VITAMIN B17, also known as Amygdalin is a naturally occuring anti-tumour agent, a natural chemotherapeutic agent found in over 1000 plants, especially in the seed of common fruits such as apricots, apples, plum and peaches. It is a diglucoside, which contains highly bio-accessible cyanide radical, and benzaldehyde. The cyanide radical being so highly accessible easily penetrates through the cell membrane and reaches high intracellular concentrations. It is this cyanide content of amygdalin that gave rise to all the controversies that surrounded the use of this natural supplement in time past. It has now been proven that amygdalin is completely safe and non-toxic.
Food sources of Vitamin B17
The highest concentration of Vitamin B17 to be found in nature is found in the kennels or seeds of apricots, apples, peaches, plums, pear, nectarine, cherry and prune. Nuts, such as bitter almonds, cashew and macademia. Almost all wild berries contain vitamin B17. Examples are blackberry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry and Christmas berry. Other seeds like flaxseed and Sesame seeds are good sources of amygdalin.
There is also appreciable amount of amygdalin in the following types of food; grasses such as alfalfa, milk weed, wheat grass and white dover; broad beans, lima beans, chickpeas and lentils; among the grains are oats, barley, brown rice, chia, millet, rye, wheat berries etc. Miscellaneous sources of amygdalin are bamboo shoots, surghum, fuschia plant, cassava and bitter leaf. In fact, there are some supplements discovered and developed by a Nigerian scientist from a substance known as verona amygdalina. These supplements are effective against conditions such as type 2 diabetes, and cancers of the breast and prostate.
Mode of action of Vitamin B17
As I said earlier, amygdalin, a diglucoside contains two molecules of glucose, a cyanide radical and benzaldehyde. These are all held in a molecule of amygdalin. When this molecule comes in contact with a cancer cell, it is broken by an enzyme known as beta glucosidase found only in the cancer cell. As this happens, amygdalin is broken down to the 2 molecules of glucose; one molecule of benzaldehyde and one molecule of hydrogen cyanide (HCN) is formed.
The hydrogen cyanide, thus formed, directly acts upon and destroys the cancer cell that released the enzyme. This mode of action of vitamin B17 makes it highly specific for cancer cells. HCN is not free flowing in the blood stream or tissues of the body. It has to be formed and beta glucosidase is the ONLY enzyme that mediates the reaction to form HCN. We need to note that beta glucosidase is found only in cancer cells.
In other words, where there are no cancer cells, there is no beta glucosidase and if beta glucosidase is absent you cannot have the formation of hydrogen cyanide. Normal cells are therefore not in danger of destruction by cyanide in amygdalin. The normal cells of the body have an enzyme called Rhodanese, which neutralises amygdalin and prevents it from releasing the cyanide.
Cancer cells do not have this enzyme. In the absence of Rhodanese therefore, beta glucosidase in the cancer cell acts on the vitamin B17 molecule, which releases the cyanide to destroy it. This is the wisdom of GOD. Also, as amygdalin attacks the unhealthy cancer cell, it is transformed into a silicate, much like aspirin with analgesic properties. What this means is that amygdalin has analgesic properties, which help to take care of the pain arising from the tumour.
That cancer cells are being formed in every human being on a daily basis is a well known truth. The question then is: Why does every human being not have cancer. My answer is that for some human beings, their immune systems are functioning optimally to destroy these cancer cells. Unknown to a lot of people, vitamin B17 boosts the function of the immune system by helping to destroy the cancer cells as soon as they are formed. Vitamin B17, as I have stated above, is found in a number of natural foods that we eat and it is helping to keep cancer at bay without you asking for it.
Vitamin B17 is easily the foremost supplement in the management of different kinds of cancer. According to Francisco Contreras, M.D. of Oasis of Hope Hospital, Mexico, “The hundreds of clinical studies conducted by many competent physicians around the world, including those directed by Dr Ernesto Contreras Rodriguez at the Oasis of Hope Hospital in Mexico, give us complete confidence that there is no danger (with the use of amygdalin). Together with pancreatic proteolytic enzymes, immuno-stimulants, vitamin and mineral supplements, they make up The Metabolic Therapy for the treatment of cancer.
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