Try Sacha Inchi Nuts for Omega-3


Sacha Inchi Nuts

Plukenetia Volubilis, known as Inca Peanut or Sacha Inchi, has been used as a high quality food source by people around the Andes Mountains since ancient times.  Recent research has shown that this superfood is packed with essential fatty acids, proteins, and amino acids in significant quantities, more than most other known sources. 

Nutrients that are labeled “essential” are those that are necessary for the health of the body, but must be ingested from food sources.  The Sacha Inchi nut has a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, the right ratio for good cardiovascular health.  It is also packed with vitamin A and vitamin E.

Omega-3 fatty acids are good for heart and brain health, but more recent studies have shown that the ratio between the intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may impact how effectively they work against bad cholesterol (LDL and triglycerides), and encourage formation of good cholesterol (HDL).  

Other benefits of the omega fatty acids include positive impact on neurological health and on vision by keeping the retina healthy.    They help to reduce the amount of inflammation in the body, and this has wide reaching general benefits for every organ system.

Sacha inchi nuts have three times the amount of omega-3's as walnuts, and twice the fiber, which makes it a great addition to a healthy diet. 

They make a great snack, especially if they are roasted at less than 115 degrees, to retain their enzymatic integrity and highest nutritional value.  They are great for vegans as they are an animal-free omega-3 fatty acid source, which is one of the tougher things to get through food sources. 

Sacha Inchi seeds are available at health food stores and finer groceries.

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