Coriander seems to have been cultivated in Greece since at least the second millennium BC. Coriander was apparently used in the making of perfumes in Ancient Greece, according to one of the Linear B tablets recovered from the town of Pylos. Hippocrates (400 BC), and Dioscorides (65 AD), both mention coriander in their texts as well.
The Chinese believed it to be an aphrodisiac, and to produce immortality.
One of the main uses cilantro is known for, and what we use it the most for over here at the Phoenix Aurelius Research Academy, is for chelation and heavy metal detoxification. Chelation agents are useful because they bind to heavy metals that are stored in the body, thereby making them dissolvable, or allowing the body to eliminate them via the urine. According to various studies, the best way to induce heavy metal detoxification is by combining cilantro with chlorella, a sea algae. When taking both cilantro and chlorella together 3 times a day for up to 3 months, studies have shown that this powerhouse combination can remove an average of 87% lead, 91% mercury, and 74% aluminum from the body in only 45 days. It is common in our modern lifestyle to have lurking heavy metals in our body, slowly causing damage over time if left untreated. My current understanding is that heavy metals are the feeding ground for parasites, and in order to eliminate parasites effectively, one must start by addressing heavy metal toxicity in the body. Regardless of your end motive, incorporating more regular use of cilantro paired with chlorella seems like a fantastic way to help keep those heavy metals in check!
Side note: If you are planning on doing some sort of chelation program, you want to make sure your magnesium levels are high, (the vast majority of people are chronically deficient) as this mineral will help promote relaxed arteries, thereby making the elimination of all those chelated toxins much easier!
Nutritionally speaking, cilantro is rich in carotenoids, quercetin, kaempferol, apigenin and rhamnetin, which translates to amazing antioxidant power. It is also one of the best herbal sources for Vitamin K, helping to deposit calcium back into the bones from the bloodstream. In fact, cilantro can provide up to 258% of your daily Vitamin K intake.
Other benefits of cilantro may include:
Cilantro provides (% of RDA/100g):
11% of Vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine)