Sacha Inchi 29/09/2019
Sacha Inchi, in Latin Plukenetia volubilis L., is a climbing tree originally found in regions of South America. Its fruits are green during the growth period, with a specific star shape, with each point representing one pod. During the ripening process, these pods gradually turn brown and form a fruit inside them – tiny oval-shaped nuts. They are a favorite superfood not only for locals, and because of its unique composition and effects is increasingly exported to other continents.
The seeds of Sacha Inchi have been used in South America for centuries. Thanks to its ability to ward off hunger, improve mood and provide energy, it served as an ideal companion for long hunts. Because of its taste and appearance, the seeds have been nicknamed as the Inca peanut.
The fruits of Sacha Inchi are not only an excellent delicacy but also a unique superfood. They contain a unique amount of healthy nutrients. They are primarily an extraordinary source of omega acids, which the body can not produce itself and is required to get them from food. Sacha Inchi seems to be their appropriate source. These fatty acids are represented here in an ideal ratio ensuring their easy absorption. The seeds contain omega 3 (49%), omega 6 (37%) and omega 9 (8%).
Nuts are also rich in proteins, fiber, vitamins A, E and many building elements such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, iodine, amino acids, sterols and tocopherols.
It serves as a healthy and tasty snack that can be taken alone or as part of other meals. Sacha Inchi seeds are unique in that they can be used in many flavor variations. They are suitable for fruit mixture, yoghurt, smoothie or vegetable salads.
Sacha Inchi seeds can be further processed into oil. This oil has won numerous awards in recent years and has been approved as the richest source of omega fatty acids in the world. He even dismounted all the fish oils from the throne. It gained its popularity not only as an excellent delicacy and complement to a healthy lifestyle. It is also used as a medical and cosmetic product for its beneficial effects on skin, hair, nails and its ability to improve digestion.
Due to its unique content of healthy substances, Sacha Inchi has a complex effect on the whole organism. Its high amount of building materials strengthen the skeletal system and promote muscle regeneration. The presence of vitamin A allows the regeneration of visual functions. The antioxidants slow down the aging process, vitalize the body and supply energy. Seeds should, therefore, be used in times of demanding mental and physical exhaustion.
The substances contained in the seeds also increase the amount of acetylcholine in the brain, which boosts the activity of the nervous system. Neurons can communicate more effectively, so memory, attention and logical thinking are improved. These effects will be especially appreciated by individuals suffering from nervous system disorders such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Students and managers also appreciate it. Sacha for its ability to increase brain blood flow also serves as a remedy for migraines.
The seeds also help prevent cardiovascular disease. It strengthens the heart, maintains constant blood pressure and regulates blood cholesterol levels. It also has positive effects on the metabolism and digestive tract. With its anti-inflammatory effects, it reduces the risk of eczema and inflammation.
Seeds are also a rich source of tryptophan – a serotonin precursor. This improves mood, relieves excessive stress and anxiety, and helps with insomnia and other sleep disorders.
They are also appreciated by pregnant and nursing women – the high content of omega 3 ensures optimal fetal development – positively affects the brain and nervous system in particular.
One handful of seeds a day.
Two teaspoons of oil per day.