Apricot kernels are, like most nuts and seeds, very nutritious and sometimes controversial. Reason is that one of the nutrients they contain is called amygdalin, which is also known as vitamin B17. Amygdalin attacks cancer cells, which helps in preventing cancer.
There are a number of foods which contain amygdalin but ones that are particularly rich in amygdalin have disappeared to a large extent from our Western diet. People throughout the world who still eat a diet rich in foods containing amygdalin have been found to be largely free from cancer. One of the best and easiest ways to ensure amygdalin in your diet is with raw apricot seeds.
There are a few ways to fight cancer. One way to do this is to build up the immune system so that it is very strong. This is very important because once the immune system gets overwhelmed, this is when bad things happen and one of the bad things that happens is cancer. Another way to protect yourself is with antioxidants which fight carcinogens in the body. Antioxidents help in cellular reproduction. Amygdalin is unique in that it directly attacks cancer cells.
Amygdalin does have a poison locked away in it – one of its constituents is cyanide, and this is where the controversy lays. Before you rush to judgement, please read on as to how this actually works. The apricot seed is unique in that the cyanide is locked into the amygdalin compound, which is chemically inert and harmless to normal living tissue. Example, consider common salt (sodium chloride). But this common salt also has locked away in it a poison – chlorine. If you consumed too much salt at one time you would be become ill. The salt that everyone should be using is Himlayan salt, it actually contains nutrients. This is true of any substance, and would equally apply to apricot kernels, but realize that amygdalin is less toxic than salt and sugar.
Our bodies are creating cancer cells all the time which can be a scary though, but normally the immune system deals and defeats them. There are times, for various reasons, that the body can come under extreme or regular exposure to carcinogens, that the cancer cells multiply at such a rate they become too great for the immune system to handle. This is where amygdalin is so unique in that it works alongside the immune system and attacks the cancer cells directly. Going back to the cyanide issue, the key is an enzyme called rhodanese. Cancer cells have within them this enzyme which unlocks the poison in the amygdalin, and in this way the cancer cells are destroyed. Healthy cells do not contain rhodanese. They contain different enzyme which unlocks the amygdalin and releases nutrients and also a neutralizing agent which makes the amygdalin ineffective and therefore will not harm the healthy cell. Any poison that escapes into the bloodstream is quickly neutralized.
For those who have never eaten raw apricot seeds, there may be a requiring of the taste as they do have some slight bitterness. This is due to the amygdalin / vitamin b17 in the seed or as it is sometimes called, the apricot kernel. It’s a good idea to have a little bit of food in your stomach when consuming large amounts of apricot seeds. Another way to minimize
the chance of nausea is to eat certain fruits that contain nitrilosides which include peaches, apricots, plums, apples, nectarines, cherries and pears. These fruits will help neutralize the small traces of beta-glucosidase present in the saliva, stomach and intestines which can bring on the nausea.
For those who have had their body poisoned by chemotherapy and/or radiation, this has zapped your immune system immensely and you really need to look at getting supplements to strengthen your system back up. Juicing with carrot/spinach juice is an excellent means to naturally enhance your system. There are a few good natural products available to get you back on the road to good health and repair the compromised immune system.
There are b17 tablets that can be taken along with the apricot kernels and there is also amygdalin available in injectable form for those who are in a particular stage of cancer. The b17 tablets are derived from the apricot seed and can be used for both prevention and treatment of cancer.
You may want to consider incorporating apricot seeds/b17 into your diet. I heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The cost for treating cancer with conventional medicine is in the multi-thousands, but living cancer free is priceless.