What is Vitamin B17?

 

It is the compound, amygdalin, found abundantly in our raw food supply, most notably in the seeds of non-citrus fruits. Most commonly it is called Laetrile, the commercially prepared product of the apricot seed.

 

It is composed of two molecules of glucose (sugar), one molecule of benzaldehyde, and one molecule of hydrocyanic acid. Amygdalin is a plant compound that contains sugar and produces cyanide .Cyanide is believed to be the active cancer-killing ingredient in Laetrile. Donít worry, only cyanide gas is lethal to living things. It also may play a role in the natural ripening of fruit and as a fungicide. The only way it can be released is by an enzyme which is only found in a cancer cell. If we donít fiddle with nature it will help take care of us. We are designed to heal if given the right nutrients. Unfortunately, we have processed most the nutrients out of our foods due to convenience, looks, taste and shelf life. Nature did not make that food, man did. You canít continue to live and eat ďdeadĒ food. Live = Life and Dead = Dead.

 

Sources

It is found in the pits of many fruits and raw nuts. It is also found in other plants like lima beans, clover, sprouting seeds, in the pit of apples, cherries, peaches, orange, plums, papaya, almonds, nectarines, apricots, and bitter almonds. It is found in heavy concentration in the stone fruit kernels. B17 is also found in grains like millet and buckwheat, as well as macadamia nuts, bamboo shoots, mung beans, butter beans, and some garden peas. B17 is found a great abundance in the vegetables man used to eat in great quantities and also found in the natural fodder of animals. Due to changes in our diets we donít eat as much of these plants as our ancestors.

 

A Farmerís Story

Many farmers noticed that during the winter months their cattle developed external tumors. They were being fed dry hay and silage. When the snow would start to melt in the spring, the cattle were allowed to graze in the pastures which were covered with grass. After a few weeks of grazing on the fresh grass the farmers noticed the tumors were getting smaller and finally disappeared. As time went by the farmers started calling this condition, winter tumors. We now know that amygdalin was one of the active agents in the grasses which caused the tumors to disappear.

In nature it is one of the must potent cancer fighters. Below is a list of foods that contain amygdalin. Take your pick and be healthy!

 

100 grams = 3.5 oz. (approx.)

100mg = 1/10 gram

Fruits

Range

Nitrilosides

Blackberry, Domestic

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Blackberry, Wild

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Boysenberry

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Choke Cherry

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Wild Crabapple

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Market Cranberry

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Swedish (Lignon) Cranberry

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Currant

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Elderberry

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Gooseberry

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Huckleberry

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Loganberry

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Mulberry

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Quince

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Raspberry

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Seeds

Range

Nitrilosides

Apple Seeds

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Apricot Seeds

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Buckwheat

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Cherry seeds

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Flax Seeds

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Millet

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Nectarine Seeds

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Peach seeds

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Pear Seeds

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Plum seeds

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Prune seeds

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Squash Seeds

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Beans

Range

Nitrilosides

Black

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Black-Eyed Peas

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Fava

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Garbanzo

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Green Peas

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Kidney

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Lentils

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Lima, U.S.

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Lima, Burma

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Mung

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Shell

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Nuts (All Raw)

Range

Nitrilosides

Bitter Almond

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Cashew

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Macadamia

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Sprouts

Range

Nitrilosides

Alfalfa

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Bamboo

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Fava

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Garbanzo

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Mung

Medium

Above 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Leaves

Range

Nitrilosides

Alfalfa

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Beet Tops

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Eucalyptus

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Spinach

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Water Cress

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Tubers

Range

Nitrilosides

Cassava

High

Above 500 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams Of Food

Sweet Potato

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food

Yams

Low

Below 100 mg Nitriloside Per 100 Grams 0f Food