How to Eat a Apricot Kernel

Updated March 16, 2017

Apricot kernels are a natural dietary supplement containing laetrile. Laetrile, or vitamin B-17, was removed from the market in the United States in the 1970s by the Food and Drug Administration. In fact, the FDA considered this vitamin to be so toxic, that physicians are banned from using it for cancer treatment. According to Dr. Janet Star, nutritionist and alternative health physician, "According to research from years ago, provided by nutritionists and medical scientists, vitamin B17 is a natural cyanide-containing compound that gives up its cyanide content only in the presence of a particular enzyme group called beta glucosidase or glucuronidase. Miraculously, this enzyme group is found almost exclusively in cancer cells. If found elsewhere in the body, it is accompanied by greater quantities of another enzyme, rhodanese, which has the ability to disable the cyanide and convert it into completely harmless substances. Cancer tissues do not have this protecting enzyme." In other words, Star says B17 has the ability to identify and kill cancer cells and only cancer cells because of an enzyme they secrete. While not obtainable in supplemental form in the United States, apricot kernels can be prepared and eaten.

Remove and discard the seed shell from the outside of the kernels.

Place the kernels in a grinder and grind until a consistency similar to ground almonds is achieved.

Measure 1 1/2 teaspoons of the ground kernel and place in 236ml. of apple juice. Apricot kernels have a naturally bitter flavour. The apple juice counteracts the bitter taste.

Begin the regime with one serving per day. After two weeks of consistent use, increase the dosage to two servings, one in the morning and one in the evening. If symptoms such as nausea begin to develop, reduce the amount of kernel taken until symptoms subside and slowly introduce additional amounts.

If using this treatment for cancer, the dosage should be increased until it is taken once every waking hour.

Drink plenty of water when eating apricot kernels to aid the body in flushing any cells and tissue that the B17 is affecting.

Things You'll Need

  • 10-12 South African apricot kernels
  • Grinder
  • Apple juice
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Ann White is a freelance journalist with prior experience as a Corporate and Business Attorney and Family Law Mediator. She has written for multiple university newspapers and has published over 300 articles for publishers such as EHow and Garden Guides. White earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature.