Sacha Inchi Oil
Sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis) is a plant that produces large, edible seeds rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, protein, and other substances such as vitamin E and beta-sitosterol. Native to Peru, sacha inchi is also known as sacha peanut, jungle peanut, or Inca peanut.
Sacha inchi oil has a similar fatty acid composition to flaxseed oil. It is a rich source of alpha- linolenic acid, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid, and is also high in linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid).
The nutrient-dense whole seeds are often consumed roasted. The ground seeds are available in protein powder, cereal, and other food products. The pressed oil from the seeds is used in cooking or is found in dietary supplements.
Uses for Sacha Inchi
Sacha inchi have a nut-like flavor when toasted and can be eaten as a snack or added to a variety of dishes. Rich in omega-3s and protein, it is often consumed by people following a a vegetarian or vegan diet.
Often marketed as a "SuperFood", sacha inchi issaid to offer a variety of benefits. Some proponents suggest that consuming sacha inchi can help reduce excess abdominal fat and promote weight loss. In addition, sacha inchi is purported to fight depression, reduce cholesterol levels, prevent heart disease and aid in diabetes management.
Applied topically, the oil is used for skin and hair in face oil, face cream, or hair oil.