So, what is B17? Vitamin B17, also called laetrile or amygdalin, has been shunned by the FDA and Pharmaceutical companies for decades as being “poisonous” and “dangerous to your health.” However, the exact opposite of these presumptions is true. In fact, one of the most read and well respected books ever wrote, the Bible, states:
“”I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the earth and every fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.” – Genesis 1:29
Vitamin B17 makes its presence well known in the diets of many different cultures, such as the Eskimos, the Abkasians, the Hunzas, and many others. Surprisingly, these tribes have yet to report any cases of cancer, ever. Is this just a coincidence? Not so, according to Dr. Krebs, the scientist who first discovered Vitamin B17 and its benefits some time ago. Furthermore, Dr. Krebs recommended a minimum of 100 mg of Vitamin B17 daily (approximately 7 apricot kernels) for preventative measures against cancer.
What is B17, and where can it be found? The following are a list of foods that have a generous amount of Vitamin B17 (laetrile, amygdalin) to help prevent or treat cancer:
- Fruit Seeds/Kernels- Aside from Bitter Almonds (which are now banned in the USA), there is very high concentration of Vitamin B17 in apricot, apple, cherry, nectarine, peach, pear, plum, and prune seeds/kernels. Apricot and peach seeds/kernels contain the most B17 out of all of these.
- Beans- Broad (Vicia, Faba), Burma, chickpeas, lentils (sprouted), lima, mung (sprouted), Rangoon, scarlet runner.
- Raw Nuts- Bitter Almond, macadamia, and cashews-all rich in Vitamin B17.
- Berries- Essentially all wild berries. Also, blackberry, chokeberry, Christmas berry, cranberry, elderberry, raspberry, strawberry.
- Seeds- Chia, sesame, and flax seeds have Vitamin B17.
- Grasses- Acacia, alfalfa (sprouted), aquatic, Johnson, milkweed, sudan, minus, wheat grass, white dover.
- Grains- Oat groats, brown rice, chia, barley, millet, wheat berries, buckwheat groats, flax, rye, and vetch- all are good sources of B17.
- Other Foods- Sorghum, yew tree (needles, fresh leaves), bamboo shoots, fuschia plant, wild hydrangea.
What is B17 good for anyhow?
Dr. Krebs noted in his extensive research of Vitamin B17 (laetrile, amygdalin) that adequate amounts of B17 can be introduced into your diet in two different methods. The first method is to consume the fruit in its whole form (including seeds). Eating 3 apples per day would be considered a sufficient amount of Vitamin B17 in your diet.
The second method would be to consume the equivalent of one apricot (or peach) seed/kernel per 10 lbs. of body weight. Dr. Krebs believed that this would provide more than enough Vitamin B17 (laetrile, amygdalin) for preventative measures against cancer. However, this may change according to a person’s diet and metabolism. As with anything, too much of one thing can lead to side effects that you may find unpleasant. Vitamin B17 Seeds/kernels from an apricot should not be eaten in excess of 30-35 kernels per day.
In other foods, higher concentrations of Vitamin B17 (laetrile, amygdalin) can be found in natural foods while in their raw or sprouting stage (such as bamboo shoots). These foods can even be cooked moderately (such as stir fried) so as to not destroy their B17 content.
After many decades of being neglected as harmful, even potentially dangerous substances, Vitamin B17 is slowly making its way back into the spotlight as a viable natural alternative treatment for cancer. Next time you find yourself in the market, bring this list of Vitamin B17 rich foods and begin to introduce some of these into your diet. What is B17 good for? For healthier living, and cancer prevention- it’s that easy.