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Electron Physician. 2015 Nov 20;7(7):1523-8. doi: 10.19082/1523. eCollection 2015 Nov.

Nutritional and Therapeutic Characteristics of Camel Milk in Children: A Systematic Review.

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1
Ph.D. of Microbiology, Assistant Professor, Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute of Mashhad, Iran.
2
M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Gastroenterology, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
3
Ph.D. of Iranian Traditional Medicine, Assistant Professor, School of Iranian Traditional Medicine and Complementary Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
4
Ph.D. of Epidemiology, Assistant Professor, school of Health, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
5
M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics Gastroenterology, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.
6
Ph.D. Candidate, School of Iranian Traditional Medicine and Complementary Medicine, Mashhad University Medical of Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Camel milk is the closest to a human mother's milk. Camel milk is different from other milks, however, having low sugar and cholesterol, high minerals (sodium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc and magnesium, and vitamin C). The milk is considered have medicinal characteristics as well. This systematic review is aimed at determining and reporting nutritional values and medicinal characteristics of camel milk in children.

METHODS:

The search strategy of the current review is "(camel AND milk) AND (autism OR food allergy OR milk allergy OR children OR diarrhea." The search was conducted via PubMed, Scopus, and Google scholar. Also two Persian scientific databases (SID and Iranmedex) and international congresses were investigated. Full-text papers and abstracts on the topic of camel milk, evaluating nutritional value and medicinal properties, were included in this systematic review.

RESULTS:

Out of the 472 records found in the resources, 35 related studies were included in the final analysis. The result showed that camel milk is highly nutritious and is safe for consumption by children.

CONCLUSION:

It seems that many researchers did not follow a specific guideline for reporting and confirming the therapeutic properties of camel milk in children, but there is evidence denoting the importance, trials, and investigations of its usability and benefits. Camel milk as a supplemental treatment seems less invasive and costly than specialist care, medications, alternative treatments, and behavioral interventions. Based on our findings, camel milk is safer for children, effective in the treatment of autism, improves general well-being, promotes body natural defenses, is a good nutritional source, and can helps the daily nutritional needs of humans.

KEYWORDS:

autism; camel milk; children; diarrhea; food allergy; intolerant to lactose; milk allergy

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