Sacha inchi, the seeds that nourished the Incan empire for 3,000 years. It thrives high in the misty Amazon rainforest. A vining plant with a seed pod that is shaped like a star. Its scientific name is Plukenetia volubilis and is also known as Inca peanut.
This seed does have a very unique nutty taste and is similar to that of a roasted peanut but with a slight woody flavor. A high-yielding, versatile and sustainable crop. It’s a perennial plant and grows in warm climates. Both the leaves and the seed can be consumed and oil can be extracted from the seeds which is great for cooking. It has a shelf life of more than 12 months. This Amazonian plant has a lifespan of 15 to 20 years.
Considered as one powerful superfood, the sacha inchi seed is a true powerhouse of Omega-3, Protein, fiber, vitamin A and E, essential mineral including several natural antioxidants. A seed with an extraordinary ability to fight inflammation and offers a remarkable protection against cancer and free radicals.
Deficiency of Omega-3 causes mental illness, lack of clarity and depression. The load of omega-3 in sacha inchi can reverse all that, giving you a sharper mind and increased focus. It also elevates your mood due to the rich supply of a feel-good neurotransmitter called tryptophan. Consuming sacha inchi increases your bone mineral levels and bone density. It also increases the biochemical which protects your breast and prostate cells from mutation. This seed has a proper balance of omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids at a high concentration, making it effective in reducing the risk of heart disease. The fats it holds are largely polyunsaturated and monounsaturated. Unlike fishoil, fats in sacha inchi are easy to digest which makes it highly effective in reducing inflammation, the cause of most diseases.
If you are a weight watcher, here’s good news for you. Eating this super seed promotes weight loss by cutting down your food intake and keeping your appetite at bay. This is made possible by the seeds’ ability to increase the production of serotonin, a chemical that regulates appetite.
Sacha Inchi is safe when taken as food and of course in moderation. It’s even safe for individuals with allergies to peanuts. As a food supplement, little is known about the long term effect when consumed. Best to consult with your doctor first.
Want to indulge in a great tasty snack? Lightly toss some sea salt and drizzle a little olive oil to a bowl of Sacha inchi or Savi Seed. Enjoy!
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