Tue. Jul 23rd, 2024

In this photo is a purslane. This is a common weed that can be found in gardens and lawns. It may be tempting to pull it out or use herbicides to k!ll it, but it is a nutritious and tasty plant that can be eaten as a leafy green.

While I was working on a community garden project, I discovered the benefits of purslane. One of the experienced gardeners taught me that purslane is high in omega-3 fatty acids and can be used in salads or as a garnish. Since then, I have made a conscious effort to leave any purslane that I come across in my garden, and instead, incorporate it into my meals. Continue reading to understand the benefits of purslane:

1. Omega-3 fatty acids

According to Mother Earth Living, the omega-3 fatty acids in purslane function as fuel for the brain, a preventative for heart attack, and a treatment for depression.

2. Antioxidants

Mother Earth Living also says the plant is chock-full of antioxidants, which delay cell damage and slow aging.

3. Calcium and magnesium

Eat purslane to maintain healthy bones, teeth, and muscles.

4. Potassium

Add purslane to your daily diet, because the potassium in the leaves helps keep your blood pressure in check.

5. Iron

Most people think they can only get iron from red meat and beans. But Heal With Food claims purslane is also a good source of iron.

6. Beta-carotene

You might not think purslane is a rich source of beta carotene, given its green color, but according to the Chicago Tribune, this is one of the plant’s greatest advantages.

7. Hydration

As per Progressive Health, purslane is 93 percent water. Eat the plant to refuel dehydrated cells.

8. Glutathione and melatonin

Purslane contains glutathione, an antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage, and melatonin, which regulates sleep-wake circles, according to Progressive Health.

9. Betalain

According to Progressive Health, purslane contains betalain, an antioxidant that prevents cholesterol from damaging blood vessels. This is why purslane is known to have a positive effect on LDL cholesterol levels.

10. Tryptophan

Purslane contains this important amino acid that regulates mood. Progressive Health says eating purslane can fight depression.