Purslane - the misunderstood weed

Purslane - the misunderstood weed

One of the most "misunderstood" plants of Greek land is the purslance, also known as "glistrida" in greek. This plant, with its strange name, grows like a ragweed, mainly in fields with vegetables. It is rich in omega 3 fat, vitamin E and glutathione.


According to some beliefs, purslane consumption offers fluency and speech speed. However, the benefits of the purslane are not only accounted for by popular thirst.

Usually farmers regard the purslane as an annoying plant, as it grows very quickly in cultivated land due to frequent watering. However, in recent years, people who use it as a salad (and not only) are increasing because of its beneficial properties. In some of the popular market stalls, you may see match of purslane being sold.


The nutritional value of the purslane

The high content of omega 3 - fatty acids makes it particularly beneficial. It has been calculated that 100 g. purslane contain 400 mg. omega-3 plant fatty acid, called alpha-linolenic or LNA. Which means that it has fifteen times more omega 3 than most commercial lettuce.

A portion of the plant can meet the body's daily need for vitamin E and glutathione. It also contains calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A, C, B and carotenoids.

The combination of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamins offers a powerful antioxidant effect. Therefore, beyond the self-evident (due to omega 3) protection against heart disease, the traumatic body shields the body from inflammatory diseases.

At night the leaves trap carbon dioxide, which is converted to malic acid (the beginning of the apple's sharpening). Then, on the same day, malic acid is converted to glucose. When the harvest is done early in the morning, the leaves have ten times the content of malic acid, which is thought to help break down the stones in the bile. But when the harvest is done late in the afternoon, they have a significantly more spicy flavor.


Who were the first to use the plant for pharmaceutical and other purposes?

For those who, however, think that the use of the purslane is an invention of the last few years, there is a shift to more alternative therapies, we will tell you that you are wrong. As with many other plants on the Mediterranean land, the use of the purslane as a medicine goes back thousands of years ago.

Theophrastus (372-287 BC), considered to be the father of the botanical and the first phytopathologist, recommended the sylvestris as a medicine for heart failure, scurvy, sore throat, ear pain, swelling in the joints and dry skin .

Dioscorides (about 10 AD - 90 AD), another important Greek physician and botanist, used it against headaches, dysentery, snakes barking and lizard lizards, urinary tract treatment and digestive system, but also as an analgesic sedative, antipyretic and antihypertensive.

The purslane is also considered to be tonic and stops the headache caused by thirst or heat, but also the thirst itself if we put two or three leaflets under the tongue.

In the negative of the antiracule is the fact that it has an anti-aphrodisiac effect. Dioskouridis also used it as a sedative of erotic mood, describing the "medicine to avoid adultery".


The purslane can be used mainly in summer salads (it grows in the summer), offering a sour taste. It is good to use it before spraying, not only because the spores create an annoying feeling, but because then it is more tender. The purslane can also be pickled for winter salads, but also cooked with meat or fish.


Aggeliki Koskeridou

Holistic Doctor – Counseling Psychotherapist

Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

MSc c. Health Psychology


insta: dr_aggelikikoskeridou_official 

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