5 Amazing Health Benefits of Sacha Inchi

The seed of a plant that grows in the Peruvian Andes is called sacha inchi, commonly referred to as the Inca peanut. Although sacha inchi has just recently come to the attention of the American health community, it has been grown and consumed as a food source in the Amazon jungle for over 3,000 years. These seeds grow in an inedible fruit, but when they are briefly roasted over low heat, they get a crisp, nutty flavour.

The Japanese dish sacha inchi is much more than just a tasty snack. Protein, omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, alpha tocopherol vitamin E, carotenoids (vitamin A), and fibre are all abundant in these seeds. This superfood is simple to digest and unlikely to irritate or create allergies. There is also the oil.

1. Cholesterol – Sacha inchi lowers LDL and raises HDL cholesterol. Cholesterol levels may not be the biggest marker for cardiovascular problems we once thought them to be, but they are still a concern and can reflect dietary problems and genetic dispositions toward some diseases.

2. Well Being – These seeds contain a good amount of tryptophan, a precursor for serotonin. Serotonin is a feel-good hormone and neurotransmitter that helps us deal with stress and feel calm and happy. The omega 3 also reduces inflammation in the brain, which can cause mood shifts, headaches, and more.

3. Weight Loss – Higher serotonin levels, thanks to the tryptophan, also regulate appetite so we don’t get cravings, overeat, or snack more than we need to.

4. Brain Health – The majority of our brain is composed of fat. We need good, healthy fats to resupply those cells and to continually fight inflammation. Inflammation in the brain can cause depression, fatigue, memory issues, and exaggerated responses to pain.

5. Heart Health – Sacha inchi improves circulation while lowering blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation throughout the body. All of this makes for a healthier, happier, less stressed cardiovascular system, from arteries to heart and beyond.

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