All ‘super foods’ we eat today were once relegated to the backs of grocery store shelves, or were still undiscovered in a far away rainforest, or perhaps atop Himalayan mountains. The next super food just might come from the desert animal we associate with nomadic peoples crossing the dry tundra – the camel. Camel’s milk is not only highly digestible, it is also full of nutrients that our bodies crave.
Most of us are used to drinking cow’s milk, and on rare occasions goat’s milk if we are lucky enough to find it at our local health food stores. There is also hemp milk, almond milk, rice milk, and soy milk, but let us not ignore the milk of a camel, which has been proven to be very beneficial indeed.
While raw milk from goats and cows is nutritious, it isn’t as digestible as camel’s milk, which means the nutrients are not absorbed as readily. Camel’s milk comes closest to mother’s milk which helped us to grow to be smart and strong when we were just moments old. Camel’s milk is even safe for most people who are lactose intolerant.
One of the key ingredients in camel’s milk is a protein similar to insulin, which can help people suffering from diabetes or those who simply have sugar cravings or difficulty keeping their glucose levels stable. When drinking cow’s milk, the protein is destroyed in the stomach, and therefore offers a reduced benefit to the consumer.
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Camel’s milk is so highly nutritious that it is also used in many communities around the world to treat attention deficit disorder, HIV, and numerous other ailments.
The nutrient density of camel’s milk has been proven to be significantly higher in potassium, magnesium, iron, copper, manganese, sodium, and zinc than cow’s milk. It is also lower in cholesterol, and has three times the amount of vitamin C and ten times the amount of iron. Camel’s milk has slightly lower levels of vitamins A and B2 than cow’s milk; however, it is full of unsaturated fatty acids, B-vitamins, whole fats, and proteins. It could be considered a whole food for this reason.
Currently, it is difficult to procure camel’s milk in the US, as few food retailers are aware of just how wonderful this new super food can be, but as it grows in popularity, you can expect it to be as common as goji berries or kale. There are farms across the country already producing camel’s milk, and if you happen to live near an Amish community, you can inquire if they sell it, since many Amish are keen to camel’s milk benefits. A pint will cost you around $18, but as demand increases, the price is likely to level off as well.
With such a high nutrient base, it is definitely worth a try.