Considered to be nothing more than a simple weed, portulaca oleracea actually uncovers some impressive properties.
Don’t worry, I’m not actually talking about some exotic herb. The common name of the healing plant whose benefits I’ll reveal to you today is called purslane. And you can even find it in your own back yard.
Everyone has heard about purslane. But not everyone knows that they could benefit from its truly astonishing properties. Used consistently, this plant can successfully replace any expensive drugs and supplements.
Purslane’s Health Benefits
Safer Alternative for Your Omega-3 Supply
For example, if you take supplements with fish oil, omega 3 oil, flaxseed oil or antidepressants, you can replace them all with purslane and enjoy a better health condition overall. And that’s because the purslane is a tastier, safer and richer source of omega-3s than most supplements on the market. To increase your body’s assimilation, you can consume purslane with nut oil.
Plant experts say that purslane contains up to 4000 ppm omega-3 alpha acid (ALA); which means that 100 grams of contain 400 mg of ALA. Chickens fed with purslane make eggs containing up to 20 times more omega 3 than regular eggs.
In addition, due to its natural content of antidepressants, purslane is a plant that helps combat depression. It is also a superior source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, phenylalanine and tryptophan, all of which are known for their ability to block the effect of depressive substances released in the brain.
Vitamin E Supplier
Plus, purslane is full of nutrients. A single serving (the equivalent of a mug filled with purslane) contains the daily vitamin E that your body needs, as well as significant amounts of vitamin C and pro-vitamin A.
Improve Bone Health
Grass is also one of the best sources of magnesium. A cup supplies the minimum requirement of 450 mg. Lack of magnesium is associated with diabetes, migraines, osteoporosis, hypertension and asthma.
And there’s more. A mug full of fresh green grass supplies over 2,000 mg of calcium and 8,000 mg of potassium. This is extremely important to remember, because women who take calcium supplements do not actually strengthen their bones too much in this way. However, those who consume foods rich in calcium –like nettle, purslane or sesame seeds – have flexible bones, highly resistant to fractures.
Natural Treatments with Purslane Seeds
* If you suffer from abdominal cramps, restless sleep: infuse one teaspoon of seeds for up to 6 hours in 200 ml of hot water. Drink 2 tablespoons of that liquid twice daily (at 3pm and 8pm).
* For psoriasis. “Infuse” one tablespoon of crushed seeds in 150 ml of burdock oil and apply that over the areas affected by psoriasis.
*Warning: purslane is not recommended to patients predisposed to diencephalic (hypothalamic) seizures, or hypertensive people.*
Where can you find purslane?
This plant appears frequently among agricultural crops, during the summer. You won’t find it in the supermarket or in any store (at least, not for now).
If you have a garden, then chances are this plant might already be growing there. If you don’t find it, then you can just buy the seeds, which are insanely cheap and plant them yourself.
But if you have a flowerpot, you can also use that to plant the seeds there. So you can have the purslane right at your fingertips.
How to Fully Benefit from Purslane
With its thick, succulent and fleshy leaves, the purslane is a succulent plant, which you can pick up by cutting its soft peaks – which can be 2.5 cm or 20 cm, depending on the size of the plant.
The purslane is best consumed raw; you can season it with olive oil and vinegar; sow it in a little butter, or add it to salads and soups.
So what do you think about purslane now?
Are you familiar with it?
Have you used it before in your cooking or took it as medicine?
I’m looking forward to reading your replies.
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To your health!