Health Benefits of Apricot Seeds

Apricot seeds are nutritious to our health. It contains an essential nutrient Amygdalin or Vitamin B12, which attacks cancer cells and prevents the disease. Though there are several foods that contain amygdalin, they are not commonly used in our Western diet. People in other parts of the world eat a diet rich in amygdalin and it is proved that they are free from the cancer to a large extent. Therefore, the best possible way to get amygdalin is to include raw apricot seeds in your diet.

Including amygdaline in regular diet remains to be a controversial subject, as amygdaline imprisons a poisonous constituent called cyanide. The apricot seed is however unique in nature. It too has cyanide, but it is locked into the amygdaline compound. Therefore, it does not harm the normal living tissue. You can understand this concept easily with the help of an example. You may know that the common salt has a poison (chlorine) locked up in it. Too much of salt consumption at a time would make you ill. However, salt contains some nutrients also. Therefore, it is a fact that any substance may contain poisonous constituents. Amygdaline is actually less toxic than salt and sugar.

You may be shocked to know that your body is creating cancer cells all the time. However, your natural immune system fights against those cells and defeats them. Sometimes, the body may be exposed to carcinogens. Then the cancer cells multiply rapidly, making it difficult for the immune system in the body to handle. Amygdalin works together with your immune system and hits the cancer cells directly. The cancer cells have an enzyme called rhodanese that unfastens the cyanide in the amygdalin and thereby destroys the cancer cells. The normal living tissues do not contain this enzyme, so poison in the amygdalin does not harm that healthy cell.

The apricot seeds are typically not good to taste; they have slight bitterness. The amygdalin or vitamin B12 in the seeds is responsible for that bitter taste. If you need to consume large amount of apricot seeds, you can eat them in empty stomach, so that you can avoid the chance of nausea. You can also eat some types of fruits like peaches, plums, apples, apricots, cherries and pears that would help to neutralize the effect of amygdaline and to prevent the vomiting sensation.

If you have gone through chemotherapy or radiation treatment, you need to strengthen your immune system first. Taking carrot juice or spinach juice can be beneficial in improving the immune system.

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