The Effects of Camel Milk on Blood Sugar and Insulin
Camel milk has emerged as a potent therapeutic alternative to reduce blood sugar levels.
Based on evidence based reviews of research findings on the use of camel milk in blood glucose management, it can be concluded that camel milk has a powerful effect in reducing blood glucose levels, insulin utilization and can help limit complications such as high cholesterol levels, liver and kidney diseases, decreased oxidative stress and delayed wound healing.
Clinical research on the use of camel milk by people with high blood sugar (glucose) levels indicate that drinking camel milk daily decreases blood glucose levels and improves insulin resistance.
It appears that camel milk provides an insulin-like protein in a different form than in other mammals and/or delivers some other therapeutic compounds that boost the health of people with elevated blood sugar levels. However, the mechanism is not yet fully understood, just that it is effective.
Mucosal surfaces are a common and suitable route for delivering drugs such as peptides and proteins to the body. However, currently the oral administration of insulin is incapable of overcoming mucosal barriers and it's degraded by digestive enzymes (stomach acids) before it enters the bloodstream.
A unique feature of camel milk is that its insulin-like protein is protected in the stomach and absorbed efficiently into the blood stream. This is because camel milk does not coagulate in the acidic environment of the stomach and has a high buffering capacity.
Camel milk contains approximately 52 micro units per ml of insulin-like protein which mimics insulin interaction with its receptor and has a high content of zinc which has a key role in insulin secretory activity in pancreatic beta cells.
One study found that the amino acid sequence of camel milk protein is rich in half-cystine, which has a similarity with the insulin family of peptides.
Some of the researchers suggest that the insulin-like protein in camel milk has the ability to resist proteolytic (breakdown of proteins) digestion, which makes its absorption into circulation fast because it’s encapsulated in nano particles.
An earlier study shows that camel milk has the ability to reduce blood glucose levels by 55%. The results showed a reduction in blood glucose levels from 169.68 mg/dL to 81.54 mg/dL after four (4) months of taking camel milk daily.
Another study found that the mean serum insulin level was significantly higher after four (4) weeks of daily intake of camel milk.
Several studies have found that taking camel milk had a significant hypoglycemic (lowering blood sugar) effect when taken for three (3) months.
Camel milk has been shown to be effective in reducing the level of glycosylated, or glycated, hemoglobin in the blood. This hemoglobin, to which glucose is attached, is typically found at high levels in people with diabetes. Camel milk can therefore be used to enhance the amount and utilization of insulin.
A review article, published in the “Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture”, entitled THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL of CAMEL MILK, by researchers from the Institute of Technology and Science, noted that there are much lower rates of diabetes in areas where camel milk is a staple food.
It has been scientifically proven that drinking at least 500 ml of camel milk daily would supplement 60% to 70% of insulin needed on a daily basis.
Camel milk is nutritionally similar to human nursing milk, which is considered to be healthier than any other form of nutrition.
Camel milk is available in different forms - raw, pasteurized and pasteurized powder. Liquid raw milk has risks attached to it in addition to the benefits of drinking it and has a very short shelf life of around five (5) days when refrigerated.
Pasteurization prevents risk for consumers and their families. FLASH PASTEURIZED camel milk gets “flashed” with heat for fifteen (15) seconds and then instantly cooled. This technique preserves most of the nutrient properties in the milk rather than losing them due to regular pasteurization. However, even with pasteurized liquid camel milk, the shelf life is still very short, again about five days when refrigerated.
However, flash pasteurized camel milk powder has all of the benefits of camel milk without the risks and also has a twelve (12) month shelf life. Camel milk powder in single serving sachets is a convenient, effective and efficient way to get your daily camel milk needs.
What’s the difference between the forms of camel milk?
A respected testing company, Food Lab, Inc., was commissioned to analyze the nutritional content of raw fresh, pasteurized fresh, and pasteurized frozen and thawed camel milk. The differences in the samples were so small they could be equated to “rounding errors”.
In conclusion, based on the many existing clinical studies, the evidence indicates that daily consumption of camel milk is a safe and efficient way to improve long term glycemic control and support your overall nutritional needs naturally.