Camel milk prevents inflammation
Camel milk contains lipids which can inhibit inflammation. The results of the corresponding study are published in the journal Functional Foods in Health and Disease .
The product has a positive effect on inflammation caused by glycated proteins, which are toxic compounds caused by sugar. They damage tissue and play a major role in the development of diabetes and heart disease.
According to the researchers, the lipids in camel milk can inhibit inflammation by reducing the expression of certain pro-inflammatory molecules.
As an immune response, inflammation is triggered when damaged cells release chemicals that cause damage or infection. Under normal conditions, the inflammatory process is even beneficial and goes away on its own. But if the process is delayed, damage to cells and DNA can occur, which will lead to serious illnesses, for example, cardiovascular disease or cancer.
Scientific interest in camel milk has increased due to reports of its anti-diabetic properties. The drink contains lipids and proteins, including immunoglobulins (antibodies) and vesicles (liquid enclosed in a lipid membrane), as well as various nutrients. Experts have found out whether the lipids in camel milk can affect inflammation, which is common in people with diabetes.
Chronic inflammation is a common feature of type 2 diabetes. In these patients, abdominal fat around the waist causes inflammation, leading to the development of insulin resistance. It is believed that a type of immune cell macrophage is involved in this process. The researchers decided that the lipids in camel milk could regulate the inflammation of macrophages, which is triggered by glycated proteins, by affecting the proteins that trigger the inflammatory response.
Due to its ability to reduce the intensity of inflammation, camel milk can be considered a superfood, argue the authors of the article.