Benefits of Camel Milk: Low Allergen Alternative to Dairy

The benefits of camel milk for allergies - autoimmune disease- autism and diabetes

Several weeks ago my husband, baby and I were at a conference, and during one of the breaks, I noticed they had camel milk as one of the refreshments on hand (along with water, coffee, kombucha, and paleo snacks).

I was slightly taken aback, as I can count on one hand the number of actual camels I’ve seen in my lifetime (only at the zoo), and the thought of drinking camel milk had never crossed my mind before seeing the bottles they had at the refreshment stand that day.

So of course, I had to research it to find out about any potential health benefits. And what I found out is VERY interesting!

Camel milk is unique in its potential ability to help with allergies and autism, to mitigate autoimmune disease and diabetes and for heart and immune health. It has even been used around the world as a supplement to breastmilk!

Sound crazy?

I thought so too, but it turns out that the milk from a camel is an entirely different animal (pun intended) than milk from a cow or a goat.

Here’s why:

Cows, goats and other similar animals are hoofed animals. Camels have toes (only two, made of a single bone) and both their foot structure and the proteins in their milk are dramatically different than milk from hoofed animals.

To make things slightly more confusing, camels ruminate but are not considered ruminants. As unique as camels are, their milk is even more so.

What Makes Camel Milk Different?

I started researching this and was absolutely fascinated by the research on camel milk and how it is different from other types of milk.

Protein Structure

For one thing, camel milk does not contain the same proteins that people are often allergic to in cow’s milk. It does not contain A1 casein and lactoglobulin and is usually well tolerated by those with dairy allergies.

Gram for gram, it has about the same amount of protein and carbohydrates as regular cows milk, but impacts blood sugar differently.

Fat Content

This is one area where camel and cow milk differ greatly. Camels produce milk that is naturally low in fat (only 2-3%).

Also unlike cow milk, the fats produced by camels in their milk are completely homogenized naturally occurring Omega-3 fatty acids. This means that camel milk can be frozen and thawed without changing consistency. It also will not curdle or clot like cows milk.

Unique Properties

  • Camels produce a very unique milk that has some rare beneficial properties. For one thing, it is high in potent immunoglobulins, powerful immune-boosting substances. The immunoglobulins in camel milk are smaller than human immunoglobulins and can more easily pass into tissues in the body.
  • Researchers still don’t completely understand why, but these tiny immunoglobulins may be the reason for camel milk’s popularity in helping lessen problems like autoimmune disease, allergies and even autism.
  • This milk is also high in insulin, which improves its absorption and makes it suitable for diabetics.
  • Research has also found protective proteins in camel’s milk that may be antiviral, anti fungal and antibacterial.
  • Though it isn’t a spectacular source, it also contains much more iron and vitamin c than cow’s milk.

Similar to Human Breastmilk

Camel milk is nutritionally more similar to human breastmilk than to regular dairy milk. For this reason, it has been used around the world as a supplement or replacement for breast milk in cases when mom was unable to nurse or baby needed extra milk.

Better for the Environment

Consider the natural habitat of camels. They survive with relatively little water and plant life for long periods of time. For this reason, camels need much less grazing area and can produce milk with a lower environmental impact.

Long History of Use

While the idea of drinking milk from a camel may seem strange to those of us who grew up in the west, cultures around the world have consumed it for thousands of years.

Camels are important to various cultures, especially in the middle east, for their ability to survive and even travel long distances with very little water. Camels can thrive even in areas where horses and cows would have trouble surviving at all.

Benefits of Camel Milk

These unique properties of camels make their milk beneficial to humans in several ways. In researching, I was amazed at the initial studies and anecdotal reports from people who had seen near miraculous recoveries with camel milk.

Help for Diabetes

Studies show that camel’s milk may be very beneficial for those with diabetes. Unlike other milks, it shouldn’t cause a rise in blood sugar, but the benefits extend beyond that. In fact, some researchers are even using this milk to reduce the amount of insulin needed:

Camel milk has been shown, said the review’s senior author, Dr Uma S Dubey, of BITS Pilani’s Rajasthan campus, to be effective in reducing the level of glycosylated or glycated haemoglobin in the blood. This is haemoglobin to which glucose is attached, and is typically found at high levels in people with diabetes. Camel milk can therefore be used to reduce the dose of insulin that diabetes patients require.

The same review article, published in the Emirates Journal of Food and Agriculture, entitled Therapeutic Potential of Camel Milk, by researchers from India’s Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, notes that there are also much lower rates of diabetes in areas where camel milk is a staple.

Another 2005 study out of India looked at camel dairy and its effects on Type 1 diabetes. This study found that regular consumption of camel milk reduced the amount of insulin needed and improved long-term blood sugar control.

Immune Boost

Camel’s milk contains many of the same immune-protecting substances as human milk. It can be an effective supplement to breastmilk for this reason.

It contains high levels of immunoglobulin A and beneficial enzymes like lysozyme and lactoperoxidase, which are helpful to the body in fighting infection.

Alleviate Allergies

Perhaps the most notable potential benefit of this unique milk is its effect in those with allergies.

Not only is it considered a good dairy alternative for allergic individuals, but there is some research indicating that it may actually help reverse allergies.

Surprised? I was too:

As I mentioned, this milk lacks A1 casein and lactoglobulin present in cow’s milk that often cause allergic reactions. There have also been studies showing that camel milk may even reduce allergies due to its immune benefits.

In fact, one 2005 study in the Journal of the Israel Medical Association investigated the effects of camel milk on children with severe allergies who didn’t respond to other treatments. Researchers had these children consume camel milk under the care of their medical team. They observed the results, which were even more astounding than expected.

Amazingly, all of the children recovered from their allergies according to the reports in the study. Additional study is needed, but the researchers in that study claimed that camel milk was more effective than medical treatments in those particular cases with no observed side effects.

This shows a tremendous potential as a hope for those struggling with life threatening allergies.

Heart and Blood Health

The monounsaturated fats (especially oleic acid) present in camel milk give it some of the same benefits as olive oil. It also contains A2 beta casein, which is different than the A1 casein found in most dairy milk. (A2 casein is present in goat milk as well, which is why some people who cannot handle cow dairy can handle goat based products.)

The A2 beta casein in camel milk may be partially responsible for the heart and immune protective effects. From Live Science:

A1 beta casein is broken down into an opioid-like peptide called beta-casomorphin-7 (BCM-7). BCM-7 has been shown to suppress the immune system, cause inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract and contribute to arterial plague formation, according to Lori Chong, a registered dietitian at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “It has been implicated in the development of Type 1 diabetes — probably related to its immune suppression and role in GI tract inflammation.”

Other research indicates that the unique fatty acid profile in milk from camels is more beneficial to the heart and to maintaining healthy cholesterol levels.

Autism Connection

There is a great deal of anecdotal evidence and stories from people who have used camel dairy in cases of autism.

This article delves into the potential ways that camel dairy products may help against autism. In short, some researchers believe that autism is similar to autoimmune disease in that the body attacks its own healthy cells.

Whatever the cause, there are many anecdotal accounts of recovery and entire online groups dedicated to its use.

“Dr. Jodie Dashore, a mom and doctor, heard about the milk from Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, a highly regarded neurobiologist who treated her son Brian’s autism. In 2011, when Brian started consuming camel milk, his motor tics initially became three or four times worse—a “healing crisis,” Dashore says, as the milk killed off harmful bacteria. But after two weeks, they started to drop off. The milk also seemed to clear up a host of Brian’s other maladies, from hives to mobility difficulties, caused by an autoimmune disorder (most autism patients have other simultaneous ailments according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). It also eased Brian’s digestive pains and helped him gain weight, common issues in autistic children.

Other reports are equally amazing. A 2005 study in the International Journal of Human Development watched autistic patients who started consuming camel dairy instead of cow dairy and found:

  • A 4-year old girl noticed a complete disappearance of autism symptoms in 40 days
  • A 15-year old boy noticed recovery after only a month
  • Multiple other patients were noticeably better after only two weeks

Of course, much more research is needed to understand the way that camel dairy products may help with autism, but the initial evidence is definitely encouraging.

Autoimmune Disease Help

As mentioned, there are researchers that believe that autism is similar to autoimmune disease. This connection may also be why some people have seen improvement from autoimmunity with camel milk.

It is generally understood that autoimmune disease is a scenario in which the immune system mistakenly attacks part of the body, thinking that healthy cells are foreign or harmful antigens. Conventional treatments for autoimmune disease often include immune-suppressing drugs that have substantial side effects.

Camel dairy, on the other hand, contains those potent but tiny immunoglobulins that may penetrate cells and help improve the immune system while targeting only harmful antigens.

In fact, Dr. Reuven Yagil, an Israeli physiology professor who is considered an expert on Camel milk and its benefits, explains that in his years of research he has seen patients control or even reverse autoimmune disease with camel milk.

On a personal note, this was how I found research on the benefits of camel milk and I am personally testing it for my own Hashimotos (I’ll update with results).

Risks and Dangers of Camel Milk?

Often, something that seems too good to be true really is. In this case, I’m yet to find the downside. As I said, more research is needed, but I couldn’t find any downsides of drinking this unusual milk.

In fact, I didn’t find any cases of allergic reactions or harmful side effects. In my limited personal testing I haven’t noticed any negative effects, even though I often react to regular dairy.

The one downside, unfortunately, is the price. As you may imagine, camel dairies are not very popular in this part of the world, and limited access means higher cost.

Where to Get Camel Milk

You won’t find camel milk on the dairy aisle of a regular grocery store. Some health food stores are starting to carry it, but it can be difficult to find a good source.

Since this milk is not from a hoofed animal, it isn’t regulated by the same laws, and it is available online and can be shipped in many places.

The best (and least expensive) source I’ve found for camel milk is the Desert Farms brand that is available for shipping anywhere in the continental US and Canada. In fact, after researching camel milk and where to purchase it, I negotiated a 15% discount from them (code: MAMACAMEL) and am personally testing this for my own autoimmune disease. A friend is also testing for her child with severe allergies.

What does it taste like?

I found the taste closest to cows milk of any alternative milk I’ve tried. It is a little sweeter but not overly earthy or grassy like stronger flavored goat milk.

My kids all liked it, even the ones who don’t prefer coconut or almond milk.

Camel Milk: Bottom Line

This “new” milk to us in the western world has been used for thousands of years in other parts of the world. Camels are unique animals and even more unique milk that may have benefits for diabetics, autistic patients, those with autoimmune disease and in immune health.

I was also unable to find any negative side effects of camel milk (other than the price) and am willing to become my own guinea pig to test its benefits (or lack thereof).

Your turn! Have you ever heard of camel milk? Grossed out or intrigued?

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  1. Please keep us updated on the success you and your friend have. I have considered buying this at one point for my ADHD symptom son, but the price is so much. How does it taste is you are use to cow milk?

  2. I can’t wait to share this information with my step-son. His 1st born is 3 yrs old and was recently diagnosed with autism. I also will try this for my autoimmune disease that has landed me in the hospital and the Dr.’s seem to not understand autoimmune disease and like to hook me up intravenous with antibiotics.
    You are a blessing. If you ever have a teaching hands on camp, sign me up!

  3. A friend who lives in Saudi Arabia says you have to acquire a taste for it. That it wasn’t easy for him to drink it since he is a cow milk drinker. So my question is have you tried it and what did it taste like? Was it easy on the palate?

    • I have been drinking it for the past week and half and actually really like it…

  4. Wait so how was the taste?

    • I find it a bit salty but when chilled, it is quite acceptable.

  5. Assuming I can find it, my burning question is how does it taste? I’m not fond of goats milk. Taste can make it or break it for me.

    • You can order it from the link in the article and I think it tastes more like cow’s milk than goat’s milk does…

  6. Which do you think is best to purchase? Raw, pasteurized, or powder?

  7. This is amazing! I remember hearing of camel mill benefits vaguely when I was a kid… Love reading this information as I need some help with autoimmune disease & my thyroid.

    what would be your recommendation of which kind to get (raw, past, frozen not?), if you know that I am pregnant? I did drink a little bit of raw goats milk with my 1st pregnancy, so the raw part doesn’t bother me, and loved the goats milk, just not sure if it would make a difference in the first few weeks vs later in pregnancy?

    • I prefer the raw milk, but the powered form can be mixed into smoothies…

      • Thank you for this informative post. I especially appreciate the link to the company. I am wondering: have you done any research and would you be able to share any links to goat milk company’s? Raw options or pasteurized. Thank you so much!

  8. This is so interesting and amazing, I am curious how many people have autism in countries that include camel milk in their diet regularly, compared to those who don’t. I also wonder if there is a daily dosage or certain amount to ingest to get the results mentioned. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Yes, I am curious about this too – especially for my kids who don’t tolerate cow or goat milk. Every day? 3x a week? It’s pricey!

  9. I hope that the sourcing of camels milk doesn’t get too intense as it becomes fashionable. It would be good to record how little of this milk you can take to get results.

  10. How much of it would you recommend daily for autoimmune disorder?

  11. Where do I use the discount code? I’m on the order summary page and there is no place to enter a code.

  12. Where were you that they served kombucha and paleo snacks?! Sign me up for the next conference!

  13. Thanks for the article! I actually did my own research a few months ago when I was watching a show and the host drank raw camels milk that was fresh from the camel. The owners of the farm in San Diego were so adamant about the health properties of it that it sparked my curiosity and I found out the same information you did! So amazing! Thanks for sharing!

    • Lucy, do you have the name of that farm? I live in San Diego too 🙂 Thanks! Andrea

      • Yes, I’d like to know as well! We’ll be in SD next month!

        • That farm doesn’t sell milk

  14. Totally intriguing! Thanks for sharing! Never heard of drinking it! Though, doesn’t surprise many have been doing it for centuries. Passing this info along!

  15. Katie, I’m excited to try this!! I just want to let you know I tired using the code and it came back invalid.

      • Do you know how much people were consuming to receive the benefits?

    • Looks like it’s working for me!

  16. How much camel’s milk do you have to drink each day to receive the healing health benefits? Did the studies or anticdodal stories ever mention how much was consumed? I’m not as worried about getting sick from drinking too much, but rather, it is quite expensive, so if it was known how much to consume to reach theraputic levels that would be very helpful as not to over-consume such an expensive resource.

    • I’ve seen most people who drink the camel milk usually only consume 4-6oz a day. So one bottle will last you a few days. It’s amazing the benefits!

  17. Hi Katie,
    Here in Australia it is only possible to buy camel milk pasteurised. Do you know if the benefits are the same?

    • I’m wondering the same

  18. For your Australian readers, there are two camel dairies in Australia: one in Qld. and one in WA. In Qld. the milk sells for $25 a litre but worth it when you realise the benefits.

    • There is also a south australian dairy (humpalicious) that is really creating waves for it’s ethical and superior production of camel milk, camel milk kefir and raw camel milk soap (which does NOT use palm oil). It is my friends’ dairy and they not only sell pasteurised and raw cm in Australia, but they are also working with a Hong Kong based company that is using their raw milk to research and develop a paediatric formula for autistic kids. I know their milk is being used successfully by people with Milk Protein Allergy, Lactose intolerance, autism, gut and bowel problems etc. Hope this helps.

  19. Lucy, I live in San Diego and am interested in researching the local source you mentioned. Do you have more information you can share? Thank you!

    • Also, for those searching for other sources for raw camel milk or donkey milk they can join the face book group Healing with Camel Milk, or Donkey Milk for Health. The group’s files include farmers around the world providing milk.

  20. I’m disappointed that youre promoting another animal milk. I’ve learned of the heartbreaking cruelty of cows being mated to keep them producing milk and them having their brand new calves dragged from them and taken to slaughter because once their milk comes in, the calf is surplus to requirements. This happens on a huge scale with dairy cows and now goats too. The last thing the world needs is another poor animal that becomes the latest health fad and suffers at the hands of being a mass produced commodity. I’ve always followed your posts but this made me very sad.

    • I agree with you. That is exactly what I thought when I read this!

      • Just my opinion, but “the masses” don’t generally mass produce ANYTHING that contributes to superior health. More interested in the profits of junk food, unhealthy processed fad diet food/supplements, and rx drugs/vaccines. Plus, the expense alone of mass producing camels is unbelievable. The milking process is quite different which contributes to the expense. If what youre saying were to happen, yes this would be a tradegy, but I don’t believe the camels are in danger.

    • You are wrong. My friends run a small camel dairy in south Australia, their camels are only milked once a day, their calves stay on the mothers and become part of the herd, and mating is left to the camels, as in the wild. Couldn’t be better for the camels! They live on a lovely large desert farm, have access to water always, feed organically and live ling healthy lives. A dairy cow only lives 4 years, a dairy camel lives 40! How very wrong you are. I suggest you get the facts before slagging a very ethical industry.

      • Dairy cattle live as long as any other cattle. Upwards of twenty years. Most are overworked and sent to slaughter under 5 yrs, you are correct there. But I’m guessing if camel dairy and meat was as popular as beef and cow’s dairy, they would have shorter expected life spans too. Cows can live to 20, but they cease to be useful before then so they are slaughtered.

        • Ultimately it is up to the farm owners, I would hope that the small ethical camel dairies around the world maintain their integrity and ethics. So far they have. It’s only when greed and companies that are too big for their boots come along that things go wrong. Lots and lots of small ethical camel dairies would continue to provide a top quality product as opposed to one mega dairy. I know for sure that my friends who run the South Australian camel dairy are working with the dairy authority to ensure this and to ensure that raw camel milk is made available (which can only be produced in small and controlled environments). The cow milk industry has become an industry which is unethical and greedy, treats farmers poorly, turns the milk into a disgusting product and treats the animals badly. Yes. But do not make the mistake of applying this same tag to the camel milk industry which at this point in time is run by ethical and small scale farmers with health and healing as their number one drive. Camel milk is a nutritional therapy doing wonders for many…and if the right people remain in control, claims of cruelty, rape and slaughter are fears that are negated. I am so impressed with my friends’ efforts at Humpalicious Camel Farm…here’s an example of ethical operators:
          *Small solar and wind powered dairy
          *The camels roam on hundreds of acres of natural and organic desert pasture
          *Have free access to water
          *Are not fed anything GMO
          *Are not fed GRAIN
          *Are only milked once a day
          *Mother and calves remain together
          *Mating is a natural process dictated by the camels themselves
          *Life expectancy of a milking camel on humpalicious camel farm is 40 years.
          This little dairy is gaining such a reputation for their ethics and superior milk that people are coming from far and wide to visit the farm and the camels…which the owners allow, because it is a camel paradise with nothing to hide.

          The point being that stereotypes and labels are damaging and there are people out there working in a symbiotic manner with animals to produce something that can help many. If my friends have anything to do with it, camel milk will NEVER be a high temp pasteurised, homogenised, fortified poisonous product.

      • I am always open to correction but I respectfully suggest your facts could also do with a little checking Arthur. Having been a mother who breast fed, I never felt I had enough milk for my child so being “milked” is not necessarily stress free for the animals or without consequence for the offspring, regardless of the setting. However, my point was that whenever anything gains popularity, the animal’s welfare is sacraficed for the financial gain of the consumer demand and you are naive if you don’t believe this is the case. The milk of other animals is not designed for human consumption – it is designed for the young of the animal that produces it. And with all due respect, your friends camel dairy does not make the entire industry ethical.

    • Thank you for writing this, Calico. Wellness Mama: if you respect real mamahood you’ll heed (and I hope you won’t delete) this kindness-infused comment.

      • Nice back-handed slap with the “kindness-infused” thrown in to make you less arrogant. Katie does not deserve this bs, as she is also in the experimental stages with what she is drinking. If you don’t like what Katie has written, go elsewhere, These idiotic comments about “take heed” “I am disappointed” is rubbish. This is her website, her blog and as she said she is experimenting. Do you need to be heard so much that you need to hijack Katie’s post. She has always kept people informed of what is out there, and not actually shoving it down your throat so try to detach rather than coming out with tripe based on your emotional state at that given time.

        I wonder if you are targetting every single site that recommends the benefits of camel milk, or have you chosen Katie because she is an easy target to you?

    • Hi
      Australia has a camel dairy in Gympie Qld and one opening soon in Armidale NSW. Both selling it for $15 litre.
      Victoria has several too.
      Camel babies at Armidale are only separated from their mothers for limited hours twice a day and the rest of the time live as a happy family herd. The babies will grow up to be milkers, weed eaters, pets and ride camels.

    • I think it might be worth the separation of some calfs if some children can escape the painful effects of autism or severe allergies!

    • So if this milk helps children defeat autism we shouldn’t use it cause your worries are about the camel… make sense

  21. Thanks for sharing this Katie. It’s fascinating, and I wonder if this is the milk of the future. I definitely won’t hesitate to try it when I do come across it. Blessings <3

  22. What is the shelf life of the milk? Does it sour like cow’s milk? I’m also interested in how much to consume in a day.

  23. Interesting article and of course if there is evidence that prolonged ingestion can be beneficial to the autoimmune system, terrific. If there ever became a demand for it, I can certainly see a huge backlash from the established dairy industry within North America. The industry has duped us in believing milk is essential throughout our lives, which is not the case, I myself have no problems with milk, but use it sparingly in baking, and scrambled eggs.
    Thanks for exposing us to this information.

  24. I am willing to test it out! Our children has lots of allergies. In addition our son has CAPD and other learning challenges. My husband has seasonal allergies and allergic to hay. Thanks for negotiating a discount.

    • We use camel milk because of allergies and it works great. We cant use cow milk at all because of allergies or goats milk but have no problems at all with camel milk. Fortunately we live close to a camel farm in Indiana (usacamelmilk) and buy direct. We freeze it to make it last longer and just put what we want in the fridge overnight. Its not salty to me like some say but more like a 2% cow milk. We’ve had it fresh too and it taste the same. Hope this helps. Great resource site here btw!

  25. I’ve been wanting to try this for my son. I will say I have heard that you must start off VERY slowly for children–like 1/4 teaspoon and work your way up from there gradually. In order to do that, it seems most cost effective to buy frozen and defrost a little at a time. Katie, did you buy frozen and did it affect taste? Thanks for the research and especially the source.

  26. Can you drink this while pregnant ? Would it be safe ?

    • did you ever get an answer to this? Or did you end up using it?? Any issues?

  27. I was excited to give this a try. However, Desert Farms and other farms in the USA that make soap use palm oil. It is an unfortunate crime against this earth and many of its beautiful inhabitants to use palm oil. I will not use a company that uses palm oil. I have yet to find one that does not make camel soap with palm oil. If anyone knows of a place, I would be appreciative of having that information. Thank you.

    • Hi there, humpalicious in south Australia make soap with no palm oil. A very ethical company.

    • Not sure if you’re still interested- Big Mama’s Camel Milk Soap uses organic shea butter or organic cocoa butter. Great scents, she uses a lot of essential oil in each batch so the scent lasts.

  28. We just got a jersey heifer. Now I want a camel….

  29. The link to Desert Farms will not open for me, anyone else having that problem?

  30. I would really love to try this product (interested in the raw milk and soaps) but the prices!!! Totally prohibitive for ‘normal’ people! And I never even got to the shipping! I know people need to make a living and a profit, but often, it seems they charge WAY too much. I’m sure this is a great product, and, again, I’d LOVE to try it, but just can’t afford it.

    • I think the prices are because of basic supply and demand. There’s not very many options to purchase it domestically, so the supply is low, but the demand is increasing because of how healthy it is, so hopefully, the supply will increase to meet the demand and prices will come down because of it. 🙂

  31. How interesting! I can’t wait to see how you and your friend’s child fare. How wonderful that you are personally testing this out and sharing with us. God bless you!

  32. Does anyone know if it can be used to make homemade baby formula per Weston A price cow goat or liver formula?

  33. Hi! Camel milk is wonderful try to drink it raw you get the utmost benefit else what ever is available. And thank the Good Lord for creating camels for us!

  34. We tried camel milk first, but had even better results with my daughters autoimmune disease when we switched to Donkey Milk (the closest in composition to human breast milk with high lysozyme content and immune modulating properties.). So much so that we got our own donkeys to milk for our daughter!

    • That is so awesome! What kind of results did u see for both cow and donkey, and how long did it take at what dosage? Where was your source of donkey milk before u purchased one? I have a son with autism and looking for help.

      • Our story about PANDAS disease, donkey milk and camel milk and how we’re battling it without daily antibiotics or IVIG is on my blog, it’s Hope it’s a blessing!

      • Our story is all on my blog, you can search PANDAS and Donkey Milk or Camel Milk and you should be able to find it. Sorry, I can’t put a link to it here. Blessings!

  35. I actually live in Saudi, but I haven’t tried camel’s milk. It’s not readily available, and you have to really seek it out. I have respiratory allergies. Do you know if it helps with respiratory allergies as well, or just food allergies? A friend of ours said it gives him severe diarrhea every time he drinks it, and advised us not to try it. Have you heard of others having a reaction like that? Thanks for the article!

    • Hi there, if the milk is resulting in diarrhea there are two possibilities: 1) perhaps the milk is procured from a vendor who milks his camel by hand in which case the milk is perhaps not as hygienic or 2) if the milk is raw and came from hygienic conditions then it is probably purging the gut, resulting in the bad bacteria exiting the system before re-establishing good flora. It’s called ‘die off’ and can be expected from people with toxic systems/guts.

  36. It is all very well to promote camel’s milk, but you haven’t really mentioned the benefits of goat’s milk, in spite of the fact that it is better regulated because of the laws re hoofed animals, and far cheaper because of greater availability. Goat’s milk has the added advantage that it can often be tolerated even by babies allergic to human breast milk. For those living in the Andean countries, llama’s milk has the same benefits, which is not surprising considering that llamas and camels are cousins, but you pretty much have to raise your own and milk them, because it isn’t commercially available. Llamas being smaller and more easily acquired than camels, that is another option for the DIY crowd.

    • Yes, goat’s milk is a good alternative to cow’s milk, but personally I’ve never been a huge fan of the taste…

    • To Clarify, babies are NOT allergic or sensitive to human breastmilk but rather something in the mother’s diet. Some babies (like mine) who cannot tolerate cow milk proteins can tolerate goat or mare milk but not all.

  37. i think a camel is unclean but the im sure the cost is absolutely prohibitive anyway.

  38. Have you researched raw a2 cows milk much? Wouldn’t you see many of the same benefits from that too? Maybe a more affordable alternative..

  39. No one has answered the question posed by several: How much does one need to drink to reap the benefits? 8 oz a day? Or a Tablespoon a day? Or somewhere in between? Wellness Mama….what quantity are you trying in your experiment?

    • I’m trying 8 ounces a day on an empty stomach. In the study, they did 2 ounces and worked up to 16 per day for the duration and then tapered back down.

      • I have the same question. I am interested in the possibility of camel milk being able to reverse autoimmune disease. Do you have any idea what dosage would be needed to accomplish that? The milk is very expensive so I would want to use as little as possible since it would seem it would have to be used regularly/continually to realize results. Any indication that 2 ounces/day could have an effect?

  40. In a novel I once read, it’s used as a substitute for mare’s milk for an orphaned foal who grows up to be the Godolphin Arabian, the founder of the Thoroughbred breed – and one of the fastest horses at the time.

  41. I KNEW I needed a camel!! Here’s my excuse! ?
    Thank you for this interesting article. I raise & milk goats and am very open to trying “alternative” milks. After all, why not? Who degreed that cows milk is THE milk?

  42. Udder milk creamery delivers raw camels milk to the NYC and NJ areas. It is cheaper than the price you posted online.

    • Sara,
      Desert Farms has sales up to 50% off all the time and always free shipping. So it’s actually cheaper if you hit it at the right time!

  43. Katie,
    Please tell me of any good health food conferences, etc. I am looking but am new at the idea of going to one. You would probably be able to point me to a good one or so.

      • Thank you so much! ?

  44. Thank you for this great article. I’ve been wanting to try camel milk both for my 16 year old son and myself. My son is on the autism spectrum, has multiple food and seasonal allergies and has a tentative diagnosis of schitzoaffective disorder. If he’ll drink this and it will help at all I’m all for it!!! I’ll be in contact to let you know how we’re doing. I’m ordering the milk and kefir. Please pray that this works because I’m at my wits end as to how to help him. He is currently taking meds because he would not stay on his diet and was spiraling out of control. I’m a complete believer in the opiate effect of dairy and gluten on people with autism, at least for my son. Thank you again for this information.

    • Beverly, have you had him tested for PANDAS or PANS?

      • No Sandy I haven’t. I’ll check with his doctor or psychiatrist. I’ve heard of PANDAS but not PANS.
        Thanks for the suggestion.

    • You might consider testing for the genetic mutation, MTHFR, if you haven’t already done so. Best of luck!

      • Thank you Carla. I’ll look into that

  45. I am intrigued! I am a diabetic and have a niece with Autism and a nephew just newly diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Very intrigued!

  46. I’m interested in the camel kefir. Same benefits? And how much per day?

  47. For dosing, contact Dr Millie Hinkle at

    We started with 2 oz and worked up gradually to 16 ounces daily for 2 weeks than backed down to 8 ounces per day.

    For us, it has proven very beneficial for Inflammatory Bowel Disease that was vaccine induced.

  48. Where can I buy powdered camel milk? Any recommendations are appreciated. Thanks

  49. I see a couple of other people have also asked, Id be really keen to know what dosage you would suggest please Katie for someone using to try and overcome allergies.
    and would you suggest fasting when using, as I noticed that children in the study ate nothing except the milk for the duration of the study it seems

  50. Thanks so much for this information. I went right out and bought some camel milk in Nairobi near where I live. The price is great here-$1.60 per pint. The taste is great-I was a bit hesitant to try. The only problem is that the milk is pasteurized and I would prefer it raw. I do have neighbors who let their camels roam and they come over to my place to eat the trees. I will have to go over and see if they milk their camels. Appreciate you sharing!

  51. Thank you so much for this helpful information. I am so grateful to know there are options and hope for the different ailments/challenges that we face as a family. God bless you and keep up the good work.

  52. My twin 4-yr-old boys have autism and we use desert farms raw camel milk! LOVE IT!!!!!!

  53. This is a Fascinating article! I have chronic low immunoglobulin A’s. There is no way to increase them other than a possible herb or colostrum and I don’t tolerate dairy well. Few questions!! Does the fresh milk ship intact and come cold or is refrigeration not needed? Wondering if the frozen actually comes frozen or melts in transit. Do you know if the freeze dried is the same as the raw? Can we use the discount code? ? Thank You!!

    • The discount code works. When I order, they come frozen or really cold.

  54. Hi,
    Thanks for this post! We are very interested in trying this milk for two of our kiddos who have allergies to cow, soy, and almond milks (and one even to goat’s). (We are vegetarian but would prefer to get some type of animal protein into them besides eggs, sigh…) My question is, why do you believe that Desert Farms is the best choice? What criteria do you use to decide? We have a local camels milk company which would make sense for us to purchase from, but I have NO idea how to tell what companies are considered the safest in terms of health regulations etc. What do you think?

    • The desert farms is the only one I’ve found that ships throughout the US and that I’ve been able to verify the quality of. If you have a local source, I’d just check to make sure that they are raised in a healthy environment and ask a lot of questions.

  55. In Genesis Jacob (Israel) was journeying back to his father’s land with his wives and children and their milk camels. I’ve always thought it interesting. It’s possibly what Benjamin (the youngest of the 12 sons) was fed till weaned since his mother (Rachael) died soon after birthing her second child. Thanks for sharing your experience with it.

  56. While I would definitely give camel milk a try out of curiosity and for its supposed benefits, I wonder at what point is this all getting a bit too much.
    I mean if milk is best if it’s nutritionally similar to breast milk, wouldn’t a gorilla’s milk be the most similar? We are 99% identical in genes after all…
    Or why aren’t we just drinking our own breast milk if anything or using human breast milk as supplements for autism etc…
    I am starting to feel like humans are constantly trying to find the next best exotic thing to exploit.. But hopefully I’m wrong.

  57. I’ve been giving my daughter raw camels milk from desert farms for 3 months and it has dramatically improved her leaky gut and histamine reactions. I can honestly say it’s been the single most effective intervention we’ve tried; more so than even the GAPS diet, and probiotics.

    Those new to camel milk need to start low and increase slowly (especially ASD kids) cause it does have detox symptoms (mostly diarrhea) when you first start.

    Also, if you notice constipation while drinking camel milk, you may need to try another source/distributor as some camels are fed more grains than others which can cause constipation in some.

    • Thank u so much for this! I have been wanting to try camel milk for my babies allergies and we have started gaps on him. I will show my husband this in hopes of convincing him it will work!

  58. I’m super curious on whether anyone knows if the pasteurized version would still help with things like leaky gut and histamine reaction? I would also like to try it for my child with same issues but am uncomfortable using raw at this time. According to their website it should still be quite beneficial but first hand experiences would be great too!

    • Camel milk has been miraculous in healing my 5-yr old’s leaky gut. She has histamine intolerance and camel milk (8 oz/ day) got her off daily anti-histamines in two weeks (!). I was skeptical of raw also but we’ve been drinking it since April with no issues.

      The pasteurized version is not as healing but it’s supposed to almost as good. Something like 80% of the effectiveness of raw (my guess only based on what I’ve read) since it’s very gently pasteurized.

      • Curious if he had a detox reaction to it? My Daughter has been on it. For 5 days and has had an upset stomach most of the time.

      • This is encouraging. We may try my 2 yo on this. Thanks!

  59. There are many products made from Camel Milk including a new skincare range SKINUE. They are great for treating acne however they are rich in moisturising benefits and can be used on any skin type for any age group.

  60. I’ve been reading a bout the benefits for camel milk for 6 months tell now actually I named it ( white gold) all reasarchs said it can help alot for autism, immune system,diabetes 2
    i drink every morning camel milk powder mixed with 250ml cold water its little bit salty because contains minerals and he is excellent for the skin, he’s contain gamma protine that’s why u can feel innerpeace after you drink it I advice every body drink it .

    • Talking about inner peace, i feel calm & happy after consume the camel milk. Seems my mood swing getting better.

      More energy, less hunger, less craving, less eating & better sleep. ???

  61. I would love to give this to my two year old, but I am hesitant. He had severe colitis from a milk reaction at 13 months. He also has several food allergies…

  62. I purchased 4 8ounce bottles of raw camel’s milk from Desert Farms and finished the last today. Now awaiting a 12 pint delivery. I was so excited to try it for the first time that I couldn’t wait for it to thaw fully. The initial taste proved salty and a bit grassy. After, I waited until the milk was fully thawed. Now I love the taste; it’s not salty or grassy at all. I react to dairy protein and was anxious to ingest camel milk when neither goat’s or sheep’s milk were tolerated. Turns out none of the symptoms from cow’s milk occurred. I have however, had one migraine and a few minor pains in my stomach which may be attributed to die off (hopefully). Also constipation has been an issue. I’ll try a different source as was encouraged by another commenter. Thanks for the tip!

  63. i have been trying to find if God gave any guidelines to food which would be beneficial to our health. good arguments have been made that even though as christians we rest in Jesus, there is still good reason to Follow Gods law, and that they are not deemed irrelevant after Jesus came. that being said, is there potentially a reason not to drink camel milk, since camel is a no no in the torah, and ultimately could be harmful to us if God said not to eat their meat?

    • I’m not Jewish so I don’t follow that philosophy of eating, and if you read Acts 10:15, it says:

      The voice spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.”

  64. I am concerned about the insulin in the milk. It may be good for diabetics but what about the rest of us? Or how about people who tend to be hypoglycemic? Or like me who has adrenal problems and my blood sugar tends to run low. I just feel a little skittish about consuming insulin. No one seems to be talking about this.

    • Camel milk is a natural insulin and natural iron which is much different then a medicine but diet should be adjusted and monitored just like any major change. Its a milk that has been used for drinking much longer than cow milk without the problems many have with cow milk. If a person gets extra bowel movement from camel milk, great, its healing the gut and body. If you seeing a doctor, keep him/her informed but this is not a medicine but healthy milk. The benifits are proven by testimony so its worth a try. We sell it, drink it and love it.

  65. Any updates on how this has helped (cured) your autoimmune disease? It seems like it is supposed to work very quickly…

  66. Someone else already asked, but I will ask again in desperate hopes that Katie, or someone who knows sees this: Can Camels milk be used in the WAP formulas?
    We have done it all for my 6 month old and he just seems to keep getting worse. I am so so desperate.

    • Danni, are you referring to feeding your baby raw milk and is getting worse? Not sure but maybe I can help.

      • Sorry I wasn’t clear. I have tried many elimination diets for myself breastfeeding and nothing seems to be helping his skin. I am on countless eczema support groups and I have tried everything under the sun. We did get our camel’s milk in the mail yesterday. My husband and I are suspicious that he is reacting to my milk even with strict eliminations. I need to eat too. I would do anything for my baby, but I need to be functioning.
        I was wondering if the camel’s milk doesn’t seem to bother him if it would be an option to make formula out of for him?

        • My baby is allergic to dairy and we suspect soy. We eliminate exposure to those as well as do the following: Try putting a couple of tablespoons of organic bone broth (we get the 8 oz Pacific Organic brand which is available in most grocery stores and keep in the refrigerator until used up) in his bottle daily. It has a healing effect on the lining of the stomach and greatly helps reducing the inflammatory eczema patches. Put a little Breast milk on the eczema as well. This helped clear my baby’s up. He still will have an occasional flare but he is pretty much clear most of the time.
          My baby is two and still wants his bottle of breastmilk (I get it from a friend because I’m unable to pump). It is so good for him and helps him recover from allergies, illness, etc much faster. I am trying the camel milk now to see if he will drink it and if if helps him avoid the eczema flares. I have very high hopes for it!

  67. So you mention that your baby is 6 months old, this means it could be cradle crap, usually babies get rid of this condition after 8 months or has your doctor already dxed him with Ecezema?

    If your doctor dxed him as having Ecezema, then is your milk his only source of food? If so, then yes, he could be reacting to your breast milk. I would do a trial & error test by stopping to eat any wheat byproducts, and see how he reacts after about 2 weeks, if he’s still reacting then eliminate eggs, avoid eating nuts of any kind, eat organic fruits and vegetables, but avoid broccoli because it’s also colicky. As for the camels milk, I would suggest you try 1/3cp camel milk and 2/3cp water to see how he reacts. If he doesn’t react to it, then up it after a week to 1/2cp of camel’s milk and 1/2cp water and keep it that way until he’s you see he is doing better then try 2/3’s camels milk and 1/3cp of water, and continue from there. Ecezema is a severe type of inflammation to the skin, that can be caused by an allergic reaction to most likely food. My niece had severe Ecezema as a baby, even while breast feeding her, turned out she was allergic to a cornucopia of foods. Her mom didn’t know this until she was 3 years old, when she gave her an egg and her skin grew welts and her Ecezema worsened. She took her to the doctor and had her tested for just about every food group and found she was allergic to a lot of foods. Once this was determined, she eliminated all the foods she was allergic to, and her severe horrible Ecezema slowly disappeared.

    I found this in a medical journal that I copied & pasted it below.

    Food allergies
    If babies are exposed to certain types of food at a young age, they may be more likely to develop food allergies. This occurs when the child’s immune system overreacts to proteins in certain foods called allergens. Allergy symptoms may range from mild to severe. The most severe reaction, called anaphylaxis can be potentially life threatening. The most dangerous symptoms are chest pain, difficulty breathing, shock, and loss of consciousness, all of which can be fatal.
    Low-dose exposure to peanut protein or peanut oil products may cause peanut allergies in children, according to one study. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children do not eat peanuts or peanut-containing products until they are three years old, if they have experienced allergies to other foods. Strawberries should also be avoided until the baby is about 10-12 months old.
    Children whose mothers have food allergies are more likely to inherit the allergy if they are born by cesarean section (surgical delivery of the baby, also called C-section), according to one study. One study of children with allergic mothers who had C-section deliveries found that the babies were seven times more likely to develop food allergies than predisposed children who were born vaginally.

    Hope this helps.

  68. Hi Katie,

    I am a practitioner that has utilized Camel’s Milk for my patients for years. It has been nothing short of amazing and can be used for so many different conditions.

  69. I ordered this after reading your post about its benefits. Sounded amazing. I found it to have a fishy/sweaty taste that was awful. Thankfully I used a coupon code and only paid the $29.99 shipping for the sample box. I don’t know what I’m going to do with the three other bottles, but just felt like I should give people a heads up that it might be an acquired taste (that I don’t plan to acquire).

  70. Do you know anything about drinking while pregnant or nursing???

  71. hi my son was diagnosed with regressive autism at 4 (pdd nos) his dan doc found leaky gut heavy metail toxicity mercury and lead and also high arabinose hphpa age at 5 we put him on supplements and did oral chelation( metal free spray) at age 5 his spech developed and improved .but in the past three years he had several attacks of pandas(strp) i think i tested positive during pregnancy now he is being treated for growth harmone deficiency and having nordotropin shots over the past month he is almost 13 .i started camels milk 35 days ago he is doing ok on it but his tics frequent urination ocd anxiety attacks aggression has incresed shld i try donkeys milk will that be better (i think he had a couple of strep attack over the past 3 years also lung congestion(pnemonia) maybe 3 attacks of whooping cough at age 7 9 and 10 constant cold and viral bacterial infections

  72. I’ve been using this for my son with autism for about 5 months….he’s been on every diet (SCD, GAPs, BED, Low thiol, oxalate, phenol…you name it) and his gut is SO much better than it was years ago, but not totally healed. This has helped a lot and I’m slowly increasing. Be wise to start low and go slow, it does cause some herx reactions. There’s a whole FB page on it for support (more than one actually). Research tons to know if you have any local farms. Desert Farms is good, but they use several different farms around the midwest/west and I’ve gotten a bad batch. They are good to work with, but be sure you know the farm they are dealing with and their testing practices to ensure you are getting clean, good, raw milk. To get more studies (tons on Pubmed)…go to PM and type in autism and camel milk or autism and MS, etc etc. I’ve been reading and studying it for almost a year and I’m so glad we tried it; absolutely no downside. BUT don’t be surprised if your kiddo or you feel crappy a little…it’ll pick back up. It’s an amazing ‘food.’ It’s amazing how God gave us all we need to thrive; we just have to keep researching what works for us.

  73. Where do you use the coupon code. There isn’t an area on their website for the code

  74. Hey Wellness Mama!

    So what do you think so far? It’s been a couple of months…

    I am so curious. I have autoimmune/leaky gut/allergies/////… everyone’s posts have made me want to try this stuff

    • Same here? Update on camel’s milk and your condition?

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