Does Apricot Seeds Help In Fighting Cancer?

The idea that these products can fight cancer arises because apricot kernels contain substances called amygdalin, which the body breaks down to produce hydrogen cyanide. Due to the level of certain enzymes in cancer cells, hydrogen cyanide is very toxic to these cells, according to one theory.

Other theories hold that cancer is the result of a vitamin deficiency and that amygdalin, also known as vitamin B17, can restore the body to health. But another theory claims that by damaging cancer cells, tonsillen boosts the immune system to fight cancer. Find out more about the cancer diet via

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Laetrile, a synthetic version of amygdalin, gained popularity in the 1970s as a cancer treatment when taken in conjunction with a special diet, high-dose vitamin supplements, and certain proteins, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). 

But due to a lack of clinical research, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved that Laetrile is effective against cancer, or that it can be used safely, as a treatment for cancer.

Laboratory research on laetrile has produced conflicting results. Two animal studies of Amygdalin conducted by the NCI reported no response when administered by themselves or with enzymes that activate the release of cyanide from amygdalin in the body. One study reported that amygdalin slightly slowed the growth of colon cancer cells.

Others report that the response of prostate cancer cells to insulin increases as the dose of insulin increases; Others report the same "dose response" trend in cervical cancer cells. The reverse results are obtained in research in mice that finds that amygdalin is not effective in treating, preventing or delaying the development of tumors.