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Purslane, with its many health benefits, is a ‘wonderweed’

Though it might be considered a weed, Portulaca Oleracea more known as purslane (ngalong or ulasiman in the Philippines), has a lot of health benefits.

First, they are rich in antioxidants like glutathione, vitamin E, and beta-carotene. Being rich in antioxidants means that it promotes good heart health, also because it contains omega-3 fatty acids. Purslane also helps soothe and heal wounds when directly applied to a mild burn or scratch. Eating the succulent leaves of purslane can also help treat inflammatory diseases.

Purslane also has compounds may increase the number of white blood cells as well as phytochemicals,  a potential treatment for cancer. Recent tests found that purslane extracts also have the potential to subdue tumors, lower gastric acid, and even manage diabetes symptoms. This weed also contains minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus, which are beneficial to the bones. But purslane must be moderately taken for people who are prone to having kidney stones.

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