It’s Not a Weed! It’s an Unrecognized, Health-Boosting Wonder Plant!

Purslane, which most people take for a common weed, is actually a health-boosting food that many people grow for consumption. Purslane or Portulaca oleracea is a beautiful plant with yellow flowers. It originates from India and Persia, but has since spread all over the world.

This plant is very versatile in that it can grow almost everywhere. It is packed full of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, all sorts of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, and copper, as well as betalain pigments and carotenoids.

Here are some of the health benefits associated with consuming this plant.

Heart Health

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Both potassium and Omega-3 fatty acids are known to promote heart health. Potassium works to lower blood pressure and Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce the amount of bad cholesterol in the body. These two components of purslane are what make it so great for the heart.

Weight Loss

Being low in calories, but packed with fiber makes purslane perfect for those who want to shed some extra pounds. This plant is also nutrient-rich which means that people who consume it will feel full without all those extra calories.

Gastrointestinal Health

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In traditional Chinese medicine, purslane is used to treat gastrointestinal problems from diarrhea to dysentery. This plant’s ability to treat these issues most likely comes from several organic compounds found in the plant, like dopamine, malic acid, citric acid, alanine, and glucose.

Bone Strength

The calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese in purslane are all necessary elements to protect and sustain bone health. Daily consumption of this “weed” may even prevent osteoporosis.

Improved Circulation

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As previously stated, purslane is full of iron and copper. These two elements are essential for a healthy circulatory system. A healthy circulatory system contributes to improved overall body health because more blood is getting to where it needs to be.

The next time you see purslane outside, take the time to pick it and give it a try. Adding it to your diet may be just what you need to live a long and healthy life!

I have heard it tastes really good!

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(h/t: Eat Local Grown)

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18 comments
dmprisk - March 1, 2016

interesting. It is so good for you to eat this…

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Robert Ruisi - March 5, 2016

informative and enjoyed the video presentation

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Darlene Trujillo - March 5, 2016

I loved your video, it was very informative. It used to drive me nuts as it grew everywhere. I think I purged it from my land, but if I see any this year I will reintroduce it to my yard. I was once told that it was eaten quite a bit in Mexico, but never knew how to prepare it. I think it would probably be good in smoothies, too. Thank you so much for your helpful hints and fun video, and for the plant’s name.

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Heidi - March 5, 2016

the time I’ve spent yanking this stuff! but they called it something else. Maybe what I encountered wasn’t purslane. Does it grow in the western states?

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    Lisa Dale - August 28, 2016

    It grows everywhere! I think it’s often called hogweed. Google it – it has multiple names.

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    Gerard Gibney - August 29, 2016

    pigweed

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Cluckachicken - March 8, 2016

my my learning never stops especially with the internet and those sharing what they learned. I have had this growing everywhere on my property and have gotten rid of it and will see this year if some have escaped my attack. I remember looking at it and thought it was actually beautiful and so healthy looking and wanted to plant it around the house. Since I am still alive and have learned today I will do that this year if some have escaped my endeavor to remove it. Thank you for sharing

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    Gerard Gibney - August 29, 2016

    let it grow from now on. I have a giant selection of rare plants and I specifically planted purslane from a weedlot on the side of the road for it’s unquestionably vast utility. it is great raw

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Hanna M - March 9, 2016

This is actually good for breastfeeding mothers as it helps to increase breast milk production.

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    Kendall Williams Gaines - August 28, 2016

    So excited to learn that you are replanting or hopefully it resurfaced itself after your attack! Lol I too learned so much about Purslane! I have always LOVED THIS PLANT… Just did not know it was edible AND good for me!! Super excited about that too!
    Signed,
    Happy learner from Texas

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marge homer - March 14, 2016

This is very common in my country Kurdistan, we call it “Palpina”
Usually we make a soup from it with tomato and rice
It is super delicious at spring

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    matzsmith - March 28, 2016

    and it sounds that way too.

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Stephanie Sarah May - March 15, 2016

After seeing this, I have started using purslane. Its delicious. I have it as a cooked c vegetable- easy to cook,you just cook it like you do spinach or any green vegetable. Vegetable juice which contains purslane juice is very drinkable too.Have not triedit as a salad vegetable yet or as soup all sounds delicious!

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anonomyssy - March 26, 2016

what do you do with it? Cook? Raw? Recipes?

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Linda - August 28, 2016

Does this look like purslane?

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John - August 30, 2016

You can also eat perslain as a salad and also mix it with other salad ingredients.

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Madge - September 30, 2016

I have these growing in my backyard, luckily I treat weeds like any other plant and water it just the same…. Weeds matter too.

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