Superfood: Sacha Inchi Oil
Source: Sacha Inchi Oil (Plukenetia volubilis) is also known as Sacha Peanut or Incan peanut, and is native to the Peruvian Amazon rainforest. The plant bears a star–shaped fruit that contains dark brown seeds. A rich and nutritious oil is extracted from the fruit and used for consumption and topical usage.
Benefits: The benefit lies in the protein and unsaturated Omega 3, 6 and 9 content. The oil is highly digestible and causes no discomfort that is often associated with fish oils. Moreover, it boosts HDL cholesterol levels and lowers LDL, which helps prevent heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. Sacha Inchi oil helps to reduce inflammation resulting from arthritis and is excellent for alleviating depression or mood swings.
How To Use: This is a very diverse oil that can be mixed into a salad dressing, smoothies or drizzled onto your favorite dish. Try even slathering some on your skin for an extra-hydrating treat. The recommended daily dosage is approximately 1 tablespoon.
We Recommend: Asian Cucumber Salad
- 4 or 5 Persian Cucumbers (small ones)
- 1/2 tablespoon of Sacha Inchi Oil
- 1 – 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 teaspoon of sesame oil
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 2 tablespoons of sea palm, soaked and chopped*
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- dash of ground white peppercorn (optional)
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I’m just wondering about the rain forest itself. Through research I have found that although palm oil is vegan I still don’t use it because of the destruction to the forest as well as the lives of Orangutans.. how is this plant cultivated?
I agree with Heather…Now there also making a hair conditioner spray from the stuff, millions (hopefully not) buying the ‘miracle cure’ for vanity and maybe helping more destruction without knowing…