For centuries, camel milk has been used for medicinal purposes in certain parts of the world, including the Middle East, due to the fact that it has low levels of saturated fat and high levels of essential nutrients. No wonder then, camel milk is gaining popularity the world over as well as in Pakistan, especially among people who are lactose-intolerant since camel milk is easily digestible when compared to regular milk.
Camel milk provides the following health benefits:
- Boosts your immune system and fights disease. This is due to the presence of protein and organic antibodies that improve immune system function, fight off infections and counter autoimmune disorders. Camel milk also contains organic compounds which are beneficial for the neurological system; they can help lessen or reverse symptoms caused by diseases such as autism among children.
- Fights diabetes. High levels of insulin-like molecules that help maintain glucose levels in the body make camel milk ideal for diabetics. Nutritionists are increasingly of the opinion that camel milk can assist in the prevention of diabetes in the long-run.
- Maintains cholesterol levels. Essential fatty acids help maintain ideal levels of ‘good’ cholesterol in the body and reduce ‘bad’ cholesterol; this, in turn can help prevent the occurrence of heart attacks and strokes, as well as diseases such as atherosclerosis, all the while maintaining optimal blood pressure levels.
- Good for your skin. Due to the presence of lactic acid, collagen, elastin and vitamins B and C, camel’s milk is believed to have anti-ageing properties because it can improve skin elasticity. In fact, it is rumoured that camel milk was the secret behind Cleopatra’s beauty, because it can prevent the occurrence of wrinkles.
– Dr Beenish Israr
The writer is Lecturer, Food and Nutrition at University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan and works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in South Korea.