Omega 3 Fatty Acids Rich Super Food
I was wrestling with how to categorize this article. Is it a Wildcrafting article, Medicinal or Super Food article? Well anything packed with essential nutrients and is widely available is super in my book! Most people’s diets are deficient in Omega 3. Problem is, it’s hard to find good sources outside of fish and meat. Well look no farther then your feet; you probably just step on it every day as it grows in the cracks of your side walk and patio. Portulaca oleracea, or Purslan, is packed with essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids. This succulent weed is a potent medicine!
Why you need Omega 3 Fatty Acids in your Diet
Omega 3 is so essential in your diet, that’s why. After all, it’s called an essential fatty acid (EFA’s for short) along with 6,7 and 9. Our bodies are unable to synthesis them, but are required for biological processes. Increasing Omega 3 in our diet has been shown to reduced risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and inflammatory diseases . The latest studies even indicate it’s role as an antidepressant and mood-stabilizer! We need Omega 3 for cell membrane health. If we aren’t getting it in our diet, our bodies will use the unhealthy oils we consume which leads to inflammation and sickness.
Purslane – it’s just Super
Purslane can be found all over the world and has been used medicinally though out history. Not only does Purslane have one of the highest plant sources of Omega 3, but it’s also a potent source of Vitimans E, A, and C. Purslane has thick paddle shaped leaves that are shiny and smooth with pinkish green stems. It grows mostly flat and mat like. It’s flower is single with five yellow petals. Once you learn how to identify Purslane, it will be no trouble to find growing all over. If you manage to find some, be sure you collect it in areas that you know that pesticides and lawn fertilizers aren’t used. Toss some in your salad , use it in a stir fry or as part of a casserole or omelet. Don’t worry, it’s taste isn’t overpowering. It’s mild like a cucumber with a bit of a tangy lemony taste and slightly mucilaginous like okra.