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Can You Guess Which Plant Is Used for a Delicious Oil Rich in Omega-3, and a Powder Rich in Protein?

Can You Guess Which Plant Is Used for a Delicious Oil Rich in Omega-3, and a Powder Rich in Protein?

Oct 22nd 2014

Little Star, Bigggggg Advantages!

With over 25,000 vegetable species known to grow in native Peru—only 4,400 of them are actually used in the diet and medicine of the people. One of these vegetable species has been traced back to pre-columbian use among the aboriginal peoples.

Sacha Inchi is a beautiful vine plant indigenous to the Peruvian Amazon, which produces star-shaped pods containing seeds sometimes known as Inca peanuts.

The oil from the star-shaped sacha inchi seed is one of the highest plant sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids on the planet. Raw and sustainably grown, our cholesterol-free Sacha Inchi Oil is one of nature’s best sources of omega-3s, with 48% total content.

How Do Omega’s Benefit Me?

Omega-3 fatty acids practically benefit every part of your body – studies across the board have shown positive effects on the digestive, reproductive and nervous systems. Further studies even go to suggest that Omega’s have the ability to increase psychological health, assist with allergies and help control asthma.

The Standard American Diet is typically imbalanced with too many omega-6s and not nearly enough omega-3s. If you’re not deliberately making sure you’re getting your omega-3s, chances are you’re not getting enough. According to researchers at Harvard University, a lack of omega-3 intake is the sixth leading cause of deaths from preventable diseases in the US, with 72,000-96,000 deaths annually.1

Symptoms of omega-3 deficiency include “fatigue, poor memory, mood swings, and depression,” to name a few.2 So omega’s literally go to your head! Let’s talk about the big three: Brain, Heart and Skin.

Feed Your Brain

One study concluded that supplementation with the long chain omega-3 fatty acid found in the brain known as DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) “improved memory and the response time of memory in healthy, young adults whose habitual diets were low in DHA.3 Researchers have also found that low levels of DHA can present a “risk factor for the development of AD [Alzheimer’s Disease], [as well as] “dementia and cognitive impairment.”4

Similarly, people suffering from “major depression” were found to have a “deficiency of omega-3″ when compared to healthy volunteers.5 If that weren’t enough, depression has been associated with “accelerated cellular aging,”6 once again bringing us back to the importance of getting your omega-3s to feed your brain!

Feed Your Heart

Countless studies have shown the correlation between heart health and omega-3 levels. Omega-3s have been shown to “reduce CVD [cardiovascular disease] risk,” as well as ”inflammatory responses” in the cardiovascular system, “arrhythmia,” and “stroke.”7

Because of the large body of scientific research associating omega-3 intake with decreased risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends that adults eat fish at least twice a week.

For those who are vegetarian, vegan, or simply concerned with the fact that mercury is a ”global pollutant” to which human exposure “primarily results from consumption of estuarine and marine fish,”8 sacha inchi oil is a safe, healthful solution to get your omega-3s without ingesting the toxins found in fish.

Feed Your Skin

Your skin is a reflection of what is going on inside your body. Omega-3 deficiency has been shown to result in “dry skin.”2 With its rich omega-3 content, sacha inchi oil can help hydrate your dry skin from the inside out.

If your skin cells are strong and full of moisture with adequate omega-3s, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can decrease. Our sacha inchi oil is best taken internally, and it is even light enough to be applied topically to your skin to maximize its anti-aging properties.


Use this tasty recipe using Sacha Inchi Oil at home!

Super Omega Bruschetta

We gave one of the most delicious hors d’oeuvres a superfood boost, and we’re never going back. This delightful bruschetta has a burst of Maca Powder and an omega-packed punch of Sacha Inchi Oil! Enjoyed raw, cooked or straight out of the bowl, we promise this superfood delight will be at the top of your snack list.

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Super Omega Bruschetta

Protein… Without Supplementation.

Great for a slow release of energy, protein is made up of amino acids that your body uses to build muscle, tissues and enzymes. There are 20 different amino acids, 9 of which can’t be produced by your body and must be obtained through food. These are called the essential amino acids and they are the ones to focus on when choosing the best protein sources for you.

Our Sacha Inchi Protein Powder contains 65% high quality protein due to its full and balanced natural content of highly digestible amino acids… including all nine essential amino acids.


Sacha Inchi and Sustainability…

Sunfood Sacha Inchi ProteinWhen you and your family enjoy Sunfood Sacha Inchi Protein Powder, you are helping to protect the endangered fertile land in the Amazonian rainforest from being razed for raw materials that are less sustainable. Beyond the environment you are contributing to native peoples’ quality of life which achieves fairly shared revenue – and a healthier world diet. It’s good for you, and the planet!




This is not your average protein shake!


Purple Peanut Protein Smoothie

Besides it being the most colorful protein-packed smoothie we’ve ever created, it’s so delicious you’ll think you’re having dessert! With a full serving of protein, this shake is the perfect quick-start for kids and an awesome post-workout shake. Add a little color and a ton of protein into your day!


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Purple Peanut Protein Smoothie

Sunfood Sacha Inchi Oil

Sacha Inchi Oil





1 – “The preventable causes of death in the United States: comparative risk assessment of dietary, lifestyle, and metabolic risk factors.” Harvard School of Public Health, 2009.
2 – “Omega-3 Fatty Acids” University of Maryland Medical Center, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide.
3 – “DHA supplementation improved both memory and reaction time in healthy young adults: a randomized controlled trial.” American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 2013.
4 – “Fatty acid analysis of blood plasma of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia, and cognitive impairment.” University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2000.
5 – “Lowered omega3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in serum phospholipids and cholesteryl esters of depressed patients.” Clinical Research Center for Mental Health, Belgium, 1999.
6 – “Major depressive disorder and accelerated cellular aging: results from a large psychiatric cohort study.” VU University Medical Centre, The Netherlands, 2013.
7 – “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease: New Recommendations From the American Heart Association.” Kris-Etherton PM, Harris WS, Appel LJ, 2003.
8 – “Mercury as a global pollutant: sources, pathways, and effects.” Environmental Science & Technology Journal. May 21, 2013.