Why is Camel Milk Considered a Superfood?
A superfood is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.
The latest one to catch the attention of scientists, celebrities, athletes and the general public alike, is camel milk.
What is so special about camel milk?
Camels are unique animals and produce unique milk. The quality and strength of some of the properties of camel milk are not found in any other natural food.
Camel milk is loaded with nutrients such as vitamin E, selenium, iron, folate and much more.
The overall fat content of camel milk is approximately 50 percent lower than cow’s milk, while the percentage of healthy unsaturated fatty acids is higher. The monounsaturated fats in camel milk have some of the same benefits of olive oil. The body needs these fatty acids for brain function and cell growth.
Camel milk is rich in natural vitamin C – three to five times higher than in cow’s milk. Vitamin C is needed to grow and repair tissues throughout the body, to form collagen, make skin, tendons, ligaments and blood vessels.
Camel milk contains more calcium than other milks. Your body needs calcium to build and maintain strong bones and your heart, muscles and nerves also need calcium to function properly. The intake of this natural mineral is important for growing children.
Camel milk contains high levels of minerals (sodium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc and magnesium.) Iron is one of the most vital minerals because it plays a vital role in immune system function. Magnesium plays a role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, including the metabolism of food, synthesis of fatty acids and proteins, and the transmission of nerve impulses. It’s also necessary for the optimum absorption of the calcium.
Another great benefit is that camel milk doesn’t contain the A1 beta casein protein found in cow’s milk. This protein has been linked to allergic reactions to cow’s milk, such as bloating, pain, gas, diarrhea or reflux.
The natural probiotic features of camel milk assist healthy bacteria growth in the gut and support healthy digestion. Promoting a healthy digestive tract and a strong immune system are the most widely studied benefits of probiotics.
And the cherry on the top -- camel milk contains oil, lanolin, collagen, and other natural moisturizing ingredients, that have a calming and soothing effect on the skin.
So, with all these benefits it is not hard to see why camel milk is being described as a superfood!