Well, this latest KAMUT® Khorasan Wheat study that was just published in the scientific journal Nutrients on May 11th, has got me very excited. We were waiting for months for it to be published, and then right out of the blue, here it is!
What is really interesting to me is that the scientific community is seriously looking at the impact that specific foods or dietary patterns can have on CVD (Cardiovascular Disease). For those who know me well, I have always supported the famous quote by Hippocrates:
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
Well now it seems that the generally acknowledged “Father of Medicine” was right on the money!
Hippocrates collected data and conducted experiments to show that disease was a natural process; that the signs and symptoms of a disease were caused by the natural reactions of the body to the disease process; and that the chief role of the physician was to aid the natural resistance of the body to overcome the metabolic imbalance and restore health and harmony to the organism. Part of that restoration process is diet—finding out what foods and macronutrients positively influence functional, physiological or cellular activities.
For many years, one of my personal goals has been to find out, from a scientific standpoint, why people with wheat sensitivities can eat KAMUT® Khorasan Wheat. It is, after all, wheat and it does contain gluten. What seemed like a very straightforward goal has in fact turned out to be a journey of continual discovery. While we have not been able to definitively answer that question, like peeling back the layers of an onion, we keep finding out new things. The significance of this latest human study is that is shows the effectiveness of KAMUT® Khorasan Wheat in reducing cardiovascular risk in patients suffering from acute coronary disease (ACS). What was surprising to the lead researcher, Dr. Anne Whittaker was that there was any result at all. Because of all the drugs that the participants were taking, no one expected any measurable improvement in symptoms with such a small change in diet—which was basically swapping out modern wheat products for ancient KAMUT® Khorasan Wheat products. But there were results and they were significant.
Not only was the study published in a peer-reviewed journal, but also it was included as the lead article in the special issue “Nutrition and CVD”. The introduction to the special issue is of particular significance because it sets the tone for looking at food and diet in a new way. I would like to share that introduction with you.
The incidence of diet-related diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), is still increasing. CVD is often linked to metabolic syndrome, which refers to a cluster of metabolic disturbances related to an abnormal lipid and carbohydrate metabolism, obesity and a pro-inflammatory state of the body. Many of the earlier human dietary studies have focused on the effects of macronutrients on single CVD risk markers. These studies have provided valuable information and have contributed to current dietary guidelines. In recent years, however, there has been increasing interest in the effects of a wide variety of bioactive ingredients on established and emerging CVD risk markers. Although a strict definition of bioactive ingredients does not exist, the compounds can be considered as foods substances that positively influence functional, physiological or cellular activities.
The focus of this Supplement is on how bioactive ingredients—or specific foods or dietary patterns—may affect CVD risk in humans, and the underlying mechanisms to explain these effects. Increasing our knowledge in this area will be helpful for the development of evidence-based nutrition guidelines for the prevention and management of CVD.
Prof. Dr. Ronald P. Mensink
Dr. Alison M. Coates
I’ve included a link so you can check out the study for yourself, and you can find the press release from KAMUT® International in the press room
While there’s still much more work to be done to fully understand the link between specific components of KAMUT® Khorasan Wheat and their beneficial effects in reducing several cardiovascular risk markers, the results are extremely promising.
So onward and upward, more studies and hopefully more answers and more ways that real food and ancient grains like KAMUT® can help release us from the damaging cycle of disease and obesity that has the Western World in its grip.
You can also have a look at the full press release at the link below: