Apricots are a popular and delicious fruit but many people don’t realize that the apricot seeds inside apricots are also a great source of nutrients and surprisingly useful in a number of ways. Some of the proven health benefits of apricot seeds include boosting digestive health, improving growth and repair, balancing cholesterol levels, increasing energy, protecting the skin, anti-cancer, strengthening the heart, supporting the immune system and soothing respiratory distress.
Apricot seeds are found at the center of the apricot fruit, which is scientifically known as Prunus armeniaca and is considered a stone fruit. When you eat an apricot, you will eventually reach the pit at the center of the fruit, and the seed (or kernel) is found within the shell of that pit. These seeds are the subject of some debate, as they contain a number of unique compounds, some of which have powerful effects on human health. Most notably, apricot seeds contain vitamin B17 – more commonly known as amygdalin or laetrile – which studies have shown can have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Apricot seeds contain high levels of amygdalin (vitamin B17) as well as significant levels of vitamin E, pangamic acid (vitamin B15), as well as small amounts of fat and no cholesterol.
What is B17?
B17, also known as amygdalin, is a substance found naturally in over 1200 different foods including the seeds of many fruits (such as apricots, plums, cherries, oranges, nectarines, apples, and peaches) and many kinds of raw nuts. Our natural B17 supplement is extracted from apricot seeds.
Vitamin B-17 was the name given to the purified form of this molecule by biochemist Ernst T Krebs in 1952. The synthetic form of B17 is called “laetrile” and while it is chemically similar to B17, they are two different compounds.
Why is B17 Important?
A balanced diet is essential to a healthy life, and few of us consume enough vitamins and minerals from the foods we eat. B17 contains powerful immunity-boosting properties to strengthen your body’s natural defenses.
Immune System Support
Apricot seeds help in maintaining proper pH balance