The weed in your garden can be sometimes very beneficial, especially if you have purslane growing in it.
This plant grows on the ground and it is native in the Mediterranean. Many people are not aware of the fact that purslane can be consumed and offer a wide range of health benefits. It is considered as weed and because of that people tear it off. However, next time when you spot a purslane in your garden, leave it and use it. Moreover, you can grow it in your garden and always have fresh condiment for your salads.
Health Benefits of Purslane
- An incredible source of antioxidants
Antioxidants are very beneficial for the body as they have the ability to neutralize the negative effects of free radicals, accountable for the occurrence of many ailments. Purslane reveals 91.15% antioxidant activity as per a conducted study thereby being highly capable to fight premature cell aging and support the regeneration of cells. Plus, it is a great source of vitamin C, A and E, vitamins that show strong antioxidant properties. Furthermore, this plant has in its content betacyanin and betalain that as well as reveal an antioxidant activity.
- Protects from anemia
Being a great source of iron, (in 100 grams there is 2mg of iron), purslane can help in the fight against anemia. Additionally, it can improve the skin tone, and the quality of the skin and hair.
- Fights cardiovascular diseases and depression
Purslane is high in antioxidants and omega 3s. The latter ones are highly beneficial fatty acids that can fight off major depression.
Omega-3s are also present in salmon and flaxseed, but purslane contains enough omega-3s to prevent the risk of heart attack. It was confirmed by a comprehensive scientific research that this plant has in its content enough level of fatty acids to prevent heart-related diseases.
- Deals with diabetes
Purslane can reduce blood sugar levels and because of that it is highly beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes. For higher efficacy, you should consume purslane in form of seeds. 10 grams of purslane seeds is enough to lower the blood glucose levels, however, you need first to consult your doctor regarding this use.
- Beneficial for bones, teeth and muscles
Purslane is rich in calcium and magnesium and because of that very beneficial for the bones, teeth and muscles. Scientists have confirmed that a proper intake of calcium on daily basis can better the quality of the bones. Thanks to this rich content your muscles, bones, and as well as teeth will benefit a lot.
- Sedative properties
If you have sleeping issues, then purslane will be of great help for you due to its rich content of melatonin, a hormone accountable for sleep. Melatonin is synthesized at night thus your body has uninterrupted and peaceful nights. If you have issues with insomnia, the intake of purslane can help you to restore a healthy sleep cycle.
Therefore, add this plant into your dishes and reap all its benefits.
The use of purslane is not recommended for pregnant women as it can cause contractions of the uterus that can lead to miscarriage. Likewise, high intake of this plant is not advised because it can cause digestive disorders.