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Cilantro and its seed, coriander, are essential ingredients in a variety of cuisines. This leafy green herb looks similar to parsley, with a distinctive, potent aroma, thin stalks, and feathered green leaves. It's a common ingredient in salsas, chutneys, and other diced compound salads, as well as a flavoring agent, or "aromatic" in soups, stews, and sauces. Coriander seeds have a warm, almost nutty aroma, with a hint of citrus. Many Mediterranean and Indian recipes, such as curries, call for coriander. This common spice has a distinctive aroma, and also provides many of the same health benefits as cilantro leaves, in reduced amounts.

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1. Powerful Anti-Inflammatory

Certain conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis may benefit from two compounds in cilantro. Coriander contains both cineole, a terpene, and linoleic acid, a carboxylic acid. These compounds possess antirheumatic and antiarthritic properties that reduce swelling in the joints and surrounding tissues. Cilantro can reduce the severity of these conditions.

Coriander also acts as a mild diuretic, which may ease symptoms of kidney malfunction and anemia, as it helps remove excess water from the body. It can even ease cramps and bloating caused by pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS.

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