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Health Benefits of Apricot Seed or Kernel
Apricot reminds me of Jarod Kintz quote that says “I love apricots. They're so fuzzy they're furry. They're like little pets you can eat legally.” Ahh, how sweet!
These fuzzy furry little pets are actually loaded with all the nutritional benefits and earned itself the title of one of the world's healthiest food. Its high mineral content will assist people with anemia, asthma, tuberculosis, and bronchitis.
Not only is the fruit full of health benefits, the apricot seed or kernel is also equally good. Although surrounded by controversy on its claim to cure cancer, the overall benefits outweigh the underlying fear of eating the apricot seeds.
Health Benefits of Apricot Seed or Kernel
Studies on the apricot seed or kernel's properties show several health benefits, which are:
- Apricot seed has the highest percentage of Vitamin B17 (Laetrile) in any fruits and:
- B17 is known to prevent cancer - The study by the Department of Physiology at Kyung Hee University in South Korea combined Laetrile extract with cancerous human prostate cells showed a reduction in the cancerous cell.
- Lower high blood pressure - Thiocyanate helps to lower blood pressure levels and thiocyanate is present in apricot seeds.
- Vitamin B17 help increases pancreatic enzymes production. This enzyme destroys harmful properties in our the body, hence, boosting the body's immunity.
- Helps to reduce pain associated with arthritis - The apricot kernel's fiber traps acids and other toxins in the body and discharges it from the body. This detoxification process will reduce inflammation and hence, the arthritic pain.
- The detoxification process helps maintain our body's general health and well-being, and strengthen the resistance to colds and flu.
Most people eat apricot seeds not only for the general well-being but of its property to prevent cancer. Let us explore this further.
Controversy in its Claim to Cure Cancer
There are several issues on this and some of the prominent ones are:
- 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, can prevent cancer. This was back in 1952.His finding was not accepted by cancer researchers and dubbed as quackery
- Cyanide in B17 - Another issue with vitamin B17 is its content that has 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) due to these contents and suggested that it can be fatal.
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), a dosage of between 0.5 - 3.5 mg per kg of body weight can be fatal. So, 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 milligrams of cyanide are 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 need to consume 50 apricot seeds.
This is all below the danger zone.
There has been no reported death due to cyanide poisoning (related to eating apricot seeds) except for the reported death of two Turkish children after eating apricot seeds that happened in 1957 & 1962. However, the amount was not documented.
As a comparison gm. per gm, aspirin is more toxic than laetrile.
So, it is always best to take apricot seed in the smaller amount initially. Also, consult a doctor that practices natural medicine for any further guidance.
Will it Cure My Cancer if I am Already in Stage Four and Above?
Unfortunately, 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
Eating Apricot Seeds
Apricot seed is bitter in taste and has to be chewed until it liquefies. To reduce this bitter taste, I add a bit of honey with the seed. But now that I have gotten used to the taste, I take them without the honey.
It is best taken before a meal.
Why the Botanically-based Cures are not Reported in the Media
There are many botanically based cures for ailments including cancer that are not reported in the mainstream media.
Some these alternative cures are inexpensive and are practically free if you can plant them in your garden.
So why are their health benefits not reported or even suppressed by the media? In certain cases, the media will report on the danger of these alternative botanical 'medicines'.
That these inexpensive botanical and natural treatments will eat into the profits of the giant pharmaceutical companies? That no conclusive studies were done to determine its effectiveness or its side-effects.
But then the medicines sold by these pharmaceutical companies also have its side-effects.
The reason is best known to them but as a consumer, do your research and seek out forums on these alternative treatments before you start on the regime.
Do remember that most botanical-based treatments are either fruits or plants, so you are actually eating fruits or vegetables rather than taking processed chemical medicines.
Other Uses of Apricot Seed or Kernel
Apricot Seed in Cooking
The benefit of apricot seed is now available in oil form!
It is used for cooking and in the flavoring of amaretto, a traditional Italian liquor.
You can also use it as salad oil. It is an expensive oil but its many health benefits may well justify its high cost. I tried this before and used it in the salad but the label says that it can be used as massage oil and for aromatherapy. apricot seed oil
Apricot Seed Oil in Cosmetic
Apricot seed oil is rich in sterois, fatty acids, Vitamin E & A and can moisturize and nourish skin especially for dry and mature skins. It is widely used in cosmetics especially in creams, soaps, and skin lotions.
The oil is easily absorbed by the skin and will not leave an oily residue. It is therefore popular as a massage oil and as sunbathing oil.
It is also used as a base in aromatherapy blends.
Should I Try Apricot Seed or Kernel?
As mentioned earlier, the many benefits of apricot seed or kernel far outweigh the media report on the danger of cyanide in B17.
But do your own further research and decide it for yourself.
The references and additional resources links and video that I gave below can be your initial start in your research. Do come back and share your experience in the comment section below.
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References and Additional Resources on Health Benefits of Apricot Seeds or Kernels
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Please consult your appropriate health provider for any health and medical related matter or if you have a history of medical problems.