In a new study, scientists predicted that oral administration of camel milk, spirulina (food supplement) and their combination can improve kidney function in rat model1.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major health concern having prominent illness and mortality rates worldwide. Globally 2 million estimated patients are taking treatments for CKD2. It has been predictable that diet manipulations as well as lifestyle alterations can be efficient for defense from CKD3.
For centuries camel milk has been used by desert people. In folk medicine it is known for its medicinal properties in various countries like Saudi Arabia and Egypt4. Camel milk possesses low levels of lactose and cholesterol as compared to other milks of mammals.
Camel Milk also contains higher levels of immunoglobulins, lysozyme and lactoferrin5. Camel milk can also be used against gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, food allergy, hepatitis C and cancer6. It has protects from lead and cadmium toxicity moreover improves the kidney and liver functions7.
Spirulina is a biomass of blue-green algae (cyanobacteria). It has been used as a food supplement for both animals and plants. It contains high amount of essential amino acids, fatty acids, minerals and vitamins8. Several studies have reported its antioxidant potential9, anti-inflammatory10, immunostimulatory11 and anticancer12 activities.
A team of researchers from Egypt designed a study to explore the protective effect of both camel milk and aqueous extracts of spirulina against nephrotoxicity induced by gentamicin in rats. The effect of oral administration of camel milk and spirulina on renal functions, oxidative stress markers as well as histopathological examination of kidneys of rats was investigated.
It was found that oral administration of camel milk, spirulina and their mixture significantly improved kidney ratio, kidney function and oxidative stress complications in rats. In addition, histopathological examinations of the kidney confirmed protective ability of these treatments. These positive effects were more marked when rats were given a combination of camel milk and spirulina than each of them alone.
Written by: Rabeeia
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17 November, 2019