Hopefully, all the Portulaca takers during these last 2 years [even if this was mostly in tincture form] had these additional beneficial effects

Beneficial influence of purslane and waterleaf supplementation on cardiovascular disease risk in humans

Ezekwe, M.O.; Besong, S.A.; Igbokwe, P.E.; Ezekwe, E.I.

FASEB Journal 16(4): A639


Purslane (Portulaca spp.) and waterleaf (Talinum triangulare) are vegetables known to be rich in essential omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant vitamins, which have beneficial effects on coronary heart disease. The objectives of the study were to determine their nutritive quality and to evaluate the efficacy of leaf supplements in reducing plasma lipids in free living human subjects with elevated cholesterol levels. Twenty-one adults with cholesterol levels (?200mg/dl) were subjected to a five-week trial, in which they served as their controls. The subjects consumed a total of 6g of freeze-dried purslane or waterleaf leaves per day. Three grams of supplements were consumed with their lunch meals in a supervised setting and 3g were consumed with their dinner meals at their homes. Fasting blood samples were collected before and during the experiment at weekly intervals. Dietary consumption of purslane and waterleaf for 4 weeks reduced (P<0.05) total plasma cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol, while HDL-cholesterol was increased (P>0.05) in purslane group, but not in waterleaf group. Plasma triglycerides was lower (P>0.05) in purslane group. Blood hematocrit levels were increased (P<0.05) in purslane group throughout the 4-week trial. The results indicate that freeze-dried purslane and waterleaf have the potential to reduce blood lipids in hyperlipidemic humans.