Sacha inchi or its scientific name, Plukenetia Volubilis is a plant that produces fruit with large and edible seeds that are typically roasted, ground into powder, or pressed to extract the oil while the leaves can be used to make tea. It is a perennial plant that native to a certain part of South America and the Caribbean. It’s also referred to as mountain peanut or Inca nut by the indigenous group in Peru who have been consuming sacha inchi for generations.
Sacha inchi seeds are rich in protein, fiber, and healthy fats as well as several essential micronutrients and antioxidants. It is considered a superfood due to its high content of plant-based omega-fatty acids specifically Omega-3 and Omega-6.
Several health benefits of sacha inchi may include:
A lot of research supports the ability of sacha inchi to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels. It is also been said that sacha inchi may help to lower blood pressure. Maintaining normal blood pressure is important to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and many other related diseases that may cause a fatal incident.
Rich in Omega fatty acids, particularly Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA), Sacha Inchi is one of the best sources of plant-based Omega 3 oils in the world. There are many omega oils derived from animals, but those meat sources typically contain saturated fats and carnitine, which have both been linked to heart disease. On the other hand, plant-based Omega 3s have been used to prevent heart attacks, lower high blood pressure, and reverse the hardening of blood vessels. The omega-3 fatty acid is also effective in reducing LDL cholesterol (Bad cholesterol) and triglycerides, at the same time increasing HDL cholesterol. ALA is also thought to help maintain normal heart rhythm and heart pumping.
Enriching fatty meals with sacha inchi oil can improve insulin sensitivity in people with high levels of triglycerides, as well as in those who experience blood sugar spikes after consuming fatty food. However, far from encouraging people to consume unhealthy fats, this promising outcome may result in new therapeutic uses of Incas’ peanut for the treatment of both hypertriglyceridemia and type 2 diabetes, as well as in new ways of preventing cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
- Lower LDL (Bad) Cholesterol
Omega-3 is effective in reducing bad cholesterol, improves blood circulation, and helps to maintain flexible and elastic arteries thus preventing atherosclerosis.
What is arteriosclerosis?
Arteriosclerosis occurs when the blood vessels that carry oxygen and nutrients from your heart to the rest of your body (arteries) become thick and stiff. Over time, if left unattended, it will cause artery coronary (restricted blood flow to your organs and tissues), heart attack/stroke, peripheral artery disease, kidney problems, and other issues depending on where the artery is blocked.
What causes the thickening of the artery??
Atherosclerosis is the thickening or hardening of the arteries caused by a buildup of plaque in the inner lining of an artery. Risk factors may include high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity, physical activity, and eating saturated fats.
Sacha Inchi oil is also very rich in protein and tryptophan, the essential amino acid that increases levels of serotonin in our body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger that transmits a signal from a neuron to a target cell) associated with the modulation of mood, provides a feeling of happiness, and improves sleeping quality and appetite. Serotonin deficiencies (lack of serotonin) may lead to depression, where its symptoms include feelings of sadness for a long period, exhaustion, loss of energy, and loss of interest in daily activities.
Sacha Inchi Oil also contains the component Behenic acid, which has amazing anti-aging properties to help restore skin elasticity keeping it firm, supple and smooth resulting in a younger-looking complexion. Its high Omega-3, Vitamin A, and E (alpha-tocopherol) content give this oil its excellent antioxidant properties to help strengthen the skin, retain moisture and combat free radicals caused by aging and environmental factors. The effects of sacha inchi on the skin include:
- Reduce the appearance of dark spots
- Minimize the appearance of enlarged pores
- Long-lasting hydration
- Free radical defense
- Improve skin elasticity and signs of aging
- Helps to boost collagen production
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Soothing antioxidant properties
- Soft, smooth and radiant skin
Imagine being able to swing your hair and show your gorgeous soft and shiny hair to your friends and spouse. Even without using a conditioner, a tablespoon of AL-LECCA’s Sacha Inchi Oil locks in the moisture and strengthens your hair. Bye-bye, brittle and damaged hair strands! If your head is itchy all the time, the oil soothes irritation and nourishes the scalp so it won’t be so itchy anymore. Instead, the scalp will become stronger and healthier. And when your scalp is strong and healthy, your new-grown hair naturally becomes stronger, shinier, and smoother.
Sacha inchi is available in various forms such as powder and oil that you can add to your favorite meals and beverages. For example, smoothies, coffee, tea, salad, toast, or half-boiled eggs. It has a mild nutty taste and adding it to your diet may benefit you in the long run specifically to your heart
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