The cyanide content in apple seeds, apricot seeds, cherry pits, and bitter almonds is something that causes angry reactions in most people. A little research on Google on cyanide and the aforementioned foods leads to numerous articles which sustain the cyanine dangers from these seeds.
Some people claim that the body detoxifies the cyanide- based compounds while others believe that the body gets free cyanide once it metabolizes them. The most common viewpoint is that it takes a lot of seeds or nuts to poison you.
But in this case, the truth is that the concern regarding fruit seeds and bitter almonds is based on partial data. The compound containing cyanide is amygdalin.
Many people have used apricot seed kernels to cure cancer by taking dozens on a daily basis for months. These people didn’t die from cyanide poisoning but eliminated cancer without any side effects instead.
Many will wonder how these people weren’t poisoned. Well, amygdalin has four molecules, two of which are glucose molecules, the third one is benzeldyhide, and the last one is cyanide. The last two are released by and into cancerous cells, otherwise they are passed through.
Cancerous cells attract amygdalin for their glucose content, but they are attacked when they metabolize the benzalldyhide and cyanide. Simply put, the glucose content is the sugar bait. Beta-glucosidase enzyme, which is found in cancer cells only, release toxic matter within the cancer cell. Rhodanese is an enzyme found in healthy cells and free cyanide bind to this enzyme, forming cyanates which are harmless and safely flushed out through the urine.
Unfortunately, the function of amygdalin is kept in the dark, due to the fact that B17 (laetrile), a concentrated form from apricot amygdalins, can cure cancer is taboo.
B17 (laetrile) was developed in 1952 by Dr. Ernst Krebb. It was developed by liquefying and purifying amygdalin from apricot seeds so that it could be administered into cancer patients. Initially, Dr. Krebb injected the compound himself to test its safety and later another doctor proved its effectiveness by curing a few cancer patients.
But, laetrile was banned in 1971. Then, Dr. Richardson called a journalist to publicize the benefits of laetrile from apricot seeds and the journalist found out that what led to the FDA ban was nothing but a fraud based on Sloane-Kettering Institute’s trials.
Dr. Ralph Moss, Sloane-Kettering spokesperson, decided to come clean and left Sloane-Kettering in disgust by doing so. He passed the unpublished papers proving that laetrile worker to Griffin, which to Griffin’s book A World Without Cancer.