Coriandrum sativum


Other Names:

Coriander, Chinese Parsley


  • Antifungal
  • Antibacterial
  • Anticonvulsant
  • Antioxidant
Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is considered to be both a herb and a spice, used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. It contains several active phenolic acid compounds, and the main flavonoids include quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and apigenin.

In a research study conducted on broiler chicks in 2014, the results showed that the addition of cilantro powder or extract to the chick's diet resulted in improved performance indices and a positive immune system response. It also contributed to a reduction in pathogenic bacteria in the digestive tract, which aids in the improvement of intestinal health and well-being of the bird.

Poultry Specific Studies

TypePlant PartDosageSpecific useResultsRef
Broilersseed powder and extract750-1250 ppm extract in water or 1.5 to 2.5% powder in dietimmunitylowered total cholesterol while blood urea was significantly higher in birds on T4 compared to T1 and T2. Furthermore, there were no treatment effects on Lactobacillus bacteria; however, the population of E. coli was significantly higher in the ileum of chickens fed T0. Noticeable significant improvements of antibody titer against Newcastle, infectious bronchitis, and infectious bursal disease were observed in birds receiving coriander extract in water. Immunoglobulin G antibody against sheep red blood cells showed significant improvement in birds fed T3; likewise, immunoglobulin M was significantly higher in birds on T2 and T3 at 28?d of age. These results revealed that coriander extract or powder can be used as antibiotic alternative in broiler feeds.H Hoddinzadeh et al., 2014
Broilersseeds2% dietimmunityenhanced the performance and health statusR Abou-Elkhair et al., 2014
BroilersEO100-300 mg/kg dietGI healthThe results indicated that weight gain, feed intake, and feed conversion ratio significantly improved by the dietary inclusion of the coriander oil and antibiotic compared with the control treatment. Blood biochemistry parameters were not affected by dietary treatments. Birds fed the coriander oil and antibiotic diets had lower populations of Escherichia coli than control group in cecum. The dietary treatments influenced the morphology of small intestinal villi. Birds fed antibiotic and coriander essential oil presented higher villus height and crypt depth compared with those in the control treatment. Coriander essential oil supplementation significantly decreased epithelial thickness and the number of goblet cell of the small intestinal compared with the control treatment. In conclusion, coriander oil was shown to be an efficient growth promoter. The intestinal health improvement obtained with coriander oil was associated with improvements in broiler growth performance.S Ghazanfari et al., 2015
Chickensacaricidal, red mitescaused 100 % mortality on D. gallinae population 25 min after contact with a concentration of 2 and 3 mg/cm2 and after 30 min with a lower concentration of 1 mg/cm2. E Torres-Cabra et al., 2019
Chickens0.25%-0.50% dietimmunityThe results indicate that live body weight (LBW), average daily gain (ADG) and feed conversion ratio (FCR) were significantly improved in AZO 0.25% and 0.50% than the control. The weight of bursa of Fabricus was significantly higher in AZO-0.25% and AZO-0.50% than control. Total protein (TP), globulin, IgA and IgG levels were significantly increased with AZO supplemented treatments. Tibia diameter tibia breaking strength was significantly increased in AZO- 0.25% and AZO-0.50% treatment. In conclusion, the results indicated that addition of AZO at the doses of 0.25% and 0.50% in the diet had beneficial effects on growth performance, immune functions and tibia breaking strength.S Pirzado et al., 2021
Broilersseed extract1000 mg/kgantioxidantcould enhance broiler chicken growth performance, carcass characteristics, liver function, lipid profile, and antioxidant status.H Gazwi et al., 2022