This picture shows purslane. This is a typical weed that grows in gardens and lawns. Despite the temptation to pluck it up or use pesticides to kill it, it is a pleasant and healthy plant that may be consumed as a leafy green.
I learned about purslane’s advantages while working on a project for a community garden. According to an expert gardener, purslane is abundant in omega-3 fatty acids and can be used as a garnish or in salads. Since then, instead of removing purslane from my garden, I’ve made it a point to incorporate it into my meals. To learn more about the advantages of purslane, keep reading:
Omega-3 fatty acids are the first.
The omega-3 fatty acids in purslane serve as brain fuel, a heart attack preventative, and a depression therapy, according to Mother Earth Living.
The plant is also rich in antioxidants, which preserve cells and delay aging, according to Mother Earth Living.
Magnesium and calcium
Consuming purslane helps keep your muscles, bones, and teeth healthy.
Since purslane contains potassium, which lowers blood pressure, it is a great addition to your diet.
The majority of people think that red meat and beans are the only food sources of iron. On the other hand, purslane, according to Heal With Food, is a good source of iron.
The green color of purslane may give you the impression that it contains little beta carotene, but according to the Chicago Tribune, it is one of the plant’s most vital components.
93 percent of the water in purslane is water, claims Progressive Health. Consume the plant to hydrate your body’s cells.
Melatonin and glutathione
According to Progressive Health, purslane includes melatonin, which controls sleep-wake cycles, and glutathione, an antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage.
The antioxidant betalain found in purslane, according to Progressive Health, helps stop cholesterol from harming blood vessels. The capacity of purslane to lower LDL cholesterol levels is widely documented.
This vital amino acid that affects mood can be found in purslane. Consuming purslane can help with depression, claims Progressive Health.