I am pretty sure that those of you who own gardens of any sort have to deal with some annoying weeds. Did you know that one of these annoying weeds is actually beneficial for people? I am talking about purslane.
Purslane is a leafy vegetable that most likely originated in the Mediterranean region. It is an annual succulent with a slightly sour and salty taste, making it an interesting addition to the plate and palate. Show More
When this unusual ‘weed’ became the subject of scientific study, researchers were shocked at what they found! Purslane vegetable has extremely high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, particularly for a land vegetable, as well as significant amounts of fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, B family vitamins, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, and copper.
Purslane has many benefits that help in preventing and curing diseases.
Research has found that the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, found in purslane, help to reduce the amount of LDL (bad) or bad cholesterol in the body. This helps to promote a healthier cholesterol balance in our bloodstream.
Another fun and useful fact to know about purslane is that it can survive for a very long time: up to 25.This is thanks to its seeds, which are fairly strong. Imagine the wonders it can do for your immune system.
Consuming foods that are high in omega-3s have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, as well as atherosclerosis, thereby reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Furthermore, the potassium found in this vegetable can aid in reducing blood pressure due to its behavior as a vasodilator, relaxing blood vessels and reducing strain on the heart.
Nutrition analyses suggest that purslane is very low in calories, while also being nutrient-rich and packed with dietary fiber. This means that people can feel full after a meal including purslane, without significantly increasing calorie intake, thereby assisting in the weight loss process.
Purslane contains plenty of good fatty acids (omega-3s). Although research is still ongoing, early studies have shown that high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the diets of young children seem to decrease some of the signs and symptoms in certain developmental disorders, including autism and ADHD.
Many people die these days due to cancer is known fact. The presence of vitamin A and vitamin C in this green leafy vegetable acts as antioxidants and prevent oral and lung cancers etc. The betacyanins and betaxanthins present in purslane prevent free radicals from causing mutations in the healthy cells.
Really amazing facts, isn’t it? Therefore, next time, maybe you shouldn’t use a weed killer on it. Better, include it in your diet!
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