Is that a weed in your yard or could it be dinner? Instead of pulling this weed, consider harvesting it. It could save you trips to the doctor or pharmacy. This common weed is called Purslane and it has hidden health benefits.

According to Ashley Brewer on Shareably, this succulent weed is filled with vitamins and minerals essential for overall health and well-being. Purslane has high amounts of calcium and iron which are great for keeping your bones strong and it's very common in the Midwest.

The plant's seeds are strong and can create a plant that can live up to 25 years. It’s no wonder this miracle weed does wonders for your immune system. It’s truly a secret superfood. Purslane has more beta-carotene than carrots, more vitamin E than spinach and is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Experts say these extra vitamins and minerals are good for preventing cancer, stroke and heart disease; it's even been shown to help with insomnia.

Add this vegetation to salads or side dishes; Purslane can be eaten cooked or raw. So the next time you're looking improve your overall health, you may need only look in your front yard!

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