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Starseed Organic Raw Omega 3 Oil

 

Nutritional Info.

Typical values per 100g
Energy kj 3699
Kcal 900
Fat 99.9g
of which saturates 7.0g
- monounsaturates 9.3g
- polyunsaturates 82.3g
omega 3 - 48.0g
omega 6 - 33.0g
omega 9 - 9.0g
Carbohydrates 0g
of which sugars 0g
Cholesterol 0g
Fibre 0g
Protein 0g
Salt 0g


Did You Know?

Sacha Inchi contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol.

Starseed® Omega Sacha Inchi Oil is available in the Lucy Bee Shop

Sacha inchi means ‘wild nut’, yet, despite its name, it is a seed and NOT a nut. The seeds are cold pressed from the star shaped sacha inchi, to retain maximum benefits. It is high in omega 3 ALA, which is often lacking in the Western diet and is a natural antioxidant that is pollution-free.

There are both long and short-chain omega 3’s. The short-chain omega 3s are considered 'essential' and are known as alpha-linolenic acid ALA. These are found in plant-based sources including sacha inchi.

Long-chain omega 3’s DHA and EPA, are 'conditionally essential', this means we can synthesise them when we consume short-chain omega 3s, and the main sources of these (DHA and EPA) are oily fish.

However, if you are a vegetarian or vegan you cannot get these from oily fish, so plant-based sources are the best way to make sure you get omega 3. The great thing about our Omega Oil is that it is so versatile and can be included into your diet in various ways. 

There's no set recommended daily intake for Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), in the UK and most guidelines refer to an intake of oily fish. However, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) advise 2-3g ALA or 250mg EPA/DHA and 10g LA to support health. Based on this, 1 tablespoon per day of Sacha Inchi Omega Oil, will fulfil your omega 3 ALA daily intake.  Starseed Sacha Inchi

What do I Taste Like?

Starseed® Omega Oil has a smooth, mild and nutty flavour.

Where am I from?

Sacha inchi grows like a vine in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and is a sustainable crop.



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How to Use

To retain maximum nutritional benefits, use this oil cold, or in light cooking to 190C for 15 minutes. You can:

  • Take from the spoon in place of fish oil capsules
  • Use as a salad dressing
  • Drizzle over vegetables, eggs and pasta
  • Stir into smoothies and porridge
  • Use to make hummus and dips
  • Use in homemade mayonnaise

Once opened, store in the fridge and consume within 6 months.

Starseed Naturally Balanced Sacha Inchi Oil

Starseed® Omega Oil is an organic, vegan source of essential fatty acids, which are vital for our health and we can only get these from certain foods that we eat .

Around 47% of the total fat content of the sacha inchi seed is omega 3 alpha-linolenic acid, and 36% omega 6 and it joins flax, chia and micro algae as one of the best vegan sources of omega 3.

Sacha inchi has been cultivated in Peru for centuries and it thrives in this tropical climate, growing like a vine in the Amazon Rainforest. It’s a hermaphrodite plant and pollinates easily, with regrowth on the same plot of land year in, year out.

It takes 7.5 months for the seed to grow from being planted to being harvested. The plant produces all year long and farmers often grow it as a bush to a height of 3m, which makes it easier to harvest.

Previously, hulling was done by hand with each layer removed to reveal the seed. Now this is done by machine.

Lucy Bee Starseed Omega Oil v Fish Oil Capsules

The omega 3 found in Sacha Inchi is the essential omega 3 oil, alpha linolenic-acid (ALA) which contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol.

Serving sizes - for Starseed Sacha Inchi Omega Oil you only need ½ tbsp. to 1 tbsp. per day, whereas the recommended daily serving for fish oil capsules is 1 to 3.

How to use - Starseed Sacha Inchi Omega Oil can be included within your diet in any way you wish, whether that’s through adding it to your meals, drinks, or even just taking it on a spoon, the choice is yours. By having the option to add to foods, it means you don’t have to remember to take a tablet, as you do with a fish oil capsule supplement.  

Taste – Starseed Sacha Inchi Omega Oil has a mild, nutty flavour with no aftertaste, unlike many fish oil tablets which often leave you with an aftertaste of fish for a while, despite it being contained within a capsule. 

Where is it from? – Starseed Sacha Inchi Oil, from Peru, is organic, Fair Trade and fully traceable. The vines grow in the Amazon Rainforest and are sustainable.

If taking a fish oil tablet, do you know where the oil is sourced from and whether it is sustainable?  More often than not, the fish will be farmed. 

Ingredients – OurStarseed Sacha Inchi Omega Oil is 100% organic sacha inchi oil.

Many fish oil supplements have added fillers in them, to bulk them out and do you know what the actual capsule itself is made from? 

Suitability - Starseed Sacha Inchi Omega Oil is vegan and is suitable for all except those who are allergic to seeds. This is a sustainable and plant-based alternative. Plant-based sources of omega-3 are vital for vegetarians and vegans, and if following these diets, it is important to get enough omega 3 in the diet to help maintain normal body functioning. This oil is a perfect alternative for those who don’t consume fish. 

Fish oil capsules are not an option for vegans and vegetarians.

Life in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

Peru is a Non-GM country, with a strong belief in organic crops – there is little spare cash for manufactured pesticides.

The most common cash crops grown here are corn or coca which is sold and made into cocaine. Due to the income that a farmer can receive for this, there is some resistance to farm sacha inchi so farmers need to be given incentives to do so.

Lack of education is also an issue here, with less than 20% of pupils finishing high school.

One way to encourage farmers to grow sacha inchi is a scheme that our producer follows whereby they grade farmers (from A to D), with grade A showing longevity and loyalty to the producer. The producer will then invest in those farmers of grade A and B, providing investment in machinery, equipment and education in sustainable crop growing. This way both parties benefit – the producer gets loyalty from the farmer and the farmer receives an income and the means to learn further.

This all makes for a unique personal relationship between our producer and the farmers. This is quite different from, for example,  those farmers growing coffee, where the companies that the farmers deal with are larger corporations and the buyer and farmer generally never meet face to face.

Sacha Inchi Collected By Worker Lady

Sacha inchi is a good crop to grow because it:

    • Helps local communities by replacing coca (for cocaine)
    • provides an income and reduces the desire for cattle grazing, which is one of the main causes of deforestation in the rainforest
    • provides monies for food, education, schooling
    • replaces lost income from traditional sources which have disappeared through poor soil quality. Sacha inchi thrives in poor soil

Fair Trade

  • Due to the lack of education of the majority of the population in this region, our producer works systematically and slowly to help change this. Progress is slow and is challenging. They focus on one area at a time. At the moment, focus has been on San Martin and this will be moved further south in time.

Sacha Inchi Farmer

  • The producer has already set up a scheme where they’ve collected various books for basic education and given these to families. This is an ongoing project.
  • The producer works with Swiss and Dutch Governments to create teaching programmes re planting crops, conservation and sustainability.

Sacha Inchi Farm Barn Fair Trade