There is little doubt that a plant-based diet is better for you, the planet, and of course, the more-than 100 animals saved each year by a single vegetarian/vegan individual (and with the estimated 7.3 million vegetarians in the U.S. alone, we’re doing a great job!). Aside from ethics and compassion, health is a great incentive to be a veg-head, too!
But as with any ‘specialized’ diet, there is extra diligence needed, as well as new habits that need to be adopted to maintain optimal and, let’s face it, superior health over our meat-eating counterparts. One concern for vegans can be the Omega’s. Vital for heart-health, the Omega’s are also important for hair, skin, and nail health, plus can be helpful in treating depression, etc.
Many people receive them through diet and supplementation from a fish source. While this is the most prevalent and bioavailable source, it is obviously not the only one. Think about the fishies…how do they make it anyway? From algae. A plant source. Imagine that!
The go-to Omega source for most veggies are flax seeds. They provide a good amount of Omega 3’s (specifically ALA), but because it is contained in such a sturdy shell it is hard to breakdown and access. We all love flax, but believe it or not – there is better out there!
Enter, SaviSeeds. These seeds (that’s right…seeds, not nuts!) are actually called Sachi Inchi, and per one ounce serving they contain more Omega 3’s than WILD salmon. How much more? Thirteen times! A single ounce has 7000 mg of Omega 3, compared with salmon which has 565 mg, and flax which has about 6300 mg.
SaviSeeds are also a complete protein, offering 8 grams of protein per ounce, plus 5 grams of fiber, high amounts of vitamin E, and 29 mg of tryptophan, which is a natural mood enhancer.
From their site:, “When we say SaviSeed, we mean premium, organic sacha inchi seeds – the super food of the ancient Inca peoples. Not just your average seed, sacha inchi seeds, also known as the Inca Peanut, are native to the Amazon rainforest and have been cultivated and consumed for centuries in Peru. SaviSeeds are the fruit of sacha inchi plants, herbaceous vines that produce star-shaped green pods which yield edible seeds – SaviSeeds. Our premium SaviSeeds are sustainably and organically grown and proudly produced in partnership with indigenous Peruvian farmers.”
They come in lightly salted, caramel and chocolate covered varieties, and have a mildly nutty flavor and a great crunch. They make a great midday snack, or chopped addition to oatmeal, granola bars, or any other recipe that calls for nuts. Yummy and oh-so-good for you….what more could you ask for?
My name is Abigail. I am a student, a writer, an animal lover, a foodie, and a dedicated pursuer of all things natural and eco! I began blogging in 2009 on Bold As Nature and since then I have shared my passion for natural health, wellness, and animal rights with as many people as I can reach. As a member of this world, I think we have a responsibility to all creatures and the environment to preserve and protect it. A vegan diet is an important aspect of this, but there is always more we can do! From the foods that you eat, to the supplements you take, and the clothes that you buy, we can all make a difference. As a contributor to Chic Vegan, I hope to empower you to reclaim and improve your health naturally with supplements and nutrient rich recipes and foods that are not only good for you, but good to the planet and everything on it. Together, we can all live life as Bold As Nature!