Purslane for Blood Sugar Health
Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is an annual succulent in the Porulacaceae family. Other common names for the plant are verdolaga, pigweed, little hogweed, red root, and pursley. The botanical is native to India and Persia, although it now grows around the world. You might just find it in your own garden or lawn!
Purslane has smooth, brown-red stems and yellow flowers. The plant can reach 40 cm in height and its flowers bloom to up to 6 mm wide. Below the soil surface, it has a taproot with fibrous secondary roots and is able to tolerate poor, compacted soils and drought.
The fleshy leaves of the plant are rich in valuable nutrients. In fact, the leaves of the plant contain more omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) than any other leafy vegetable plant.
The plant provides six times more vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta carotene than carrots. It’s also rich in vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus.
The plant has a slightly sour and salty taste and is eaten throughout much of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Mexico. The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible.
The botanical can be used fresh as a salad, stir-fried, or cooked. (You would cook it as you would spinach.) The plant is also suitable for soups and stews. Australian Aborigines use the seeds to make seedcakes. Greeks, who call the plant andrakla or glystrida, sauté the leaves and the stems with feta cheese, tomato, onion, garlic, oregano, and olive oil.
“I learned from my two years' experience that it would cost incredibly little trouble to obtain one's necessary food, even in this latitude; that a man may use as simple a diet as the animals, and yet retain health and strength. I have made a satisfactory dinner, satisfactory on several accounts, simply off a dish of purslane which I gathered in my cornfield, boiled and salted.”
The plant also has a long tradition of medicinal use, and in Near Eastern folk medicine the botanical is treasured for its positive impact on blood glucose levels with regular use.
Our GlucoProtect 6X contains a standardized form of Purslane called Portusana™ that’s many times more concentrated than regular dried forms of the plant. Portusana has been shown to have a positive effect on both short-term and longer-term blood sugar levels.