CAMEL MILK GAINING POPULARITY

MOHAMMED ARIFEEN
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Aug 20 - Sep 2, 20
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Camel milk is drunk widely across the Arab world. It is rich in vitamins B and C and has 10 times more iron than cow's milk. One can stay mentally and physically fit as well as becoming strong by drinking camel milk regularly. Camel milk is a very good and disease resistant drink as well as the fact that It is organic like all other natural products.

There are six types of fatty acids found in camel milk, including lanolin acid, which is effective in controlling wrinkles as well as improving skin tone.

Anti-Bacterial Camel Milk Soap is made of organic camel milk and essential oils. The same components Queen Cleopatra used in her beauty bath during ancient Egyptian times. Camel milk contains more proteins, vitamins, and minerals than any other type of milk. The Milk proteins in soaps are great for moisturizing skin.

Camel milk soap also helps to prevent anti bacterial infections and is an excellent cleanser. It acts as a disinfectant, removes dead skin cells, relieves dermatitis symptoms and vitalizes the skin. Camel milk soap is also recommended for treating acne. Camel milk soap is suitable for delicate and dry facial and body skin.

If camel's milk is used for skin care, its profits would certainly encourage the economies of some under developed countries to flourish. Laboratory experiments are presently afoot to determine the safety of camel milk in personal care.

Researchers in India are optimistic to prove the skin care usefulness of camels' milk through a series of studies and trials. The same group of scientists have already developed camel milk products for consumer use including camel milk ice cream and claim to have discovered cosmetic uses for the milk. The benefits suggested include fairer skin and diminished wrinkles.

The appeal of lighter and smoother skin to the people in India is the keystone of a consumer market worth approximately 180 billion rupees ($467 million USD) each year.

It also contains antibodies, and these may help fight off serious diseases like cancer, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's and Hepatitis B. Camel Milk could potentially be the 'super food' of the future in Western countries, and can potentially bring forth much-needed income for developing countries.

Health benefits of camel milk are ascribed to presence of a high concentration of insulin-like protein and other factors that have a good effect on the immunity. In Somalia and Kenya, some diabetics who recognise the value of Camel milk are using camel milk therapy to control their Diabetes.

Camels possess unparalleled powerful immune-system components, which are contained in their milk. Camel milk might possibly benefit disorders including diabetes and autism.

The Huffington Post mentions a 2005 study by India's Bikaner Diabetes Care Research Center that observed the effects of camel milk on type 1 diabetes. Researchers determined that consuming camel milk significantly reduced insulin doses required to maintain long-term glycemic, or blood sugar, control.

According to lead researcher Dr R P Agrawal, 500 ml of raw, fresh camel milk daily improves the lives of diabetics due to an insulin-like protein that is absorbed rapidly and does not coagulate.

According to the Rajasthan Milk Federation officials, camel milk is winning popularity in Delhi with each running day. Low-fat camel milk not only contains healthy vitamins and minerals, but also is a rich source of insulin. This milk reportedly has about a quarter of insulin in each liter, making it a possible treatment alternative for diabetics.

The NRCC (National Research Centre for Camels) in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India is a research institute producing a quantity of milk daily that it sells at a subsidized price to diabetic patients and to an alternative therapy centre for children with disabilities.

Elderly persons, especially from rural areas of Rajasthan, also say that camel milk has medicinal values that enhance male potency.

Some camel milk advocates believe that camel milk might benefit people with autism. A study published in the 2005 edition of the "International Journal of Human Development" observed the effects of camel milk consumption, instead of cow milk, on autistic people.

According to different reports, camel milk contains nutrients that help battle anaemia, osteoporosis, allergies, auto-immune diseases, autism, Crohn's disease and the side-effects chemotherapy.

Camel milk, which is a bit saltier than cow's milk, is an inherent part of the traditional Arabian diet. Camel milk, used medicinally for hundreds of years by nomadic people, is the closest to human mother's milk and contains 10 times more iron and three times more vitamin C than cow's milk, according to The Huffington Post.

Camel milk lacks two powerful allergens found in cows milk and contains immune system components that might benefit children allergic to milk and other foods. A study published in the December 2005 edition of the "Israel Medical Association Journal" investigated the effects of camel milk on eight children with severe milk and other food allergies. After failing to respond to conventional treatments, study participants consumed camel milk under the direction of researchers. Daily progress reports indicated that all eight children fully recovered from their allergies with no side effects.

Camel milk is a rich source of proteins with potential antimicrobial and protective activities. These proteins are not found in cow milk or found only in minor amount. Camel milk has enough nutrients to sustain a person through the day.

In many countries, camel milk is given to babies suffering from deficiency diseases. Compared to cow, buffalo and ewe milk fat, camel milk fat contains less short-chained fatty acids.

Some researchers claim that the value of camel milk is to be found in the high concentrations of volatile acids and, especially, linoleic acid and the polyunsaturated acids, which are essential for human nutrition. Camel milk has a high vitamin and mineral content and immunoglobin content.

Camel milk is low in lactose compared with cow's milk. However, levels of potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, sodium and zinc are higher than in cow's milk.

Cholesterol in camel milk is lower than cow or goat milk. Camel milk is 3 times higher in vitamin C than cow's milk and 10 times higher in iron. It is also high in unsaturated fatty acids and B vitamins but less in vitamin A and B2.

The fat content in camel's milk is similar to that of cow's milk. Camel milk is rich potassium, iron and minerals such as sodium and magnesium.

The United Nations is calling for the milk, which is rich in vitamins B and C and has 10 times more iron than cow's milk, to be sold to the West. The UN's food arm, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), wants producers in countries from Mauritania to Kazakhstan to start selling camels' milk to the West.

A spokeswoman for the British Nutrition Foundation said: "Camels' milk could be a useful addition to the diet as it contains calcium and B vitamins and is lower in saturated fat than cow's milk.

Camel's milk is said to have gained taste. Its combination is closer to human milk than cow's milk. It could be considered the 'super food' of the future in the West, and muster much-needed income for developing countries.

Products from camel milk are already striking the shelves of shops such as soaps and yoghurts. An Austrian chocolate maker has collaborated with an Arabic Camel farm in Al-Ain (United Arab Emirates - UAE) to create a new delicacy - Camel milk chocolates.

Camel's milk has supported Bedouin, nomad and pastoral cultures since the domestication of camels' thousand years ago. Herders may for periods live exclusively on the milk when taking the camels on long distances to graze in the desert and arid environments.

Camel dairy farming is an alternative to cow milk in deserted regions of the world where other kinds of farming consumes large amount of water and electricity to power air-conditioned halls and cooling sprinkler systems.

Camel milk can be found in supermarkets in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania and Kenya.

Camel Milk USA, a company founded by Dr Millie Hinkle, is devoted to the research, development, sales, and promotion of camel milk and camel milk products in the United States. The goal of Camel Milk USA is to make camel milk available to citizens of the United States and to further medical research and studies of camel milk in this country.

The USA has an imported population of about 5,000 camels. Several farms owning collections of breeding camels are adopting camel milking programs in the states of Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, with new milking programs set to open in Louisiana, Virginia, Georgia, Texas, Idaho, Tennessee, and Florida. Most of the camel dairies in the US are small, with four to 20 camels, each producing a minimum of five litres per day.

Pakistani and Afghanistani camels are supposed to produce the highest yields of milk, up to 30 litres per day. The Bactrian camel produces between 2.5 to5 liters per day and the dromedary produces an average of 6-9 liters per day.