Apricot seeds contain amygdalin (vitamin B17), which is believed to have anti-carcinogenic properties by some scientists.
How Does Vitamin B17 Function?
Vitamin B17 is composed of one benzaldehyde molecule, one hydrocyanide molecule, and two glucose molecules. In order to be released, the benzaldehyde and the cyanide have to come in contact with a specific enzyme called beta-glycosidase. This enzyme is present in cancer cells in abundance, 3000 times more than in normal cells.
The principle of function is simple:
Cancer cells need large amounts of energy, or glucose, to develop and grow. When you take vitamin B17, cancer cells absorb the glucose molecule from the vitamin, while the enzyme beta-glycosidase helps to release the benzaldehyde and cyanide from it, thus destroying the affected cells. Thanks to the high concentration of beta-glycosidase enzymes, vitamin B 17 is exceptionally deadly to cancer cells and at the same time completely harmless and non-toxic to healthy ones.
Benzaldehyde and cyanide are toxic elements, but in combination with the glucose molecules present in vitamin B17, they become inert and no longer have any toxic effects.
Ernst T. Krebs Jr., was an American biochemist who promoted various substances as alternative cures for cancer, including pangamic acid and amygdalin. According to him, “cancer was caused by a deficiency of Vitamin B 17 (Laetrile, Amygdaline).” (Krebs, E.T., Jr., cited by Howenstine, J., 2007)
As Dr. James Howenstine, MD (2007), explains, “no person eating a high nitriloside(Vitamin B 17) diet (Hunzas, Eskimos, Hopi Indians) or voluntarily taking a high intake of nitriloside containing foods has ever developed cancer.” He further adds that “the food with the highest quantity of Vitamin B-17(laetrile) is in the pit of apricots.”
Other seeds that contain vitamin B17:
The recommended daily dose is 5 to 7 apricot seeds for prevention.
Diseased people should consume 1-2 seeds every hour, but not more than 35 seeds a day.
The maximum dose can be determined by dividing your body weight with 3, and the result that you get is the maximum number of apricot seeds that you can consume in the course of a day.
Howenstine, J., MD. (2007, January 28). Can Cancer Be Avoided or Cured With Vitamin B-17?.Retrieved June 16, 2015 from NewsWithViews, http://www.newswithviews.com/Howenstine/james53.htm