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Why Are the Pennsylvania Amish Raising Camels for Camel Milk? The Benefits of Camel Milk.

Updated on August 17, 2013
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Camel Milk in Pennsylvania?

I live in the heart of rural Pennsylvania. It is common to pass Amish stands on the side of the road. I saw one selling camel milk and camel milk cheese, which bewildered me so I thought I'd investigate. When you think of Pennsylvania, more specifically the Pennsylvania Amish one of the last things you think of are camels. Camels are associated with deserts but they are very adaptable. Some can even thrive in the cold of Russia! I've learned that camel farms are not just starting in Pennsylvania but all over the United States.


The FDA passed a bill in 2009 permitting the commercial sale of camel milk in the United States. Because it is not easy to find (at least in this area) and there are many health benefits linked to drinking camel milk it is no wonder the Amish want to start camel farms and sell the milk.

Have you ever tried camel milk?

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Benefits of Camel Milk

•Camel milk is the closest milk to human mothers milk making it easy to tolerate. In many countries camel milk is given to babies suffering from malnutrition.

•Camel Milk has three times more vitamin C than cow milk

•Camel milk has ten times the iron count versus cow milk

•Camel milk contains 10 times the amount of antibacterial and antiviral properties over cow milk

•Camel milk contains insulin like protein that survives the digestive tract and may benefit people with certain forms of diabetes

•Camel milk contains disease-fighting immunoglobulins which are small in size allowing penetration of antigens and boosting the effectiveness of the immune system

•Camel milk improves the quality of life for those with autoimmune disorders helping the immune system respond properly and no longer attacking a persons own body tissue

•Camel milk is a whole food. This means it has enough nutrients to sustain a person through the day

•Camels milk is lower in cholesterol than cow milk

•Camel milk is rich in potassium and minerals such as sodium and magnesium

•Camel milk is a natural source if Alpha-Hydroxide acids which are known to smooth fine lines and "chubby" the skin

•Camel milk can be used as a precautionary in ulcers


I've never tried camel milk but I hear it tastes saltier than cow milk. I haven't seen camel milk anywhere else so I think next time I pass that stand I will pull over and and give camel milk a try!

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Nehan, thank you for reading and commenting. I will look up the camel milk soap. It might be the next beauty secret. :)

      Good info on the camel urine. If it does work, we need to get it out there as a treatment. You are right, much better than chemo.

      Thanks again for commenting and the useful info on the soap and urine. :)

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      Nehan 4 years ago

      Oops, forgot to mention the website. www.camelmilksoap.com

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      Nehan 4 years ago

      I live in Dubai and haven't tried camel milk yet! That's pretty unbelievable lol but apparently the only ones ive ever seen on the shelves is the pasteurized ones and what im after is the non-pasteurized camel milk. This is really hard to find but we do have one or two places that sell fresh camel milk. They have their own season to milk the camels so haven't been able to get it yet.

      Ive stopped drinking cow milk coz ive grown lactose intolerant (coz of pastuerized milk you get here - thankfully there are farmer's markets & organic shops on the rise in Dubai) and have decided to shift to goat & camel milk. About camel urine, that's absolutely true. Researchers in the UAE & Saudi have been asking for clinical trials to prove its benefits. It sounds "eughh" to me too but im sure it can't be worse than chemo.

      Oh, and till you can find camel milk somewhere, why not give camel milk soaps a try? An amazing company in Dubai sells them online..organic and handmade with amazing ingredients. It has got good reviews and ill be getting a few this weekend. Apparently, Cleopatra was known to bathe in camel milk!

      Lol, I should stop blabbering now. Hope you do get to try camel milk soon!

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you Lee!

      Camel milk seems very good for you but hard to find and VERY expensive. I'm curious to see if it will start showing up in stores over next few years.

      Thanks again Lee, it's very nice to meet you.

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      Lee Raynor 4 years ago from Citra Florida

      Hey Heather

      I inserted a link to this Hub in the second capsule of my Hub: https://hubpages.com/health/Milk-Does-it-do-a-Body...

      Lee

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      Lee Raynor 4 years ago from Citra Florida

      Interesting

      I thought about including camel milk in my hub about milk but figured it was too unusual to add. I didn't know about the Amish

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Donnah75 -If you ever see it please let me know. It seems to be a very hard find and expensive. I looked up prices and it's $99 for 9 pints (1.125 gallons) I don't have room for that in my budget!

      W1totalk - thanks for reading and commenting! :) I'll have to check out your reviews in case I ever get to eat at a place you mentioned.

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      W1totalk 4 years ago

      This is crazy and local. Great article.

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Interesting. My sister lives in central NY where there is a growing Amish community. I'll tell her to look out for camels.

      If you try it, let us know what you think of the taste. I gave up drinking cow's milk years ago and try to eat close to a vegan diet, but this is intriguing. Not a milk I would ever think of drinking. Great hub!

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      It seems that if you have an allergy to cow milk, camel milk may end up being ok. If you are allergic to the lactase, or sugar, in the cow milk you should be fine, but if you are allergic to the casein, or protein, in cow milk, then there may be a chance you will develop an allergy to the camel milk.

      Thanks for reading and commenting! :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Well that was the most interesting news I've heard all day! Thanks for highlighting the sale of camel's milk in the USA and for sharing some info on it. What do you know about allergies related to camel's milk?

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you for reading it!

      I have heard the same thing. I also heard they have to have young to be milked and even then can only be milked once or twice a day. Truthfully, I don't know how often a cow can be milked so I don't know how to compare.

      Thanks for the comment! :)

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      I saw your title the other day and was attracted to the article. Glad I finally got a chance to read it. I'd like to try camel milk, but I don't think I'd want to raise them. Aren't they supposed to be difficult to handle?

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Sure thing, Heather...but not sure if anyone here in the Pacific NW has heard of it. No Amish out here...perhaps in OR? I live in WA. : )

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Thank you for the votes dreamseeker2! I was looking forward to trying some camel milk but the stand has been sold out each time I'm there. I'm hoping grocery stores will pick it up but so far no. If you ever get a chance to try it please let me know how you like it. Heather

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      dreamseeker2 4 years ago

      Interesting! Never heard of it around here. Sounds like it could be useful and an alternative to cows milk. : ) Voted this one up and interesting, as well as useful. Great hub. I admire the Amish and their ways...different, yet down to earth and gentle people.

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Around here almond, soy, etc milk are sold everywhere and very easy to get. I have heard they are very healthy but haven't made the comparison between them and camel milk. I still haven't been able to find camel milk anywhere, and the Amish stand was sold out last time I was there. Since camel milk is a novelty around here it made me curious to learn more about it.

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Joe - your comment made me chuckle. :)

      Thanks for the compliment. I notice you take things you find in your everyday life and create stories (hubs) about it. I thought I'd give that a try too. Everyday brings new and sometimes strange experiences.

      If you find camel milk out your way please let me know. I'm wondering how available it is in different areas of the world.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Heather, I always applaud writers who find innovative subjects to cover, and this was certainly one of them. You did a wonderful job of presenting the concept of camel's milk in a reader-friendly fashion. In addition, I actually am interested in giving the milk, but not the urine, a try. LOL!

      Aloha, my friend, and I hope you're having a great weekend!

      Joe

      Lords of the Fly

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      You are welcome:)

      You can ask Dr Google about it lol

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Well that is both cool and gross at the same time! :)

      It is amazing that what we need to keep ourselves healthy is available in nature. It's too bad there isn't a manual to tell us exactly what to use for each ailment.

      Thanks for your comments! :)

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Yes,it is :) and there is something maybe you never heard about lol Camels’ urine may help treat cancer :) This treatment is not an invention, but rather, taken from our Prophet’s legacy,”. A Hadith narrated by Al-Bukhari (2855) and Muslim (1671) claims that some people came to Madina and fell ill with bloated abdomens. The Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) told them to combine the milk and urine of a camel and drink that, after which they recovered. A swollen abdomen may indicate edema, liver disease or cancer.

      Besides, Camels’ urine contains PREMARIN and products such as tylenol or asparine contain PREMARIN too lol

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      HeatherH104 4 years ago from USA

      Thanks James-wolve. I was surprised to learn how healthy camel milk is. Aside from the Amish stand, it is impossible to find here. Is it easy to get where you are?

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      Tijani Achamlal 4 years ago from Morocco

      Very interesting hub.Thanks for sharing.

      Here in the south ,Moroccans drink camel milk but I ve never tried it!

      Voted up