6 x 250ml Starseed Organic Raw Omega 3 Oil
Current stock: Best Before End 2020 (see here).
Naturally high in omega 3, our Omega Oil is cold pressed from the star shaped sacha inchi seed. It has a smooth, mild, nutty flavour and is great used cold, or in light cooking to 190C for 15 minutes.
- Sacha inchi oil contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels
- Natural balance of omega 3, 6 and 9
- 100% sacha inchi oil
- Cold pressed from the sacha inchi seed
- No cholesterol
- Gluten free
- Plant-based sustainable source of essential fatty acids
- Sacha Inchi Oil is not a ground nut, peanut or legume. Please see our FAQs below for further details, especially if you have concerns regarding these.
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How to use
Best used cold for maximum nutritional benefits, or in light cooking up to 190C for 15 minutes, our Omega Oil is ideal to:
- 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
Once opened, store in the fridge and consume within 6 months.
About Omega 3 and 6
Omega 3 and 6 work in balance with each other and both are needed to allow the body to function optimally.
In the Western diet, we tend to consume a lot of foods which contain high omega 6 levels but not a lot of foods high in omega 3, which means we can be out of balance.
Omega 3s are both long and short-chain and it is the short-chain omega 3 which is essential, known as alpha-linolenic acid ALA, found in plant based sources including sacha inchi.
Long chain omega 3’s DHA and EPA, are conditionally essential, meaning we can synthesise them when we consume short chain omega 3 and the main source of these is oily fish.
However, if you are a vegetarian or vegan you cannot get them from oily fish, so plant-based sources are the best way to make sure you get omega 3. The great thing about Sacha Inchi oil is that it is so versatile and can easily be added to your diet.
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, 1/2 to 1tablespoon per day of Sacha Inchi Omega Oil, will fulfil your omega 3 ALA daily intake. Note: some advise vegans should be consuming double the amount of ALA suggested.
What do I taste like?
Our omega oil has a smooth, mild and nutty flavour. It is cold pressed to retain maximum nutritional benefits and is an organic, plant-based sustainable source of essential fatty acids which are vital for our health.
Starseed Omega Oil is naturally balanced in omega 3, 6 and 9, making it ideal for our modern diet, which is often lacking in omega 3. Other sources of omega 3 include such foods as salmon and walnuts.
Where am I from?
Sacha Inchi grows like a vine in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest and thrives in this tropical climate. It’s a sustainable crop which provides an income for locals.
Peru is a non-GM country, with a strong belief in organic crops.
Why Fair Trade?
With the help of these Fair Trade premiums, the actual farmers and workers who produce our Omega Oil, directly benefit, helping lift them out of the vicious circle of poverty. Funds are used to:
- Incentivise farmers to replace illegal coca plants (used for cocaine) with sacha inchi plants, to create an income
- Distribute books for basic education
- Create teaching programmes for planting, conservation and sustainability
In turn, this reduces the desire for an income through cattle grazing, one of the main causes of deforestation of the rainforest.
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 – Our Starseed 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 - the Lucy Bee Registered Associate Nutritionist advises, "Due to the fact that this is an oil produced from seeds, I would highly recommend anyone with a wide-spectrum seed allergy to check with their doctor before consuming this. Due to the risk of having an anaphylactic shock, it would be unwise to take a risk, without talking to your GP or a Health Care Practitioner allergy specialist beforehand".
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.
- Is Sacha Inchi oil nut free?
Sacha Inchi is not a ground nut, peanut or legume (nor is it from the legume family). Sacha Inchi is from the plant kingdom, from the Euphorbiaceae family.
Even though it has been given several common names, its actual Scientific name is Plukenetia volubilis Linneo.
It does not fit in any of the official 14 allergens as per the UK and EU governments.
- cereals containing gluten – including wheat (such as spelt and Khorasan), rye, barley and oats
- crustaceans – such as prawns, crabs and lobsters
- molluscs – such as mussels and oysters
- tree nuts – including almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios and macadamia nuts
- sesame seeds
- sulphur dioxide and sulphites (if they are at a concentration of more than ten parts per million)
Our Sacha Inchi Omega Oil supplier is a tree nut and peanut free facility (BRC certified, AA grade) and they micro filter the oil to reduce any solid traces, too.
That said, if you or someone you are with has an allergy to nuts or seeds, it is your decision to make as to whether or not you choose to use this product. Although not listed as a common allergen, and does not fit into any of the above, including being both tree nut and peanut free, some people may have an allergy to Sacha Inchi, so it is best to be aware if any symptoms do occur and to immediately stop using the product.
If you have any doubt, please always refer to your doctor or medical practitioner before purchasing and using this oil.2. What are Sacha Inchi Seeds?
Sacha Inchi seeds are withing the star-shaped sacha inchi, which grows like a vine.
3. What Does Sacha Inchi do?
Sacha inchi oil is a naturally balanced omega oil. This is a vegan source of essential fatty acids which are vital for health and we can only get from certain foods.
4. What is Sachi Inchi Oil?
Sacha Inchi Oil contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels. It is cold pressed from the seed of the star shaped sacha inchi. It is a natural balance of omegas. This seed oil is a natural antioxidant that is pollution-free, with a smooth, mild and nutty flavour.
5. What is omega oil?
Omega oils are polyunsaturated fatty acids.
6. How much omega oil do I need?
There is no actual recommended intake for essential fatty acids, in the UK.
7. Is Starseed Omega Oil the same as starflower oil?
No, these are different oils. Starseed Omega Oil is a natural balance of omega 3, 6 and 9, cold pressed from the sacha inchi seed. Starflower oil is from the borage seed and is a source of omega 6.
8. Is Sacha Inchi safe during pregnancy?
Yes, sacha inchi is generally safe to use during pregnancy, unless you have an allergy to it (however, sacha inchi is not a common allergen in the UK). It is a high source of vegan omega 3 ALA, 3.36g of ALA per ½ a tablespoon. It is also easy to use either by the spoonful, or over vegetables, salads, or in dressings.
If unsure, we always recommend talking to your healthcare practitioner.
100% Sacha Inchi Oil
Typical Values Per 100g
Energy (kj) 3699
Energy (kcal) 900
of which Saturates 7.0g
- monounsaturates 9.3g
- polyunsaturates 3g
omega 3* 48.0g
omega 6 33.0g
omega 9 9.0g
of which Sugars 0g
* There are long and short-chain omega 3’s. Those that are essential for our health are the short-chain omega 3, called 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, meaning 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 this oil is that it is so versatile and is easy to incorporate into your daily diet.