ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Vitamin B17 Foods: Foods Rich in Vitamin B17

Updated on August 4, 2014

Vitamin B17 is also known as laetrile or amygdalin. It is derived from a glycoside found naturally in the seeds of bitter almonds and has been known to scientists for over 100 years. For over half a century, B17 has been recommended by many alternative health experts as a cancer cure.

While there is much skepticism surrounding Vitamin B17, you can find it naturally in a variety of foods you probably already have in your kitchen. This article looks at some of the most common fruits, vegetables, legumes, and grains that contain this controversial nutrient.

How does Vitamin B17 work?

According to alternative health experts, Vitamin B17 can cure existing cancerous tumors, as well as prevent further cancerous cells from developing in the body. While the exact chemical process behind B17 is unknown, it appears to strengthen the immune system and specifically target "at-risk cells" in the body.

The seeds or kernels from apricots are excellent sources of Vitamin B17.
The seeds or kernels from apricots are excellent sources of Vitamin B17. | Source

Foods Containing Vitamin B17

Apricot Seeds

The most well-known food source of B17 is the apricot seed, which is found in the centre of any conventional apricot. Apricots are grown all over the world and are a cousin of the Plum. They are reddish-yellow in color and are commonly used in many popular desserts, including pies, crumbles, and sweet tarts.

While the fruit of the apricot also contains vitamins and nutrients, it's the pit of the fruit which is purported to cure cancer. Many cancer patients simply slice open the apricot and eat the pit raw. It's also possible to find pre-packaged apricot seeds, or "kernels," at health food stores around the world.

Many delicious berries contain plenty of Vitamin B17 in their seeds.
Many delicious berries contain plenty of Vitamin B17 in their seeds. | Source

Seeds from other Fruits

While the seeds from other fruits such as grapes and raspberries are not as rich in Vitamin B17, they do contain trace amounts. Once again, it's necessary to eat the seeds of these fruits, and not just the sweet flesh, in order to ingest the B17. The oil pressed from these seeds, such as apricot kernel oil, is also a common source of Vitamin B17.

The following fruits are thought to contain small doses of Vitamin B17 in their seeds:

Macadamia nuts also contain Vitamin B17.
Macadamia nuts also contain Vitamin B17. | Source
Sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamin B17 and essential nutrients.
Sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamin B17 and essential nutrients. | Source

Shoots or Sprouts

Different types of shoots and sprouts, including bamboo and alfalfa, contain Vitamin B17. Bean sprouts are another good alternative if you don't like the taste of bamboo.

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are salty, sweet nuts that are indigenous to Australia. In addition to Vitamin B17, they contain omega-7, protein, calcium, and potassium.

Black-Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas are easily recognizable by their pale white color and small black spot. They are a popular ingredient in soups, rice dishes, and cold salads.

Yams and Sweet Potatoes

Yams and sweet potatoes are tasty, nutrient-rich alternatives to traditional boiling potatoes.


There are several different grains, including buckwheat and barley, which contain a good amount of Vitamin B17. These ingredients are easy to incorporate into breakfasts, salads, and even soups or sauces.

The Oxford dictionary defines a vitamin as follows:

Any of a group of organic compounds which are essential for normal growth and nutrition and are required in small quantities in the diet because they cannot be synthesized by the body.

According to this definition, Vitamin B17 cannot be positively identified as a vitamin.

More on the History of Vitamin B17

Vitamin B17 was first discovered in the early 19th century by the French chemist Pierre Jean Robiquet. Robiquet worked extensively on amino acids and proteins. He was responsible for identifying caffeine in 1821, purpurin (a natural dye for cloth) in 1826, and codeine in 1832. In 1830, Robiquet discovered amygdalin through his extensive work with the oil from bitter almonds, known today as a good source of Vitamin B17.

At the time of its discovery, amygdalin (now called Vitamin B17) was not known as a vitamin. That all changed in the twentieth century with Ernst T. Krebs, a well-known American biochemist. Krebs was the first to identify amygdalin as a "vitamin" and to promote it as an alternative cancer "cure." Krebs already held unconventional beliefs about the origin of cancer. According to him, cancerous cells were the result of trophoblasts, a type of specialized cell that is found in women during the first stage of pregnancy.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has deemed B15 unsafe for human consumption and prohibits the sale or importation of B15 in the US.

In addition to marketing B17, Krebs also popularized pangamic acid, called B15, which was derived from the bitter seeds of apricots. Both Krebs and his father believed that pangamic acid could be used to treat a variety of different diseases, including cancer. Like B17, pangamic acid has been repeatedly rejected by mainstream doctors as a "quack remedy." However, supporters of Krebs' research claim that anecdotal studies conducted in the Soviet Union prove B15's legitimacy.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image 

      19 months ago

      This is relieving I have a sister who is battling cancer right now and I will try to look for these foods with Vitamin B17.

      Its worth trying for I loose nothing. Unfortunately Appricots anbd Macademia nuts which are high in Vitamin B17 are not available in my country.

      Thank you for sharing

    • profile image

      Niya Sharma 

      2 years ago from trivandrum

      This is one of the exciting article I have come across recently. I also have a similar website Dinefresh

    • profile image

      javed sultan 

      2 years ago


    • oceansnsunsets profile image


      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Glad to learn more about B17. Thanks for sharing.

    • Schoolmom24 profile image


      5 years ago from Oregon

      This was very interesting. It's good to be reminded of the sources of B17...great info, thanks!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)