It’s interesting to observe the many superfoods now being sourced from plants grown in South America. One interesting plant is the Inca Inchi vine (also known as Sacha Inchi), grown in the Peruvian region of the Amazon Rainforest. The star shaped fruit grown on this vine is essentially inedible, however the seeds are jam-packed with nutrients. These seeds have been used by Peruvians, for centuries in their herbal medicines and traditional recipes.
Inca Inchi seeds are often roasted, becoming a tasty snack. They are quite crunchy, with a nutty flavour and in fact, are often referred to in Peru as the Almond of the Inca or wild forest peanut. The seeds are a healthy snack food because they are high in essential fatty acids, as well as dietary fibre and are a complete source of protein. They are fantastic as a nutritious, energy snack and great for kids’ lunchboxes as they are nut free.
Because the Inca Inchi seed is believed to be the richest vegetable source of essential fatty acids (over 48% Omega 3, 36% Omega 6 and 8% Omega 9), the oil when extracted from the seed becomes an excellent food to help prevent inflammation of all types, as well as dry and irritated skin. Essential fatty acids are believed to promote healthy brain function, improve cholesterol levels and heart function. Because our bodies are unable to manufacture these essential fatty acids, it is necessary to supplement our diet with foods such as the Inca Inchi seeds and oil. Inca Inchi oil is also easily digested which is helpful for the many people who have problems digesting oils. The oil is also rich in essential and non-essential amino acids as well as Vitamins A and E.
After the seeds are cold pressed to extract the oil, the remainder of the seed is dried, roasted, milled and sieved to make a nutritious protein powder which once again is not only a complete source of highly digestible protein but also contains essential amino acids, the essential fatty acids Omega, 3, 6 and 9 and Vitamins A and E plus calcium. The difference with this protein powder is the Inca Inchi seeds provide all the above nutrients within the seeds – nothing needs to be added. I’ve often written about the importance of protein for healthy hair, skin and nails. Omega 3 is also important for healthy hair, skin and nails – here we have a combination of both in the Inca Inchi powder.
The Peruvian government has begun to promote the industrialisation of Inca Inchi Seeds as an alternative for farms to stop cultivating coca, which is one of the main ingredients in the production of cocaine.
Cyndi O’Meara, who is presenting her “Real Food for Health” Seminar at Batemans Bay on 3/5/18, was at the forefront of introducing Inca Inchi powder to Australia. Cyndi wanted to provide a high quality, pure protein powder for her family. She believed Inca Inchi was the right food source and travelled for many months around various countries until she saw the Inca Inchi plant growing in Peru.
Cyndi is an amazing speaker. She is passionate about educating communities on the common sense approach to food. I attended one of Cyndi’s presentations several years ago and walked away thinking everybody should hear this lady speak!! We are privileged to have Cyndi present in Batemans Bay and I encourage you not to miss out on this seminar. Just go online to changinghabits.com.au/real-food-for-health-tour-2018 to book your ticket or call into Go Vita and we'll help you book through her website.
For further information on Inca Inchi call in to see Bev and the team at Go Vita Batemans Bay, Your Health Shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay Tel 44729737. Don’t forget to tune into Bev and Marianne on 2EC every Wednesday at12.15pm on Go Get Healthy.