“Vegetable Mercury” of Portulaca Oleracea

Known as Ma Chi Xian (pinyin as “horse tooth amaranth”) in traditional Chinese medicine, The Chinese believed that it contained a “vegetable mercury”. Its active constituents include: noradrenaline, calcium salts, dopamine, DOPA[disambiguation needed], malic acid, citric acid, glutamic acid, asparagic acid, nicotinic acid, alanine, glucose, fructose, and sucrose. Betacyanins isolated from Portulaca oleracea ameliorated cognition deficits in aged mice. ebiochem.com

Portulaca Oleracea contains many biologically active compounds and is a source of many nutrients. Some of the biologically active (and, in some case, potentially toxic compounds) include free oxalic acids, alkaloids, omega-3 fatty acids, coumarins, flavonoids, cardiac glycosides, and anthraquinone glycosides. It has high contents of Omega-3 fatty acids and protein (compared to other vegetables). The quantity of these compounds in P. oleracea varies with the growing conditions (e.g., planting date, soil quality, fertilization) and the age of the plant. Certain leaf extracts have been found to cause more vigorous contractions of the heart probably due to the presence of levartenol, a substance known to raise the blood pressure and lower the heart rate. ebiochem.com

Portulaca Oleracea accelerates the healing process of the wound by decreasing its surface area and improving the skin’s elasticity. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and flavonoids. These benefits of the herb for both internal and external use can manifest themselves in clearer, healthier skin. Many skin products–including skin creams and lotion, deodorant, facial masks and toners–contain extract of portulaca. ebiochem.com

Portulaca Oleracea is used in many aspects around the world to benefits people. ebiochem.com

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