Sacha inchi oil

Sacha inchi nut oil is extracted by pressing from the seeds and flesh of the fruit of the Plukenetia volubilis, or pracaxi, a tree native to the area surrounding the Amazon River.

Sacha Inchi oil has with approximately 50% a very high content of the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid, which makes it comparable to flaxseed oil.[1] Sacha Inchi oil has a very high content of Tocopherols (176–226 mg/100 g) which consists predominately of gamma-Tocopherol (50%) and delta-Tocopherol.


While Sacha Inchi is called 'Pracaxi' there are other plants with very different properties by the same name. Not to be confused with Sacha Inchi is the oil of Pentaclethara macroloba which is also called Pracaxi. This oil is distinguished by a particular high amount of the fatty acid behenic acid, a characteristic that it shares with ben oil.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ Fanali C; Dugo L; Cacciola F; Beccaria M; Grasso S; Dachà M; Dugo P; Mondello L. (December 2011). "Chemical characterization of Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis L.) oil". J Agric Food Chem. 59 (24): 13043–9. doi:10.1021/jf203184y. PMID 22053706.
  2. ^ Blanka Krivankova; Zbynek Polesny; Bohdan Lojka; Jana Lojkova; Jan Banout; Daniel Preininger (October 2007). "Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis, Euphorbiaceae): A Promising Oilseed Crop from Peruvian Amazon" (PDF). Tropentag.
  3. ^ Hans-Peter Hanssen; Markus Schmitz Hübsch (2011-03-31). Victor R. Preedy; Ronald Ross Watson; Vinood B. Patel (eds.). "Sachai Inchi (Plukentia Volubilis L.) Nut Oil and Its Therapeutic and Nutritional Uses". Nuts and Seeds in Health and Disease Prevention. ISBN 9780123756893. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
  4. ^ "Pracaxi". Distrion Amazónia. Retrieved 2011-09-07.