Sacha Inchi Oil
November 7 2017

A high quality Sacha Inchi Oil is a popular line of South American ingredients. Being manufactured in Peru, a cold-pressed Sacha Inchi Oil can be made without any processing and no content of chemical preservatives.

With an average of 48-49% omega-3s, Sacha Inchi is an excellent vegetarian source of fatty acids. This versatile Sacha Inchi oil also contains high amounts of protein and can assist the body's formation of nerve tissues, eye tissues, and cell membranes. It may also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels and help regulate blood pressure and support normal function of the immune system. NP Nutra usually stocks this Sacha Inchi Oil year-round at their headquarters in Southern California.

Food Chem. 2013. Sacha inchi (Plukenetia volubilis): A seed source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, tocopherols, phytosterols, phenolic compounds and antioxidant capacity. Instituto de Biotecnología (IBT), Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina-UNALM, Av., La Molina s/n, Lima, Peru. Fatty acids (FA), phytosterols, tocopherols, phenolic compounds, total carotenoids and hydrophilic and lipophilic ORAC antioxidant capacities were evaluated in 16 cultivars of Sacha inchi (SI) seeds with the aim to valorise them and offer more information on the functional properties of SI seeds. A high α linolenic (α-Ln) fatty acid content was found in all cultivars (ω3, 12.8-16.0g/100g seed), followed by linoleic (L) fatty acid (ω6, 12.4-14.1g/100g seed). The ratio ω6/ω3 was within the 0.83-1.09 range. γ- and δ-tocopherols were the most important tocopherols, whereas the most representative phytosterols were β-sitosterol and stigmasterol. Contents of total phenolics, total carotenoids and hydrophilic and lipophilic antioxidant capacities ranged from 64.6 to 80mg of gallic acid equivalent/100g seed; from 0.07 to 0.09mg of β-carotene equivalent/100g of seed; from 4.3 to 7.3 and, from 1.0 to 2.8μmol of Trolox equivalent/g of seed, respectively, among the evaluated SI cultivars. Results showed significant differences among the evaluated SI cultivars in the contents of ω3, ω6, antioxidant capacities and other evaluated phytochemicals.

Food Chem Toxicol. January 2014. A randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study on acceptability, safety and efficacy of oral administration of sacha inchi oil (Plukenetia volubilis) in adult human subjects. The study was designed to assess acceptability and side-effects of consumption of sacha inchi oil, rich in α-linolenic acid and sunflower oil, rich in linoleic acid, in adult human subjects. Thirty subjects received 10 or 15ml daily of sacha inchi or sunflower oil for 4months. Acceptability was assessed with daily self-report and with a Likert test at the end of the study. Safety was assessed with self- recording of side-effects and with hepatic and renal markers. Primary efficacy variables were the change in lipid profile. Subjects reported low acceptability of sacha inchi oil at week-1 (37.5%). However, since week-6, acceptability was significantly increased to 81.25-93.75%. No differences were observed in acceptability with respect to sex or oil volume (P>0.05). Most frequent adverse effects during first weeks of consuming sacha inchi oil or sunflower oil were nauseas. The side-effects were reduced with time. Biochemical markers of hepatic and kidney function were maintained unchanged. Serum total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels and arterial blood pressure were lowered with both oils. Higher HDL-cholesterol was observed with sacha inchi oil at month-4.

How is it available?
SachaOmega (Organic Cold-Pressed Extra Virgin Sacha Inchi Oil) is a yellow to golden liquid extracted from premium Sacha Inchi seeds using the cold-pressing method to preserve maximum nutrients, color, taste and flavor. It is Certified Organic, Kosher, Food Grade and Cosmetic Grade. It may be used in functional foods and beverages, dietary supplements and cosmetic, hair and skin applications.