Sacha inchi, also known as the Inca Peanut, is a high protein, Omega 3,6,9, alpha tocopherol vitamin E, carotenoid (vitamin A) and fiber powerhouse.
Easily digestible, unlikely to cause irritation or allergic response and packed with flavour. Could you ask for much more? Available in oil and of course powder formats, this is a secret ingredient that needs to be..well, not so secret. We don't hear a lot about this superfood but I am certain in the coming years we will, just give the media time to catch up to this, I mean it's been around for over 3000 years, much like Peruvian Maca.
Boasting a similar flavour to olive oil, only a nuttier flavour and a bit lighter. Tis is something great for vegans since the availability of plant based omegas is somewhat limited.
The studies are new as there hasn't been much publicity on these seeds, however what is out there seems quite promising.
Lowers the bad cholesterol LDL, raises the good king HDL
Contains tryptophan which is a precursor to serotonin. That's our happy hormone, which is also a neurotransmitter, this means it helps calm us down, deal with stress and be in a state of "happy"
Omega's, reduces inflammation in the brain, which can be the cause of mood issues and headaches!
Weight loss - Higher serotonin special thanks to the tryptophan which helps to regulate appetite.
Brain health- since the majority of the brain is composed of mostly fat for brain function, we need to ensure we are consuming the right amount of essential fats. This helps continuously fight inflammation which can lead to depression, fatigue, memory issues and an exagerated response to pain.
Heart health - improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation throughout the body. Less stress = healthy heart
Diabetes - helps control glucose levels(omega 3), new findings are showing that omega 3 may actually reduce insulin resistance in those with type 2 diabetes along with lowering triglyceride levels (commonly seen in type 2 diabetes)
Bone health -Omega 3 helps your body absorb calcium (be sure you are getting your proper amount of vitamin D and k2 (see my article on the importance of k2)
Vision- Vitamin E and Vitamin A plus omegas are all essential for improved vision and overall eye health. Like the brain, your eyes rely on a good amount of fat.
Joint health- anti-inflammatory, need I say more?
Skin and hair.... this should go without saying due to the omega content.
Be sure to check out my recipe incorporating these awesome little seeds, it's a great snack or a perfect party app.