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If you see this weed, don’t kill it. Here are 10 reasons why

The weed in the photo is called purslane. Purslane is a common weed that can be found in gardens and lawns. While it may be tempting to pull it out or use herbicides to kill it, it is actually a nutritious and tasty plant that can be eaten as a leafy green.

I personally discovered the benefits of purslane when I was working on a community garden project. One of the experienced gardeners taught me that purslane is high in omega-3 fatty acids and can be used in salads or as a garnish. Since then, I have made a conscious effort to leave any purslane that I come across in my own garden, and instead, incorporate it into my meals. Continue reading to understand the benefits of purslane:

1. Omega-3 fatty acids

You thought you could only get omega-3s through salmon and flaxseeds. You’ll be delighted to know that according to Mother Earth Living, the omega-3 fatty acids in purslane function as fuel for the brain, a preventative for heart attack and a treatment for depression.

2. Antioxidants

Mother Earth Living says the plant is chock-full of antioxidants, which delay cell damage and slow aging.

3. Calcium and magnesium

Eat purslane to maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscles.

4. Potassium

Add purslane to your daily diet, because the potassium in the leaves helps keep your blood pressure in check.

5. Iron