Can Camel’s Milk Help Children with Autism?

Many people follow a diet restricting milk or dairy products to treat autism. However, camel milk has gained traction recently and is being studied for its benefits.

Camel milk has been used for centuries in the Middle East and North Africa as a traditional medicine for various ailments. The potential benefits of camel milk for children with autism have been talked about for over 20 years.  There are more than 700 published studies on camel milk, which is now recognized as a food that helps treat autism. 

The research began as a memoir by a mom raising a child with autism. Christina Adams, a former journalist in Los Angeles, became so enamored with the mysteries of camel benefits that she wrote “Camel Crazy” and is now a researcher for the International Journal of Camel Science. International Journal of Camel Science.” In “Camel Crazy,” Christina reported that after consuming camel milk, her son slept better, maintained better posture, and improved many behavioral issues.

Camel milk contains beta-casein (a protein) and peptides (lactoferrin). Beta-casein has opioid-like effects, which may help reduce individual hyperactivity and improve social interaction in children with autism. Lactoferrin has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the brain. In addition to these specific ingredients, camel milk is rich in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C. These nutrients can help support overall health and well-being, indirectly benefiting people with autism by improving immune system function.

Researcher Dr. Amnon Gonen reports that in addition to providing antioxidants, camel milk also has anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit the brains of people with autism, as most of the children who drank camel milk in the study showed changes in antioxidant levels and behavioral rating scales. Plus, it’s low in sugar and cholesterol and high in specific vitamins and minerals. People who consume these nutrients help increase the levels of vitamins and minerals in the body. In addition, camel’s milk is the closest thing to breast milk and is easily digestible, which can improve sleep problems and gastrointestinal issues in children.

In addition, camel milk has several other genetically superior properties that have been studied, including its ability to regulate blood sugar, hydrate the body, provide energy, and break down fat.

Here are some of the studies that have reported the benefits of camel milk for autism. We hope this helps you make the right choice when choosing camel milk for your child.

2005 Shabo, Y., Barzel, R., & Margoulis, M. (2005). International Journal on Disability and Human Development ” Etiology of autism and camel milk as therapy
2009 Camel milk and its protective properties: A review” International Dairy Journal
2013 Camel milk as a potential therapy as an antioxidant in autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
2014 Effect of camel milk on thymus and activation-regulated chemokine in autistic children: double-blind study,
2015 Nutritional and therapeutic characteristics of camel milk in children: a systematic review
2015 Behavioral benefits of camel milk in subjects with autism spectrum disorder
2015 Effect of Camel Milk on Autism Symptoms
2016 The therapeutic effects of camel milk: a systematic review of animal and human trials
2017 Effect of Camel Milk on Oxidative Stress and Immune Markers in Autism from, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
2020 Randomized Controlled Trial of Camel Milk as an Adjunct to Behavioral Therapies in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
2022 Comparative Study on the Ameliorating Effects of Camel Milk as a Dairy Product on Inflammatory Response in Autism Spectrum Disorders, CLINICAL NEUROCHEMISTRY
2022 The Application of Natural Camel Milk Products to Treat Autism-Spectrum Disorders: Risk Assessment and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials


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