Camel’s milk is a promising treatment for autism
You might be scratching your head and asking: what? But, yes, you have read it right. Camel’s Milk is being raved as a promising treatment for autism, and the reason for that is because camel’s milk is a good source of antioxidants, probiotics and offers an alternative to cow’s milk for those who are allergic to it.
In the world of autism spectrum disorder, there is a well known fact:
People diagnosed with autism have gastro intestinal disturbances, due to microbe abnormalities in the gut. However, if there are concerted efforts made to heal the gut, a lot of behavioral and physiological problems are observed to improve. The problem of gastrointestinal disturbances are exactly what camel’s milk is able to tackle, as recent research has proven camel’s milk to to be a natural source for probiotics, and antioxidants which are confirmed to improve behavior. All this goodness, makes camel’s milk consumption a natural promising treatment for autism.
A recent paper discussed the benefits of camel’s milk consumption for autistic individuals. In one of the case studies, a 4 years - old girl who had fits of rage, was a picky eater, had no eye contact or other cognitive or communicative skills and did not talk, was considered normal after only 40 days of drinking camel’s milk. In another case, a 15 year old boy with serious symptoms of autism, began drinking camel milk because of enterocolitis and showed improved cognitive and communication skills within a month.
How does camel’s milk act on the body of autistic individuals?
What makes camel’s milk a promising treatment for autism, is its ability to combat oxidative stress, which is found in autistic individuals. An animal model study on camel’s milk effectiveness in reducing oxidative stress, has observed that after two weeks of consuming camel’s milk, there was an increase in glutathione, superoxide dismutase, and myeloperoxidase, which are markers for oxidative stress. These findings suggest that camel's milk could play an important role in decreasing oxidative stress by alteration of antioxidant enzymes and nonenzymatic antioxidant molecules levels, as well as the improvement of autistic behaviour.
Studies have discussed that camel’s milk is great for overall health because it is antibacterial, antiviral, low in cholesterol, low in sugar, high in minerals, high in vitamin c and high in certain protective proteins that exhibit activities that have beneficial effect on many bioprocesses as digestion, absorption, growth and immunity.
Given the recent evidence, camel’s milk appears to be a promising treatment for autism. Therefore, It is important for the scientific community to start larger clinical trials, because the well known benefits of camel’s milk consumption might be the key to help millions of individuals worldwide diagnosed with autism, who have to endure in some cases a life time of pain due to the other medical conditions they suffer, which categorize the diagnosis of autism.