Many people are excavating their gardens to get rid of this ‘weed’ which is in fact a wonderful plant.
Often mistaken for a garden weed, Purslane is a plant with many health benefits. Originally from India, the Portulaca oleracea can be recognized by its unique form and yellow flowers.
The one thing this plant has in common with weeds is that it can grow almost anywhere, but this plant is full of vitamins A, B and C, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and many other nutrients.
The presence of omega-3 in this plant means it is beneficial to brain function, and is great to keep your heart healthy.
The plant is also very low in calories, meaning it can be used as an aid for weight loss.
Purslane has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries to cure people with stomach complaints, this is due to the plant being rich in dopamine, malic acid, citric acid, alanine, and glucose which all help keep your gut healthy.
The plant is also rich in calcium, magnesium and iron, all of which are know to be beneficial to bone health. Consuming this plant could help keep osteoporosis at bay.
Purslane is also full of iron and copper, both of which are vital to efficient blood flow in the body. Keeping your blood flowing healthily can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Watch the video below for more information on how to cultivate this nutritious plant!