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Purslane

a few sprigs of purslane on a cutting board

Purslane is an annual, fleshy succulent weed that grows in poor soils easily. It also tolerates drought well. When the plant is drought-stressed, it switches to a type of photosynthesis that involves the leaves trapping carbon dioxide at night and converting it into malic acid which is then converted into glucose during the day.

We love to use purslane in ah juice because it is rich in vitamins and minerals and contains a high level of omega-3 fatty acids, the highest of any leafy green. Omega 3’s help lower blood pressure and can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. They are anti-inflammatory, helping relieve many ailments, including arthritis and asthma. Omega 3’s are considered essential fatty acids because we need them for our bodies to work normally. And we must get them from our diet.

The herb is an excellent source of vitamin A, promoting good vision and healthy skin. The betalain pigments and the vitamin A in purslane are also powerful anti-oxidants keeping away cancers.

Purslane is rich in vitamin C and some B-complex vitamins, as well as minerals like iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and manganese.

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