Derived from the pit of a raw apricot, laetrile, also known as amygdalin or vitamin B17, is a small seed/kernel that looks like an almond and is touted as a cure for cancer. Occurring naturally in the seed of all common fruits, it is most abundant in apricot pits. One study found laetrile to be an effective option for the treatment of prostate cancer, as it is known to target cancer cells, selectively killing them.
Unfortunately, when the word spread of the promising health effects of raw apricots seeds, the FDA promptly put the word out that laetrile is worthless, and then made it virtually impossible to purchase. In most cases, the only available form of apricot seeds are sun-dried, which contain none of the active enzymes. When one of the most renowned practitioners of alternative cancer therapies in Europe, German physician Dr. Hans Nieper, heard that the United States banned laetrile, he considered it “the greatest and most depressing tragic comedy of modern medicine.”
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