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If You Have This Plant in Your Backyard, Never Touch It! Here's Why

What we see as an annoying weed to get rid of is actually a gold mine of potential benefits. Find out what the leaves of this plant can do for your body.

Portulaca, or purslane, is an "herb" that can flower into what is known as "moss roses." What many don't realize, though, is that its leaves are actually considered edible.

This plant can grow just about everywhere in only 2 months, and its seeds can live up to 25 years! It's also a rich source of a surprising number of vitamins and nutrients.

So if you have it growing in your backyard, leave it alone and let it keep on growing!

The Benefits

Purslane contains an impressive ingredients list of essentials for our bodies:

- antoxidants that help our body function overall
- OMEGA 3 that strengthens and protects our heart
- Calcium and iron for our bones
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E (6x more than spinach) and Carotene (7x more than carrots)
- Vitamin C
- Magnesium, Potassium, and Phosphorus

 

Are you convinced yet? This extensive list of benefits makes it a great addition to our recipes, or even a subsitute for spinach. Not to mention, it also offers a crisp and distinctly fresh flavor that sets it apart from any other vegetable.

Try it in your salads. You'll be surprised at how much you've been missing out on!

 

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