Sacha Inchi, what is it? Originally from the Amazon rainforest and the high Andes Mountains of Peru, sacha inchi has been part of the Inca diet for 3,000 years. The sacha inchi plant, plukenetia volubilis, a rainforest vine, with star-shaped seed pods, is currently cultivated primarily in parts of Southeast Asia and South America. Sacha inchi has been recognized for a number of health benefits:
– Weight loss: As one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, sacha inchi nuts can help balance cortisol levels. When cortisol levels are controlled, food cravings and mood swings are reduced. In fact, medical personality Dr. Oz lists sacha inchi as one of his best snacks for weight loss.
– Heart health: Medical studies have shown that sacha inchi’s high concentration and proper balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids reduce the risk of heart disease. Its fats are largely monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
– Complete protein: As a complete protein, sacha inchi contains every amino acid our body needs to function properly. Sacha inchi provides 9 grams of protein per serving.
– Bone health: Since sacha inchi is high in omega-3 fatty acids, it can support bone structure. Omega-3 fatty acids enhance bone mineral content by helping the body absorb calcium. Eating more foods rich in omega-3s can help protect bones as people age.
– Skin and hair: Sacha inchi nuts provide nutrients that promote supple skin and silky hair. Omega-3 fatty acids support hydration and protect against inflammation, while the vitamin E found in sacha inchi prevents free radical damage that can harm skin.
Growing Sacha Inchi in Vietnam: We have signed agreements with two Vietnamese companies: Bao Lam LLC, a company registered in the Province of Dak Lak Province, and Phuong Hoang Investment and Development LLC, a company registered in Ha Tinh Province, Vietnam, to grow a total of 3,000 hectares (approximately 7,400 acres) of sacha inchi in the provinces of Dak Lak, Dak Nong and Thua Thien Hue for export to the U.S. and European markets.