Top Ten Reasons To Eat Sacha Inchi Seeds
The Sacha Inchi seed, also known as the Inca Peanut, is the seed of a plant that is traditionally from Peru. The seeds have a slightly nutty flavor and could easily be eaten as a snack if they were lightly roasted. It’s been used as a food source for thousands of years and cultivated in the Amazon Rain Forest (and also in the rainforests of Bolivia, Ecuador, Brazil, Columbia, Suriname and Venezuela.) Another cool benefit of Sacha Inchi seeds is that they are a natural crop that comes from the rainforests areas so they help to sustain our rainforests and create more oxygen for the planet and they create income for tribal people in the area.
This superfood is filled with protein and make a great addition to the protein powder of Rain Form. Besides the protein, Sacha Inchi Seeds have omega 3, 6, and 9. The fact that it is a great source of Omega 3 is great news for vegans and vegetarians because there are few plant foods that provide it (flax seed, chia seeds, and microalgae are some of the others). Omega 3, as you probably know, helps reduce inflammation in the brain which can cause mood shifts, headaches, etc. We need healthy fats in our brains to reduce inflammation which also can cause depression, memory issues and exaggerated responses to pain.
Omega 3 in Sacha Inchi Seed may also be very important to having healthy hair and skin, helping to protect from skin damage and may even repair damage as it happens, keeping your skin hydrated and elastic. Omega 3’s also help you with your bone health because they help us to absorb calcium. That can help with bone density and other bone deterioration as we get older.
Two more benefits of Sacha Inchi Seeds is an improvement of vision and eye health in general and help for diabetics and pre-diabetics. Like the brain, the eyes need good healthy fats and Sacha Inchi has the Omegas to help with that. And vision can be improved with the vitamin E and vitamin A in Sacha Inchi Seeds.
Glucose levels can be helped with Omega 3’s and there is some research that suggests that the Omega 3 in Sacha Inchi Seeds might reduce insulin resistance in people with type 2 diabetes and that it may lower triglyceride levels which can be high in some diabetics.
But in a protein powder, as good as some of the above benefits are, we can also add a few more benefits for people working out or trying to lose weight. Sacha Inchi Seed helps with reducing your recovery time. The inflammation properties help with that, but also you get improved circulation, better blood pressure levels and may even reduce your cholesterol. It reduces the LDL and raises HDL cholesterol. Sacha Inchi can also be good for your joint health, and may even help with rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain. Those can be obstacles to wanting to work out.
Another obstacle to working out is your own brain. You’ve heard the no pain, no gain cliche and there is a grain of truth to that, but pushing through that pain is not easy for most people. When you recover faster, the brain doesn’t get attached to the pain portion, so you can concentrate on the gain. Also, Sacha Inchi Seed has a decent amount of tryptophan (like raw cacao). Tryptophan is a precursor for serotonin which is a “feel-good” hormone and a neurotransmitter that helps us feel calm and happy and helps us deal with the stress of working out or the stress of everyday life.
By the way, the protein tryptophan, helping you produce tryptophan also helps to suppress your appetite and lower food cravings. So it may also help with weight loss.
So if you have a protein powder drink with Sacha Inchi Seed before your workout, you might be more inclined to enjoy the workout and feel better quickly after the workout and you may lose some weight.