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Isr Med Assoc J. 2013 Jan;15(1):5-8.

Protective action of camel milk in mice inoculated with Salmonella enterica.

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Department of Allergy and Immunopathology, Faculdades Integradas do Planalto Central (FACIPLAC), Brasília DF, Brazil.



In some countries people believe that camel milk can protect against various aggressors, whether due to infections, diabetes, or even autism. Little has been scientifically demonstrated regarding the veracity of these beliefs.


To study the anti-infectious action of camel milk.


Fifty mice were divided into 5 groups of 10 animals each: 3 control groups and 2 test groups. Except for one of the control groups, all groups were intraperitoneally inoculated with a strain of Salmonella enterica. The rations in the test groups were supplemented with camel milk or cow milk.


A statistically significant survival was observed in the mice supplemented with camel milk. The death rate after Salmonella inoculation was only 40% in the study group, as compared to 100% in the control groups where the mice were not protected, and 80% in the group supplemented with cow milk and injected with Salmonella.


Camel milk is an excellent nutrient and because of its specific properties, particularly its anti-infectious action, should be used to replace other milks.

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