OptiPure announces its newest product, Sacha Inchi, a superfood grown and harvested in the Amazon region of Peru, that contains omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9. This perennial plant native to the Amazon rainforest has been used since pre-Inca civilizations and is still used today by Amazonian tribal communities for nutrition and health.
“We’re offering Sacha Inchi in three forms. The oil has an outstanding shelf life and is rich in vitamin E. The powder is very high in protein and also rich in fiber and is ready to mix with water. The seeds can be coated and used in confectionary products. All three forms have pleasant taste characteristics and are gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO,” said Ron Udell, president of OptiPure, a division of Kenko International, Inc. “This is truly a unique ingredient in that it has applications in functional foods, cosmetics and protein powders.”
Sacha Inchi is grown all year long and harvested every 15 to 20 days, by small family farms. This provides them with income and a good alternative to unsustainable land uses in the Amazon. OptiPure’s Sacha Inchi is cultivated in accordance with the principles of Bio Trade including the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, the fair distribution of benefits, and socioeconomic sustainability. The Sacha Inchi crop is processed in a facility that is HACCP certified by NSF.