Cilantro (Coriandrum sativum
) is considered to be both a herb and a spice, used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. It is a bright green plant with thin, erect, finely grooved stems and compound, pinnate leaves. It produces tiny white to reddish flowers that have compound umbels with three to ten rays.
Summary of Research Conducted on Cilantro and Poultry
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|Seed Extract||Broilers||952 mg/kg in drinking water||42 days||Maximized weight gain, improved FCR||M Naeemasa et al., 2015|
|Seed Powder||Broilers||1.20%||42 days||Maximized feed intake, improved FCM||M Naeemasa et al., 2015|
|Spice||Quail||5 g/kg||42 days|| +3 FI, +1 ADG, +1 FCR||Guler et al., 2005|
|Spice||Quail||10 g/kg||42 days|| +3 FI, +5 ADG, -1 FCR||Guler et al., 2005|
|Spice||Quail||20 g/kg||42 days|| +4 FI, +8 ADG, -4 FCR||Guler et al., 2005|
|Spice||Quail||40 g/kg||42 days|| +5 FI, +4 ADG, +1 FCR||Guler et al., 2005|
|Seed Powder||Broilers||2%||42 days||Lowered total cholesterol, and had significant improvements of antibody titers against Newcastle disease, infectious bronchitis, and infectious bursal disease.||H Hosseinzadeh et al., 2014|
Cilantro contains several active phenolic acid compounds, and the main flavonoids include quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and apigenin.
Immune system improvement
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.