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Dec 29, 2017 03:13AM
There is such a lot of discussion going on about bitter apricot kernels. This is what I have been able to ascertain about them from various sources of information. I thought I would add this to the thread.
There has been a lot of controversy about bitter apricot kernels for many years.
These bitter apricot kernels are what you find if you crack open the stone of a fresh apricot. The amygdalin content found in these apricot seeds varies depending on their chemical components and whether they are bitter or sweet. The small or wild apricots that are native to Northern China and the Himalayas are higher in amygdalin while the varieties that are found in the US are less potent.
These bitter apricot kernels contain amygdalin and it is this which gives them their bitter taste.
This amygdalin has also been named Laetrile and vitamin B17.
Laetrile is a patented drug name used to describe a purified form of the chemical amygdalin. Apparently it is available as a pill or an injection. There appears to be concern about the effects of Laetrile on patients, especially when taken orally, because intestinal bacteria and some commonly eaten plants contain enzymes that activate the release of cyanide. This effect appears to be lower with injections.
I have never tried this drug and I would not try it. I am not quite sure whether taking laetrile is the same as eating bitter apricot seeds. That is my own personal opinion. I ask myself have there been tests on people eating the seeds to prove that the seeds produce cyanide in the gut? Have there been tests on the Hunza people and others in Central Asia who eat them regularly?
B17, according to various articles, is not actually a vitamin. It is a glycoside. Apparently B17 does not fulfil the definition of a vitamin, as there is no disease associated with a deficiency in vitamin B17.
Apparently amygdalin is found not only in apricot seeds but also in the seeds and flesh from other non-citrus fruits, including apples, peaches, cherries, plums and prunes of up to 2 to 3%. Apricot kernels and apple seeds can hold around 500 milligrams of amygdalin per 100 gram. Amygdalin is also found in most berries that we commonly eat, 500 milligrams a serving. It is also found in some vegetables, beans and pulses.
There is much debate about whether the drug Laetrile is an effective anti-cancer treatment. There does not seem to be any agreement on this debate.
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