Camel Milk Holds Answer for Diabetes, Autism, Lactose Intolerance, Allergies

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A camel's milk, which is extremely high in iron, vitamin, protein and calcium might cure diabetes, autism and few types of allergies. The camel milk is easy to digest for those who are lactose intolerant, say experts.

Camel milk is rich in nutrients and it was always very popular among nomads. The nutritious drink is closest to mother's milk and contains three times more vitamin C and 10 times more iron than cow's milk, according to Huffington Post. Apart from possessing powerful immune-system components, it is also a rich source of insulin. According to Gilad Berman, the former CEO of Australia's first commercial camel dairy, "We had people coming in and buying the milk for diabetes, autism, lactose intolerance and kid's allergies."

The Bikaner Diabetes Care Research Center studied the effects of camel milk on type 1 diabetes. It was found that consumption of the milk reduced the doses of insulin to a great extent. Insulin is required to maintain long-term glycemic or blood sugar control. Dr. R.P. Agrawal, lead researcher at the Bikaner Diabetes Care Research Center is of the opinion that consuming "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".

Dr. Kellie Bilinski, a spokeswoman for the Dietitians Association of Australia, agrees with the opinion of experts around the world and said that "camel milk has a substantially higher amount of niacin (Vitamin B3), iron and vitamin C and a similar amount of protein, calcium, fat and lactose to cow's and goat's milk." When asked how reliable the study was, Bilinski said, "There is some early research that has shown that there are health benefits for individuals with insulin dependent diabetes (by reducing the amount of insulin required to produce glycemic control), however other early research are investigating whether there are any benefits in treating autism, breast cancer and Crohn's disease has not been as promising."

Meanwhile, the demand for camel milk is increasing at a fast rate. Lauren Brisbane, chair of the Australian Camel Industry Association, is all ready to set up her own camel diary, with approximately 30 camels. Brisbane, who has been in this industry for 8 years, says that there is great demand for camel milk. "There is a big demand for the milk and I have a waiting list of people wanting to buy it. People are asking 'When can we get it?' 'Where can we get it?' There is a large market for it because it is such a high end health product. People from the autism community are saying 'Do you realize that there is an entire community waiting for this?'- - We cannot produce it quick enough," said Brisbane.

According to Brisbane, the camel milk "has a little bit of a salty taste but generally it looks and tastes like any milk. It is pure white milk and is low in fat, so it has no yellow color on it. The big difference is when you digest it. You do not get a heavy pitted feeling in your stomach and it is quite refreshing."

However, more research needs to be done to fully establish the benefit of camel milk in curing diabetes, autism and other diseases. 

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