Have you heard about “laetrile”? How it can potentially help heal cancer? The truth is, apricot stones have been consumed for their nutritional and healing properties for thousands of years. Laetrile is the commercial label for apricot pits (it also called - amygdalin or vitamin B17). There are some rumors about some possible dangers as well….
B17 is a strong phytonutrient that is found in apricot pits, along with many other natural foods ( est. range from 1,100 to 1,600 foods). What makes vitamin B17 so powerful is the fact that it is comprised of glucose and hydrogen cyanide. This natural form of treatment still is considered controversial to many. Some medical professionals claim B17 is poison. Cyanide is actually one of the substances that makes apricot kernels a potentially effective for cancer victims and many other symptoms.
Laetrile is not approved by the FDA but many doctors began using it “illegally” to cure cancer. G. Edward Griffin - investigative journalist, did huge analysis into the circumstances surrounding around the FDA ban of apricot kernels. He found documents buried by Sloane-Kettering Cancer Institute which proved that laetrile was “highly effective” then treating cancer.
How it works? Beta-glucosidase is the enzyme that “unlocks” cyanide and benzaldehyde in laetrile molecules. When the beta-glucosidase in a cancer cell unlocks an amygdalin molecule, a toxic synergy is created that specifically targets cancer cells and protects healthy cells. Till this day FDA still considers b17 as unapproved treatment. FDA says it is ‘illegal’ and it’s not recommended, therefore you cannot buy pure Laetrile in the USA, though you can buy Vitamin B17 a.k.a. amygdalin in supplement form or just apricot kernels.
Today apricot kernels are the easiest way to ingest amygdalin since laetrile is still banned by the FDA in the US. The good news is that these seeds are easy to obtain at health food stores or online and are also fairly inexpensive!
If you feel that apricot kernels may be something you would like to investigate further, be sure to get the facts about dosage and possible side effects. Talk to your medical practitioner about your particular situation and whether apricot pits, (or b17 therapy) is right for you.