Are the B17 Apricot Kernels Safe to Eat?
You may have heard rumours that B17 is poisonous and dangerous, that’s why it sometimes gets a bad “press”.
Amygdalin was first extracted and named over one hundred years ago and has been listed in pharmacological dictionaries since that time as being non-toxic. However it does have a poison locked away in it – one of its constituents is cyanide. But, locked into the compound amygdalin, it is chemically inert and harmless to normal living tissue.
In the same way common salt (sodium chloride) is safe to eat and in fact is necessary to the body, but this also has locked away in it a poison – chlorine. Of course if you ate too much salt at one time you would be ill, this is true of any substance and would equally apply to apricot kernels. However, amygdalin is less toxic than salt and less toxic than sugar.
There was a recent story about an actor who consumed 14 large bottles of water during his stage show one night and had to be rushed to hospital. Even water kills in excess! Should you legislate against it by banning it? Well, that´s another question??
As we explained above – the B17 molecule, if broken a certain way can produce cyanide, but the enzyme that can do this, is virtually only found in a cancer cell. Furthermore, synthetic vitamin B-12 (also called cyano-cobalmine) “contains” cyanide in the same way that B17 does. The natural form of vitamin B12 is methyl-cobalmine, Vitamin B-12 is involved in over 300 enzymatic reactions in the healthy body, a deficiency is known to be linked to increased cancer risk. Doctors actually give injections of cyano-cobalmine and you can buy it today on your high street in B complex vitamins sold by health stores and some pharmacies. If a compound containing cyanide is so bad, what is the medical profession doing injecting it into lethargic pop stars and athletes??
Nobody in their right mind would tell you not to consume B12. So, take no heed of anyone who uses this rather tame argument for B17.
Finally, all drugs have side effects; those of Tamoxifen (pharmaceutical cancer drug) are well documented. Why would we not expect side effects if you ate too many Apricot Kernels, or too much beetroot?
If the recommendations in the “Suggestions of Use ” (at the end of this information sheet) are adhered to, there is no reason that you should suffer any side effects.
What is the best way to keep the Apricot Kernels?
You may keep the seeds indefinitely if you keep them sealed and under refrigeration. If you don’t keep them under refrigeration, the Vitamin B17 won’t deteriorate, but the unsaturated fatty acids will turn rancid spoiling the seeds after a few months. You may also wish to keep them in a tightly sealed glassed jar for further freshness.
Price List for the B17 Apricot Kernels
125 grams – (approximately 400 seeds) = £6.95
250 grams – (approximately 800 seeds) = £10.95
500 grams – (approximately 1,600 seeds) = £19.95