Caution: Apricot Seeds May Be Poisonous

by Medindia Content Team on  April 12, 2006 at 5:23 PM General Health News
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Caution: Apricot Seeds May Be Poisonous
The Government's food watchdog warned the public about the poisonous nature of the apricot seeds. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) said that the seeds if consumed in larger quantities could be fatal.

It is said that they can produce cyanide and result in death. A maximum of two bitter apricot kernels may be safely eaten in one day. Natural food retailer Julian Graves removed the seeds from shop shelves after it was found selling packs with a recommended daily dosage of up to 10 kernels. Bitter apricot kernels are thought to contain high levels of vitamin B17 (laetrile). This is considered as an immune system-booster and even as a cancer treatment. The seeds are also available in the UK via specialist websites. But Cancer Research said that this substance found in apricot pips is not an active agent in curing cancer.

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The FSA spokesman said that there have been reports from overseas of consumption of 20 to 30 kernels by adults in a short period of time being associated with very serious health effects. They could potentially be lethal in high enough doses. Julian Graves spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said the retail chain had started selling bitter apricot kernels due to high customer demand. She also advised the people to do their own research and make their own minds up before buying the product. She also said that so far there have been absolutely no trials done on this product. But the FSA will discuss this matter with the European Commission and other member states to protect the consumers.

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Hogwash! They're just as scared as all hell that it does in fact cure cancer. I take 20 kernel per day with zero side-effects. Stefan.


I have been consuming at least 10 apricot seeds (kernels) a day for a long time now, and have NEVER had any reaction! The FDA, and all cancer societies cover up what B17 really does because it is a substance made by nature and no drug company can patent it because of that, so they cannot make money from it! Cancer could possibly be prevented with B17, just as scurvy is prevented with vitamin C. Our bodies need vitamins! Wake up people, our government is killing us for money!

guest the way, the cyanide properties are not released unless a person has cancer, then cyanide is released at the cancer cell, and ONLY the cancer cell, killing it. If you do not have cancer, cyanide will not be released. READ THE BOOK "WORLD WITHOUT CANCER" by G. EDWARD GRIFFIN and educate yourselves. You will be sickened at what a is really going on! There is more money made from people with cancer, then from curing it, MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!!


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