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Labeled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a “noxious weed,” purslane is actually a beneficial health supplement shown to help asthma, diabetes & cancer. Purslane is actually a superfood. High in omega 3 fatty acids, purslane also possesses a variety of other nutritional benefits. Making appearances in farmers’ markets and even fancy restaurants, purslane should also become a household staple, as it is a potent health remedy. Often labeled as a “weed,” purslane is actually a succulent herb. The plant is formally known as portulaca oleracea and less affectionately called little hogweed. Taste is not the only reason to eat this plant, however. It is considered by many as “a miracle plant.” Purslane literally has the highest level of omega 3 fats than any other green plants. It also boasts an assortment of other vitamins and nutrients. These nutrients make the plant an effective herbal refreshment for health and wellness. Its high concentrations of omega 3 fats make it an effective treatment for boosting heart health, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and controlling symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. Its nutrient profile also make it an effective treatment for diabetes, asthma, migraines, and osteoporosis. The herb can even prevent cancer, promote skin health and boost immunity. In vitro studies demonstrated activity against human hepatoma and cervical cancer cell lines and increased proliferation of thymocytes and splenic lymphocytes. Purslane has been reported to possess antifungal, vermicidal, and antiviral effects. A small asthma clinical trial evaluated the bronchodilatory effect of oral purslane extract compared with that of oral theophylline and inhaled salbutamol. Purslane extract showed improvements in pulmonary function tests similar to those of theophylline. A small diabetes clinical trial evaluated the effect of purslane seeds in type 2 diabetes. At 8 weeks, improvements in serum insulin and triglycerides were noted, as well as improvements in liver function tests.

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