The cultivation of this plant begun in Persia and India. It is usually overlooked as just a weed and is usually uprooted as a result, while others cultivate it specifically to eat as food.
The Purslane plant whose botanical name is Portulaca oleracea, is a very resilient plant and can grow on arid land as easily as on fertile land, so it may even grow in your garden.
This plant is a natural growing plant with fleshy leaves and often yellow flowers, but its health benefits are even more desirable, but the thing is that not many know about it.
The powerful seeds exist in many climates
The seeds of purslane are so powerful they can stay viable in land for up to 40 years – and this is a natural crop – no GMO! It grows in a well-tended garden and in arid climates, often equally as well. This resilient plant poses similar benefits for our immune systems and overall health.
Purslane is also referred to as pig weed (and it certainly would be better for your pigs than some of the GMO grain many farmers have been using to feed their livestock), Purslane has more beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids than many fish oils! The weed 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 help protect us from many types of cancers and helps to boost eye health and also improve our over all health.
A powerful antioxidant
This amazing green leafy vegetable has excellent antioxidant properties which will help to detoxify the body. It has two types of betalain alkaloid pigments; namely — a yellow beta-xanthins and a red beta-cyanis. Also in purslane are vitamins C, and B-complex including riboflavin, pyridoxine, and niacin, as well as carotenoids, and trace minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium.
We are used to spend a lot of money on supplements to better our health, we should turn to purslane, who should be elevated from weed status to health-boosting, everyday food. Purslane packs a powerful nutritional punch, that is for sure.
These are just some of the benefits of this “weed” to our health.
So, what you think now, when you know purslane contains? Should it still be considered a common weed? We think that the answer should be NO!