According to Handy, camel milk has been a source of high nutrition for nomadic cultures since long ago. Although it is more expensive than cow milk, many people have started consuming camel milk powder due to its high nutrient profile, and since it is easier to digest. In fact, only half a cup or 120 ml of camel milk contains an adequate amount of healthy fats, linoleic acid, long-chain fatty acids, and unsaturated fatty acids for daily needs. Camel milk is also available in powdered as well as frozen form.
Here are a few benefits of consuming camel milk powder:
It’s better for people with lactose intolerance
– People who lack the enzyme called lactase, suffer from a condition known as lactose intolerance. They cannot break down the sugar in dairy products and avoid consuming them as they often suffer from diarrhea, bloating, and abdominal pain after consuming milk.
Since camel milk has less lactose compared to cow milk, it’s a much better option for people with milk allergies. Camel milk is also known to contain antidiarrheal properties as it is often used to treat diarrhea caused by rotavirus.
It helps to boost immunity
– Camel milk contains active compounds such as immunoglobulins and lactoferrin that help to fight various types of disease-causing organisms. Lactoferrin has antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, it helps to inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms such as H.pylori, S. aureus, E. coli, K. pneumonia, C. Albicans, Clostridium, etc.
Camel whey protein may also help to fight free radical damage. A study has found that camel milk may be able to fight against low white blood cell count or leukopenia or side-effects of a toxic anticancer drug called cyclophosphamide.
It may help people with autism
– According to various studies, researchers have noted that consuming camel milk on a regular basis may impact behavioral conditions, especially in children with autism. Although most of the evidence is only anecdotal, a few sources conclude that there is potential to improve autism spectrum disorders that impair social interactions or cause repetitive behavior. It may even be helpful for improving other neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s but there is no solid evidence.
It may help to lower insulin and blood sugar
– Camel milk is beneficial for people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes as it contains insulin-like proteins which help to lower blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity. A study has found that drinking two cups or 500 ml of camel milk every day in addition to performing exercises, undergoing insulin treatment, and maintaining a balanced diet can significantly improve type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Handy believes that it is pretty easy to add camel milk powder to your diet. You can consume it normally or add it to tea, coffee, smoothies, soups, mac and cheese, pancake and waffle batters, baked goods, sauces, and other such dishes or food products.