An annual herb belonging to the Apiaceae family, coriander is also referred to as cilantro or Chinese parsley. Although the entire plant can be eaten, the fresh leaves and dried seeds are the ones that are most frequently used in recipes. Southern Europe, northern Africa, and southwestern Asia are all places where coriander is indigenous. It is a soft plant that reaches a height of 50 cm (20 in). Variable in shape, the leaves are broadly lobed at the plant's base and slender and feathery higher up on the stems that bear the flowers. The flowers are borne in tiny umbels that are asymmetrical, white or very pale pink, and have longer petals pointing away from the umbel's center than those pointing toward it (which are only 1-3 mm or 006-012 in long). The fruit is a dry, globular schizocarp with a diameter of 3-5 mm (0.12-0.20 in).

What are the benefits of coriander?

There are several possible health advantages of coriander, including:

* Functioning as a painkiller

* Assisting in cholesterol reduction

* Controlling blood glucose levels

* Promoting intestinal health

* Assisting with detox

* Increasing immune function

* Reducing worry and easing tension

While more studies are required to confirm these potential health advantages, coriander consumption as part of a balanced diet is generally regarded as safe.

From soups and stews to curries and salads, a variety of dishes can benefit from the addition of coriander. It can also be added to juices and smoothies or used as a garnish. The leaves and stems of fresh coriander can be chopped and added to your dish. Another option is to use whole or ground dried coriander seeds. Additionally, coriander supplements are offered.

Side Effects & Safety

When taken orally in doses that are typically found in foods, coriander is LIKELY SAFE. When taken orally as a medication in prescribed doses, coriander is POSSIBLY SAFE. Coriander can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Itching, tongue, lip, and throat swelling, as well as wheezing, are possible symptoms. It is unknown if those who have allergies to other members of the Apiaceae family, such as carrots, celery, or fennel, are more likely to experience this.

There are numerous traditional Indian dishes that use coriander leaves. Additionally, they can be used to create a tea that has a variety of potential health advantages. Follow the directions on the supplement's packaging when taking it, and consult your doctor if you have any questions.


In scientific studies, the following doses have been investigated:


Eat 1-3 grams of coriander seeds every day to lower cholesterol.

2 grams of coriander seeds, two times daily with meals, for diabetes. One gram of coriander seeds were consumed in a different study three times daily with meals.

500 mg of coriander leaf oil taken twice daily after meals for four weeks has been used to treat digestive issues like indigestion, bloating, and flatulence. Other research, however, indicates that symptoms are not lessened by taking 2 grams of coriander powder twice or three times per day for 8 weeks.

A specific product (CBF) containing equal amounts of coriander, fennel, and anise oil has been used to treat high blood pressure for four weeks at a dose of 20 drops three times per day.

500 mg of coriander leaf oil taken twice daily after meals for four weeks has been used to treat osteoarthritis.

A specific product (CBF) containing equal parts of coriander, fennel, and anise oil has been applied to the skin three times per day for eight weeks to treat skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

Two grams of coriander powder taken twice or three times per day for eight weeks does not alleviate symptoms of flatulence.

Special Precautions & Warnings

There isn't enough information on the use of coriander during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Avoid use to be on the safe side.

Allergy to plants in the carrot family: There is some worry that people who are allergic to coriander could also be allergic to birch pollen or plants in the carrot family, like celery, dill, or fennel.

Asthma: Coriander should not be consumed by those who have asthma. Asthma symptoms may worsen when consuming coriander.

High blood pressure: There is some worry that coriander taken in large doses may result in high blood pressure.

During surgery, coriander may prevent blood clots. This could raise the possibility of bleeding and bruising both during and after surgery. Before any scheduled surgery, stop taking coriander at least two weeks in advance.


Generally Speaking With this combination, use caution.

Blood clotting may be slowed by coriander. Coriander may increase the likelihood of bleeding and bruising when combined with drugs that also slow clotting.

Captopril (Capoten), enalapril (Vasotec), lisinopril (Prinivil, Zestril), ramipril (Altace), and other drugs are used to treat high blood pressure.