Coriander Oil is an Interesting Antibacterial
The use of coriander oil in foods could prevent bacterial growth.
Researchers at the University of Beira Interior, Portugal, have just highlighted the antibacterial potential of coriander essential oil. A discovery that suggests the use of this oil as a food preservative.
The authors sought to evaluate the antibacterial effect of coriander essential oil. The results show that the presence of a solution containing only 1.6% coriander oil blocks or reduces the growth of many bacterial strains such as Escherichia coli, Salmonella enterica, Bacillus cereus or meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
How does coriander oil work? According to the scientists, it would damage the membrane of the bacterial cells, causing their death.
F. Silva, S. Ferreira, JA Queiroz, FC Domingues; Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) essential oil: its antibacterial activity and mode of action evaluated by flow cytometry. Journal of Medical Microbiology, published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1099 / jmm.0.034157-0.