Originally on GIM1 someone posted a short comment on Vitamin B-17 that got me into researching it, and I watched the film above. I decided to buy some apricot kernels and try them. I've been doing it for a couple weeks, and I have to say they aren't dangerous at all. They taste/look like almonds, with a faint bitter taste, and I'm still alive.
The following film is fairly old, but frames the argument for B-17 quite accurately. Watch it outside of GIM2 here.
Thought we could talk about Vitamin B-17, also known as Amygdalin. The chemical compound contains cyanide in it that supposedly breaks down when it comes into contact with enzymes in cancer cells, thus killing the cancer cell.
The claim is that Vitamin B-17 is as safe as any other vitamin, and is the best way to prevent cancer if taken regularly. The typical human diet which was originally based off hunters/gathers had a diet rich in fruit seeds which typically have high concentrations of Vitamin B-17 (apricot kernels, apple seeds, cherry kernels, peach kernels, and so forth.) Unfortunately our foods today are processed with tons of sugar and salt we seem to not be able to get enough of. With the human diet shifting from eating bitter foods (natural) to sweet/salty foods (unnatural), deficiencies that aren't properly addressed are emerging that our bodies haven't evolved for. In the past we might eat an apricot's flesh, and then crack the seed to eat the kernel for extra nourishment, where today we'll just consume the flesh, forgetting about the seed.
There's pages of discussion that I can add to this subject, but I'd like to hear your opinions. Is it just another old folks legend with no merit, or is this the real deal?