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Plant some pigweed people!

03/04/2010

Truth is that Purslane–aka pigweed–is one of the most amazing vegetables that you don’t know. It is a common weed that grows all over the place. Purslane is the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids of any green, leafy vegetable. Interestingly, purslane contains the EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) form of Omega-3, which is rare for a plant source of fatty acids. Purslane is also naturally high in magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, and iron. Omega-3 fatty acids (also known as n-3 fatty acids) are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain, and since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. In addition to these established benefits for cardiovascular disease, omega-3 fatty acids in high doses (e.g 6 to 10 capsules per day) are used to treat depression. New studies are identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Purslane–aka Pigweed, little hogweed, or Pusley–is a great addition to the garden. I just ordered some from Seeds of Change. If you don’t have a garden, it would also work really well as a container herb. So there you go people…go plant some pigweed and get your Omega 3 naturally!!

http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_center/product_details.aspx?item_no=PS15913

For more information check out this link love for the little piggy…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_oleracea

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Fran Scoble permalink
    03/04/2010 7:45 pm

    Not sure I can get past the name…

  2. Susan Foster permalink
    03/14/2010 12:46 am

    Ah! “Pigweed People” that sounds like a good children’s story…I have time for that..See everything you
    do is inspirational… I guess I’d better try some pigweed so I know what story they want me to write.
    I bet you already have some growing in your garden, all you green thumbs…..
    On the more serious side I must introduce this plant into my family’s salad bowl. As fish oil is sometimes too much to take everyday..and the poor fish, you know us veggi-mites… I’m sure it will taste better fresh and for now my garden is my imagination…So let us know how it tastes and all, Ok? We appreciate it..

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