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.
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.
It has been known that it’s seed can stay viable in land for up to 40 years
This plant has rich green leaves and yellow flowers. It is a natural growing plant and can be found even in your backyard garden.
Purslane is also referred to as pig weed and because it grows naturally and can easily be cultivated it would be an excellent source of feed for farmers rather than the GMO grain many farmers have been using to feed their livestock.
Some of the health benefits of Purslane
Excellent antioxidant properties
This “weed” has excellent antioxidant properties which will help to detoxify the body.
This plant has two types of betalain alkaloid pigments; namely -- a yellow beta-xanthins and a red beta-cyanis.
These pigments are very strong antioxidant and anti-mutagens.
It can improve our immune system
This leafy plant is rich in Vitamin A and it is believed to have about 1320 IU/100 g and provides 44% of RDA, which makes it one of the highest vitamin A rich green vegetables available.
This high levels of vitamin A when consumed will boost our immune system and help protect us from infections such as the common cold and flu.
It will also help rid our body of cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and it will improve our eye sight.
Rich in other essential minerals and vitamins
Purslane is rich in vitamin C and B-complex such as pyridoxine, niacin, carotenoids and riboflavin.
This vegetable also has calcium, iron and magnesium in small amounts but when it is consumed as a regular meal it is an excellent source for these minerals which are useful for your blood, bones and teeth.
It is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
Purslane is rich in omega 3 fatty acids and it is believed that it has even more beneficial Omega 3 fatty acids than quite a number of fish oils. Consuming this plant will help give your skin a bright and radiant look always.
These are just some of the benefits of this “weed” to our health.
So when you go to your backyard garden and you see this plant just remember all its benefits before you uproot it as a weed.
You could instead just reconsider using it as one of your daily vegetable intake and tap from its nutritional benefits to improve your health and well being.