Sacha Inchi Oil & Nuts: Facts and Benefits

Sacha Inchi is a wild jungle vine indigenous to the Peruvian Amazon Forest.

Ethnobotany

This plant has been known by Peruvian natives for several thousand years. It was even used by the Incas, according to the pottery artifacts discovered in their tombs.

Industrial Advantages

Sacha Inchi seeds have an oil content of nearly 50%! The oil is extracted by simple cold pressing and does not require refining.

Environmental Advantages

Sacha Inchi is a forest crop and encourages reforestation of the Amazon. It has a faster and more positive impact on soils and farms than that of other oil producing plants. The harvest supports indigenous families. A fast growing, tropical forest crop, it quickly covers soils damaged from logging or pasturing of animals.

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Got Yacon?

Yacon Syrup

Herbs America Yacon

What is Yacon Syrup and what are its benefts? Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower with an edible tubers. The syrup made from this sweet root contains fructooligosacchardies (FOS). Which pass through the digestive tract unmetabolized, providing few calories. The sugars, however, are metabolized by bifidobacteria in the large intestine and contribute to improved digestion.

Yacon syrup is a great alternative to sugar as it ranks one of the lowest on the glycemic index (GI). Herbs America only uses the very best quality Yacon Syrup sourced from Peru. Certified Earth Kosher as well as Organic.  Accept no less!

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Guayusa One-on-One

Guayusa leaf

A few different Guayusa leaves.

Guayusa (gwhy-you-sa) is an Amazonian super-leaf naturally packed with caffeine and polyphenols, so it provides a clean, focused energy. There are low tannins in guayusa, so it lacks the astringent, bitter taste sometimes associated with green and black teas. Instead, it tastes smooth and naturally sweet.

Ilex guayusa is an evergreen dioecioustree which grows 6–30 meters tall. The leaves are ovate, elliptic, oblong or lanceolate; 7–22 cm long, 2.5–7 cm wide. The flowers are small and white, arranged in thyrses. The fruit is spherical and red, 6–7 mm in diameter.

Approximately 98 percent of all guayusa world-wide grows in Ecuador. It is native to a thin stretch of the upper Amazon [that] hugs the Andes Mountains. It’s a leaf brewed like tea, but it’s not actually related to green or black tea. When brewed, it has about as much caffeine as coffee. It is also contains polyphenols, which are the most common compounds that comprise what we informally call antioxidants.

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