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What is Sacha Inchi? Find Out the Benefits of This Super Seed!

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What is Sacha Inchi? Find Out the Benefits of This Super Seed!

The benefits of sacha inchi are many, earning this nutrient-dense nut-flavoured jungle seed its superfood status. 

We hope you enjoy learning more about this wonderful food native to South America!

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Everything You Need to Know About Sacha Inchi 


What is Sacha Inchi?


The plant, Sacha Inchi or Plukenetia Volubilis bears star-shaped seed pods that can produce 400-500 seeds annually! The pods are harvested and then dried or gently roasted before being processed. Most commonly sacha inchi is ground up, like our new plant-based protein powder, and enjoyed in a shake or smoothie!


Where are Sacha Inchi Plants Found?

Native to the Amazon Rainforest of Peru, the Plukenetia Volubilis is a tropical plant that locals have been eating for over 3,000 years! It’s only now just gaining popularity, especially if you’re plant-based, as it’s naturally abundant in omegas.

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Nutritional Profile of Sacha Inchi Seeds


Sacha Inchi has a dynamic nutritional profile that can complement any diet. Here are just some of the reasons why sacha inchi is so amazing for you; in a one-ounce serving you’ll find:

  • 190 calories
  • 8g of complete protein (has all 9 essential amino acids)
    • Including being rich in the amino acid, tryptophan, which promotes better sleep and regulates moods. 
  • 5g of fibre 
  • Rich in healthy omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids
  • Full of protective antioxidants, like Vitamin A and E.

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Potential Health Benefits of Sacha Inchi 


Some of the proven health benefits of sacha inchi are:

  • Heart Healthy: Clinically these seeds have been shown to cut bad LDL cholesterol while raising heart-healthy HDL cholesterol. They also improve circulation, reduce inflammation and stabilize blood sugars for more robust heart health.
  • Improved Moods: Because of the higher amount of tryptophan - that is then converted to serotonin “the feel-good” hormone - sacha inchi seeds help control stress levels for a happier you
  • Weight Loss: In addition to all the other perks of sacha inchi, higher levels of tryptophan and the associated serotonin means, fewer cravings.
  • Less Inflammation: Thanks to the antioxidants (vitamin A and E) present in these mighty seeds they help to protect your body from free radical damage. Vitamin A and E also help to maintain your eyesight as well as reducing the symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. 
  • Omega Rich: Sachi Inchi seeds are one of the highest plant-based sources of omegas. Omega-3s promote healthy hydrated skin, healthy hair, hair growth and hair loss-prevention, wound-healing, acne-prevention and helping prevent skin issues such as red/inflamed/dry or itchy skin.

  • Omega 3 EFS's are important for strong bones by increasing calcium intake. Omega-3s also support heart, brain and general function while omega-6s help to supply the body with energy.

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    Also known as the "Incan Peanut" they taste like peanuts but are Nut-free!


    Incorporating Sacha Inchi Into Your Diet

    Now that you know all the health benefits of sacha inchi, let’s talk about how to introduce this nutty seed into your diet. 

  • Powder: As mentioned, one of the preferred and best ways to reap the benefits of Sacha Inchi is buying it in powder form in a high-quality protein blend or exclusively; and enjoy as a shake or smoothie.
  • Dried: If your homemade trail mix is getting kind of stale, why not mix in some dried sacha inchi seeds for some added nutrition? Plus, they taste delicious too!
  • Oil: Like most superfoods, their benefits aren't limited to improving internal health, but they have a wider application when used topically. Sacha inchi oil works wonders on sensitive skin, has anti-aging properties, helps reduce inflammation and strengthens hair. However, some oils can be ingested - always be sure to read the product label before use - and can be taken individually or incorporated into a dressing or sauce!

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    Smoothies are a great way to get extra nutrition into your diet, especially when you add Perfect Supplements to them 😊

    I hope you enjoyed this article today and you feel like it added value to your day and if you're looking for a way to try Sacha Inchi powder, you can find it in the Perfect Organic Plant Protein.

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    REFERENCES

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plukenetia_volubilis   

    https://sunwarrior.com/blogs/health-hub/10-amazing-health-benefits-sacha-inchi

    https://www.inlivo.com/nutrition/nuts-and-seeds/seeds/sacha-inchi-seeds

    https://www.benutritionco.com/blog/2016/06/07/why-you-need-sacha-inchi-seeds-in-your-life

    https://www.cleanplates.com/eat/healthy-pantry/sacha-inchi-superfood-anti-inflammatory-foods/  

    https://www.verywellfit.com/the-benefits-of-sacha-inchi-89510


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