Vitamin B17 – did you know that many experts and researchers around the world claim that Vitamin B17 has powerful anti-cancer properties? YES, and this vitamin is usually found in nuts, berries, leafy greens, sprouts, tubers, and in abundance in the pits of fruits like apricot, peach, and cherry.
You’ve never heard of Vitamin B17? Well, there are 2 main reasons for that. First, it’s illegal to sell as a supplement in North America. Amygdalin is the active compound of vitamin B17. And the second reason – its synthetic (manufactured) form is called laetrile.
Note: laetrile was used as an alternate cancer treatment until 1980 when it was banned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This compound contains cyanide, which is a known poison—that’s why the FDA made it illegal to sell as a dietary supplement.
The cyanide content of amygdalin is in the form of a cyanogenic glucoside of the nitriloside family of water-soluble sugar compounds found in plants. The experts studied this substance and found that it inhibits cancer cell growth and causes cell apoptosis (death) in kidney, breast, and prostate cancer cells. Cancer cells contain an enzyme called glucosidase at three thousand times the level in a healthy cell. When this enzyme comes into contact with a nitriloside, a chemical reaction breaks down the nitriloside into hydrogen cyanide and benzaldehyde. The cyanide kills the cell. A healthy cell doesn’t contain enough glucosidase to release the cyanide.
So, this means that this compound is only toxic only to abnormal cells, leaving the healthy ones intact. The real truth is that we all eat foods that contain amygdalin all the time, so apparently small amounts of cyanide aren’t harmful or you’d drop dead after eating a handful of blueberries. You should also know that bitter almonds are rich in amygdalin.
Apricot seeds have the highest content of B17. Apricot seeds are sold and safely eaten in other countries for their health benefits, not the least of which as a protectant from cancer. It’s easy enough to buy a bunch of apricots, break open the pits, and eat the seeds.
Note: according to the experts, too much of this nutrient can tax the liver. But, take this for example – you would have to eat 50 seeds a day every day for it to have any negative effect. And, the recommended daily dose is 5 to 7 seeds for prevention. You should consume 1 to 2 seeds every hour, but no more than 35 per day.