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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

ULTIMATE OMEGA 3. Purslane! Free!

From Wikipedia!!!

"Purslane contains more Omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid in particular[2]) than any other leafy vegetable plant. Simopoulos states that Purslane has .01 mg/g of EPA. This is an extraordinary amount of EPA for land based vegetable sources. EPA is an Omega-3 fatty acid normally found mostly in fish and some algae. [3] It also contains vitamins (mainly vitamin C, and some vitamin B and carotenoids), as well as dietary minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. Also present are two types of betalain alkaloid pigments, the reddish betacyanins (visible in the coloration of the stems) and the yellow betaxanthins (noticeable in the flowers and in the slight yellowish cast of the leaves). Both of these pigment types are potent antioxidants and have been found to have antimutagenic properties in laboratory studies.[4]

100 grams of fresh purslane leaves (about 1 cup) contain 300 to 400 mg of alpha-linolenic acid. One cup of cooked leaves contains 90 mg of calcium, 561 mg of potassium, and more than 2,000 IUs of vitamin A."

This plant grows like wildfire! I'm so glad I found it here! I'm not a huge fan of its taste on its own, but its super filling and healthy.

  • Purslane (as much as you want because it's one of the healthiest things ever apparently)
  • Lemon or Lime


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information. I'm wondering if it is safe to forage here, since Florida seems to be the land of pesticides. :)


David said...

maybe if you go to some state or national parks!

Anonymous said...

I have a state park about 1 mile from my house, maybe.

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