Apricot Seed Powder
Apricot seed powder is one of nature’s highest sources of amygdalin sometimes referred to as Vitamin B-17 or Laetrile. It is contained in many of foods, but those particularly rich in Amygdalin have largely disappeared from our Western diet.
Apricot seed powder does contain cyanide, but this is also found in Vitamin B12, almonds, strawberries, wild blackberries, wild crabapples, elderberries, apple seeds, cherry seeds, nectarine seeds, peach seeds, pear seeds, plum seeds, prune seeds, bamboo, and a host of other foods we consume. The cyanide is locked into the Amygdalin, so it is chemically inert and completely harmless to normal cells. In the same way, common salt (sodium chloride) is safe to eat despite containing the poison chlorine. Amygdalin is actually less toxic than salt and sugar.
The Hunza people in Pakistan mountain region, live healthy productive lives well into their 100s are renowned for being some of the healthiest peoples in the world. Of One of their favorite foods and an important part of the Hunza people’s diet is Apricots. They are eaten fresh in the summer and dried for the winter. The kernels are removed, ground and roasted; the oil is used for cooking, dressings and as a facial lotion. Apricot Kernel oil is healthful in tightening the skin. On average, The Hunzas eat between 50 to 75 milligrams of Vitamin B17 a day but in the Western World, most wouldn’t consume this amount in a year!