All About Purslane
Benefits of Purslane
- Improves Heart Health and Circulation: There are high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in purslane, which is even higher than in what you’ll find in some fish oils. Omega-3s help reduce levels of bad cholesterol in your body. The potassium found in purslane can also reduce blood pressure because it acts as a vasodilator, which relaxes blood vessels and reduces strain on the heart. The significant amount of iron and copper in purslane stimulates the production of red blood cells.
- Helps Gastrointestinal Diseases: In Ancient Chinese medicine, purslane was used to treat a variety of gastrointestinal diseases due to the plant’s organic compounds like dopamine, malic acid, citric acid, alanine, glucose, and more.
- Can Aid Weight Loss: Purslane is very low in calories, high in phytonutrients, and is fibrous.
- Improves Skin: This wild weed contains high levels of vitamin A, as well as its’ many other organic compounds, help to reduce inflammation caused by bites and stings when applied topically. By consuming purslane, it can reduce wrinkles and help heal skin cells to improve scars and blemishes.
- Strengthens Bones Calcium, magnesium, iron, and manganese are all present in Purslane and are required to develop bone tissue and stimulate the healing process of the bones in our body.
- Anti-Carcinogen: Purslane’s notable levels of vitamin C and vitamin A act as antioxidants to prevent certain cancers. The wild weed also has betalain pigment compounds, that have been connected to anti-mutagenic effects in the body to prevent free radicals from causing mutations in healthy cells.
- Improves Vision Since Purslane contains both Vitamin A and beta-carotene, this plant can definitely lead to improved eye health.
Caution: A potential downside of purslane is a notable amount of oxalic acid, which could leads to the formation of kidney stones. So if you’re prone to kidney stones, it would be best for you to avoid purslane.