Portulaca oleracea, better known as Purslane, is a common weed that you can probably find in your own garden.
This plant originates in Persia and India, but has since been spread around the globe. In some countries, people use it as food and recognize its numerous benefits, while others, unaware of its properties, throw it away along with other weeds.
This weed often has yellow flowers and fleshy leaves. Therefore, it is an especially attractive weed. However, the healing qualities of this weed are the important characteristics that should be known.
The seeds that can exist in different climates
Purslane grows in different climates and soil, and its seeds are powerful and stay viable for more than 4 decades. The plant can strengthen your immune system and improve your overall health.
Purslane is also known as pig weed due to the fact that it’s favorite food for pigs and livestock. This “common weed” differs from weeds thanks to its nutritional profile – it contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A, essential nutrients that can improve your eyesight and fight cancer.
Purslane is loaded with two types of betalain alkaloid pigments called yellow beta-xanthins and reddish beta-cyanis. Both of these pigments are strong anti-mutagens and antioxidants. This weed is also rich in vitamin C, vitamin B-complex including niacin, riboflavin and niacin, carotenoids and trace minerals such as calcium, magnesium and iron.
To conclude, purslane offers many nutritional benefits and it should be considered as a booster of the health instead of a simple weed, especially because we spend a lot of money on health supplements.