Portulaca oleracea, or Purslane is the Latin name for the weed that grows in our backyard which we all try to get rid of it.
Purslane originates from India and Persia, however nowadays grows everywhere around the world. Even though most of the cultures pull it away and throw it with the rest of the garden trash, some actually are using it for culinary purposes.
The features of purslane are meaty leaves and tiny yellow flowers. You may see it
every day and throw it away not being aware of the health benefits it offers.
They are very strong and can stay for around 40 years. GMO does not affect these seeds and therefore they are really safe. Purslane thrives on both arid climate conditions and nice gardens, and it grows evenly in every aspect.
Purslane is potent, resistant and remarkably healing plant. Certain herbalists recommend it for boosting the immunity and for offering optimal level for the overall health.
This plant is likewise known as pig weed as it is given to pigs as food. Nevertheless, it is much better choice for pigs than the GMO grains which are given to pigs and to the other livestock which consequently we consume it. Moreover, purslane is higher in omega-3 fats than most of the fish oils you can get.
Furthermore, it contains plenty of vitamin A, and it is considered to be the richest source of this vitamin in the group of leafy green vegetables. Vitamin A improves ocular health, and provides more powerful protection against numerous types of cancer.
Purslane is rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, carotenoids and as well asit contains trace minerals such as magnesium, calcium, and iron.
Further on, purslane is consisted of two types of betalain alkaloid pigments: beta-xanthins and reddish beta-cyanis. Each one of them comprises potent antimutagen and antioxidant effects.
Conclusively, we may say that purslane has to be taken more into consideration as it is a great health booster and it deserves to be treated with more respect and not to be tossed way so easily. What is more important you already have it in your garden.