Stop – It’s Not Just a Weed! It’s One Of The Most Unrecognized Health-Boosting Plants

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By Lindsay Sibson 

“Weeds are flowers too… once you get to know them.”

I love eating salad. The crunch of the leaves, the freshness of the vegetables… to me, it is like eating sunshine.

However, the thought of heading outside to my lawn to pull up some weeds for dinner sounded a bit cray cray to me… until NOW.

Let me introduce you to the power of PURSLANE. It’s time you get to know each other.

Purslane (portulaca oleracea) is a common weed that was first farmed in Persia and India. It has since spread to the rest of the world and could even be growing in your garden right NOW!

Purslane is also referred to as pigweed, pursley and verdolaga.

Powerful Seeds Grow In Many Climates

Purslane, a resilient yet natural crop, has seeds that are capable of remaining usable in the land for up to 40 years. From a manicured garden to a dry desert, purslane can grow well in a wide variety of climates. It is far from your average weed.

summer-purslaneCheck out these interesting health benefits of cultivating purslane:

  • Has more beneficial omega-3 fatty acids than most fish oils
  • Very low in calories and fats, but RICH in dietary fiber, minerals and vitamins
  • Has one of the highest levels of vitamin A among leafy vegetables
    • 1320 UU/100g, 40% of your recommended dietary allowance
    • Foods high in vitamin A protect you from cancer
    • Vitamin A helps boost eye health

Purslane Is A Strong Anti-Oxidant

Purslane is packed with 2 different type of betalain alkaloid pigments:

1. Reddish betacyanins

2. Yellow betaxanthins

Both elements are powerful antioxidants and antimutagens and protect your cells from damage.

Furthermore, purslane also contains:

  • Vitamin C
  • B-complex vitamins:
    • Riboflavin – Important for body growth and red cell production
    • Pyridoxine – Required by your body for utilization of energy
    • Niacin – Important for general good health
  • Carotenoids – Decreases the risk of disease in your body
  • Trace minerals: Iron, magnesium and calcium

Video: Foraging And Preparing Purslane

Many THANKS to RevolutionofThought1 for this informative video!

Now it’s time to go on a scavenger hunt in your garden to find this incredible “weed!” This health-boosting plant is beaming with nutritional benefits that can enhance your health from the first bite.

To learn more about how to prepare purslane: CLICK here.

Enjoy what you read? Share this article and help someone discover purslane today!

 

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Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson

Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.

Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).

Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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