Recent scientific research has found that camel’s milk may hold promise as an alternative treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Camel milk has been used for centuries as a natural remedy in the Middle East, Asian and North African cultures.
I had come across a number of anecdotal reports of individuals with autism, who were experiencing a substantial reduction of symptoms after consuming raw camel’s milk.
To my surprise, there was a small handful of studies which had demonstrated camel milk’s health benefits for those with Autism.
Some of those benefits include improved antioxidant status, reduction of oxidative stress and an improvement of behavioral symptoms.
Raw Camel’s Milk is an excellent source of many nutrients including protein, calcium, Vitamin B1, C & D, zinc, iron and others.
One 500ml glass of Camel’s milk is said to contain over 100% of the RDA(recommended daily allowance) for the mineral Zinc.
Studies have found zinc deficiency and copper imbalances to play a role in the pathophysiology of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Camel Milk as a Potential Therapy as an Antioxidant in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
A study from 2013 published in the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine(eCAM) Journal demonstrated:
Extensive studies have demonstrated that oxidative stress plays a vital role in the pathology of several neurological diseases, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD); those studies proposed that GSH and antioxidant enzymes have a pathophysiological role in autism.
Furthermore, camel milk has emerged to have potential therapeutic effects in autism.
The aim of the current study was to evaluate the effect of camel milk consumption on oxidative stress biomarkers in autistic children, by measuring the plasma levels of glutathione, superoxide dismutase, and myeloperoxidase before and 2 weeks after camel milk consumption, using the ELISA technique.
All measured parameters exhibited significant increase after camel milk consumption (P < 0.5).
These findings suggest that camel 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 as demonstrated by the improved Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS).
Behavioral Benefits of Camel Milk in Subjects with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
A more recent double-blind, randomized clinical study from 2015, designed to investigate the possible therapeutic effects of camel milk on behavioral characteristics as an intervention strategy in autistic children found:
Changes in behavioral characteristics in 65 (boys=60, girls=5) children with autism (aged from 2 to 12 years) were assessed.
The behavioral symptoms were evaluated by Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS), Social Responsiveness Scale (SRS), and Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) before and after the 2 weeks of camel milk therapy.
Significant differences were detected on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by CARS, SRS and ATEC scales, following 2 weeks of camel milk consumption, but not in the placebo group.
The present study demonstrates that camel milk could be very promising therapeutic intervention in ASD. Further wide scale studies are strongly recommended.
Where To Purchase Raw Camel Milk
Desert Farms is one of the main suppliers of Raw Camel Milk in the UK and Europe.
You can purchase Desert Farms Raw Camel Milk products from Amazon at: Raw Camel Milk
 Camel Milk as a Potential Therapy as an Antioxidant in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
 Behavioral Benefits of Camel Milk in Subjects with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
 Patient Report: Autism Spectrum Disorder Treated With Camel Milk
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