Common purslane

(Portulaca oleracea)

Other names: Purslane, Verdolaga, Pigweed, Little Hogweed, Pusley, Tuchenica, Køkkenportulak, Postelein, Vihannesportulakka, Pourpier des Jardins, Pourpier Potager, Gartenportulak, Portulak, Adracla, Glystrida, Súpugull, Porcellana, Portulata, Matportulakk, Portulakk, Beldroaga, Portulanka Pospolita, Verdolaga, Trädgårdsportlak, Tušt, Portulak

Common purslane is native to North Africa, the Middle East, and the Indian subcontinent. It is a widespread weed, recognizable by its small yellow flowers. Common purslane contains eicosapentaenoic acid, a ω-3 fatty acid, in enormous amounts compared to other plants, usually found in fish and algae. It also has the highest content of retinol among green leafy vegetables and an abundance of vitamin E, iron, and ascorbic acid. Among other valuable chemicals, it contains alkaloids oleracein A, oleracein B, oleracein E, hesperidin, and caffeic acid.

Common purslane may be beneficial for cancer, headaches, migraines, child development, bone strength, vision, wound healing, heart diseases, circulation, immunity, digestion, obesity, thyroid glands, and skin conditions.

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