Purslane is a plant that grows throughout most of Italy and offers dozens of health benefits. Known by various names, including porcelain and porcacchia, its scientific name is portulaca oleracea.
This excellent therapeutic plant was used by our ancestors to prevent and treat numerous health conditions, such as nausea and fever. Below we list the main properties of purslane.
This plant is very rich in omega-3s, which are essential for promoting good functioning of the cardiovascular system, lowering cholesterol and promoting blood circulation.
Consumption of purslane facilitates urine output and overall kidney function. Because of this property, it allows us to expel waste and harmful elements from the body.
The plant’s mucilage-rich composition also has anti-inflammatory effects and can help relieve inflammation generated by infections.
Antiseptic and antifungal
Purslane helps block the growth of some bacteria, increasing defenses. It can also be used to fight against fungi and parasites.
According to recent studies, purslane may reduce blood sugar levels, being a very beneficial vegetable for those with diabetes.
Vitamins, minerals and amino acids in purslane may help improve symptoms of anemia.
Purslane contains compounds such as betalain, with antioxidant properties capable of reducing cellular damage and counteracting the effects of free radicals.
How to recognize and use purslane
Purslane is a wild plant and, as such, should be recognized. Purslane looks like a creeping plant with fleshy, smooth leaves and reddish stems.
This plant can be eaten raw, either on its own or in salads. It is recommended to choose the younger sprigs, as they are more tender and tasty. The stem should be avoided: although edible, it is too tough and a less pleasant flavor.