As many of our native products Sacha Inchi (Plukenitia volublilis L.) is typical of the Peruvian Amazon and is rich in oil, protein and high in omega 3. Here is more information about the Sacha Inchi and its benefits
Peruvians are fortunate, because our country has a huge variety of highly nutritious food, they often do not know or do not eat. And what better occasion than Independence Day to publicize the benefits of a Peruvian seed that is gaining much popularity for its many health properties.
This is the sacha inchi, also known as “Inca peanut”, a native seed in the Amazon jungle, which has been cultivated for centuries by our ancestors.
This seed is characterized by being rich in nutrients; It contains proteins, vitamins and minerals; but what stands out in its nutritional composition is its high content of essential fatty acids like Omega 3, Omega 6, and Omega 9.
The aforementioned fatty acids are necessary for the proper functioning of the body. For example, they are essential to protect the heart, for consumption lowers triglycerides in the blood and, therefore, the risk of heart disease.
Also, the Omega 3 is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system and could avoid the risk of Alzheimer’s dementia or memory loss. During pregnancy, this fatty acid is also vital for the formation and development of the baby’s brain and retinas. It also has a protective effect on the joints and reduces the pain associated with arthritis.
Besides the essential fatty acids, Sacha Inchi has a significant antioxidant for its high content of polyphenols, substances which counteract the effects of free radicals on the cells and, therefore, reduce the risk of certain cancers and degenerative diseases such as heart disease. Furthermore, they are able to prevent aging.
Sacha inchi, either as seed or oil is flooding domestic and international markets, as it has been shown that consumption strengthens the immune system, has antioxidant properties, helps maintain healthy skin and prevents heart attacks.
Therefore, and given that cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death worldwide, the regular consumption of seeds like Sacha inchi, along with the practice of healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet, physical activity practice regularly, avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and restrict the consumption of snuff, they are a valuable tool to combat this epidemic.