Purslane, (Portulaca oleracea) is being treated as a common weed and it may be growing in your garden without you even knowing that.
Its origins are from India and Persia and nowadays it is all over the globe. Many cultures aren’t aware of the health benefits of this plant and they throw it away, while other are cultivating it and treating it as a food.
Purslane is an attractive plant with green leaves and yellow flowers, but the more appealing fact is the health benefits it provides.
Powerful Seeds Grow in Many Climates
The seeds of purslane are so powerful they can stay sustainable in land for up to 40 years, only natural crop without any genetic mutations. It grows in a well-tended garden and in arid climates, often equally as well. This plant has similar benefits for our immune systems and overall health.
Often referred as pig weed, purslane is loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids, even more than fish oils. The plant also has one of the highest levels of vitamin A among all leafy green vegetables (1320 IU/100 g, provides 44% of RDA). High Vitamin A foods can protect us from deadly types of cancers and helps boost eye health.
Purslane is loaded with two different types of betalain alkaloid pigments – a reddish beta-cyanis and a yellow beta-xanthins, which are equally powerful antioxidants. Also, purslane is full with vitamins C and B-complex including riboflavin, pyridoxine, and niacin, as well as carotenoids, and minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium.
With all these nutritional benefits mentioned above and the extreme large amounts of money we spend on supplements to improve our health, it seems like purslane should have a higher rank than “weed” status and should be classified as a health-boosting, everyday food.