Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) grows commonly as a weed in most gardens. You may also have seen it in your garden. The plant comes from Persia and India and is considered to be weed in many countries and it is discarded along with other weeds and leaf clippings. But it is also grown in certain countries for food. It is also referred to as pig weed.
You can identify this weed by its fleshy leaves and yellow flowers, features that make it quite pleasant to the eyes. But it is not its looks, it is the healing qualities that make it important for you.
Purslane has unique seeds that can outlast all types of climates. They are known to be exceptionally powerful. They can remain in land for up to four decades and still be viable after such a long time. one of the best things about this plant is that it’s not GMO at all, as it is totally natural.
Another great thing about this weed is that it is capable of growing in all types of gardens. It doesn’t matter whether your garden is properly cared for or not. It can also grow in areas that have arid climates.
It is a healing plant that is highly powerful land resistant. It has been found to be of great benefit for your immune system and overall health.
Purslane is also known as pig weed because it is used for feeding pigs. It is considered to be better and safer feed for pig than using GMO grains. GMO grains are widely used by farmers to feeding their pig and various livestock.
When it comes to nutritional value, the Purslane weed is again special. It has higher percentage of omega-3 fatty acids compared to most of the fish oils. Can you imagine that this so called “weed” contains one of the highest percentages of vitamin A found in leafy green veggies? This vitamin is not only important for your eye health, it also works as an effective protector against so many types of cancers.
Contains Strong Anti-Oxidants
Another great health benefit of using purslane is that it is rich in antioxidants. There are 2 different types of betalain alkaloid pigments in it:
– Reddish beta-cyanis
– Yellow beta-xanthins
The two pigments are very powerful antioxidants and anti-mutagens. The other nutrients found in this so called weed include:
– Vitamin B-complex (niacin and riboflavin)
– Vitamin C
– Trace minerals (iron, calcium and magnesium)
There are so many nutritional and health benefits of purslane, and it shouldn’t be called a ‘weed’ at all. You can start using it and reduce the amount of money you spend on your health supplements.
You can prepare your own natural and nutritional supplement using purslane and a few other greens growing in your garden.
Wash them up properly before chopping them up nicely. Mix all the greens together.
Enjoy it fresh. It is tasty and full of water and nutrients. It will also remind you of okra.
Source: Healthy Definition