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Amygdalin (Vitamin B17) And Cancer

Amygdalin (Vitamin B17) And Cancer : Medicine or Poison?


is Amygdalin (Vitamin B17) And Cancer: Amygdalin also called nitriloside, purasin, and vitamin B17. It is a substance found in pits or seeds of peaches, apples, red cherries, and in big amounts in apricot kernels and bitter almonds.

Many benefits of amygdalin have been observed, and many researches have been conducted on its usefulness in the treatment of cancer in particular. Among the benefits linked to amygdalin: Enhance the health of the immune system, but without overeating:

  • -It is included in the formulation of pain relievers.

  • -It helps to produce thiocyanate compounds, which have a role in reducing and controlling high blood pressure and thus protecting against heart attacks and atherosclerosis.

  • -There is a belief that amygdalin as a role in the treatment of cancer, and this is what the researches differed about, and we will mention it later.

  Possible side effects when using amygdalin incorrectly or in large doses:

  • -Liver damage

  • -Nerves damage

  • -Constant headache and fever

  • -Trouble walking

  • -Blue skin

  • -Severe weight loss

  • -Low blood pressure

  • -A droopy upper eyelid

  • -Confusion and coma

  • -A dose of 50 t 60 apricot kernels or 50 g of amygdalin can kill you.


Amygdalin and Cancer:


The first test for a link between amygdalin and cancer treatment was in 1892. The following mechanism have been suggested:

  • -The breakdown of amygdalin in the intestine produces cyanide, which is supposed to kill cancer cells. Or it combines with enzymes found in cancer cells to destroy them.

  • -It is said that one of the causes of cancer is a lack of vitamin B17 in the body, but there is no evidence that amygdalin acts as a vitamin in the body or the body even needs it.

You should know that vitamin B17 has not been approved as a vitamin by the American Institute of Nutrition Vitamins.  
Laetrile made from amygdalin in 1950s and became a popular alternative  cancer treatment in 1960s and 1970s. it is given by mouth as a pill or by intravenous or intramuscular injection. This treatment was used mainly in Mexico and some US clinics and is sometimes given in combination with metabolic treatment (special diets, high doses of vitamins, pancreatic enzymes….).
Anyway, no controlled clinical trials of laetrile have been reported. Anecdotal reports and case reports have not shown amygdaline to be an effective treatment of cancer. However, animal and lab studies of Amygdalin have different results, some found no benefit, while others show that it has a slight effect on certain kinds of cancer cells (breast, lung, colon…), and it might help relieve pain.
       In the most studies the cancer recurred after a period of remission. Another thing you need to know that Laetrile is not approved by the U.S Food and Drug  Administration (FDA), and batches of laetrile may vary in purity and contents because it is made in Mexico and it is not regulated by the FDA. In the end , and by reviewing many previously published studies , no results were found to prove the claims that Amygdalin and apricot kernels have a role in the treatment of cancer.
      A doctor must be consulted first before considering the use of any nutritional supplement that appears Amygdalin or vitamin B17  in its components as a treatment or prevention of cancer to prevent serious complications.