16 Amazing Benefits of Cilantro or Coriander

The health benefits of coriander include its use in the treatment of skin inflammation, high cholesterol levels, diarrhea, mouth ulcers, anemia, indigestion, menstrual disorders, smallpox, conjunctivitis, skin disorders, and blood sugar disorders, while also benefiting eye care.

What is Coriander?

Coriander, commonly known as Dhaniya in the Indian Subcontinent and Cilantro in the America and some parts of Europe, is an herb that is extensively used around the world as a condiment, garnish, or decoration on culinary dishes. Its scientific name is Coriandrum sativum L. Its leaves and fruits have a recognizable and pleasant aroma and are commonly used raw or dried for culinary applications.

Coriander Nutrition Facts

Its uses in global food preparation are only the tip of the iceberg. Unbeknownst to many people, coriander is packed with potential health benefits that most people completely miss when they toss this garnish into the garbage after eating their meal. It has eleven components of essential oils, six types of acids (including ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin C), minerals and vitamins; each having a number of beneficial properties. A complete list is given below.

Health Benefits of Coriander

Health benefits of coriander include:

Lowers Skin Inflammation

Cineole, one of the 11 components of the essential oils, and linoleic acid are both present in coriander, and they possess antirheumatic and antiarthritic properties. They help to reduce the swelling that is caused by these two conditions. For other swelling conditions, such as swelling due to kidney malfunction or anemia, it is also seen to be effective to some extent, because some of the components in coriander help induce urination and the release of excess water from the body. The reduction in skin inflammation leads to a reduction in discomfort, and an improvement in skin appearance.

Treats Skin Disorders

The disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties of coriander are ideal for clearing up skin disorders such as eczema, dryness and fungal infections.

Lowers Cholesterol Levels

The acids present in coriander, like linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C) are very effective in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. They also reduce the level of bad cholesterol (LDL) deposition along the inner walls of the arteries and veins, which can lead to serious cardiovascular issues like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes. More importantly, this herb helps to raise the levels of healthy cholesterol (HDL), which works as a preventative line of defense against a number of dangerous conditions.

Treats Diarrhea

The components of essential oils found in coriander such as borneol and linalool, aid in digestion, proper functioning of the liver and bonding of bowels, while also helping to reduce diarrhea. It is also helpful in curing diarrhea caused by the microbial and fungal action, since components like cineole, borneol, limonene, alpha-pinene & beta-phellandrene have antibacterial effects.

Coriander is also increasingly popular as a means of preventing nausea, vomiting, and stomach disorders. Its wealth of bioactive compounds means that new health benefits are always being discovered in this power-packed plant.

In addition to these health aspects of the stomach, fresh coriander leaves are excellent appetizers to get your bowels prepared for a large meal.

Regulates Blood Pressure

Consuming coriander has been shown to positively reduce blood pressure in many patients suffering from hypertension. It enhances the interaction of calcium ions and acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter in the peripheral and central nervous system, relaxes blood vessel tension; thereby reducing the chances of a number of cardiovascular conditions, including heart attacks and strokes.

Treats Mouth Ulcers

Citronellol, a component of essential oils in coriander, is an excellent antiseptic. Additionally, other components have antimicrobial and healing effects which keep wounds and ulcers in the mouth from worsening. They help speed up the healing process of ulcers and also prevent bad breath. Although not commonly used in mainstream products, coriander is often used as an antiseptic component of all-natural kinds of toothpaste. In fact, before the invention of toothpaste, people would chew on coriander seeds to reduce bad breath!

Prevents Anemia

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It is high in iron content, which directly helps people who suffer from anemia. Low iron content in the blood can result in shortness of breath, heart palpitations, extreme fatigue, and a decrease in cognitive functions. Iron also benefits proper functioning of other organ systems, increases energy and strength, and promotes bone health.

Anti-allergic Properties

Multiple studies have shown coriander to have strong anti-histamine properties that can reduce the uncomfortable effects of seasonal allergies and hay fever (rhinitis). Its oil can also be used to reduce allergic reactions that are caused due to contact with plants, insects, food, and other substances. Internally, it can ward off anaphylaxis, hives, and dangerous swelling of the throat and glands. It’s never a bad idea to protect yourself against allergic reactions, especially since it is difficult to know what you might be allergic to until you come in contact with it for the first time!

Salmonella Protection

Salmonella is one of the most dangerous causes of foodborne illnesses in the world, so any natural way to protect against it is very important. Coriander has unusually high levels of dodecenal, a natural compound that is actually twice as powerful of an antibiotic as the leading treatment for salmonella-based illness. By adding it to your normal diet, you protect your body from horribly uncomfortable, and even fatal, illnesses relating to these deadly bacteria.

Improves Bone Health

As a rich source of calcium, coriander is of great value for people who want to protect the integrity of their bones. Calcium and other essential minerals found in coriander are integral components of bone regrowth and durability, as well as in the prevention of osteoporosis. Adding even a small amount of coriander to your diet can help to keep your bones healthy and strong for years to come. Calcium is particularly present in the center leaves of coriander, so aim for that part of the plant if bone health is your focus!

Aids in Digestion

Coriander, due to the rich aroma from its essential oils, helps in the proper secretion of enzymes and digestive juices in the stomach; thereby, stimulates digestion and peristaltic motion. It is also helpful in treating anorexia. Besides the pleasant aroma of coriander, it has certain stimulatory qualities, derived from the minerals, and neurotransmitters are stimulated when coriander is ingested. Studies have shown that dyspepsia (indigestion) is reduced if coriander is regularly added to the diet. For small children, who have a higher chance of developing abdominal colic than adults, small amounts of coriander in their diet can quickly solve the issue!

Cures Smallpox

The essential oils in coriander are rich in antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-infectious and detoxifying components and acids. The presence of vitamin C and iron strengthens the immune system as well. These properties help prevent and cure smallpox, and they can also reduce the pain and have a soothing effect on smallpox patients. In places where smallpox outbreaks occur, studies have shown massive amounts of vitamin C have a definite curative effect on smallpox.

Prevents Menstrual Disorders

Cilantro is a natural stimulant, and it regulates proper secretion from the endocrine glands, and this hormonal impact means that it helps regulate proper menstrual cycles and reduces the associated pain during a woman’s period.

Eye Care

Coriander is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and minerals like phosphorous, which prevents vision disorders, macular degeneration and it reduces strain and stress on the eyes. There is also beta-carotene in the leaves, which prevent a number of other diseases that affect the eye and can even reverse the effects of vision degradation in aging patients.

Treats Conjunctivitis

As discussed earlier, coriander is a very good disinfectant and has antimicrobial properties that protect the eyes from contagious diseases like conjunctivitis. Coriander oil is one of the fundamental components of a number of eye care products.

Controls Diabetes

Due to the stimulating effect of coriander on the endocrine glands, the secretion of insulin is increased from the pancreas which subsequently increases the insulin level in the blood. This regulates the proper assimilation and absorption of sugar and the resulting drops in the sugar level in the blood. This property is extremely beneficial for patients who suffer from diabetes and other related conditions, in order to lower their chances of dangerous spikes and drops their blood sugar levels, and to ensure other normal metabolic functions as well.

Other Benefits

Cilantro helps cure ulcers, inflammation, and spasms; while acting as an expectorant and protecting the liver. It is anticarcinogenic, anticonvulsant, antihistaminic and hypnotic. Coriander is believed to be a natural aphrodisiac and traditionally, it was widely used in combinations with other herbs to enhance a person’s libido.

Word of Caution

There have been very few dangers associated with coriander, but as with almost any food, there is some danger of allergic reaction to the skin. One of the unusual side effects is that some patients complain of sunlight sensitivity and that excessive coriander intake makes them more susceptible to sunburn, which could subsequently lead to skin cancer over the long term.

Pregnant women should not take coriander until more established research is done, although some women have claimed that it increases their production of breast milk flow. It is best to be safe, so speak with a doctor before adding coriander to your diet, and pay attention to the response your body generates!

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I can't even take this seriously when the image you chose for the chart is clearly not even cilantro. That's flat leaf parsley.

Ummm...no, it's coriander.

EL's Driving School

It's coriander!

What is the estrogenic properties of this. I often find that information missing when dealing with the health properties of plants. This is vital as too much pro-estrogenic food can be harmful to men. Given that this helps women with menstrual cramps and breast milk flow, how does it impact the production of estrogen and the associated testosterone production and conversion processes? -- thanks

Saundra Goodman

I thought I would just casually research the health benefits of cilantro, because I always use it just to make guacamole, and then the rest gets thrown out. I was amazed by the wealth of benefits that are derived from this herb. So now I put it in almost everything. Yesterday, I added it to my potato pancakes, today to my soup. Thanks to Organic Facts, no leaf will go unused. Thank you so much!

Aaditya Rauniyar

don't throw away the succulent stems! They are even more flavor and nutrition packed. Finely chop it and use it along with the leaves.

The best thing to not waste it is cut it really thin and freeze it. Then you can take whatever you need. I do this with parsley as well. You can also freeze ginger and grate it while still frozen.

good work, i now have solution for my girl friend's menses

Ginger is also super good for menses. I know;)

Great to the point website, very impressed, informative and I just love coriander, next to avocado it is the perfect food addition! Interesting facts, glad I looked it up.

does it have any negative affects on the kidney making it unsuitable for anyone with a kidney problem?

Thanks, but I wonder: which of all o those properties does coriander (=seeds) have, and which one does cilantro (=leaves) have? And fresh and/or dry? Thank you!

I am suffering kidney

stone from 7 years

babyangel katie (@babyangelkatie)

hello Mr Raju,

I had a kidney stone in late 2013 it was alot of pain the doctor told me i was not drinking enough water and eating too much spicey food i drink alot of water now i occasioanlly eat spicey food i just dont eat it for every meal anymore like i did in the past. theres a tea for bladder pain called uva ursi thats thea best tea to drink for bladder pains there is also another remedy i know you get the hair from a corn cob preferably let it dry for awhile you make a tea from the hair of a corn cob this is very good the uva ursi is only a few dollars for a small bag of that tea , i hope this helps you mr Raju nice to meet you ,

katie

take black tulsi juice - 1 tsp for 1-2 weeks and see the differnces

bharat bhushan sarna

Very informative and useful.

how to use coriandor to get benifits

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hi Shakeel, You can use coriander in various food preparations

how to use coriandor to get benifits

babyangel katie

coriander/cilantro works very wel ive had mild epilepsy since 2004 i did not know of coriander's benifits until i had another seizure in early 2012, it tasts good give it a try 🙂

babyangel katie

coriander/cilantro works very wel ive had mild epilepsy since 2004 i did not know of coriander's benifits until i had another seizure in early 2012, it tasts good give it a try 🙂

I just like eating it from the bunch on its own I love it

Thomas Christiansen

some people say that cilantro/coriander LEAFS (not the seeds) are able to detoxify if you have mercury in your body/brain..a japanese scientist tested the urine of people eating coriander, and he found mercury (i asume it doesn't mean that the plant has mercury in itself, but makes your body pee out excess mercury).

Babyangel Katie

I eat a small piece several times a day works great! I had sa few seizures in the past and I never want to take dilantin anymore 🙁

I eat tons of it every day and feel great for it!

The seed is a wonderful spice and the leaves, wonderful herb. Its one of the Gid-given herbs for the healing of the nations.

easily available with so many advantages.

Samarbijoy Chakraborty

Well, now onward Coriander is a must in my daily meals.

Batista Tineo Maria

I LOOOOOVE the distinguish taste and of course the flavor of it.

Dhania ki chatni very teasty & good for health.

Jasmin Iglesias

Definitely will be eating more of Coriander so my gall bladder will get better :)).

Anna Marie Santos

best served with any fried fish. sliced tomatoes, onions and shrimp caviar.

Anna Marie Santos

talo pa kfc

Anna Marie Santos

yummy sarap with tomatoes, bagoong and mangang hilaw sansawan ng pritong isda

I love coriander!

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