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Due to its high antioxidant content, oil extracted from the leaves of coriander has been shown to inhibit unwanted oxidation processes when added to other foods, delaying or preventing spoilage. coriander leaves have also been found to have an antibacterial effect against Salmonella.
Coriander has been found to suppress lead accumulation in rats, which gives promise for the use of coriander to combat lead and other heavy metal toxicity. Because of its chelation abilities, coriander is also being studied as a natural water purifier.
The antimicrobial and heavy metal chelation factors of cilantro have led to its recent use in many "detoxification" juices and drinks.