Maybe your grandmother has warned you against eating “poisonous” apple seeds. And if you have had the experience of accidentally swallowing a few, you were probably wondering if you’d soon fall to the floor, gasping for breath. On the other hand, there are many individuals who have been eating apples whole — seeds and all — for decades with no ill effects. It is said that rumor based on too little knowledge, can cause more harm than good.
The consuming of apple seeds, cherry pits, apricot seeds, or bitter almonds tends to cause almost panic attacks or angry reactions in some people. If you are wondering why, here is the answer—they contain cyanide. An if you Google cyanide alongside any of the foods mentioned above and you’ll get a plethora of articles that all support the cyanide dangers from those seeds and nuts.
Some claim that your body quickly detoxes the containing cyanide while others claim that you will get free cyanide when your body compounds metabolizes those compounds. But most of the agree in one – that it would take a lot more pits, seeds, or bitter almonds to poison you. The compound containing cyanide is amygdalin.
Don’t worry, you are highly unlikely to manage to eat enough apple seeds to poison yourself, so you can rest easy if you occasionally swallow one. As we mentioned before, apples contain a compound called amygdalin in their seeds, which is a cyanide-and-sugar based molecule. If the seed is chewed or otherwise broken, human or animal enzymes come into contact with the amygdalin and effectively cut off the sugar part of the molecule.
Nutritionally, apricot seeds are very similar to other nuts — they’re rich in healthy fats and provide some fiber and iron and there are a number of ways that apricot seeds are used in our foods today. Sweet apricot seeds are sometimes sold as snacks or for baking, and they contain very little or no amygdalin, a controversial component in the kernel. People eat apricot seeds as a snack, very much like nutrition-rich almonds. Bitter apricot seeds, on the other hand, definitely contain amygdalin, which can raise cyanide levels once consumed.
Sweet apricot kernels are known to boost immunity and fight off bodily infections, but there is also a major debate about its chemical compound amygdalin (or Laetrile, or so-called “vitamin B17”) and its efficacy as a natural cancer treatment. There has been interest in using apricot kernels to fight cancer because of this toxic chemical that fights cancer cells before it’s converted to cyanide and spread throughout the body. Some researchers believe that the cyanide would only harm the cancerous tumor, but scientific studies suggest that this isn’t always true.
The cancer cells attract the amygdalin compounds for their glucose, but are whacked when they metabolize those compounds that free the benzalldyhide and cyanide. The glucose is the sugar bait. Cancer cells contain an enzyme that is not found in healthy cells, beta-glucosidase.
The beta-glucosidase enzyme “unlocks” the amygdalin compound, releasing the deadly toxins within the cancer cell. Only cancer cells metabolize amygdalin. Healthy normal cells don’t. Most non-cancerous cells contain another enzyme, rhodanese. Free cyanide molecules are bound to sulfur molecules by rhodanese, creating harmless cyanates that are eliminated in the urine.
Apricot Seeds B17 (Laetrile) Kills Cancer Cells
Health Benefits of Apricot Seed or Kernel
- It is claimed that vitamin B17 helps in the prevention of cancer. Apricot seed has the highest percentage of B17 in any fruits and consuming this seed will help prevent cancer.
- Vitamin B17 in apricot seed helps to lower high blood pressure
- Helps to reduce pain associated with arthritis.
- Help to maintain the general health and well-being. Strengthening the ability to resist infections, colds and flu.
Vitamin B17 was the subject of great controversy over 20 years ago when some of the world’s top scientists claimed that when consumed, the components of certain raw fruit seeds make it 100% impossible to develop cancer and will kill existing cancer in most cases.
Laetrile or B17, was developed by San Francisco researcher Dr. Ernst Krebs in 1952 by liquefying and purifying amygdalin from apricot seeds so it could be injected into cancer patients. Dr. Krebb injected himself to assure laetrile’s safety, and Dr. John Richardson proved its efficacy by curing several cancer patients in San Francisco with laetrile.
Apricot seeds have the highest content of B-17 on earth. They are chewable and bitter and a necessity in our diet. Although apricot seeds are bitter, they must be integrated into our diets. The seeds may be used in combination with the Laetrile Cancer Therapy. As a preventative, Dr. Krebs asserts that 7 or more apricot seeds per day will make it impossible to develop cancer in one’s life time. One or two of the B-17 tablets (100 mg) is an acceptable supplemental dosage per day. In nearly all cases when the B-17 is taken in high doses the tumors shrink.
Now the dilemma is staying on the chemotherapy or stopping the chemo, due to the unclearness of what shrunk the cancer. Those that continue on with the chemotherapy have a relatively poor outcome. We understand that once an individual is caught in the vacuum cycle of chemotherapy, radiation and operations, it is very difficult to pull away from this higher authority (principalities, prestigious doctors and hospitals) and say “NO” to more chemotherapy.
In 1971, laetrile was banned. Dr. Richardson called on investigative journalist G. Edward Griffin to publicize the merits of laetrile or B17 derived from apricot seeds. Griffin discovered that the Sloane-Kettering Institute’s laetrile trials leading to the FDA ban were bogus.
Sloane-Kettering spokesperson Dr. Ralph Moss refused to lie about laetrile and left Sloane-Kettering in disgust. He slipped Griffin unpublicized papers scientifically proving laetrile actually worked. This led to Griffin’s book A World Without Cancer, where you can read much more about the amygdalin cancer curing story.
If not promoted as a cancer cure, apricot seeds aren’t banned. Avoid sugar while attempting to cure cancer with any method.