What does coriander offer health wise? Coriander or cilantro is a fascinating herb because its intense flavour is one people either love or really dislike. It turns out there’s a really interesting reason for this curiosity.
Coriander, cilantro or dhaniya (the common name in India) has incredible health benefits for your body which include, but are not limited to: reducing and treating skin inflammation, indigestion, menstrual and blood sugar disorders.
Coriander is packed full of vitamins K, A and C. 100g of coriander can provide 388% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin K, 135% for Vitamin A and 45% for vitamin C. The recommended daily intake for vitamin K depends on age and gender. Women aged 19 years and over should consume 90 micrograms (mcg) a day, and men should have 120 mcg. Vitamin K can help the blood clot as well as help with osteoporosis.
Recent studies by the University of Carolina have shown a correlation between vitamin K and anti-aging. The studies have shown one of the major functions of vitamin K is to regulate calcium in bones and in the brain. Those with low levels of vitamin K have dysregulated calcium in their brains, one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s.
100g of coriander contains 11% of your recommended daily fibre intake, 4% protein and only 1% of your recommended calories.
100g of coriander contains 21% of your daily intake of manganese recommendations, 15% potassium and 11% copper.
The soap gene
The most common reason for controversy about coriander is the claim it tastes like soap. You may be more concerned about why people are familiar with the taste of soap! The good news is that people who think coriander tastes like soap aren’t going crazy. Scientist have discovered that these people carry the olfactory-receptor gene also called OR6A2. Carrying this gene means you’re more sensitive to the smell of aldehyde chemicals, found both in coriander and soap! Who knew?