Many Nutrition and Health Benefits of Purslane – Gardening Tips

no matter where you live in the world, you’ll always be surrounded by medicinal plants. One of these medicinal plants is purslane, a nutritious plant that’s now considered as a useless weed. Purslane can do a lot of good for a wide variety of patients. In traditional medicine, the herb is well appreciated by new mothers for its ability to treat mastitis, lack of milk flow, and postpartum bleeding. It also relaxes skeletal muscles and acts as a diuretic. Still, nursing mothers should consult a naturopath before taking purslane. Purslane also has the ability to cure: Headache Stomachache Painful urination Dysentery Enteritis Burns Earache Insect stings Skin sores Ulcers Pruritus Eczema Abscesses treat Colitis Acute appendicitis Dermatitis Shingles Arthritis Fever Diabetes Purslane contains a neurohormone called l-norepinephrine that acts as a vasopressor and antihypotensive agent to quickly treats hemorrhages. The herb even has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal properties. In terms of nutritional value, the herb contains more beta-carotene than spinach and carrots, as well as high levels of vitamins B, C, and E, magnesium, calcium, potassium, folate, lithium, and protein. More interestingly, the herb contains omega-3 fatty acids, especially alpha-linolenic acid. It’s also said to be the best plant source of the nutrient, containing 8.5 mg of omega 3 for every gram of weight. This fatty acid, as well as others found in the plant, keeps blood pressure and cholesterol in check and prevents blood clots. Another interesting substance of the plant is melatonin, an antioxidant that acts as a hormone and is also produced by the pineal gland. Melatonin regulates your body’s natural sleep and wake cycles to help you get a good night’s sleep. A study performed by the University of Texas at San Antonio discovered that purslane contained 10 to 1000 times more melatonin than other edible plants tested. Also, the plant currently being examined for its ability to combat tumors. How to harvest Purslane? Purslane is best harvested is late summer and early autumn when its leaves are full and juicy. However, it can be harvested year-round in warmer regions. You can plant purslane in your garden, but it can quickly become invasive. How to use Purslane? One of the biggest advantages of eating purslane is that it’s non-GMO since it’s not widely regarded as a food and isn’t widely cultivated. However, because it’s a weed, it’s essential to fully wash it before eating, since it’s most likely come into contact with pesticides. The leaves and stems can be eaten raw, dried, steamed, stir-fried, or even pureed, but beware, the herb gets a little slimy when overcooked.

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  1. the first plant I put fresh in salad test good and I cook with tomato onion olive oil no water adding just salt test amazing greek yogurt acampany

  2. [[email protected] : 45 pm] I really envy Go Green's purslane invading her garden. I live in the HK countryside. It just loves to grow in the wild and does not like to grow in my garden. So, I could only collect it from the roadside ….As mentioned in my previous comment, I have just uploaded a youtube h containing info using purslane as medicine for some medical treatments in the Chinese version. They are seriously documented and clinically proved effective. If you find my translation useful, perhaps you may print them out for future reference. My youtube is : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TuXlcY_l4I&feature=youtu.be 。I saw another Chinese source saying that it should not be eaten with pepper or pepper powder. Apart from pesticide, please also beware of any possible pollutants … if picked from polluted environment。 In summer, it is a nice salad when eaten raw! Good luck.

  3. It is one of the herbs used in India since time immemorable as elixir for cures …..consult just an ordinary old lady or old man they will tell you of its benefits. Good the university has just learned about it.

  4. The french here ate it for salad during WWII after the germans stole all their food. It grows on every patch of open ground.

  5. I Know that it can be eaten from I was a child, I'm now 45 and it's a lesson we must all take in, whatever the animals such as the cows, goats, pigs, eat it's good for us human apart from the GMO factor and scientist come messed up our food to which was always natural to intake, as the Bible state, i have given all growing herbs to you it shall be meat

  6. I have been trying to get this weed out of garden for years. Never knew it was edible. I may try some raw this summer.

  7. Thank you. This is the first time knew about this plant, i always found near my house but i clear it all😅😅🌱😔.. So i'm very greatfull to you.. How makes me learn more.❤️❤️😘

  8. I do not know its that much special. In Pakistan we boil it in water with Garlic and Salt added to the water. Then we cook it in onion and tomatoes Paste. Usually it is served with Maize bread. Believe me its very tasty and its my favourite.

  9. In philippines there are so many of this kind of leaves and we don't know about about it that it is a herb
    there's a lot in a backyard I'll try to cook it

  10. HELLO THIS PERSLANE IS 100% TO EAT VERY LONG EATING OF THIS IN PHILIPPINES ABSOLUTE DELICIOUS SPECIALLY WHEN IT IS STILL YOUNG

  11. Don't give any wrong informations ..for long years we people using it as a decorative one especially…we very well know this is not harmful one.

  12. நல்ல ஆரோக்கியமான மருத்துவ செடி.அனைவருக்கும் பயனுள்ள மருத்துவ குணங்கள் கொண்ட நன்மை பயக்கும் செடி இது..பயன் பெறவும்…!

  13. I honestly think it’s highly dangerous in trying various plants for different treatments off your body, why because all body types are built different and blood types are different as all walks off life is different and I feel you are taking a serious dive in your health not really knowing what theses kinds off plants can do even tho your trust yourself but you are risking off death as all walks off life in humans are so very different as I personally would never try such thing as it will do damage to the body

  14. When my Dad came out to Australia in the late 50's he couldn't believe people put this and other fab "weeds" in the bin. He would harvest it from foot paths for seed and grow it in our garden. Also wild artichoke and olives were killed off as "woody weed" – thankfully more southern Europeans and other immigrants brought their knowledge over – other wise god knows what the average Australian diet would look like!

  15. Im Mexico we make a dish with this plant it's delicious one of my favorites here's a video of the recipe https://youtu.be/-g3Of1DJLXU

  16. In my country, Malaysia.., this herb is known as grass species. But my late mom cooked it as vege for our lunch or dinner..

  17. It is a one of curry leaf used for cooking in india..its test is very good and very healthy food for every one

  18. In Tamil Nadu, South India, purslane is called 'parippu keerai' and has traditionally been used to prepare delicious curries to be eaten with rice. We have never ever considered this plant a weed!

  19. those plants are called "pa-pa-it" here in philippines, thats good for curing diabetes and one of the best veg. we cook in northern areas, proud ilocano/pangasinanse here

  20. Can't believe this!! For many years av known this as weed n harmful for consumption. I wish I knew this before. Thanks now I know

  21. This is very common and waidly consume in India as day to day food . This herbal pant is commonly known as ghol , in Maharashtra State of India . It also makes hot summer ( 45 to 48 degree ) bareable .

  22. Ugh… Just 2 weeks ago I pull it off from my garden😣😣hopefully it will grow again somewhere in my garden😌😌

  23. Here in the philipines we just kill that grass.. You can get in here even 1 truck of that grass haha

  24. This is true because my mother cooked this and feed for our pigs before then suddenly the pigs like cow so fat and healthy

  25. Purslane…..in Indonesia we have been eating it since we're young child, our mom make soup for us to eat with rice. She said " it is good for you" Some people wondering how it's taste, because it is kind of grass that other people pick it for rabbit to eat

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