Remember the candy RAZZLES?

When I was a child there was a big marketing event that got kids everywhere wondering– and debating–if Razzles was a gum or a candy.

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Well today, as a grownup, researching more and more the foods I eat, I sometimes come across food controversies, one of which is the debate over eating apricot pits to heal cancer. For the person with cancer in their body who is looking for ways to radically improve their health, and considering eating apricot pits, the question becomes this: are apricot pits a blessing or a poison?

From researching the question, here are a few things I learned that I can share with you.

Why the Issue Over Apricot Pits?

There has been a lot of controversy over the years about eating apricot pits to prevent, heal, or cure cancer, particularly because they contain amygdalin, a compound found naturally in many raw foods. You may be more familiar with the commercially prepared, concentrated version of amygdalin, in a product called Laetrile.

Amygdalin (B17

How Amygdalin Might Help Fight Cancer

The story goes that in the body, plant sources containing amygdalin release hydrogen cyanide when certain criteria are met. Now, cyanide is a known poison. Yet it is the cyanide that is believed by many researchers to be the active cancer-killing ingredient associated with amygdalin (or in Laetrile, the commercial version). When ingested, amygdalin releases small amounts of cyanide; this cyanide release is made possible in the presence of an enzyme called beta-glucosidase. It so happens that cancer cells contain more beta-glucosidase than do normal cells, so therefore, more cyanide is released to cancer cells.

The body also contains the enzyme rhodanese, which grabs up the free cyanide molecules and makes them harmless. Apparently, most cancer cells have a deficiency of this enzyme, therefore the cancer cells cannot make the cyanide harmless, and so the cyanide kills the cancer cells (I did not research whether or not some people have a deficiency of the enzyme rhodanese, but hopefully you do not if you decide to eat apricot pits, lol).

Interesting Fact About Laetrile

Laetrile is a man-made form of amygdalin that was developed by Dr. Ernst Krebs Jr. for use in cancer therapy in the 1940s. The FDA–some believe it was with the power of Big Pharma– had Laetrile banned in the USA in 1971 (I think it’s hilarious that chemo is not banned, and it is definitely a poison).

Apricot Pits, a Good Source of Amygdalin

Apricot pits are a known high source of amygdalin. You can get them at health food stores for around 10-20 bucks a bag, depending on the store and size of the bag. By the way my husband Joe started eating apricot pits to help him heal.

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You can eat too many apricot pits, so please do some research on this ingredient called amygdalin, which is found in apricot pits.

There are recommended doses of apricot seeds, please check for yourself, as I am not a doctor, but usually it is recommended on the bags of apricot pits to not wat more than 2-3 every hour and not more than 10 a day. They can be ground and put in salads and smoothies. Do your own research, but this is said to help fight cancer, especially in the digestive tract. I’m no doctor but it’s worth doing a little research on it. Then you can decide for yourself once you get all the facts.




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Here’s to your health, wellness, and brilliant lifestyle design,



P.S. Below is a reference of a few common foods sources and pits/seeds that contain low, medium, and high amounts of amm. These are only generalities. Please do your own research to find specific amounts, and to learn which foods, nuts, and seeds are safe for consumption.

Note: Nitriloside is a generic term for beta-cyanophoric glycosides, a large group of water-soluble, sugar-containing compounds found in a number of plants. Amygdalin (also called laetrile), is one of the most common nitrilosides. Source,


Low Levels (below 100 mgs. Nitriloside per 100 grams of food source):

Beet Tops

Black Beans

Black-Eyed Peas

Blackberries (domestic)



Garbanzo Beans (low to medium)

Green Peas

Kidney Beans (low to medium)

Lima Beans


Sweet Potatoes

Water Cress



Medium Levels (above 100 mgs. Nitriloside per 100 grams of food source):

Alfalfa Sprouts







Macadamia Nuts (medium to high)


Mung Beans (medium to high)


Squash Seeds


High Levels (above 500 mgs. Nitriloside per 100 grams of food source):

Apple seeds

Apricot Seeds

Blackberries (wild)

Bitter Almonds

Cherry Seeds


Nectarine Seeds

Peach Seeds

Pear Seeds

Plum Seeds

Prune Seeds

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