Portulaca oleracea, or Purslane as you all know it, is the annoying weed that grows in your back yard. But, things are about to change here.
Purslane is native to Persia and India, but today it grows in every corner of the world. In some cultures it is grown and used in cooking, while in others it is just a weed that ends up in the trash along with other weed or rotten leaves and stems.
Purslane is known for its pretty yellow flowers and thick, fleshy leaves, which make it look really appealing. But its health benefits are much more important and now we’ll focus on them.
Purslane seeds are extremely powerful, and they remain good for about 40 years. Plus, it is the safest plant when it comes to GMO dangers. Purslane likes both arid climate conditions and nice gardens, and it grows equally in every aspect.
The plant itself is super-powerful, resistant and amazingly healing. Some herbalists use it to provide an immunity boost or bring overall health to an optimal level.
This weed is also called pig weed and it is certainly better feed for pigs than the GMO grains used by most farmers for pig and other livestock feed. Amazingly, the purslane weed contains more omega 3 fatty acids than most fish oils. Furthermore, it has one of the highest levels of vitamin A among the leafy green vegetables. Vitamin A is excellent for boosting the health of the eyes and it is also a marvelous protector from several types of cancer.
Purslane contain two alkaloid pigments called reddish beta-cyanis and yellow beta-xanthins . Both are stong antioxidants and anti-mutagens . This weed is rich in vitamin B-complex including niacin, riboflavin, carotenoids , vitamin C,also minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium.
The conclusion would be that purslane sure has a lot to offer, and it deserves a treatment of potent health booster instead of plain weed. Who needs expensive supplements, when we have such a powerful plant in the backyard?