How Kamut Can Benefit Heart Health: Say Goodbye to High Cholesterol

While it's becoming a trend for people with digestive problems and gluten allergies to switch from modern wheat to ancient grains, people with heart disease or diabetes, for the most part, haven't jumped on the bandwagon. Well, that's a mistake. Because, while Modern wheat promotes inflammation, ancient grains like Kamut and Einkorn actually lower inflammation.

The Benefits of Kamut Ancient Grain are far superior to modern hybridized wheat

Modern Wheat is Destroying our health

Modern wheat has wreaked havoc upon our health. Modern wheat is really a mix of 7 grains and grasses. Some of these grasses are animal feed, they're not even suitable for human consumption.


Modern wheat has been hybridized or genetically modified (its not clear which) to the extent that it looks nothing like its ancient cousins, kamut. Modern wheat is called dwarf wheat, it is much smaller, growing about 2 1/2 feet shorter. 


Modern wheat has been genetically altered (hybridized) to increase its gluten content (to make it fluffier and to increase yield).  It has also been modified to be more drought resistant

So how does eating kamut vs modern wheat impact our health?

Modern wheat is very low in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, compared to kamut and einkorn. Modern wheat has been shown to promote inflammation. Inflammation causes damage to blood vessel walls, leading to high LDL cholesterol. 


High LDL cholesterol can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.


Ancient grains like Kamut are high in antioxidants, polyphenols and carotenoids, as well as minerals such as selenium magnesium and vanadium.

Study shows Kamut reduces inflammation lowers LDL (BAD) cholesterol

In a 2013 study, 22 patients with ACS, Acute coronary syndrome, most of whom had had at least one heart attack (13 men, 9 women), participated. They compared their blood results while they eating kamut compared to modern wheat. The results showed that consumption of products made from KAMUT khorasan wheat produced A REDUCTION in  total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, glucose and insulin levels. There was also a big reduction in the master pro-inflammatory cytokine marker called Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha (-34.5%). 


 “Because of all the drugs that the participants were taking we didn’t really expect any measurable improvement in symptoms with such a small change in diet. We certainly were surprised by the results,” commented Dr. Anne Whittaker.  


“Since cardiovascular disease causes approximately one third of all deaths globally in both developed and developing countries, the next important question was could KAMUT khorasan wheat products provide additional protection in patients with existing chronic disease, like Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), who are dependent on drug therapy, to prevent a recurrent cardiovascular event,” explained Bob Quinn, PhD, organic farmer and founder of Kamut International.  


Despite the seriousness of their heart condition, these 22 patients with ACS exhibited lowered inflammation, and higher antioxidant levels.


Another study investigated the impact of consumption of KAMUT wheat in healthy adults with risk factors for the heart disease. Results indicated that consumption of KAMUT® khorasan wheat products reduced total cholesterol, cholesterol LDL, glucose, and increased mineral levels, and a reduction in overall inflammatory markers.


Sources: 

1) KAMUT Reduces Cardiovascular Risk in Patients with ACS - KAMUT® Khorasan Wheat 


2) Characterization of Khorasan wheat (Kamut) and impact of a replacement diet on cardiovascular risk factors: cross-over dietary intervention study | European Journal of Clinical Nutrition (nature.com)

Ancient grains like Kamut are high in antioxidants, polyphenols and carotenoids, as well as minerals such as selenium magnesium & vanadium

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