Herbs and their Nutrients Series: CILANTRO


Cilantro (scientific name: coriandrum sativum), is a popular Mediterranean herb used to add savor the flavor of most of the dishes.

Like most of the herbs for culinary use, cilantro is also known for its health-promoting properties.  Cilantro grows one to two feet and its leaves resemble that of the parsley.

This herb needs full exposure to the son and an average well-drained garden soil. Cilantro can grow easily from the seed but has a short useful garden life. It takes 3-4 weeks successive sowing of cilantro for a continuous supply of its fresh leaves. It can reach 5-7 feet tall.

Cilantro’s flower is called coriander.

Here are some of the health benefits that you can get from cilantro:

  • Cilantro is low in calories and no cholesterol.
  • Reduces LDL or bad cholesterol in the blood level.
  • Contains a good amount of antioxidant polyphenolic flavonoids (quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin,and epigenin) and dietary fiber.
  • Contains essential volatile oils asborneol, linalool, cineole, cymene, terpineol, dipentene, phellandrene, pinene, and terpinolene.
  • Vitamins content: folic-acid, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-A, beta carotene, vitamin-C.
  • Minerals content: potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.
  • Cilantro is a good source of vitamin K that helps promote osteotrophic activity in the bones. And can also help to slow down Alzheimer’s disease by liiting neuronal damage in the brain.


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