Drinking camel milk has for some Saudi women become a method of staying fit, not surprising considering Saudi Arabia is the original homeland of camels.
During the past few years, the demand for camel milk has grown sharply due to what is believed to be its medicinal benefits.
Dr. Rima Salman, a specialist in therapeutic nutrition, confirmed that “camel milk has many benefits because it contains a high level of low-fat calcium. It also aids Rumathism patients and helps keeping the body fit because it is a zero fat product”. Dr. Salman added that camel milk contains certain proteins and minerals that play a vital role in body’s cell rejuvenation.
Moreover, some people prefer camel milk to other types of milks because it is considered as a complete food source for the human body.
Camel milk is believed to have been used in ancient times as a remedy for abdominal pain, liver diseases as well erectile dysfunction.
Fatima Al Zahrani, a camel milk consumer, said she drinks the milk and gives it to her children due to its medicinal benefit.
Camel milk advocated say that it maintains its quality and texture for 12 days, unlike cow or sheep milk, because it contains 89.6 % water, which is the highest concentration among all types of milks, and prolactine, a hormone responsible for intestinal and renal activation in extremely hot weather. Camel milk is also believed to be a nutriment that strengthens teeth and treats gum diseases because it contains vitamin C.
Despite all the benefits mentioned above, cow milk and cow dairy products are the most sold dairy products in Saudi Arabia. Camel milk is still a rare commercial product because its production is not economically feasible, as one Saudi dairy company official declared.