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, and hence apricot seed, also helps to lower high blood pressure
Helps to reduce pain associated with arthritis.
Help to maintain the general health and well-being. Hence, it will strengthen the ability to resist infections like colds and flu.
Controversy in its claim to cure cancer
Dr. Ernts T. Krebs, an American biochemist, had advanced the theory that cancer is not caused by any particular virus or bacteria, but a deficiency in essential nutrients. He concluded that Vitamin B17, commonly known as Amygdalin or Laetrile, could prevent cancer. This was back in 1952.
His finding, however, was not accepted by cancer researchers and dubbed as quackery
Cyanide in B17
Another issue with vitamin B17 is its content of one part cyanide, one part benzaldehyde and two parts glucose. Critics of B17 warned the danger of eating apricot seeds (which has the highest content of B17 or laetrile) and even suggested that it can be fatal. This is largely due to its cyanide content.
Will eating apricot seed or kernel be fatal?
An apricot seed contains just about half mg of cyanide (Holzbecker, Moss & Ellenberger 1984). Based on a report by the Committee on Toxicity (2006), dosage of between 0.5 - 3.5 mg per kg of body weight can be fatal. Hence, a man weighing 175 lb. has to consume 40mg to 280 mg that is equivalent to about 80-560 apricot seeds, per day, for it to be fatal.
It is claimed that about five milligram of cyanide is considered sufficient to prevent cancer. This is equivalent to eating 10 apricot seeds per day. It is also claimed that to combat existing cancer, you will need to consume 50 apricot seeds.
This is all below the danger zone.
Except for the reported death of two Turkish children after eating apricot seeds (in 1957 & 1962. However, the amount was not documented), there has been no other reported death due to cyanide poisoning (from eating apricot seeds).
As a comparison, gm. per gm. Aspirin is more toxic than laetrile. However, it is always best to take apricot seed in smaller amount initially and consult a doctor that practices natural medicine for any further guidance. This will give the full health benefits of apricot seed.
Will it cure my cancer if I am already in Stage four and above?
Due to the low dosage of B17 in apricot seed, it will not have any major effect on cancer that has reached a serious stage four and above.
Buying Apricot Seeds or Kernels
To get the best health benefits of apricot seed, be sure to buy only RAW apricot seed as others will have the beneficial enzyme destroyed in the preparation process.
Eating Apricot Seeds
Apricot seed is bitter in taste and may not be easy for many people. It has to be chewed until it liquefies. When I first started taking apricot seed, I had a bit of honey together with the seed as I chewed them. Now, I take them direct as I had gotten used to the bitter taste.
*mungkin ada sahabat2 yang dah tahu khasiat apricot seed,tp saya masih nk kongsikan dan jadikan rujukan saya pada masa akan datang dan juga untuk kawan2.
*saya selalu makan biji apricot sebab saya suka rasa biji apricot ni.....bila sekali gigit tak rasa terus pahit dia,dia akan rasa sikit2 dan terus pahit satu mulut. Yang saya perasan,kalau biji apricot yang kecil rasa pahit dia lagi kuat compare kalau makan yang besar sikit. Walaupun pahit,rasa berlemak dan kekacangan dia memang tidak di nafikan kadang macam boleh addicted untuk makan lagi...sedap. :D