The Prunus armeniaca tree is a plant whose origin is quite old (before Christ) and is located in Central Asia. The fruit has an almost spherical shape, yellow or orange and is covered with a dense and soft hair. It is characterized by a groove that starts at the top to the bottom of the apricot. This fruit has several therapeutic properties. In the case of the seed, it is used in traditional Chinese medicine to cure constipation and cough. Inside the pulpy and juicy apricot flesh are the organic bitter kernels in a hard and rough shell. At first glance, the seed looks like an almond, it is long and white.
Investigations on organic bitter kernels
Currently, there is a great debate among the scientific community regarding the benefits and properties of apricot seed. One of the components of this product that is in the eye of the hurricane is the amygdalin. Amygdalin is a compound that, when decomposed, becomes cyanide. The synthetic derivative of amygdalin is a product whose registered name is laetrile, which is popularly called “vitamin B17”. Actually, there is no vitamin B17, starting because for a compound to be considered a vitamin it must be essential for life. There are studies with controversial results about the role of laetrile in the fight against cancer.
Some research says that laetrile is useful in the fight against cancer; other results indicate that there is no conclusive evidence. However, seeds provide various nutritional and therapeutic benefits if consumed in moderation. Organic bitter kernels, also called Damascus Seeds, Bitter Almonds, Chabacano, Organic bitter kernels, are the soft part that is found inside the apricot kernel, traditionally has been a source of food; formerly, especially in times of scarcity, wars and post-war, people have eaten the seeds of apricot kernels with total normality. Apricot seeds are also used to produce oil, very popular for its antioxidant and nutritive qualities in cosmetic use, especially in baby products.
And what about the popular quality Italian Amaretto! It is a liqueur made with bitter apricot seeds and almonds. According to some information, apricot seeds have been used as an alternative coadjuvant remedy in Russia since 1845. Traditional Chinese medicine recommends them in cases of high blood pressure, indigestion, respiratory diseases, and arthritis, among others.
In the 70s a great controversy arose in the United States on the use of apricot seeds as a cure for Cancer, due to its content in amygdalin, a toxic that some foods contain naturally in greater or lesser concentration, curiously it has not been raised such controversy with respect to other highly toxic “patented” treatments such as chemotherapy with intravenous infusions of substances such as platinum, taxol etc.
As Professor Edward Griffin explains in his numerous exhibitions about the benefits of amygdalin, cowboys in the American Midwest did not understand why some cattle developed cancer in the nose during the winter to surprisingly subside until they disappear during the spring, when researchers finally They decided to find out what process was occurring, they realized that with the thaw the cows had access to the first buds of grass very rich in amygdalin.
The defenders of this substance think that the development of cancer takes place among other things by the lack of the organism due to the diet, of this substance, the amygdalin, that should help the organism to keep the cancer cells at bay. It is estimated that the apricot kernel contains about 4 or 5 milligrams of amygdalin
The Hunza, a village in the Himalayan region west of Pakistan, have also unwittingly popularized apricot seeds, one of the characteristic products of their diet are apricot seeds, according to they have between 30 and 50 apricot seeds a day They also make cooking oil with apricot seeds. The Hunza do not suffer from cancer if they do not leave their village, they are also very long-lived.
Organic bitter kernels and Vitamin B17
Organic bitter kernels are rich in Vitamin B17 also called Amigdalina, Laetrile or Nitriloside, although they are not the only ones also contain the seeds of other fruits such as peaches, plums, almonds, walnuts, apple seeds, pips of grape, watermelon seeds ……
2 Types of Laetrile or Laetrile the Synthetic and the Natural
There are two types of Laetril, a patented synthetic molecule in the USA, similar in structure to Amigdalina and Laetril that is produced in Mexico from apricot seeds that are natural Amigdalina also called NeoAmigdalina.
Types of Organic bitter kernels:
Almonds or Sweet Seeds, softer flavor have less amygdalin or laetrile
Almonds or Bitter Seeds, with a bitter taste due to their amygdalin content, is the most used in certain therapies.
How many organic bitter kernels can I eat?
In principle no rule can be established for the amounts of organic bitter kernels to be taken daily as it is a natural product in which the amount of active ingredient can vary, one of the last recommendations is that take 1 seed for every 5 kilograms of weight at a time, for example, if we weigh 50 kilos the recommendation would be to take 10 seeds at a time at the most, 3 times a day. As organic bitter kernels have a bitter point, some people are able to digest more than others, it is very important to pay attention to this fact and to adhere to the digestive capacity of each individual.
Why do you feel your tongue clenched when you eat apricot seeds?
It is due to the bitter active principle of the apricot kernel, the amygdalin or laetrile, and the sensitivity of the individual; in these cases you can try to eat the apricot seeds together with a fruit.
How to know if you take too many apricot seeds?
The symptoms are the same as we feel when we have eaten too much of certain foods, nausea and feeling dizzy, in which case we must reduce the intake. If you prefer the intake in capsules, also available in the market keep the recommended dose in the container or health professional.