Sacha Inchi Oil Capsules
Loaded with healthy omega 3 fatty acids, essential amino acids and antioxidants
- One of the richest sources of plant based omega 3 fatty acids
- Lowers inflammation in the body
- Lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure
- Supports heart health
- Improves brain function and mood
- Source of complete protein
- Boosts energy levels and builds healthy muscles
- Helps lose weight
- Easily digestible
Sacha inchi (Plukenetia Volubilis) is a plant native to South America and now also widely grown in Southeast Asia. Also known as sacha peanut, Inca peanut or mountain peanut, it produces star shaped pods that contain seeds.
Sacha Inchi seeds are gaining immense popularity among the health conscious. Shelled seeds are generally eaten dry roasted or they can also be grounded to use as protein powder. Cold pressed oil, extracted from raw seeds, is another popular and also a healthier way of using Sacha Inchi.
Indigenous peoples in the Amazon rainforest have been using Sacha Inchi for more than 3,000 years for its health benefits, that clearly stem from its incredible nutritional content. Let’s take a look.
Sacha Inchi Oil: A powerhouse of nutrition
- Contains higher levels of plant-based omega-3s than most nuts or seeds. Rich in omega 3 fatty acids (almost 50 % of the total oil is in this form), omega-6 fatty acids (35%) and Omega 9 oils (9 %).
- Contains nine essential amino acids that your body can’t make on its own, making it a complete protein source.
- Contains amino acid tryptophan that helps the body make serotonin, a feel-good hormone that also help regulate appetite.
- Important source of health promoting, antioxidant phytochemicals: phytosterols, tocopherols (vitamin E) and carotenoids (vitamin A) 
- A decent source of vitamin C, iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium
- Seeds are a great source of dietary fiber.
- Easy to digest unlike other protein sources
- Not known to cause allergies or irritation.
Omega 3 fatty acids in Sacha Inchi oil
Omega fatty acids are healthy fats that perform a wide range of functions in the body. Most importantly, omega 3 (n-3) and omega 6 (n-6) fatty acids are an important constituent of your cell membranes. And your body uses these fats as a precursor to make hormones that regulate several critical processes in the body such as blood clotting, brain functions, immune functions, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation. They also play a crucial role in preserving bone health and promote healthy skin and hair growth.
There are three types of n-3: ALA, DHA and EPA. Your body can’t make ALA on its own and you must get it through dietary sources. Sacha Inchi seeds contain very high amounts of omega 3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).
EPA and DHA are found in oily fish like salmon, mackerel and herring. Usually, EPA and DHA steal the march when it comes to offering health benefits, especially towards lowering heart disease risk. But emerging studies show that ALA may be just as effective in preventing cardiovascular disease and increasing dietary ALA may help decrease this risk.  . In addition, your body can convert ALA into EPA and DHA. It is generally believed that the body is not very competent in carrying out this conversion, but this animal study shows that “ALA, when provided in significant amounts, can be converted into n-3 LCPUFA, mostly DHA in the liver and brain”. 
Offers healthy balance between omega 3 and omega 6 fats
Sacha Inchi oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (n-6) in a healthy ratio.   Both fats are important for health, but it is important to maintain a good balance. While n-6 encourages inflammation, n-3 helps the body produce anti-inflammatory substances.  With increased use of vegetable oil, our diet is already loaded with too much of omega-6.
Sacha Inchi oil health benefits
- Omega 3 oils in Sacha Inchi dampen inflammation in the body. An inflammatory environment in the body brings on premature aging and gives rise to all kinds of chronic ailments such as heart disease, painful swollen joints, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Using powerful anti-inflammatory like Sacha Inchi may help lower risk of these diseases.
- Sacha Inchi oil offers amazing benefits to your cardiac health, thanks to its high omega 3 content.
- Reduces inflammation in arteries – a key step in formation of plaque, which chokes the arteries and increases one’s risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Reduces total cholesterol levels and increases good (HDL) cholesterol for people with high cholesterol. 
- Prevents blood clotting
Brain functions and emotional health:
- Omega 3 nourishes the nervous system. Your brain needs healthy fats for proper functioning, to build cell membrane, and to nourish and repair damaged brain cells. n-3 fatty acids also lower inflammation in the brain while tryptophan content helps maintain emotional well-being.
- Omega 3s helps fight inflammation, known to cause neuro-degenerative diseases and decline in cognitive functions. This anti-inflammatory mechanism may help Sacha Inchi oil lower pain responses, cognitive decline, memory loss, dementia and even depression.
- Sacha Inchi contains tryptophan, an amino acid that is converted into serotonin, a neurotransmitter also called the happy hormone. Serotonin is known to trigger positive feelings, regulate mood and calm down frayed nerves, thus helps you deal with anxiety and depression.
Weight loss and digestive health:
- Trying to lose weight? Sacha Inchi could be a very effective supplement to your weight loss efforts.
- Healthy serotonin levels (due to high amounts of tryptophan in Sacha Inchi) helps regulate appetite and curbs untimely food cravings – keeping you satisfied for longer periods. This prevents overeating while you are still getting your supply of essential nutrients required for a well-functioning and active body.
- The seeds are also packed with dietary fibre needed for a healthy digestive system. The fibre adds bulk to the stool and encourages regular bowel movement – preventing constipation and enabling the intestines to get rid of toxins.
Supports bone health:
- Omega 3 fatty acids helps the body absorb calcium.
- Enhances bone mineral density
- Minimizes bone loss as you grow older
Improves eyes, skin and hair health:
- Sacha Inchi oil is rich in omega 3 and antioxidant substances (phenolic compounds, vitamin E and vitamin A) . All these ingredients work together to nourish the skin, and protect eyes and skin from oxidative damage and inflammation.
- Moisturises skin, maintains its elasticity and prevents ultimate formation of fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces UV induced skin damage
- Supports eye health and delays the development of macular degeneration and cataracts
- Helps in hair growth
The best Sacha Inchi oil capsules
Our Sacha Inchi oil capsules contain high-quality, Virgin cold pressed oil extracted from raw, untreated seeds. It is free of any chemicals or additives.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or taking any medications, consult with a doctor before using this supplement.
The information or the statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This data is for education and information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any aforementioned disease. It is not in any way intended to diagnose, prescribe or substitute the advice or treatment recommended by your physician or other health care professionals.
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