Portulaca oleracea Properties and Benefits

The Portulaca oleracea or popularly VERDOLAGA is a plant of small size but of great resistance and adaptability that is extremely easy to find in nature. Although it is often considered part of the weed, the truth is that it has various uses and some consider it a superfood due to its composition. In addition, since ancient times it was used in the kitchen and some of its medicinal properties were known.
However, it must also be taken into account that people with ulcers and certain gastric problems should avoid it (since it increases intestinal motility), and it is not recommended in pregnant women or during lactation.

Here are some of the many advantages and properties it has:

1. Helps improve circulation and cardiovascular function
This plant is undoubtedly one of the vegetables with the highest level of omega-3, favoring the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system, helping to fight cholesterol and contributing
to prevent possible problems in said system.

2. Diuretic
Facilitating the emission of urine and kidney function in general. Thanks to this, it also allows us to expel harmful elements and waste from our body. It can be useful in urine infections or in people with edema or fluid retention.

3. Promotes excretion
In addition to diuresis, purslane also contributes to the proper functioning of the digestive tract thanks to its high level of fiber, facilitating excretion. In fact, it has effects
laxatives. Likewise, it also benefits the secretion of enzymes by the liver.

4. Has anti-inflammatory properties
The composition of this plant, rich in mucilage, also makes it have anti-inflammatory effects, thereby helping to reduce inflammation

5. It has been used as an analgesic
Since ancient times, purslane has been used as a medicinal plant to treat some types of pain (for example, headaches or toothaches), having an analgesic effect.

6. Antiseptic and antifungal
This plant also helps prevent the growth of some bacteria, contributing to the proper functioning of the immune system. It is also useful with fungi and even with some parasites.

7. Beneficial for diabetes
The consumption of purslane has been observed to help reduce blood glucose levels in
blood, being able to contribute to regulate the glycemic state of patients with diabetes as well as their resistance to insulin.

8. Helps against anemia
This plant has, as we are seeing, a large number of important properties derived from its components. With a high level of vitamins, minerals, beta-carborenes and amino acids and being considered a possible superfood, if it is introduced into the diet it can contribute to the improvement of anemic states and the lack of certain essential nutrients.

9. Reduce fever
Due to the properties mentioned above, it helps reduce fever caused by various infections.

10. Helps to control gynecological disorders
Some studies seem to affirm that the seeds of this plant help to stabilize the menstrual cycle in women who have irregular bleeding. However, it has also been observed that it could facilitate the appearance of contractions, something that as we have said makes it inadvisable in pregnancies.

11. Antioxidant
It has also been observed to contain components such as betalains, which contain relevant and known antioxidant properties. Helps reduce cellular damage by oxidation and helps stabilize free radicals.

12. Improves the health of hair and skin
Another property of purslane, due to its high percentage of nutrients and its effects
antioxidants, is that it contributes to maintaining and strengthening the health of hair and skin and allows treating pigmentation problems, burns or other dermatoses.