Verdolaga: 12 properties and benefits of this medicinal plant

Our organism is a very complex system, made up of different interconnected subsystems. This system is not closed and can be affected by external elements that can damage us.

While we also have certain natural defenses that fight off harmful external (or internal) elements, it is not uncommon for us at different times in our lives to experience some type of disease that the body will have to grapple with.

Fortunately, the progressive knowledge of the environment around us has meant that throughout its history humans have known of the existence in nature of different plants with medicinal properties, consumption can help us (although usually slightly) to strengthen our defenses and even help us fight difficulties. like nausea or fever (a basic knowledge especially in the days when medicine was just being developed).

One of these medicinal plants is verdolaga or verdolaga, Known and applied since ancient times, of which throughout this article we will see a total of 12 properties and benefits.

    Properties and benefits of Verdolaga

    The verdolaga or Portulaca oleracea is a plant of small size but of great resistance and adaptability extremely easy to find in nature. Although often thought of as part of the herb, the truth is that it has several uses and some consider it a super food because of its composition. Outraged, already from antiquity it was used in the kitchen and some of its medicinal properties were known.

    However, it should also be borne in mind that people with ulcers and certain stomach problems should avoid it (as it increases bowel motility), and it is also not recommended for pregnant women or while breastfeeding.

    Below we will take a look at some of the many benefits and properties that it has, namely a dozen.

    1. Helps improve circulation and cardiovascular function

    This plant is certainly one of the vegetables richest in omega-3, promoting the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system, Help fight cholesterol and help prevent possible problems in this system.

    2. It is a diuretic

    One of the advantages of verdolaga is the fact that its consumption has diuretic effects, facilitating urine output and general kidney function. Thanks to this, it also helps to expel harmful elements and wastes from our body. It can be useful in urinary tract infections or in people with edema or fluid retention.

    3. Promotes excretion

    In addition to diuresis, verdolaga also contributes to the proper functioning of the digestive tract thanks to its high rate of fiber, facilitating excretion. In fact, it has laxative effects. It also benefits the secretion of enzymes by the liver.

      4. It has anti-inflammatory properties

      The composition of this plant, rich in mucilages, also has anti-inflammatory effects, therefore helps reduce inflammation both caused by infections and other problems.

      5. It was used as a pain reliever

      Since ancient times, verdolaga has been used as a medicinal plant when treating certain types of pain (For example that of the head or that of the tooth), having an analgesic effect.

      6. Antiseptic and antifungal

      This plant also helps prevent the growth of certain bacteria, helping the immune system to function properly. too much it is useful with fungi and even with certain parasites.

      7. Beneficial for diabetes

      Consumption of verdolaga has been observed to help lower blood sugar levels and may help regulate the blood sugar status of diabetic patients and their insulin resistance.

      8. Helps fight anemia

      This plant has, as we see, many important properties derived from its components. With a high level of vitamins, minerals, beta carbohydrates and amino acids and being considered a possible superfood, if introduced in the diet, it can help improve anemic states and the lack of certain essential nutrients.

      9. Reduces fever

      Due to the properties mentioned above, it helps reduce fever caused by various infections.

      10. Helps to control gynecological disorders

      Some studies seem to indicate that the seeds of this plant they help stabilize the menstrual cycle in women who have irregular bleeding. However, it has also been observed that it could facilitate the onset of contractions which, as we said, makes it not recommended during pregnancy.

      11. Antioxidant

      It has also been observed to contain components such as betalaine, which contain relevant and known antioxidant properties. It helps reduce oxidative cell damage and helps stabilize free radicals.

      12. Improves hair and skin health

      Another property of verdolaga, due to its high percentage of nutrients already its antioxidant effects, Does it help to maintain and strengthen the health of hair and skin and helps to treat pigmentation problems, burns or other skin conditions.

      Bibliographical references:

      • Garcia, A. (2015). Phytochemical evaluation and nutraceutical properties of Portulaca oleracea and Achillea millefolium. National Polytechnic Institute. Interdisciplinary professional unit of biotechnology. Mexico.
      • Moscuzza, N. (2016). Verdolaga: a healthy alternative. Location of the FASTA University digital library [Online]. Available at: http://redi.ufasta.edu.ar:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/1271.
      • Pérez-Santana, D .; Martínez-Pérez, D. and Rodríguez-Sánchez, JL (2015). Evaluation of the antioxidant properties of Averrhoa Carambola and Portulaca oleracea L. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Food Sciences, 1 (2). Havana, Cuba.

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