In the United States, camel milk is hard to find. When you can find camel milk, it is expensive: pasteurized camel milk retails for $16 per pint.
DairyReporter.com estimates that in the US there are 18,000 cows for every camel. It is strictly illegal to import or sell camel milk in the US, as the FDA has not yet created quality standards for it.
Despite this, one large camel farm in Dubai, Camelicious, has its sights set on entering the US market with its pasteurized camel’s milk. Realmilk.com blog has previously reported on raw camel milk testimonies which give evidence of the therapeutic value of raw camel’s milk.
“Camel milk has always been known in the Middle East, but the accessibility for the wider public has been limited… Our goal is to promote the benefits of camel milk as a natural and pure resource of the region, and as a healthy alternative to cow’s milk.” says Mutasher Al Badry, the manager of business development at Al Nassma, a sister company of Camelicious that distributes fine chocolates made with camel’s milk.
Camel’s milk has 3x more Vitamin C and 10x more iron than cow’s milk; it is low in lactose and studies show that it can treat maladies like diabetes and Crohn’s disease.
Camelicious hopes, that when the time comes, it will be able to woo over American consumers with camel milk’s healthy properties in fun flavors like chocolate, strawberry, saffron, date, and original.
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Behold the camel — giver of milk long known for its abundant supply of vitamins, proteins and minerals — and in some cases for sustaining life itself.
Yes, camel milk. People in Africa, the Middle East and Asia have depended on camels for milk for centuries. And now, in the United States, as the milk is getting a toehold, demand is outstripping supply.
Always in the quest to find the magic bullet of health, some U.S. consumers are turning to it as the latest answer to better health. Some are going so far as touting it as the new “super food.” “Trending” is another way to describe it.
Its rise in popularity can be attributed to the perceived health benefits of camel milk. And because it doesn’t contain certain proteins that cause milk allergies, people who can’t drink cows milk can sometimes drink camel milk without having digestive problems.
According to the Australian Camel Industry Association, camel milk has five times the vitamin C and 10 times the iron compared to cow’s milk.
In a study of the chemical composition and nutritional quality of camel’s milk, researchers found levels of sodium, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese, niacin and Vitamin C were higher than in cows milk, while levels of thiamin, riboflavin, folacin, vitamin Bt12, pantothenic acid, vitamin A, lysine and tryptophan were relatively lower than those of cow milk.
A report on FoodSafetyHelpline says camel milk is low in fat but has a high percentage of unsaturated fatty acids. In addition, components like long chain immunoglobulins are found in the milk, which some people say helps boost immunity in those who drink it.
“From all the data presented it is clear that the camel produces a nutritious milk for human consumption,” according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FOA).
However, the FOA data does not show a difference between camels milk and cows milk in terms of specific health claims by proponents.
Federal law in the United States prohibits food producers, including milk producers, from making medical claims about their products. It is also against the law for producers to disseminate consumer testimonials about specific health benefits of the products. Such claims move products out of the food category and into the drug category of the Food and Drug Administration’s jurisdiction.
Producers seeking FDA approval for products claimed to have specific medical or health benefits must prove those claims with research and testing data that has been peer reviewed and met other requirements to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Where can I buy it?
For the most part, camel milk is sold online in the United States, delivered to customers frozen via Fed Ex. However, in some cases it’s distributed direct to the customer. And some specialty stores sell it.
In California, it’s sold at nine Lassens stores and the marketing director said people can special order it at stores that don’t carry it.
A google search will lead a consumer to an array additional sources.
What does it taste like?
Descriptions about its taste vary. Some say camel milk is sweet and delicious. Others say it tastes good but has a hint of salty flavor. Others say you start with just a shot glass to get used to it and then proceed to the point where you can drink all you want. Others say it tastes horrible. And still others say it tastes like milk, adding that’s because it is milk.
Of course, when it comes to any kind of milk, a lot of the taste depends on what the animal is eating and how it’s cared for. And also, taste can be impacted by how sanitary the milking operation, processing and storage facilities are.
In addition to raw, pasteurized and powdered forms, camel milk is also used to make products such asa dietary fat referred to as hump fat, fermented kefir, soap, lip balm, lotions, bath soaps, facial washes, face masques and bath bombs.
Supply and demand in the U.S.
The supply in the United States is limited for a variety of reasons: As a starter, it’s not something the U.S. consumer if familiar with. Then, too, there aren’t many camel dairies in the country, and those, for the most part, are small — very small. One in Ohio has only two camels.
Price also enters into the picture. Frozen camel milk is generally going for about $8 per pint, far more than $3.50 for a gallon (8 pints) of whole cow’s milk. That’s not surprising considering that a camel will produce about only about 2 gallons a day compared with 8 to 12 gallons a day that a daily cow produces.
Some people conjecture that camel milk hasn’t garnered much attention in the United States because camels are considered animals from “under-developed countries.”
However, an earlier form of the camel used to live in the American West, Canada and South America. For unknown reasons, it became extinct more than 10,000 years ago. Some scientists say the animals migrated across the land bridge to Asia when the continents were joined.
Is camel milk legal in the United States?
In 2012, the Food and Drug Administration ruled that camel milk could be sold in the United States. But for sales to be legal, they must comply with the same state licensing requirements as other dairies in their state, with all of the necessary food safety and health standards in place.
For the most part, those standards require milk to be pasteurized, which involves heating it to 166 degrees F for 15 seconds, according to public health officials. Pasteurization kills viruses, parasites and bacterial pathogens such as E. coli, Listeria, Salmonella and Campylobacter.
These pathogens can cause serious illnesses, among them kidney failure and even death. High risk groups more likely to develop life-threatening illnesses are young children, pregnant women, old people, and other people with compromised immune systems, among them are cancer patients, HIV-positive patients, and transplant recipients.
Raw milk, regardless of the animal
On a national level, the FDA prohibits the distribution or sale of raw milk — milk that hasn’t been pasteurized — across state lines.
As of April 2016, 13 states allow raw milk to be sold in stores as long as it meets state standards. Seventeen states allow raw milk sales on the farms where it was produced — again, as long as it meets state standards — and eight states allow acquisition of raw milk only through a herdsman-share agreement. Under that sort of arrangement, which is often referred to a “loophole” by public health officials, people pay for shares of an animal or herd and therefore aren’t considered to be buying the milk. Overall, 20 states prohibit the sale of raw milk.
Although raw camel milk is advertised online, including on Amazon.com, that doesn’t mean it can be sent out to anyone who orders it. Because each state has its own regulations on how raw milk can be sold and distributed, customers need to check their own states’ regulations before ordering.
Meet three U.S. camel dairy farmers
Camelot Dairy: As the owner of a Colorado dairy with 130 cows, Kyle Hendrix was plenty busy. But that didn’t mean he wasn’t worried about the future. He was beginning to realize that if you aren’t shipping out huge quantities milk, “you’re a nobody.”
“The guys here who are milking 2,000 cows, they’re considered small,” he said. “The business has become a vicious cycle.”
Hendrix had already shown an independent streak when he left a multi-generation family beef cattle business and started a dairy farm. So it’s not all that surprising that he was open to trying something new.
That “something new” turned out to be a camel dairy farm, which he aptly named Camelot Dairy. As he tells it, it was all a matter of happenstance.
At the Camelot Dairy in Colorado, Kyle Hendrix has a herd of 100 camels. He said many of his customers are from Somalia, where camel milk is routinely consumed. Photo courtesy of Camelot Dairy
It was the Christmas season, and someone in the area had brought in some camels for a nativity scene. That sparked his interest, enough so that he visited a man in Oklahoma who had been raising camels for 20 years. He was quickly sold on the idea of getting some for his farm.
“It was so cool to see a herd of camels,” he said.
His wife, parents and neighbors thought he was crazy when he started the camel dairy. Back then, in 2011, he had three cows, a bull and a calf.
“It was a tough go,” he said.“But we kept plugging along. Now we have 100 head and are either the largest or second largest Grade A camel dairy in the country. I feel good about where we’re at.”
But Hendrix quickly concedes that it takes a great deal of patience, experience and understanding to operate a camel dairy.
“It’s very labor intensive,” he said .“The calves have to be with their mom when you’re milking, and they only let down their milk for you for 90 seconds. You’ve got to learn how to do this.”
He uses milking machines to milk the camels. He uses a LiLi Pasteurizer, made by Bob White. The LiLi completely pasteurizes without homogenizing, separating or standardizing milk, maintaining its nutritional value and deliciously fresh flavor, according to the Bob White website.
Hendrix said the LiLi heats the milk to 163 degrees in a matter of seconds in a process referred to as“flash pasteurization.” He describes this as far superior to the slower method of vat pasteurization.
Hendrix said the raw milk is gently pulled through the machine, is taken up to the needed temperature for pasteurization, and when it comes out of the machine it is around 53 degrees. This temperature allows him to immediately cool the milk down to 40-45, at which point it can be bottled.
Once bottled, the milk, for the most part, is shipped to customers frozen via Fed Ex or delivered direct by one of his distributors if the customer is close enough for that.
Hendrix said he has two different markets: cultural and health. On the cultural side of the equation, he has a distributor who sells to Somali populations in Maine and the Twin Cities. Somalia is the world’s top consumer of camel milk.
“They (the Somalis) want to drink it like water,” he said. “If it could come from the tap, that would be fine with them.”
On the health side of the sales equation, customers are primarily mothers who believe camel milk is good for their children.
Bottomline, said Hendrix, “We have a good solid natural product.”
Demand is strong: “We’re moving every drop we produce,” he said. “It’s healthy milk that comes from an actual animal (as opposed to beverages such as soy and almond milk).”
Even though those plant-based milks are popular, Hendrix said many people are still looking for milk from other animals as an option to cow’s milk.
The camels are out on the pasture, fed a brome-orchard grass mix and a 14 percent concentrate of oats and barley, but no corn. No antibiotics are used.
“We want to keep everything as natural as possible,” Hendrix said.
As for the financial side of the ledger, camel cows are expensive, usually from $15,000 to $20,000 easily, said Hendrix.
“We’re limited in numbers,” he said. “There are only 2,500 to 3,000 dromedary camels in the United States.”
Dromedaries are the camels of choice in the United States for dairies.
As for food safety, Camelot Dairy’s milk is flash pasteurized and meets all state standards for Grade A milk.
“With a cow dairy, there’s always some bacteria problems coming up,” he said. “But we’ve had no issues with bacteria for the past 5 or 6 years.’
Considering the strong demand for raw camel milk, he feels frustrated that the law prohibits it to be sold across state borders. He’s also frustrated by customers who believe that only raw milk will do when it comes to certain health issues.
“One of the challenges is how we can change the mindset about raw milk,” he said. “People want raw camel milk, but we’re also seeing a lot of health benefits from pasteurized camel milk.”
The Camel Milk Cooperative, which distributes milk from some of the camel dairies in the United States, including Camelot Dairy, has information on its website about the nutritional comparison between raw and pasteurized milk, based on an analysis of samples submitted to Food Lab Inc.
“The results were remarkable,” says the cooperative’s website. “The differences in each sample were so small they could be equated to ’rounding errors.’ “While some companies or sources may make claims about treating various medical conditions, we don’t make any medical claims or give medical advice. We only offer the best pure, Grade A milk for you to enjoy.”
When looking at the future, Hendrix said it’s going to be a roller coaster ride. Nevertheless, “We want to grow as big as we can,” he said
His advice to people who haven’t ever had camel milk is to give it a try.
“You don’t drink a whole glass at first,” he said. “You only need a tablespoon or a shot glass to begin with it. But once your body gets used to it, you can drink all you want.”
Humpback Dairy: Seven years ago, Sam Hostetler, an Amish man who has a wildlife farm in southwest Missouri, was approached by a doctor from the Middle East. She asked him what he thought at the time was a surprising question. Would he consider milking some camels.
“She said she had patients who wanted and needed the milk,” said Hostetler.
He had some camels, so he thought “Why not?” He started off very small-scale, filling the bottles by hand.
He soon saw a demand for the milk and expanded the herd. He now has 20 to 40 milkers, which he milks two at a time. He also chose a name for this new venture: Humpback Dairy. All of the dairy’s milk is Grade A, including the bottling plant.
Like Camelot Dairy, Humpback Dairy uses a LiLi pasteurizer to flash pasteurize its milk, but he also sells unpasteurized, raw milk. Missouri allows the sale of unpasteurized milk to individual customers, so he can sell raw milk within the state.
As in the case of raw cow milk, raw camel milk is perceived by some to be healthier than pasteurized milk.
“There are a lot of reasons people want it,” he said. “They have to believe in it or they wouldn’t be paying the price for it.”
Hostetler said most of the milk is sells is pasteurized simply because most of his customers are out of state. He works with three distributors. He can sell his raw milk only to people in Missouri. However, in 2016 the FDA sent a warning letter to Hostetler because was found to be selling raw camel milk across state lines.
Also, federal officials reported in late 2017 they were seizing more than 3,800 bottles of unpasteurized, raw camel milk product from Missouri that had shipped across the state line and into a Kansas. It was bottled for human consumption and all carried the Desert Farms label. Some of it had the Humpback Dairy label as well.
It wasn’t the first time Hosteler was linked to a group of Amish-Mennonite farmers in Pennsylvania and the Midwest who are affiliated with Saudi entrepreneur, Walid Abdul-Wahab of Santa Monica, CA. Abdul-Wahab runs Desert Farms, which uses a network of camel dairy farms to sell camel milk, some of it raw.
In September 2016, the FDA sent a warning letter to Abdul-Wahab threatening to seize Desert Farms raw camel milk products, which included some from Humpback Dairy, that were stored in a Kansas warehouse. (Raw milk is not allowed to be shipped across state lines.) The agency also took issue with Desert Farms because of what it described as “illegal health claims” on its products.
Repeated requests from Food Safety News for information from Desert Farms went unanswered. This statement is posted on Desert Farms’ website.
“This product is not intended to cure or diagnose any illness. If you plan to use camel milk as a natural remedy, please consult your local physician and alternative health care practitioner before you introduce a new food to your children’s diet.”
For the most part, says the site, small farms owned by Amish-Mennonite farmers spread across the nation produce the camel milk for Desert Farms.
This year, in a Jan. 6 letter to the FDA, Hostetler told the agency that he was willing to comply with a federal regulation that prohibits raw milk intended for human consumption from being transported across state lines. He said he doesn’t make health claims about his dairy’s milk anymore and that he’s “fine with the FDA.”
“We’re in compliance,” he said.
Oasis Camel Dairy: Gil and Nancy Riegler, owners of Oasis Camel Dairy east of San Diego, love their camels, and their camels apparently love them. As Nancy explains it to a visitor in a YouTube video, camel herds evolved where they didn’t have many natural predators, which allowed the animals “to evolve with more highly developed social behavior.”
Camel milk products from Oasis Dairy.
The Rieglers can even milk their camels, holding a small bucket under the teats, while the camel is standing out in a field with her baby next to her.
“Each of our camels is like gold,” said Nancy. “They’re very gentle.”
“They’re very calm and secure animals,” said Gil.
Although the couple and their children drink the camel milk from their dairy, which they describe as “delicious,” they don’t sell it as milk. Instead they use it to make soaps, lotions, lip balms, and even chocolate bars.
Camel milk chocolate from Oasis Dairy.
They also offer tours, workshops, clinics and camel rides to the public.
Gil said they’d be happy to sell the milk, but starting up a Grade A dairy would be too expensive. Even so, he can imagine starting one 10 years or so down the line.
When they launched the dairy — the first one in the state — they immediately discovered how strong the demand is for camel milk.
“We got requests for the milk all of the time and still do,” said Gil. “It’s really hard to say no to moms who believe it’s important for their children’s health. People are desperate for it.”
They’re not tempted to go that direction, though. At one time, a state dairy inspector actually showed up with papers for them to sign agreeing they wouldn’t sell any of the milk.
“He said we would get arrested if we sold any of it,” said Gil.
Surging global demand
According to a Technavio report, the global camel milk market will grow at a compound annual rate of 6.84 percent from 2018-2022.
A Technavio analyst said the latest trend gaining momentum in the market is the launch of new products such as chocolates and ice creams, kefir, and soaps made from camel milk.
“The demand for camel milk products is expected to remain high during the forecast period due to increasing awareness of health benefits of camel milk among consumers,” said the analyst.
One of the major drivers for this market is increasing camel milk production, which, in turn, is based on increasing demand. As a result, existing camel dairies are boosting production and new dairies are coming on line.
An example of this is the Australian Wild Camel Corp., which is planning to boost its herd size from 450 camels to 2,500 camels in the next two years.
Australia has a distinct historical advantage in this. In the 1840s camels were taken to the continent to help explorers travel. Afghan cameleers and the explorers helped establish transportation links, one of them a 1,900 mile link between Darwin in the north and Adelaide to the south.
But with the advent of trains and cars, the need for the camels plunged and they were let loose to roam the vast continent. With about 1 million of them roaming wild and causing environmental havoc, the government is keen to get rid of them. But even with culling by helicopter, the wild herd could double in the decade to 2020.
But, in their favor, wild camels can be caught and domesticated. Ambitious entrepreneurs can take advantage of this.
One such entrepreneur is Marcel Steingiesser, owner of Good Earth, which has about 100 camels, but would like to expand to 3,300 by June 2020.
In India, the Food Safety and Standards Authority, in 2016 certified camel milk as safe for human consumption, thus sparking plans for a large processing plant.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has reported camel milk could play an important role in feeding increasing populations in desert areas.
“What possible importance can camel milk have … in a world beset with a multitude of problems? The answer to this is clear when we consider that one of the biggest problems confronting mankind today is malnourishment. Camel milk can certainly play a far more important role in the prevention of malnutrition than it does today. Growing and raising foodstuffs for the rapidly increasing human population is especially precarious in the hot and arid zones of the world – the very areas where the camel is one of the few animals not only to survive, but also to benefit man.”
Known as “ships of the desert,” camels are esteemed for their incredible ability to adapt to harsh conditions, whether it be the weather, desert landscapes, or lack of food and water. They can go for a week without water — some say even longer than that — and then when they get to water, they can drink 30 gallons in 13 minutes.
Thanks to their thick lips and tough mouths, they can eat thorns and other undesirable plants that most animals wouldn’t touch.
There are two kinds of camels, the dromedaries, which have one hump and are often referred to as Arabic camels. They live in parts of North Africa and the Middle East. The other variety, bactrian camels, which are the ones with the double humps, live in Central Asia. Dromedaries are the camels being milked at dairies in the United States and Australia. They account for 94 percent of the world’s camel population.
Dromedaries weigh from 880 to 1,300 pounds. Bactrian camels weight about 1,000 pounds. Both are tall, growing to a shoulder height of 6 to 6 1/2 feet.
Camels use their humps to store fat. They do not use them to store water. Rather, their respiratory system helps them cool down and store water. And their blood cells are oval shaped, which allows the water to travel through their system more efficiently.
As awkward as they look, camels can run at 25 mph (40 kph) for long periods. of time. If their owner is in a hurry, they can kick their speed up to 40 mph (67 kph) for shorter distances.
According to National Geographic, they can carry from 375 to 600 pounds on their backs. Besides being a reliable source of transportation, they also supply people with milk, meat, leather and wool.
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Wahab also said he believes camel milk has more health benefits than other dairy beverages. “It has three times the amount of Vitamin C, almost 10 times the amount of iron and almost half the amount of fat,” he said.
But the start-up enters a crowded shelf space, competing against leading dairy options such as cow’s milk, and popular alternatives like soy and almond milk.
Market Research firm IbisWorld estimates that in 2015, the Dairy Farms industry generated $35.6 billion in revenue. The research firm also found that the soy and almond milk industry generated an estimate of $1.2 billion in 2015, after growing 7.2 percent year over year since 2010.
Still, the start-up might be well on its way to getting over the hump, as the founder likes to say.
According to Wahab, Desert Farms has 100,000 customers and has hit $1.5 million in milk sales since its January 2014 launch. Wahab also told CNBC the start-up is selling more than 5,000 bottles a week.
Its largest customer base is parents of autistic children. According to Wahab, autistic children can easily digest the milk, but camel milk has not been scientifically proven to treat autism. He also claims the camel milk may help improve motor skills, but this is anecdotal.
While the start-up is headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Desert Farms produces and bottles its milk at camel farms in Missouri, Indiana and Ohio. It is self-funded with $25,000, with no outside investments.
Wahab told CNBC he plans to expand the product line to include chocolate flavored milk, ice cream, even yogurt, and is also working on an infant formula.
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It’s no secret that milk is full of nutrients, but one thing that often surprises people is how healthy camel milk is.
Yes, you read that correctly, milk from camels! It’s so healthy that in a 2005 study by the Bikaner’s Diabetes Research Center, they found that drinking camel milk could help people treat their diabetes. There are more upsides to explore from drinking this milk, but just what exactly is packed inside that makes camel milk so nutritious?
Before we explore that, let’s examine the difference between micronutrients and macronutrients.
- What are micronutrients?
- What are macronutrients?
- Nutrients in camel milk
- Camel Milk vs. Cow Milk
- Camel Milk vs. Other Milk
- Camel Milk vs. Soy Milk
- Camel Milk vs. Almond Milk
- Camel Milk vs. Rice Milk
- Camel Milk vs. Coconut Milk
- Camel Milk vs. Cashew Milk
- How Much Camel Milk to Drink
- Benefits of Camel Milk
- Camel Milk Benefits
- Camel Milk Nutrition
- Potential Benefits
- Would you drink camel milk?
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- 1) Q. How much camel milk should I give my autistic child?
- 2) Q. How do I know if my child is having an allergic reaction to the milk?
- 3) Q. What is the shelf life of camel milk?
- 4) Q. I am diabetic. How much camel milk do I need to drink?
- 5) Q. How much milk should my mother drink? She has cancer.
- 6) Q. Is it OK to mix honey or chocolate in the camel milk for my autistic child? He does not like the taste of the milk.
- 7) Q. When is the best time to drink the milk?
- 8) Q. Is it OK to take my supplements with the milk?
- 9) Q. If I heat the raw milk will it destroy the nutrients?
- 10) Q. My child has low iron levels and is taking an iron supplement. I read that camel milk has elevated levels of iron. Do I need to continue his iron supplement?
- General Questions on Camel Milk
- Q. What ages can drink camel milk?
- Q. Who is benefiting from this milk?
- Q. Has anyone been completely healed from camel milk?
- Q. List of illnesses you have dealt with patients.
- Q. List of symptoms or die-offs.
- Q. What are signs of allergies?
- Q. What are signs of detoxing?
- Q. Is it OK to give goat milk in combination with camel milk?
- Q. What about cow milk?
- Q. Can I mix camel milk with almond milk or coconut milk?
- Q. Is camel milk a good substitute for breast milk?
- Q. Is there any benefit to camel milk vs. human milk?
- Q. What about formula milk. Is camel milk a good substitute?
- Q. What are great compliments to camel milk?
- Questions on Using Camel Milk:
- Q. How do I know when to increase for more benefit or decrease to avoid symptoms?
- Q. How long on camel milk before notice any improvements in gut health?
- Q. Can I add sugar?
- Q. Will it help me gain weight?
- Q. Is camel milk a lifelong treatment?
- Q. When do I stop?
- Q. Why do we have to start so slow with camel milk?
- Q. I have been on camel milk for about 2 weeks, now at first I noticed extra gas and upset stomach. Is this normal?
- Q. Is high speed blending safe to use with the camel milk?
- Q. What is a die-off?
- Q. What are the symptoms of die-off?
- Q. When does the die-off period start?
- Q. How long does die-off take and should I discontinue giving milk?
- Q. Can die-off cause eczema?
- Q. How can I deal with yeast die-off from camel milk?
- Q. Does raw camel milk contain probiotics? How much? Is this the reason
- Q. My son’s yeast is out of control. Does camel milk help killing yeast?
- Q. Does camel milk get rid of yeast?
- Q. Are there any adverse side effects or any bad symptoms after going off camel milk?
- Q. My son has been on a cup a day, but we recently ran out and had to order more. He has gone 5 days without it. Can he start back at the same amount since he missed 5 days, or do I need to do a little at a time?
- Q. If I have been off camel milk for a while should I continue the same amount as I left off or start over with a recommended dosage?
- Q. I have Mast Cell Disorder and react to all food. I am looking into camel milk as a supplement. I react to camel meat. Do you think I would react to the milk as well?
- Q. Does anyone have experience with using camel milk with Mast Cell Activation Disorder?
- Q. Does camel milk help with Lyme Disease?
- Q. What’s the recommended dosage for Crohn’s disease?
- Q. How does camel milk help Crohn’s disease?
- Q. Is fresh better than frozen?
- Does the milk lose any nutrients when you freeze it?
- Q. If there are any worms (parasites) in camel milk, would freezing the milk kill them?
- Q. How important is it to buy from a Grade A dairy?
- Q. How do we measure the purity/quality of camel milk?
- Q. What’s the healing difference between raw and pasteurized? Should I drink raw or pasteurized?
- Q. Does pasteurized milk have the same die-off effects and can we increase the dosage quicker?
- Q. Is the dosage of the colostrum the same?
- Q. Does kefir offer the same health benefit? What is it good for and is it effective?
- Q. Is there any benefit to camel urine?
- Q. Can I serve the milk warm?
- Q. Does the powder have the same effect if it is freeze dried?
- Q. Has anyone had a positive experience with blood sugar control in a Type 1 diabetic using camel milk?
- Q. What about Type 2?
- Q. How does camel milk help cancer patients?
- Q. Does camel milk help arthritis?
- Q. Has anyone had good success using camel milk to help with sinus issues and did it get worse before better?
- Q. Does camel milk help with cerebral palsy?
- Q. Does camel milk help with Alzheimer’s patients?
- Q. Will camel milk produce phlegm in babies?
- Q. Does camel’s milk support the adrenals?
- Q. Anyone with Soil Based Organism (SBO) get relief from camel milk?
- Q. My son is suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Does camel milk help?
- Q. Does camel milk diet trigger any allergies or symptoms?
- Q. Does camel milk help with seizures?
- Q. Can my pets benefit from camel milk?
- Q. We just tested high positive for binding assays igG FRA. Do we have to stop drinking camel milk?
- ‘White gold’: everything you need to know about camel milk
- How does it vary from cow milk?
- What are the nutritional benefits?
- What does the research say?
- It suitable for drinkers who have a dairy intolerance?
- Is it produced ethically?
- Why is it so expensive?
- Is it used to make other products?
- Is there a stigma around camel milk?
- Where is it available in Australia?
- Camel milk can cost $30 a litre. Why is it so expensive?
- From our Obsession
- The Benefits of Drinking Camel Milk
What are micronutrients?
Micronutrients are the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in a natural food source. Essential vitamins such as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K are some of the more well-known micronutrients as well as minerals like magnesium, calcium, selenium, and zinc.
These are all vital to having a healthy diet and allows our bodies to function to its maximum potential. You can find micronutrients in fresh fruits and vegetables.
What are macronutrients?
Macronutrients, on the other hand, are the energy-giving caloric components of our foods, and they include carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. The body requires a large amount of these macronutrients in order to help our bodies develop and repair while supplying us with calories or energy to make us function and feel good.
Understand that while there are all types of foods that contain the macronutrients you need, there is such a thing as good and bad nutrients. A donut contains high amounts of carbohydrates and fats as so does brown rice – one is healthy for you, the other not so much.
Now that we know what both micro and macronutrients are, let’s delve deeper into how they play a role in camel milk.
Nutrients in camel milk
Camel milk has 5 grams of protein per cup, which equates to 10 percent of the suggested daily intake of protein. Aside from it being only 110 calories per serving, here are the other nutrients packed in camel milk:
- Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, K
This is not even all the nutrients in camel milk, making it one of, if not the most, impressive milks out there. You will be able to see how all these goodies help benefit those who consume it. Now, what about cow milk and all the other milk alternatives we keep hearing about?
Camel Milk vs. Cow Milk
For centuries people have resorted to drinking cow milk in order to get their daily intake of nutrients, but it is not the best milk for humans to drink. For some people, milk causes acne, gas, inflammation, and digestive problems. And for people who are lactose intolerant or have milk allergies, they can’t even think about including it in their diet.
Camel milk has been found to be the closest substitute for human breast milk and is useful in helping to treat autism, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
Aside from those amazing benefits, there are over 200 types of protein in camel milk and is naturally 50 percent lower in fat and saturated fat compared to cow milk. Cow milk and camel milk are both good sources for B vitamins, but camel milk comes out slightly ahead due to its higher levels of vitamin C, iron, unsaturated fatty acids, and calcium.
Camel Milk vs. Other Milk
Goat milk, almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, cashew milk, coconut milk – the list of alternative milks seem to be endless nowadays. But what makes camel milk different from all of them?
Camel Milk vs. Soy Milk
If you have a milk intolerance or allergy, looking for milk packed with protein, and practically have no saturated fat, then soy milk is a good choice to consider.
The downfall of soy is the added sugar that can be found in the original or sweetened version of the beverage, while camel milk has a low amount of sugar and can help treat type 1 diabetes. But if you really enjoy soy milk, stick to the unsweetened version.
Camel Milk vs. Almond Milk
Its richness in calcium and abundance in vitamins D, E, and A makes almond milk a big winner. It does not have that watery texture like low fat cow milk, but instead, has a creamier texture like that of whole milk.
And unlike camel milk, which is an excellent source of protein, almond milk has minimal protein and should not be considered as a protein source. And again, stick to the unsweetened version if you’re looking to avoid added sugar.
Camel Milk vs. Rice Milk
There is not much to say about rice milk aside from the fact that it is high in calories and high in sugar. Compared to camel milk and even the other alternative milk options, rice milk does not have much nutritional value.
Although it is low in fat and cholesterol, it is also low in calcium and protein. But for people with multiple food allergies (i.e. lactose, nuts), rice milk may be one of the few, if not only, milk choice for those people.
Camel Milk vs. Coconut Milk
While coconut milk is great in taste and is not high in calories, it is highest in saturated fats and lacks the most protein compared to other milk alternatives. It also has a low amount of calcium compared to camel milk. I think this is more so for people who are coco for coconut.
Camel Milk vs. Cashew Milk
Though not as popular as coconut milk or almond milk, cashew milk is another tasty nut alternative milk option. It is rich in calcium and low in calories, however, it is not a good source of protein. And if you have a peanut allergy, this probably isn’t for you.
When you examine the other milk alternatives, it becomes very clear that camel milk is not only a better source of protein, calcium, and vitamins, but is low in calories and has benefits that can have positive effects on people with allergies, diabetes, or autism – all things other milks don’t have a positive effect on.
How Much Camel Milk to Drink
Studies vary on this but the general consensus is that you should be drinking 3-4 cups of cow milk a day, and we believe the same thing for camel milk. There doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong answer.
If you want to have a nice cup of camel milk with your morning smoothie, you can. Chocolate or strawberry syrup mixed with camel milk for the kids? That works too. You could even use it to make baked goods, creamy sauces, and pancakes. The opportunities to utilize camel milk are endless.
Benefits of Camel Milk
We already know the nutritious value camel milk provides. What’s more important are the benefits that come with it that other milks don’t match up to.
Can treat diabetes
Research has shown that camel milk has been used in the Middle East to treat, prevent, and control diabetes, which can’t be said about cow milk and most, if not all, other milk alternatives. And unlike other milks, camel milk doesn’t cause a rise in blood sugar.
Most similar to breast milk
Camel milk is the most similar to breast milk, as it contains some of the same nutrients and substances that help boost immunity. It is not every day that you can get that kind of nutritional benefit from your milk.
Great alternative for people with milk allergy or intolerance
If you have a cow milk allergy or intolerance, camel milk is a great option since it lacks the A1 casein protein and lactoglobulin found in cow milk.
Heart and blood health
The monounsaturated fats in camel milk give it some of the same benefits as olive oil. It also contains A2 beta casein, which is different than the A1 casein found in most dairy milk. The A2 beta-casein may be responsible for protective effects on the heart and immune system.
Additional benefits include the prevention of fatty liver disease and the ability to increase levels of good cholesterol.
This all sounds amazing, right? But just where can you find camel milk? You can order directly from Desert Farms or use our store locator to find one of the 150 health food stores to order from. We hope you go and make every day a hump day!
Camel Milk Benefits
The nutritional benefits of camel milk are endless. At Desert Farms, we are proud to bring you nature’s most nutritious dairy beverage.
Camel milk is a natural pro-biotic to assist healthy bacteria growth in the gut making it easy to digest. It may improve gastrointestinal health and systemic immunity
Camel milk is rich in Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) giving you 70% of your recommended daily value per serving. Vitamin B1 may contribute to the maintenance of mental function, which also helps to regulate your metabolism.
Camel milk is also rich in Calcium providing you with 30% of your daily value per serving which will help build stronger bones.
Camel Milk is a good source of potassium and phosphorus, helping your body maintain a healthy blood pressure level, in combination with a low-sodium diet, which may reduce the risk of a stroke.
Additionally, Camel Milk has 50% less fat and 50% less saturated fat than USDA whole milk. Development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers, while many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat may reduce the risk of this disease.
Camel milk is also a good source of protein with 10 grams of protein per bottle, helping you maintain stronger muscles.
Findings on Camel Milk
The nutritional benefits of camel milk provide the foundation for its health benefits. Studies on the health benefits of camel milk are on-going and show promising results. You can find many studies on camel milk in the PubMed database.
One of the major findings of camel milk is the presence of lactoferrin. Lactoferrin is used as an antioxidant protecting the body against viral and bacterial infections.
The lactoferrin in camel milk according to PubMed scientists has been shown to:
- Stimulate the immune system
- Promote healthy intestinal bacteria
- Regulate the way the body processes iron
- Reduce coronary heart disease
- Prevent stomach and digestive problems
Additional Benefits of Camel Milk
Camel milk benefits newborns and children. It is the closest in terms of composition to a mother’s milk. In many countries in the Middle East and North Africa, camel milk is used to feed malnourished children. Although we recognize that breastfeeding is important for optimal infant and child health and development. We share this view, and we recommend that you consult your health care provider when you are considering changing any aspect of a child’s diet.
At Desert Farm our network of small family farms have worked hard to provide you with nature’s most wholesome dairy beverage.
Drinking camel milk benefits the human body in many ways. And, best of all, camel milk is delicious!
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Gone are the days when the only options for milk were full-fat, skim or non-fat. Today, there’s a plethora of milk options available to consumers, from cow milk and goat milk … to almond and coconut milk. But there’s a new type of milk that’s attracting attention — camel milk.
Actually, calling it “new” is a bit of a misnomer. Nomadic cultures have drunk camel’s milk since they figured out to milk them several thousand years ago. (By the way, if you follow a kosher diet, then camel milk is a no-no because the camel is considered ritually unclean, for chewing the cud without its hooves being divided.)
A drink that’s long been available in North Africa and the Middle East, camel milk is now gaining popularity in places like the U.S. and Australia. Its proponents say that camel milk’s health benefits make it a superior drink than other types of milk. But is it real or all just a lot of hype? Let’s dig in.
Camel Milk Nutrition
For starters, camel’s milk is lower in calories and saturated fat than cow’s milk. One 8-oz. glass of camel’s milk is just 110 calories and 4.5 grams of fat, compared with 150 calories and 8 grams of cow’s milk. Camel’s milk also has less than half the saturated fat as cow’s milk, 3 grams vs. 8 grams. (1)
Camel milk is substantially higher in vitamin B3, iron and vitamin C than cow’s milk and also has less lactose in it, so often times people who can’t tolerate cow’s milk have no issues digesting camel’s milk.
In the U.S., there are only a handful of brands selling camel’s milk. Much of the milk is produced by Amish farmers, who have camel herds and sell the milk through cooperatives.
Because camels are extremely finicky about being milked, and there are so few in the country — about 18,000 cows to one camel and they produce a lot less milk than cows — this drink doesn’t come cheap. One pint of a popular brand of camel milk costs about $18. This is not a budget option by any means.
But advocates of camel milk say the high price is worth it for what they believe are the drink’s unique benefits.
Camel milk is probably most widely known in the autism community. Search online and there are dozens of anecdotal stories from parents who swear by the drink to treat autism in their child.
Unfortunately, there aren’t any conclusive studies that support the claims. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration warns parents on its website to avoid products that make false or misleading claims about products that claim to cure or even treat autism. (2)
Of course, that doesn’t mean that camel milk might not be helpful. One study found that camel milk could play an important role in reducing oxidative stress in children on the autism spectrum. (3)
Unfortunately, the study used cow’s milk as the placebo, a drink that many children both with and without autism have trouble digesting. Indeed, the study acknowledged that some of the children in the study were lactose intolerant or allergic to milk. It doesn’t seem like a stretch then that giving them a milk with less lactose would improve their disposition.
Camel milk has also been touted as a treatment for a range of diseases from Crohn’s and hepatitis to diabetes. Here, there seems to be a bit more scientific evidence. A two-year study found that among type-1 diabetics who received 500 ml. of camel milk in addition to diet, exercise and insulin, there was an overall decrease in blood glucose and insulin levels compared to those patients who received only diet, exercise and insulin, while some completely eliminated the need for insulin. (4)
It must be said that the study was quite small, with only 24 participants. And as for the other diseases that camel’s milk is said to cure? Well, there’s no real evidence of that.
This isn’t to say that science won’t someday discover that camel’s milk really is a magical elixir, but I would be wary of expecting it to be a cure-all drink. If you can get your hands on camel’s milk, it’s worth a try. It tastes similar to cow’s milk, but with a saltier taste. It might be difficult, though, as camel’s milk is still relatively difficult to come by in the U.S. and the price tag is very high.
One area where I would recommend you try out camel’s milk is in beauty products. There are lots of natural health and beauty lines that are adding camel’s milk to their products. Because camels don’t produce as much milk daily as cows do, it tends to be quite rich in skin-loving ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids and vitamins, that’ll leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
My overall impression on camel’s milk? Give it a whirl if it’s available near you but with so many alternatives that are a lot cheaper, you might be better off drinking something else for now.
Would you drink camel milk?
Image copyright QCamel Image caption Camels are now increasingly being farmed in Australia for their milk
Would you switch to drinking camel milk? Australia’s growing number of camel farmers are hoping to persuade you.
It’s not unusual for the owners of a small, close-knit business to treat their workers as an extension of their family.
Of course those members of staff aren’t usually of the four-legged, one-humped variety.
Lauren Brisbane is the owner of QCamel, Australia’s only certified organic commercial camel milk dairy.
Camel milk production has become one of Australia’s emerging agricultural industries, as demand for the product grows both locally and internationally. However, Lauren says her family-owned and run operation isn’t driven by commercial influences – it’s motivated by love.
“We have a different philosophy in how we run our dairy,” she says of the Queensland-based farm.
Image copyright QCamel Image caption Lauren Brisbane is evangelical about camels and their milk
“It is paramount when running a happy and healthy camel dairy to really understand and respect the camels. We see them as our family members and fellow members of staff, rather than just stock or machinery.
“They’re like people, they’ve all got a different personality. They’re gentle souls, kind and loving, and just so intelligent. You can sit and talk to them about what’s going on, and they completely understand.
“They’re a huge animal… but if you respect that kindness and intelligence, they’re easy to work with.”
Increasing numbers of Australian farmers are choosing to keep the country’s prolific “ships of the desert”. The camel was first introduced to Australia in the 1840s to assist in the exploration of the country’s vast interior or outback.
There are now thought to be more than 1.2 million in the wild, which is considered to be the world’s largest feral population. They are mostly the dromedary or Arabian camel, which has one hump, and is the species chosen for milk production. Australia also has a much smaller wild population of the two humped Bactrian camel.
Image copyright Peter Lorimer Image caption Camels are said to be intelligent animals
Australia’s first camel dairies opened in 2014, and since then the industry has grown considerably, with dairies now operating in almost every state and territory.
While global camel milk production is dominated by countries in North and East Africa, and the Middle East, a 2016 report by the Australian government predicted that “the five years to 2021 are expected to see a major increase in Australian camel milk production”.
Back in 2016 the country produced 50,000 litres of camel milk, compared with 180,000 litres per annum today.
Megan Williams has certainly helped drive that growth. She and her husband Chris set up a dairy in northern Victoria towards the end of 2014, with just three camels from the wild, which they subsequently had to train to be milked.
Five years later their business – The Camel Milk Co Australia – has moved to a property more than twice the size. They now have a herd of more than 300 camels, with around 60 currently being milked.
Image copyright The Camel Milk Co Australia Image caption Like cow’s milk, camel milk is mostly pasteurised before sale
The farm averages around six litres of milk per camel per day. One third of that is sent overseas to customers in Singapore, with shipments of both fresh and powdered milk about to expand into Thailand and Malaysia.
China and the US are on the list of potential future markets for Megan, while other camel milk producers across Australia are exporting to destinations including New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong.
“We’re probably doing a couple of hundred litres for export each week, but with Thailand coming on board, that’s set to really increase,” says Megan.
“More often than not, we are approached by international buyers and their markets. One thing Australia has over any other country in the world is our camels are disease-free.”
The disease Megan is referring to is the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, which can break out in camel populations in the Middle East. The virus can spread to humans from contact with camels, or by consuming raw camel milk, and is potentially fatal.
Image copyright Megan Williams Image caption Megan Williams and her husband export a third of their camel milk
While camel milk has been consumed by humans for more than 6,000 years, worldwide demand has grown markedly in recent years, despite its expensive nature. One litre of pasteurised camel milk retails for about A$15 ($10; £8) in Australia, making it 12 times more expensive than cow’s milk.
The recent increase in interest in camel milk has been led by consumers seeking the milk’s supposed health benefits. On a nutritional level, camel milk is richer than cow’s milk in vitamin C, vitamin B, iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium.
Other properties attributed to camel milk, according to the 2016 Australian Government market assessment, include its “attributed” capacity to “alleviate food and seasonal allergies, usefulness in reducing insulin dependency and the treatment of diabetes, ease of digestion”.
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Rebecca Forwood has been importing Australian camel milk into Singapore for almost two years and believes in its benefits.
“I hate the term ‘superfood’, but this really is up there as one of the best,” she says.
“Since selling it ourselves we average about 160-200 one litre bottles a month, and the numbers are growing as more people are discovering its healing benefits.”
Image copyright Peter Lorimer Image caption The camels are milked the same way as cows, with milking machines doing the hard work
Charlene Grosse, accredited practising dietician and spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia, says that while camel milk is certainly nutritionally valuable, more research is needed to put some of the other claims to the test.
“When you look at camel milk it’s just like cow’s milk, it is very nutritious,” she says.
“It’s low in cholesterol and it’s low sugar, so it can be a healthy substitute , but what we do need to be aware of is there’s not enough research at the moment to back up some of the claims being made about camel’s milk.”
Image copyright The Camel Milk Co Australia Image caption Camel milk is now also used to make skincare products
Regardless of the need for more studies Megan says one thing is certain – the future for this unexpected Australian export industry is certainly bright. In addition to milk, the sector is also starting to make cheeses, skincare products, and chocolate made with camel milk.
“Every week we get a new contact or a new inquiry, and it just keeps growing.”
But what is camel milk like? It is said to be similar in colour and texture to cow’s milk, but with a slightly saltier taste.
1) Q. How much camel milk should I give my autistic child?
A. Each child is different. Some may only be able to tolerate 1 tablespoon two times per day to start and then gradually build up. But as a general rule: Start with 1 ounce two times per day on an empty stomach. Increase the dosage gradually every 3-5 days until a maintenance dosage of 8 ounces total per day is reached. Note: Most children need only 8 ounces per day as a maintenance dosage.
2) Q. How do I know if my child is having an allergic reaction to the milk?
A. If your child develops a rash, eczema, loose stools or excitable behavior, then they may be allergic to the milk. Stop the milk for 72 hours, then restart at the beginning dosage. If the symptoms recur, then more than likely your child is allergic to the milk.
3) Q. What is the shelf life of camel milk?
A. The refrigerator shelf life for the raw milk is best within 5 days. The refrigerator shelf life for pasteurized milk is best within 7 days. The freezer shelf life is best within 4 months but can be stored up to 6 months. Although the fat may separate from the milk more and the milk may seem clumpy or grainy, this is perfectly natural and does not indicate anything wrong with the milk. Just shake the thawed milk well and strain it to remove any clumps.
4) Q. I am diabetic. How much camel milk do I need to drink?
A. Each diabetic is different in the amount of milk needed just as they vary in the amount of insulin needed. As a general rule: One glass of 8 ounces each twice per day on an empty stomach should lower blood sugar levels.
5) Q. How much milk should my mother drink? She has cancer.
A. Cancer patients vary in the dosage they need, but as a rule: Three glasses of 8 ounces each three times per day on an empty stomach is the maximum dosage. This must be introduced gradually. Many cancer patients cannot tolerate elevated dosages due to the effects of chemotherapy and radiation. Therefore the milk must be started at a low dosage and increased gradually over a period of time due to the patient’s weakened immune system.
6) Q. Is it OK to mix honey or chocolate in the camel milk for my autistic child? He does not like the taste of the milk.
A. No. Honey can cause blood sugar levels to spike. Organic Grade B maple syrup is best. It helps regulate insulin output from the pancreatic cells and does not cause blood sugar levels to spike. Chocolate can over stimulate autistic children and is not recommended. Fresh fruit that the child can tolerate is OK to add to the milk in the form of a fruit smoothie.
7) Q. When is the best time to drink the milk?
A. It is best to drink camel milk first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening on an empty stomach.
8) Q. Is it OK to take my supplements with the milk?
A. Camel milk can act as a carrying agent to transport nutrients to cells, therefore it is OK to take some supplements with the milk. However, it is not acceptable to take any herbal supplements with the camel milk. Combining herbs with milk can affect the effectiveness of both.
9) Q. If I heat the raw milk will it destroy the nutrients?
A. It is best not to boil or microwave raw milk in order to maintain the highest level of nutrients, immunoglobulins, and antibodies present in raw milk.
10) Q. My child has low iron levels and is taking an iron supplement. I read that camel milk has elevated levels of iron. Do I need to continue his iron supplement?
A. It is always best to check with his physician. Camel milk does have elevated levels of iron and over time your child may not need to continue on his supplement. If he becomes constipated on a combination of the camel milk and iron supplement, it could be an indication that his iron levels are elevated. Therefore a periodic check of his iron level is recommended
General Questions on Camel Milk
Q. What ages can drink camel milk?
A. All ages (infants and adults).
Q. Who is benefiting from this milk?
Anyone who drinks it
Q. Has anyone been completely healed from camel milk?
Q. List of illnesses you have dealt with patients.
Q. List of symptoms or die-offs.
Can be a runny nose, slight fever, headache, earache, flu-like symptoms, chills, joint pain, nausea.
Q. What are signs of allergies?
Rashes, diarrhea, loose stools, excitable or aggressive behavior, eczema
Q. What are signs of detoxing?
Symptoms of each illness may be different. For example, autistic children may get more excitable for a few days. There should be no signs of detoxing with camel milk. There may be signs of “die-off” or allergies, but this is not detox.
Q. Is it OK to give goat milk in combination with camel milk?
It is best not to mix animal milk due to the size of the molecules and the chance of allergy to goat milk.
Q. What about cow milk?
Q. Can I mix camel milk with almond milk or coconut milk?
It is always best to consume the milk alone, but it is OK in small amounts if there is no allergy to the almond or coconut milk.
Q. Is camel milk a good substitute for breast milk?
Yes. We share more genes with the camel than any other milking animal. Camel milk is very close to human milk.
Q. Is there any benefit to camel milk vs. human milk?
Camel milk is higher in some nutrients than human milk, therefore it could be better for a child with failure to thrive syndrome or when the mother does not have enough milk to supply the child with the daily requirement of nutrients.
Q. What about formula milk. Is camel milk a good substitute?
It is better. The formula has artificial ingredients and camel milk is a complete food with all the nutrients in a natural form very close to human milk.
Q. What are great compliments to camel milk?
The milk can be enhanced with a small amount of maple syrup or fresh fruit in a smoothie if desired. I do not recommend honey since it causes blood sugar levels to spike. Dried fruit should be avoided due to the high sugar content.
Questions on Using Camel Milk:
Q. How do I know when to increase for more benefit or decrease to avoid symptoms?
If you have not received any benefits or reduction of symptoms of your illness, then the milk can be increased every 3 days until you begin to see a reduction in symptoms. Children should not exceed 16 ounces per day and should not remain on this dosage any longer than 6 months. Decrease milk if symptoms get worse. Decrease milk if you have been on an elevated dosage for an extended period of time and begin to become constipated or more agitated. Call my office for consultation if you have questions. Office phone 919-928-0821.
Q. How long on camel milk before notice any improvements in gut health?
In many patients, there will be noticeable improvement within 3-5 days but some patients need up to 2 weeks to notice an improvement
Q. Can I add sugar?
No. Sugar can cause blood sugar levels to spike. Sugar can also add to the proliferation of fungi and other pathogens. Organic Grade B maple syrup is best.
Q. Will it help me gain weight?
For patients that are underweight, the milk can help to add the nutrients that will allow for healthy weight gain. For overweight patients, it can address problems of food allergies and malabsorption that can cause weight gain and help with weight reduction.
Q. Is camel milk a lifelong treatment?
No. Once the symptoms are resolved and the underlying cause of the illness is addressed, then the patient should remain on the camel milk for 4 more months, then they may stop the milk. If symptoms recur, then the patient has not resolved the underlying cause of the illness. Many patients do not need any camel milk once their symptoms are resolved.
Q. When do I stop?
Once the symptoms have resolved. Wait 4 months to help with any gut issues that need to be healed. If symptoms recur, then the initial underlying cause of the illness must be addressed.
Q. Why do we have to start so slow with camel milk?
Camel milk has wonderful healing properties. If consumed too fast at too high of a dosage, the patient can experience discomfort and confuse it as a reaction to the milk, when in actuality it is a healing process or “die off” of pathogens due to the antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties of the milk.
Q. I have been on camel milk for about 2 weeks, now at first I noticed extra gas and upset stomach. Is this normal?
You may be consuming too high of a dosage of the milk. Or you may be developing an allergy to the milk. I suggest you set up a consultation with me to determine what needs to be corrected. Office phone 919-928-0821.
Q. Is high speed blending safe to use with the camel milk?
It is best to blend the milk at a lower speed due to the amount of froth or bubbles the high-speed causes. There is no significant loss of nutrients from high speed, but a lower speed is best.
Q. What is a die-off?
A die-off or Herxheimer reaction occurs when yeast, bacteria or virus cell are rapidly killed and metabolic by-products are released into the body.
Q. What are the symptoms of die-off?
The symptoms vary and can include brain fog, low grade fever, chills, earache, headache, sore throat, runny nose, fatigue, nausea, swollen glands and/or lymph nodes, gas, bloating, diarrhea, joint and muscle pain, rash, hives, sweating, sinus infections, vaginal or prostate infections.
Q. When does the die-off period start?
Die-off usually does not occur unless too much camel milk is consumed at too high of a dose too fast or if it is combined with specific nutrients. It is best to set up a consultation if this is a problem. Office 919-928-0821. The die-off can be within the first few days of consuming the camel milk and should dissipate within a week.
Q. How long does die-off take and should I discontinue giving milk?
It is best to stop the milk until the symptoms of the die-off have been resolved, and then start again at a lower dosage, and only continue to “up” the dosage every 5 days instead of every 3 days. The entire maintenance dosage may need to be regulated. Please contact my office for a consultation if there are questions. Phone number 919-928-0821.
Q. Can die-off cause eczema?
It can cause hives, rashes, and itching, but usually, eczema is caused by a food allergy. Contact my office for a consultation if there is a question of eczema coming from an allergy or a die-off. Phone number 919-928-0821.
Q. How can I deal with yeast die-off from camel milk?
Stop the milk until the symptoms dissipate. You can take a homeopathic remedy for candida die-off. Reduce any probiotics that you might be consuming and call my office so that we can determine if it is candida or bacteria or a virus. The treatment would be slightly different. Obviously, you will want to increase your water intake to flush the body. Adhere to your antifungal diet.
Q. Does raw camel milk contain probiotics? How much? Is this the reason
Camel milk does contain probiotics. The three most prevalent probiotics are Lactobacillus Plantarum, Lactobacillus pentosus, and Lactococcus lactis. Die-off symptoms are from consuming too much of the milk in too high of a dosage too fast. The probiotics in the milk then begin to kill off the bacteria, viruses, fungal too fast for the immune system to handle and a “die-off” effect happens.
Q. My son’s yeast is out of control. Does camel milk help killing yeast?
Yes. Camel milk has antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Q. Does camel milk get rid of yeast?
Q. Are there any adverse side effects or any bad symptoms after going off camel milk?
No. There should be no adverse side effects.
Q. My son has been on a cup a day, but we recently ran out and had to order more. He has gone 5 days without it. Can he start back at the same amount since he missed 5 days, or do I need to do a little at a time?
He should be fine to continue at the dosage that he was on previously. Five days is not an overly long time. If he had been off of the milk for several months, then the dosage would need to be adjusted.
Q. If I have been off camel milk for a while should I continue the same amount as I left off or start over with a recommended dosage?
If you have been off of the milk longer than 3 weeks, then the dosage may need to be adjusted. You may contact my office for the correct starting dosage based on specific health issues and the last dosage that was consumed. M
Q. I have Mast Cell Disorder and react to all food. I am looking into camel milk as a supplement. I react to camel meat. Do you think I would react to the milk as well?
Not necessarily. The content of the camel meat is somewhat different than camel milk. If you do not have a diagnosed casein allergy, you could try starting with a small dosage and increase the dosage very gradually. If any symptoms occur you may stop and call your doctor for a consultation so that we may determine if it is anything that might be causing a problem.
Q. Does anyone have experience with using camel milk with Mast Cell Activation Disorder?
Yes. Most people with Mast Cell Disorder have elevated levels of heavy metals and oxidative stress markers that are elevated. Camel milk has elevated levels of zinc which is counteractive to copper. Patients with Mast Cell Disorder should avoid foods high in copper. I have had excellent results using camel milk to alleviate many of the symptoms of this disorder.
Q. Does camel milk help with Lyme Disease?
Yes, I have had much success with Lyme patients and camel milk due to the antibacterial and antifungal properties of the camel milk. The Lyme spirochete is a bacteria. Many Lyme patients have been on elevated dosages of antibiotics and have fungal overgrowth as well as Lyme due to the antibiotics. The antifungal properties of the camel milk help with this as well. Brain fog clears, joint pain dissipates, nausea and fatigue disappear when patients are able to drink the camel milk as part of their overall therapy.
Q. What’s the recommended dosage for Crohn’s disease?
Each patient is different. There is no specific dosage. But as a rule, the patient should start out at a low dosage of 2 ounces twice per day and increase the dosage by an ounce every 3 days until the desired dosage is reached. For some individuals, it is 8 ounces, but for others, it can be as much as 16 ounces per day.
Q. How does camel milk help Crohn’s disease?
The antibacterial properties in the camel milk help regulate the overactive immune response to the bacteria in the gut of Crohn’s individuals. Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease and an autoimmune disorder. The elevated level of polyunsaturated fats in the camel milk also help to reduce the inflammatory effect of Crohn’s and to heal the gut tissues.
Questions on Ordering Camel Milk:
Q. Is fresh better than frozen?
There is little change in fresh vs. frozen milk. Studies have been conducted and the results stated, “there is no significant difference in fresh milk versus frozen camel milk.”
Does the milk lose any nutrients when you freeze it?
Studies have shown that there is no decrease in the enzymes in the milk when it is frozen. There is only a very slight loss of vitamin C. Studies state, ”there is not enough significant loss of vitamin C to be of any concern to the value of the milk.”
Q. If there are any worms (parasites) in camel milk, would freezing the milk kill them?
Yes and No. Freezing can kill some parasites, but not necessarily the eggs. But, buying milk from a Grade A dairy eliminates most of the problem. Grade A dairies must meet very specific regulations and testing of their milk to determine if there are specific pathogens in the milk.
Q. How important is it to buy from a Grade A dairy?
Grade A dairies must meet specific inspections by local, state and federal agents. They are subjected to random inspections of every aspect of their dairy, from the feed, sanitation, machines, labels, and bottles. Everything is tested daily to make sure that there is no contamination of the milk and that the dairy meets the highest standards of sanitation. We recommend buying from Desert Farms as they are the company certified Grade A
Q. How do we measure the purity/quality of camel milk?
Camel milk must be tested for antibiotic residue and specific pathogens common to milk. This is done by testing the milk daily by a Grade A dairy. An antibiotic residue kit is required by all dairies to test the milk for antibiotic residue and for somatic cell count of the milk. Grade A dairies do this daily.
Q. What’s the healing difference between raw and pasteurized? Should I drink raw or pasteurized?
Since the camel milk is done with a very low temperature, we recommend the pasteurized because we saw no difference in healing between the two
Q. Does pasteurized milk have the same die-off effects and can we increase the dosage quicker?
Because much of the probiotics and antibacterial and antifungal properties of the milk are reduced with pasteurization, there is no danger of die-off effects. Anyone starting a milk dosage should start it slowly to allow the body to adjust to the new milk. If the milk is started with elevated dosages and the individual has a reaction, it is difficult to determine if it is an allergic response to the milk or something else. It is best to start slow and gradually increase.
Q. Is the dosage of the colostrum the same?
No. Very little colostrum is needed. I usually recommend only 1 ounce of colostrum combined with 4 ounces of camel milk. Then that dosage is given in divided dosages twice per day. Many patients do not need colostrum.
Q. Does kefir offer the same health benefit? What is it good for and is it effective?
Yes, kefir offers many of the same health benefits. Kefir is fermented milk and has less lactose than milk which may be good for lactose intolerant individuals. More strains of probiotics may be found in kefir. I like to suggest both to my patients. They both offer many of the same benefits. Camel milk has higher levels of B12 which is important for the nervous system and brain but kefir has more vitamin A. Therefore I suggest using both products.
Q. Is there any benefit to camel urine?
Yes. Camel urine has been used for thousands of years to treat illnesses. There have been several studies utilizing camel urine antibodies in the treatment of cancer. Camel urine has been successful in treating specific skin ailments, such as ringworm and abscesses.
Q. Can I serve the milk warm?
Yes, the milk can be served warm. But warming the milk can destroy some of the nutritional value of the milk. Therefore I suggest that the temperature is kept very low to barely warm the milk if it is warmed and never warm the milk in a microwave. Microwave can destroy much of the nutritional value of food.
Q. Does the powder have the same effect if it is freeze dried?
We saw no positive effects on the freeze-dried powder. We recommend going for the regular powder
Q. Has anyone had a positive experience with blood sugar control in a Type 1 diabetic using camel milk?
Yes, absolutely. The insulin-like properties of camel milk have been shown to reduce insulin requirements in Type 1 as well as Type 2 patients. One of my patients reduced her insulin from 4 injections per day to only 1 injection per day within a ten-day period.
Q. What about Type 2?
Q. How does camel milk help cancer patients?
It reduces the negative side effects of chemo and radiation. The lactoferrin in the milk protects the DNA from oxidative damage. The small size of the antibodies enables them to penetrate cancer cells and destroy them from within.
Q. Does camel milk help arthritis?
Arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that attacks the joints. Allergens contribute to this disorder. The immunoglobulins in camel milk prevent allergens from attacking the immune system.
Q. Has anyone had good success using camel milk to help with sinus issues and did it get worse before better?
Camel milk is good for treating sinus issues if the problem is due to fungal overgrowth or bacteria. The antifungal and antibacterial properties of the milk will help alleviate the problem. But if the sinus problem is derived from a food allergy such as dairy, then the camel milk may not help, and if the individual has a diagnosed casein allergy, then it may make it worse.
Q. Does camel milk help with cerebral palsy?
Yes. Due to the high levels of B vitamins which help with the brain and nervous system and the nutritional value of the camel milk to supply nutrients to the cells which supply energy to the muscles, it has shown to have a positive effect in cerebral palsy patients.
Q. Does camel milk help with Alzheimer’s patients?
Yes, absolutely. The antioxidant properties in the milk have been shown to reduce oxidative stress found in patients with neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
The nutritional value in the milk has more to do with the level of antibodies and immunoglobulins in the milk and this is determined by the lactation period. For instance, camels that have recently had a baby have higher levels of nutrients than any other time. It has nothing to do with the grass. Of course, grass-fed is best, but the camel here in the U.S. are fed very specific diets that are rich in selenium and other nutrients that camels need. Not all grass can provide 100% of the nutrients they need.
Q. Will camel milk produce phlegm in babies?
Any milk can produce a certain amount of phlegm. It also depends on the baby. Some individuals have more mucus produced when drinking milk than others.
Q. Does camel’s milk support the adrenals?
Yes. The nutrients in the milk support the adrenals. Also, camel milk has elevated levels of thyroxin which supports the thyroid as well as the adrenals.
Q. Anyone with Soil Based Organism (SBO) get relief from camel milk?
Yes. The antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties of camel milk help with reducing the level of SBO in the gut.
Q. My son is suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome. Does camel milk help?
Chronic fatigue patients have viruses such as Epstein Barr Virus and the lactoferrin in the milk as well as the antiviral properties of the milk help with the symptoms of chronic fatigue. Although the patient should also address the underlying causes, such as heavy metals and other toxins which can contribute to the problem.
Q. Does camel milk diet trigger any allergies or symptoms?
It can. If the patient has a diagnosed casein allergy there is a chance that they may develop an allergy to camel milk. If they have lactose intolerance they should do well on the milk.
Q. Does camel milk help with seizures?
Yes. Many of the autistic patients that have come to me no longer have seizures.
Q. Can my pets benefit from camel milk?
Yes. Many pet owners and breeders have pets on camel milk. Many breeders supplement the mother dog’s milk with camel milk and note that the puppies are healthier with better coats than the puppies on only the mother’s milk. There are dogs and cats with autoimmune disorders that have had amazing recovery on camel milk.
Q. We just tested high positive for binding assays igG FRA. Do we have to stop drinking camel milk?
There is no definitive evidence of any correlation between camel milk intake and inhibited folic acid binding to FR alpha. Antibiotics can block the enzyme that converts folic acid to folinic acid. Therefore patients with this problem should only take folinic acid. Many patients with this problem actually did better on the camel milk. Although, any patient with a diagnosed casein allergy may develop an allergy to the milk.
‘White gold’: everything you need to know about camel milk
While the consumption of camel milk is relatively new in Australia, it has been used for centuries by Bedouins and nomads in Africa, Asia and the Middle East who lived for months in the desert solely on its sustenance. Today camel milk is seeing a growth in popularity among the health-conscious as a dairy alternative with added benefits.
“Aside from Vitamin C, it is known to be rich in iron, unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins.”
How does it vary from cow milk?
While similar in colour and texture, camel milk has a slight saltiness to it. A notable difference between the two is that camel milk contains less fat and lactose than cow’s milk.
What are the nutritional benefits?
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) said in 2006 that it saw a bright future for camel milk. “To devotees, camel milk is pure nectar… it is very good for you,” the FAO stated. “Aside from Vitamin C, it is known to be rich in iron, unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins.”
Lauren Brisbane, Chair of the Australian Camel Industry Association and director of QCamel dairy farm on the Sunshine Coast, believes the drink to be ideal for those suffering from food allergies and intolerances. “Gut and bowel dysfunction is a growing issue,” says Lauren. “Camel milk is soothing on the body and incredibly digestible.” While drinkers might experience significant benefits, Lauren highlights that “It’s not a silver bullet or a quick fix,” and should be consumed in conjunction with a healthy diet.
What does the research say?
Health experts are calling for more research to discover the milk’s potential benefits. Accredited Practising Dietitian and spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia Kellie Bilinski says “It’s great the people are interested in heath and want to do everything they can to make themselves healthy and reduce disease.” And, she says, “Early research shows that is reduces the amount of insulin needed for people with diabetes, so that’s a positive.”
Referring to recent controversy surrounding claims the milk can act as a natural therapy for children with autism, Kellie says, “I can certainly understand that parents of children with autism would be wanting to try it, so I think it would be really good to have some evidence behind the claims that are being made.”
It suitable for drinkers who have a dairy intolerance?
Camel milk can be a great alternative dairy option. “Camel milk does have lactose but it’s very low, it also has a type of acidity in it that makes it easier for the body to break it down,” explains Lauren, who says consumers are predominantly people who want to drink milk but can’t consume cow’s milk dairy.
Jethro Canteen in Melbourne’s Richmond has seen a positive response to including camel milk on the menu since the café opened in September. “We use it as an alternative for those who are looking for a naturally lower lactose and fat alternative to cow’s milk, that still tastes and works similar to cows, much more so than almond or other milk alternatives,” says owner Billy Zarbos, whose product comes from Camel Milk Victoria.
Is it produced ethically?
Lauren emphasises that ethical camel milk production means managing an animal the way it should be managed, supporting the bond between camels and their calves as well as their natural instinct to live in a herd. “You can’t milk a camel that’s pregnant,” says Lauren, although she says she can’t speak for all camel milk dairies.
Why is it so expensive?
The high cost comes down to the slow production process. “The main way you manage camels is part of the reason why the milk is so expensive,” says Lauren, explaining that the average price is anywhere from $21 to $30 per litre. A camel will produce around four litres of milk per day compared to a Jersey cow that produces around 20 litres. “You do however get quite a lot of effectiveness out of a small amount of camel milk,” Lauren adds.
While the health-conscious and lactose intolerant seem more than happy to part with their dollars for a sip of ‘white gold’, the cost could be harder to justify for those who simply want their morning caffeine hit. “The main barrier has been the price,” says Billy. “At $15 per litre cost price this puts the average 8oz coffee at $5.50-$6 for the consumer,” says Billy.
Is it used to make other products?
Much like sheep, goat and cow’s milk, QCamel will soon be offering camel milk yoghurt, while Dubai’s Al Nassma, the world’s first brand of chocolate made with camel milk, produces a preservative-free range incorporating local spices, nuts and honey. The milk is also used to make body products for sensitive skin such as soaps and hand wash.
Is there a stigma around camel milk?
Lauren suggests those who turn their noses up do so for social rather than knowledge-based reasons. “I’m finding young people are really up for it, or anyone who has done their research,” she says. Billy adds that a small percentage of his customers have struggled with the idea of milk coming from anything but a cow. “I put this down primarily to exposure and education,” he says. “At the very least it has opened up communication about such alternatives.”
Where is it available in Australia?
Camel milk is currently stocked at cafés, restaurants and health food stores Australia-wide, with camel milk dairy farms operating in every state and territory except Tasmania. You may be queuing for a camel latte sooner than you think!
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Camel milk can cost $30 a litre. Why is it so expensive?
- Camel milk can cost you 30 times the price of cow milk.
- The milk is popular across the Middle East and Africa, with 64% of the worldwide camel milk production coming from Somalia and Kenya.
- Camels produce far less milk than cows, and they have much longer gestation periods.
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Following is a transcript of the video.
Narrator: Camel milk can cost you $30 per liter. Compare that to cow’s milk, and it’s almost 30 times the price.
But for hundreds of years, camels have been used to produce milk, yogurt, and even cheese. So, why would anyone milk a camel? And what makes the milk so expensive?
Camel milk may not be quite as popular as cow milk. Compared to the 600 million metric tons of cow milk produced worldwide, only about 3 million tons of camel milk are produced each year.
However, camel milk is an important staple across Africa and the Middle East, and some cultures rely on it. Somalia and Kenya alone produce 64% of the world’s camel milk.
Camelicious in Dubai has over 6,000 camels on its farm and produces 4 million liters of milk each year.
Mutasher Al Badry: As you know, the people in the Middle East connected to the camels for transport and for food, and their main diet was camel milk and dates. So it’s a long history. The demand for camel milk increasing day by day, and we are facing now a challenge, which to meet the demand because the supply is less than the demand.
Narrator: This demand has kept the price high, and camel milk’s profile as a new health food has boosted sales. It’s slightly lower in saturated fat, has 10 times the vitamin C, and has more calcium and potassium than cow’s milk.
These benefits have led many people to start using it as an alternative medicine, despite very limited evidence. Online celebrity endorsements have also led more and more people to try it.
While new camel farms are appearing across the world, the popularity is still limited, and in Europe there are still 12,000 cows for every single camel. But even if you do have a lot of camels, it’s not exactly easy work to get the milk.
Judit Juhasz: Roughly, we are milking 1,300 camels twice a day, so it’s a very intense work. Lots of people are included into the job. So, when camels are arriving here, they go through a very strict quarantine procedure, then we check them for different diseases, whenever needed we treat them, and we start training them for the milking parlor.
It’s very crucial that we provide a very relaxed, very calm atmosphere for the camels during milking to be able to release the milk. So we had to train the camel to be able to milk them without the calves, so that was a very intensive work. And every camel is different.
So for some camels the training itself for the milking parlor takes two, three days, but for some camels it took weeks.
Narrator: Once this training period is over and your camels are producing milk, you still don’t get anywhere near as much as you would from a cow.
Al Badry: One cow can give around, like, 50 liter per day, while the camel milk can give 6 to 7 liter. The cows in three years will give more than 50,000 liter, while in the camels, in three years you’ll get, maximum, 4,000 to 7,000 liter.
Narrator: Unlike the dairy industry, where male calves are often killed and disposed of, every camel must be kept near its young to continue producing milk, meaning that two animals will need to be kept fed and healthy to produce just 7 liters of milk each day.
Al Badry: Camel milk is costly. In addition to that, their feeds cost. We are here at Camelicious giving our camels natural and fresh alfalfa, hay, in addition to wheat plant only. We are not giving any concentrates or any feed additives.
Narrator: So after all this work, what does the milk actually taste like?
As this milk grows in popularity and selective breeding leads to camels that produce more milk, the price may come down. But for now, camel milk remains an expensive luxury.
Juhasz: Camel is a different species, so we didn’t want and still don’t want to turn them into milking machine because we are thinking long term. So we would like to have a long production life here with these camels on this farm.
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For the first time ever, residents of Glasgow were in late May treated to a cuppa with a twist: cappuccinos made from camel milk. The Willow Tea Rooms in the Scottish city introduced the new coffee drink as part of a project to support Kenyan female milk traders who are battling climate change in Wajir county located in the nation’s northeast.
With more than 12.2 million heads of camel, East Africa is home to some of the world’s largest camel populations. Rich in iron, vitamin B and C, and low in fat, the frothy milk produced by the hunched mammal is valued in the region and across the world for its medicinal value—particularly against diabetes and allergies—and is even used as an aphrodisiac. It’s also prized as a source of nutrition especially in hot and arid zones where climate change is exacerbating drought conditions and decimating food chains.
As such, camel dairy products ranging from baby milk to chocolate bars, pizzas to frappuccinos have been launched all across the world. In Africa, enterprises like Mauritania’s Tiviski have been successful in disrupting the milk industry, ensuring they buy from local camel herders instead of relying on milk imports. In Chad, milk bars are helping popularize the consumption of the slightly salty milk, while Egypt’s Tayyiba Farms offers a range of products including camel white cheese, kefir, and yogurt.
Yet across East Africa, the camel dairy business remains rudimentary with much of it being sold and consumed in domestic markets or guzzled by young camels themselves. This underutilization of the creamy liquid, some say, undermines its potential to grow into a multi-billion-dollar business that could change the lives of herders and milk traders alike. Given its benefits for health and well-being, camel milk could grow to become the next global superfood attracting health-conscious consumers.
“No one’s talking about it,” says Bashir Warsame, whose camel processing firm Nuug opened in Nairobi last year. Warsame sources from herders in the southern and central towns of Voi and Isiolo respectively, delivering both camel milk and yogurt in various flavors to supermarkets and homes in the Kenyan capital.
“The camel industry is very virgin from the milking stage to the delivery.”
REUTERS/Feisal Omar Pouring camel milk in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Warsame is one of a new crop of entrepreneurs who are tapping into what some have called the “white gold.” Using a blend of direct marketing, social media, and word of mouth, their aim is to bring the desert animal into cities and realize the commercial value of camels. They are also changing the consumption of camel milk from its usual smoked and boiled usage and introducing it in pasteurized and powdered forms.
These include companies like White Gold, which kickstarted operations in the central town of Nanyuki after the giant camel milk firm Vital faced financial woes and ceased operations in 2017. In Wajir, non-governmental organizations like Mercy Corps have also helped install refrigerated ATMs, allowing traders to keep the milk from going sour and deliver it fresh. To boost the camel population and enhance food security, Kenyan officials have also distributed camels to pastoralists in arid and semi-arid areas.
REUTERS/Feisal Omar Camels being exported from Somalia to the Middle East.
In Somalia, which has one of the highest numbers of camels worldwide, camel dairy production is also being looked into as a profitable business that can integrate pastoralists into the formal economy.
“I do truly believe camel milk to be a superfood and more importantly the milk of the future,” says the founder of the Sweden-based startup Agrikaab, Mohamed Jimale.
From Ethiopia’s teff to Senegal’s fonio, the baobab, tamarind, and dried hibiscus, Africa has contributed to the global explosion of superfoods which have drawn many Western customers due to their high content of nutrients and antioxidants.
As a former nomad himself, Jimale started his firm in a bid to improve Somalia’s livestock and agricultural sectors—both hampered by recurring droughts and water scarcity. Besides using cash to sell camels to both locals and foreigners, Agrikaab also accepts cryptocurrencies in a bid to attract more customers.
AP Photo Barack Obama as a senator in 2006 visiting Wajir town in northeastern Kenya.
With six active farms across Somalia, two of which are dedicated to camels, Jimale says they hope to strike partnerships that could help them manufacture products like camel milk cheese, ice cream, and soaps.
Nuug’s Warsame says he’s looking at the possibility of making camel milk cosmetics—a beauty regimen possibly first realized by Egyptian queen Cleopatra who is reputed to have bathed in camel milk to maintain soft and clear skin.
Before this is attained, a number of barriers related to sourcing, infrastructure, and marketing will have to be resolved. Warsame says one way to mainstream camel milk is to marry it into the local coffee and tea scenes—which is being exported worldwide from countries like Ethiopia. Governments, he says, should also integrate the camel and pastoralist culture into the tourism industry.
“It’s all about being creative with this raw material that’s abundantly available,” he said.
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A very popular drink in the Gulf is milk made not from a cow but from the desert’s most majestic animal, the camel.
Drinking camel milk isn’t a new fad, it was consumed by numerous Bedouin cultures in the region for many generations because of its powerful nutrients.
It’s consumed on the daily in Saudi Arabia and has been proven to include higher levels of iron, vitamin C, protein and less fat than cow’s milk.
But, camel milk can be extremely expensive to harvest and is considered a little on the pricey side.
If you do get your hands on camel milk, here are 5 things you’ll benefit from when you drink it
The components in camel milk contains many immune-system factors that help with many disorders, especially Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
So it’s actually really good for you!
2. It’s filled with antioxidants
The milk drink is filled with so much antioxidants that help in fighting issues like pigmentation and can even help target cancerous cells.
3. It helps with anti-aging
It contains an acid that helps in smoothing fine lines and in preventing wrinkles and probably explains why it’s so popular!
Some brands even make camel-milk based products for your entire body.
4. It’s good for those with allergies
Camel milk has loads of disease-fighting nutrients that help reduce allergies.
Reports say that it’s a great milk substitute for children who suffer from mild to severe allergies from food.
5. It helps with weight loss
Saving the best for last, drinking this dairy product will make you shed the weight instead of putting them on.
Because of the low-fat feature of the milk, it helps in controlling levels of cholesterol, insulin and blood sugar.
With so many benefits, you have to give it a try.
Do it for the camels!
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The Benefits of Drinking Camel Milk
Camel milk is well on the way to becoming a hot commodity in the health market. There are so many benefits of camel milk, but they are not so well-known. Camel milk is a highly nutritious drink consumed by the Bedouins and many other desert communities of the world. Some experts cite properties that they say may help fight a number of diseases, including diabetes, cancer, shingles, and autism. It is also easier to digest than cow’s milk, making it popular among the lactose intolerant.
This emerging superfood can actually contain more nutritional value than other types of milk. Camel milk is even likely to be one of the most superior milk types with some surprising health benefits.
Camel milk is unique in its potential ability to help with allergies and autism, to mitigate autoimmune disease and diabetes and for heart and immune health. It has even been used around the world as a supplement to breastmilk!
Sounds pretty amazing, right? Keep on reading to find out more about how beneficial this milk is.
Protein is extremely important for staying healthy, as it helps to make your blood, hair, connective tissue, and more. You can increase the amount of protein intake without having to consume a large amount of meat or having to take any synthetic protein supplements if you drink camel milk. Furthermore, camel milk does not contain the same proteins that people are often allergic to in cow’s milk. It does not contain A1 casein and lactoglobulin and is usually well tolerated by those with dairy allergies. Cows milk has A1 beta-casein proteins, the protein that people who are lactose intolerant or have a cow milk allergy react negatively to. Camel milk on the other hand, contains A2 beta-casein proteins. In addition, some proteins containing immune globulin may also help boost the immune system.
The monounsaturated fats (especially oleic acid) present in camel milk give it some of the same benefits as olive oil. It contains A2 beta casein, which is different than the A1 casein found in most dairy milk. As mentioned, the A2 beta casein in camel milk may be partially responsible for the heart and immune protective effects. It also has an insulin-like protein, which makes blood absorption easier.
Additionally, Camel milk has very high iron content in it. Since iron is an important component of red blood cells, camel milk has been used for preventing anemia. This iron composition of camel milk would improve the circulation of blood and furthermore, the oxygenation of many organ systems and extremities.
In terms of total protein, fat, vitamins and minerals, camel milk is the closest you can get to breastmilk. As you know, breast milk has all the nutrients your baby needs in the right amounts. Now you have found the milk that is closest to mothers milk which is why it is often considered a suitable alternative for some babies and toddlers who need milk replacements due to high levels of phospholipids. People of all ages can drink camel milk to increase nutrient intake and improve digestion. It is antibacterial and low in lactose. Used medicinally by nomadic communities for centuries, fermented camel’s milk is still popular in Kazakhstan as a treatment for Tuberculosis and for HIV/AIDS in Kenya and Somalia. Research has been conducted into treating Crohn’s disease, breast cancer and autism, however, the most promising studies have been in the field of diabetes.
“Camel milk is the new oil,” says Director Alicia Sully of The What Took You So Long Foundation (WTYSL). Drinking camel milk benefits the human body in many ways. And, best of all, camel milk is delicious!