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Purslane – Just a Weed or Health-boosting Food to Eat?

Portulaca oleracea, or better known as purslane, began its cultivation in Persia and India. Some cultures remove it and then throw it away, while other cultures cultivate it and eat it as food. Although it is attractive because of its fleshy leaves and yellow flowers, its health benefits are more desirable.

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Powerful seeds which grow in many climates

Purslane seeds can stay viable in land for 40 years. It grows in arid climates and well-tended gardens. The plant has amazing benefits for the immune system and overall health.

This plant also has more Omega 3 fatty acids than fish oils and highest level of vitamin A.

Strong anti-oxidant

Purslane has two types of betalain alkaloid pigments – a yellow beta-xanthins and a reddish beta-cyanis, which are potent antioxidants. Purslane also has vitamins C and B-complex including pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin, and traces minerals like magnesium, iron and calcium.

Instead of spending a lot of money on supplements to improve our health, this plant should be elevated from weed status to health-boosting food.

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