://camelmilkforhealth.com/admin/uploads/pubs/etiology%20of%20autism%20-yagil.pdf