Camel Milk and Immune System Health
The future of nutritional science lies not in merely supporting one body system, as if it functioned independently of the others, but in supporting the major body systems simultaneously.
The most important thing we need to learn from the Coronavirus pandemic is that boosting our immune system health and maintaining it should be a top priority.
Our immune system is vital to our survival. It protects us from viruses, bacteria, parasites, and many other pathogens (a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease.) Our immune system consists of a large network of cells and tissues that are constantly on the alert for intruders, which once identified, initiate a complex attack.
There are three types of immunity in humans: innate, adaptive & passive.
Innate immunity includes the external barriers of our body like the skin and mucous membranes of the throat and gut.
Adaptive (also known as acquired) immunity is the buildup of various antibodies, either through disease or vaccinations, due to the fact that our bodies remember past invasions.
Passive immunity is a temporary immunity that comes from another source, for example, antibodies a mother passes to her child through breast milk.
To strengthen our immune system, humans require vitamins. These organic nutrients are required in small amounts from our diet. These nutrients, essential for health, are dramatic in the case of deficiency.
Camel milk is a complex medium containing a variety of nutrients, fats, minerals, vitamins, as well as other molecules with functional or bioactive properties. Camel milk has been consumed for thousands of years due to its nutritional value, high quality composition and various bioactive ingredients. Being rich in zinc and protective proteins, camel milk may help boost the immune system. Camel milk has properties that are virtually bio-identical to human colostrum.
In addition, camel milk contains high amounts of various antimicrobial and bioactive substances, such as lactoferrin and various classes of antibodies (proteins used by the immune system to identify and neutralize foreign substances).
In the serum of camel milk, a completely new class of immunoglobulin has been discovered, which is fundamentally different from all other previously known antibody classes. Cameloid Immunoglobulins (only found in camels, llamas, alpacas, vicunas, and guanacos) are used by the immune system for easy and quick targeting of foreign substances. This is one of the ways camel milk ma strengthen and support the gastrointestinal immune system.
The immunoglobulins from camel milk are also very important because of their unique property of containing only two heavy chains, with the light chains absent. Because of this, most of these immunoglobulins can pass within the camel milk and can be digested by people when they drink the milk. Immunoglobulins play an integral part in our immune system’s function.
Camel milk lactoferrin has immunomodulatory roles, as it modulates activation and maturation of various immune cells such as neutrophils, macrophages and lymphocytes.
Research published in the “Journal of Dairy Research” reveals that there is a surprisingly high level of proteins and other organic compounds in camel milk, some of which have powerful protective abilities.
In summary, regularly drinking camel milk may make our immune system stronger as it contains a series of protective proteins such as lysozyme, lactoferrin, lactoperoxidase, immunoglobulin G & immunoglobulin A. The quality and strength of these properties are not found in any other natural superfood.