Camel was originally domesticated for milk production in harsh and hostile ecosystems of the drylands of the Arabian peninsula. Later on, the trait of walking ability was the major selection criteria to use this precious animal for long nomadic travels (to adapt to the challenge of climate change). The camel is once again turning to its original task and becoming a modern but sustainable farm animal. The high yielding camels are selected and evolved for dairy traits, attracting higher prices as there is un-matching demand for milch camels, especially in Gulf countries.
The wonderful protein of CaM (protective amino acids and immunoglobulin) is a booster of the immune system and nutritional advantages for brain development. Lactoferrin is a fairly recently discovered iron-containing protein that has been shown to have antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-carcinogenic effects. Therefore, a combination of lactoferrin (bactericidal and iron-binding properties) and lysozyme ( an enzyme which catalyzes the destruction of the cell walls of certain bacteria) ensures a super immune system.
CaM diversifies the gut microbiome because of its natural probiotics, GABA and LA bacteria, and other constituents (yet to be researched out) and helps in weight control, better detoxification of the body, and boosting the overall vitality of the brain and body. As a personal experience, (taking a glass of CaM daily ) the camel milk really boosts immunity and improves body resistance to the infections (I think both because of the diversification of the Gut Microbiome and the nanobodies and other specialized proteins).
There are many success stories of CaM sustainably surviving the pastoral and nomadic communities in Africa, especially in the Horn of Africa and West Africa. There are cultural acceptance and demand for camel milk, therefore there is an increasing population trend of the camel in that region.https://www.fairplanet.org/story/east-africa%E2%80%99s-camel-milk-business-revolutionises-food-and-health-industries/
There are many small-scaled camel dairying units in the regions other than the original habitats of the camel. There are newly emerging camel dairies in the USA, Holland, Germany, Australia, China, and other countries. https://camel4milk.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/camel-journey-from-its-original-habitat-to-modern-world/
Camel milk is making it possible to generate extra income for the Raika community of camel keepers in Rajasthan, India. Unfortunately, there is a sharp decline in the camel population. The camel lover and activist Ilse K. Rollefson is promoting camel milk to save the ship of the desert. Camel milk processing and development are underway in India and commercial players are entering the business. The dairy giant ‘Amul’ also launched a CaM brand and there is a high demand for the product inside the country.
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