- Cilantro contains no cholesterol; however, it is rich in antioxidants, essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which help reduce "bad cholesterol" while increasing "good cholesterol" levels.
- The herb is a good source of minerals like potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is essential for red blood cell production.
- It is also rich in many vital vitamins, including folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene and vitamin-C, which are essential for optimum health. Vitamin-C is a powerful natural antioxidant. 100 g of cilantro leaves provide 30% of daily recommended levels of vitamin-C.
- It's a rich source of Vitamin-A, an important fat soluble vitamin and anti-oxidant, is also required for maintaining healthy membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids offers protection from certain cancers.
- Cilantro is one of the richest herbal sources of Vitamin K. Vitamin-K plays a role in bone mass building by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bones. It also has established role in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease patients by limiting neuronal damage in their brain. Eaten daily, it can also help remove harmful mercury from brain tissue.
- Coriander seed oil has been found application in many traditional medicines as analgesic, aphrodisiac, anti-spasmodic, deodorant, digestive, carminative, fungicide, lipolytic (for weight loss) and a stimulant.
Matches well with: avocado, chicken, fish, lamb, lentils, mayonnaise, peppers, rice, salads, salsas, shellfish, tomatoes and yogurt.
If you are a fan of this versatile herb, try out some of these recipes: