Camel milk not only tastes great. But it is also said to be effective against allergies and diabetes, even against cancer and AIDS. It is also used in the cosmetics industry. Just the next nutrition and wellness hype? The European market has been open to the “white gold from the desert” since 2013.
And camel milk products are also available from us in a wide variety of processing. Among the desert inhabitants. Camel milk has been a ‘panacea’ for more than 3000 years, and the Bedouins of Arabia swear by the diverse healing powers of camel milk. What’s up Camel milk – article overview:
We probably do not yet know all possible potentials of camel milk. The pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries. Above all, companies from the food industry have already discovered many possible uses, but further research may point to other possible properties and uses.
Camel ladies are capricious
The ‘production’ of camel milk has become a separate industry in some areas of Arabia since Europe’s increasing demand. There are huge camel farms, but keeping camels and producing milk is not straightforward.
Like cows, camels have four teats, can – theoretically – be milked twice a day, and corresponding camel milking machines are adapted to the smaller, flatter camel people.
But camels are stubborn and not as tolerant as our cows. If a camel lady is not feeling well – and there can be many causes – she will stop giving milk.
To find out what does not suit the bumpy lady, empathy and sensitivity are required. Camels can only be milked if their calf has previously been suckled. The milking mayor can only be done if the young animal remains near the mother during the milking process.
On the other hand, camels are in principle extremely resilient. While a cow in the desert climate slacks off after four hours without water. The camel, thanks to its ability to store water in its hump, can do without water for two weeks or longer – and there is still milk (if it wants ). Compared to Central European cows. Which gives between 25 and 40 liters a day, camels give a maximum of seven liters per animal and day. That explains why camel milk and camel milk products are so valuable and expensive.
Better tolerable – also for allergy sufferers?
Camel milk is extremely nutritious. It contains five times as much vitamin C as cow’s milk, but hardly any sugar, and it is only half as fat as ‘our’ milk. Their vitamin B content is also very high, and the calcium and other minerals content are many times higher than in cow’s milk.
Two milk proteins that can trigger allergies, namely beta-lactoglobulin and beta-casein, are not found in camel milk. For people with lactose intolerance, camel milk is also said to be easier to digest.
However, allergy specialists warn against expectations that are too high: Camel milk also contains allergens, which, via cross-reactivity with caseins, can trigger reactions in people who are allergic to cow’s milk. Some studies indicate that such reactions occur less often than with goat’s milk, which can also be used as a cow’s milk substitute for allergy sufferers, but it is impossible to give the all-clear.
Uses of camel milk
Camel milk is used as a classic milk substitute, but can also be processed into milk and whey powder and thus serves as a base for ice cream, sweets, and chocolate. Yogurt and cheese are also made from camel milk.
In addition to the possibilities of making milk into something edible, its possible uses in cosmetics are also valued and the ‘white gold’ is processed into exclusive body care products.
By the way, camel milk tastes slightly salty and has a full-bodied, creamy, creamy taste.
Apparently, Cleopatra already knew about the wonderful effects of camel milk. According to legend, she bathed in it every day to nourish her skin and make it soft and tender.
But how does camel milk differ from other types of milk, and why is its use in body care so valued?
Camel milk contains more lactic acid, which belongs to the group of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), than conventional cow milk. This lactic acid helps to smooth fine wrinkles and smooth out slight discoloration of the skin, which leads to a beautiful complexion.
Camel milk also contains the proteins collagen and elastin, which tighten the skin and strengthen its elasticity. Vitamins B and C also have an antioxidant effect, protect against free radicals, and promote the body’s own collagen production.
At the moment, skin creams and bath products are mainly available in selected drugstores and cosmetic stores. Still, the demand for caring camel milk products increases, and a corresponding expansion of the range can be expected.
Camel milk miracle cure?
The possible uses of camel milk as a remedy is enormous. And it is not just about the use of lactose intolerance and other food allergies.
Convinced consumers believe that camel milk can actually also be used as a remedy: this is how the ‘white gold’ helps with inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and colitis as well as gallstone diseases and gastritis, cirrhosis of the liver, and esophagitis. Even neurodermatitis and tuberculosis as well as some types of cancer can be alleviated with camel milk.
The fact is that the high vitamin C content and the high number of immunoglobulins and antibacterial enzymes in camel milk can explain a general strengthening of the immune system. But whether there is also a ‘real’ healing potential of camel milk has not yet been scientifically confirmed.
The popular study by Ben Gurion University from 2005, which supposedly proved that the use of camel milk could alleviate allergy symptoms in children, only refers to eight (!) Children.
Another study by a camel research institute in Bikaner, India, which is also popularly cited, is supposed to prove that type 1 diabetes patients could drastically reduce their insulin doses when taking camel milk. But this study has serious scientific flaws and even makes European doctors believe that it is not worth the paper on which it was published.
Comprehensive clinical studies on the subject of ‘healing power of camel milk’ are (quite simply) still missing. And the enormous range of possible applications and the multitude of promises of healing should and must be questioned as long as these clinical studies do not exist. Camel milk products are, in any case, and at least an exotic addition to the European food market.
Mixed milk drinks, chocolate, and ice cream made from camel milk may be more digestible. Then comparable products made from cow milk (at least for some cow milk allergy sufferers). Still, according to the current state of science, the healing promises made in them as miracle cures do not keep.
And it is questionable whether new studies will produce different results. It is much more likely that expensive milk will open up a new business line for well-heeled consumers with increased body awareness. The attempt is legitimate. But you don’t have to support it – at least in Europe. At the moment because the delivery routes are enormous. And the resulting environmental impact is truly unnecessary.
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