Vitamin B17s Effect on Cancer
And it is extracted mainly from apricot kernels or their seeds. On consumption, this breaks down by intestinal enzymes to produce cyanide. It is a known poison. It was used extensively in Europe and the US as an alternative to cancer therapy.
The promoters believed and claimed that the cyanide thus released could kill the cancer cells selectively. But the normal cells were left unharmed. It called for research, and it experimented on animals in the lab. When animals that had cancer cells implanted in them; were fed with amygdalin, the growth of tumor cells was not found to slow down; nor were the cells destroyed. Also, studies on cancer patients showed that amygdalin did not benefit them. But, in contrast, they did develop cyanide toxicity. Hence, medical practitioners do not recommend the use of amygdalin or the consumption of apricot kernels as a cancer therapy. And the practice of using these as a treatment for cancer has long been stopped.
Yes, there is a renewed interest in this now due to the discovery of its anti-cancer mechanisms in some recent animal studies in the labs. Amygdalin did inhibit the tumor-promoting effect of the virus under study. It also has been shown to downregulate cell cycle-related genes in colon cancer in human beings. The drug was found to inhibit the growth and proliferation of bladder cancer cell lines by decreasing the cell cycle regulatory proteins. It was found to induce growth regulating protein follistatin expression in hepatocarcinoma cells in humans.
But using it in its current form is not advisable. There is a need for more study on its safety and effectiveness. Until then, it is prudent to retain the status quo on this.
Lab Studies Vs Clinical Evidence
Laboratory studies and experiments have found that amygdalin has anti-cancer properties. But there is no clinical evidence to support this claim. In many cancer patients, amygdalin has been linked to cyanide poisoning. Hence there is a need to show precaution and not use it in the oral form or as an injectable without medical guidance.
How It Works
And how does it kill cancer, or what the idea behind it is? It is the amount of cyanide inside. Cyanide, as we know, is a toxic material if it is, for example, accumulated in the body for a very long time; or at very high dosages. But this is where the therapeutic dose, and the toxic dose, come in. This cyanide can kill cancer. The secondary effect of b17 on the body is more anti- inflammatory, as well as a painkiller or pain reliever. It can be used in many ways, but the effect against cancer is always dependent on the cyanide inside. And cyanide can sound a little bit scary; you know when people hear the word cyanide. But I think that people do not realize that there's cyanide in macadamia nuts, bamboo shoots, and cassava, and in many of the foods that we consume.
And in very, very minor doses, it can be a very good thing for our body. Definitely, yes. So, vitamin b17 here is where we administer it more as an IV infusion. And it is also that the dose is calculated according to the body weight. We do not exceed the therapeutic dose, and we do not give a dose that does not affect cancer. The average dose is between 9 grams up to 15 grams of b17 or amygdalin as an IV form. The oral form can also orally cause side effects, and cyanide can be absorbed in an oral form very easily. So usually, we give around 1000 to 2000 milligrams daily.
So, there is a range difference. This is more, b17 is the opposite of vitamin c. Vitamin c is given in a low dose, in grams in oral form, but b17 is given in milligrams in the oral form. That is what we do.
The other thing is always that people take the apricot kernels, the amount of cyanide in each apricot kernel, we don’t know. Some patients might exceed or go extreme with it. And it depends on how it's been dried; where the apricot kernel has been grown; there are a lot of variabilities. Exactly, I would say, always with b17, also with the apricot that they always have asked a practitioner on this.
How much should they take in order not to be extreme or take a very high amount and then they can get side effects of it and not that they are taking too long; it's not effective. And never combine, for example, the administration of b17 or the oral b17 with their apricot kernels.
Because this might have an overdose, and then we might have side effects from that. This is a very good point there that I feel that if you know any patients taking any natural medicine, you must understand that it still could have side effects if not taken at the current dosage, so it is very important to consult a healthcare practitioner to be taking the right dosage. Thank you.
There are various kinds of side effects of amygdalin intake
Redness and inflammation of the skin.
Cyanide toxicity from prolonged use and high dosage of amygdalin can cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches, bluish skin coloration, mental confusion, reduced oxygen supply to tissues, drooping eyelids, nerve dysfunction, low blood pressure, coma, or death.
FDA does not recommend its use for cancer treatment in any form, oral or injectable.
Anyone who uses this drug should do it at their own risk.