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Apricot Seeds (Vitamin B17) for Cancer

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Below, Earth Clinic readers explain how they used Apricot Seeds, or Vitamin B17, to treat cancer.

Please let us know if you tried this remedy and if it helped you!

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Posted by James Lee (Malaysia) on 10/01/2021
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For Cancer:

You take 1 apricot seed for every 5 kg of your weight. If you weigh 70 kg you take 14 seeds 3 times a day - total of 42 seeds. The seeds must be raw and bitter. The more bitter, the more B17.

I take 42 seeds everyday for my bladder cancer. In my surgery (TURBT - cystoscopy) last week, there is no recurrence of the cancer.

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Posted by Peola (Houston ) on 04/12/2021
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Take apricot seeds and stop eating sugar and carbs. Cured my stomach, pancreas, gallbladder, liver, and breast cancer.

Do a sway test to see how many raw apricot seeds you should take and how frequently during the day.

Replied by Kanha
(Hong Kong)

I've diagnosed with stage 3 Oesophageal cancer, how many apricot seeds do I need to take, and how frequently?


The bag of bitter apricot seed I bought at the health store states, "Take not more than 5 seeds per day, only 2 seeds at one time."

So I'm figuring 2 seeds in the morning, 1 seed afternoon, 2 seeds in the evening. However, I found an elder man on youtube who took 15 seeds all at once. He had stage 4 cancer.

Stage IV Colon Cancer Disappears Using Apricot Kernels (Youtube Interview) Investigative Reporter Greg Ciola interviews Rev. Bob Celeste about his use of Apricot kernels to overcome stage IV colon cancer. Bob was 70 years old and told by doctors at VA he had stage 4 colon cancer. He ate 15 apricot kernels 3x a day for 3 months. He nolong has colon cancer.

Video source:

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Posted by Little Silver (Evansville, Indiana) on 04/17/2014

Can I use a juicer and juice apples and apricot seeds and still get the benefits of the B-17? And or should I still eat the pulp of the apricot seed also?

Regards, Little Silver

Replied by Andrea C

Break the seed open and eat the pulp. Love Andrea C xxxx

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Posted by Bee (New York) on 03/24/2014

Hello, I have been reading conflicting reports and watching utube videos on Apricot seeds.. some info says its poison and others are taking them to cure their problems.. So what is it??

Replied by Tony
(Tn, Usa)

Hello Bee from New York:

You're probably referring to the cyanide content when ingesting the wrong or too much B17 content.

You need to get the bitter/raw apricot kernels. I personally use the Apricot Power brand myself. I'm only using them as maintenance & NOT as a cancer treatment.

The general rule is 1 apricot kernel per 10 pounds of body weight. For instance, I weigh 160 pounds so I take 16 kernels per day. If treating cancer, the dosage is much higher. As much as 30-35+ kernels daily for cancer sufferers.

You can also mix/add taking apricot kernel extract in capsule/tablet form as well. Doing it this way would of course decrease the amount of kernels needed daily. Some say the apricot kernels taken alone cures cancer. Others say it takes a more aggressive approach with other support nutrients/supplements like Vit C and B15(Pangamic Acid), AHCC(mushroom extract), etc. The Apricot Power brand kernels I take are very bitter. They're supposed to be that way though. This shows the laetrile content is there.

I compare the taste to Novacane used for numbing in the dental industry. I always chew mine up really well and hold under the tongue for a minute or two before swallowing. Here's a link with further details:

(Tx, Usa)
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I thank you, Tony, for your most informed and welcomed post.

Replied by Jane
(Connecticut, US)

Go to youtube and watch the documentary called " A World Without Cancer" It will explain the process to you. All fruit seeds contain a naturally occurring cyanide, but the cyanide is released only under certain circumstances. It's incredible how efficient our creator designed this planet and it's inhabitants to function dependently on one another. When you stray from the natural origin of your being, that's when trouble ensues. Such as GMO foods, toxins, man made chemicals. These things are not designed to function within the ecological system that was created. People need to wake up and think logically.

Replied by Louise H
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It's surprising that there is so much controversy about apricot seeds. When I was a little girl growing up on my grandparent's farm, we couldn't wait until the apricots were ripe so we could eat the nuts (seeds?) We would put them on the concrete steps and hammer them open to get to the succulent sweet nuts inside. They tasted like almonds. I'm sure that the reason they are bitter now is because of all the pesticides that farmers use. We always ate all we wanted. There was never any worry about eating too many. My grandmother would even add them to her jars of canned apricots and other fruits. When I started eating them I was about 4 years old.

Replied by Hisjewel
(America, New York)

You may find this information on Apricot Seeds, B17 Very helpful.

Replied by Mary Martinez
(Arcadia, Ca)

Apricot Kernels: Are they or are they not good for you? I just read this article on yahoo news and it really bothers me how much natural things are supposed to be bad for you:

Australian man with cancer takes cyanide in 'herbal pills' for 5 years

Yahoo7 4 hours ago

A 67-year-old man in Australia took 3.9g cyanide every day for five years in a mixture of shop-bought and home-made apricot kernel supplements.

The man had previously had prostate cancer that was in remission. He had been taking two pills of a commercial supplement and two teaspoonfuls of a homemade apricot kernel extract known as 'ake' to prevent recurrence of the cancer, as reported in a rare case in the BMJ....

Here is the full article:

Replied by Zilverb
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It would appear that the FDA police have posted this information to throw people off track. They don't like to lose money.

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Posted by Tony (Tn, Usa) on 03/05/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Apricot Seeds for Cancer

If you buy the brand name Apricot Power from either Amazon or their own website these are softer kernels and can be eaten rather easily instead of being ground up. I say this unless you have a mouth/teeth problem that makes it harder for you to chew. These are also non-GMO kernels as well.

God Bless and good health to you!

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Posted by Kevin From Oak (Oakland, Ca) on 07/10/2012
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You can find apricot seeds at most Chinese herbal store or supermarket for very cheap.

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Posted by Rogerscottq (Portland, Oregon) on 07/08/2012
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Based on more than 30 years of research on this topic I feel confident in asserting the role of 'B-17' or hydrocyanic acid (HCN) is directly related to the digestive enzymes in the system as well as in the gut.

At best, we believe, HCN (B-17), will act like a cytostatic or slowing down the aerobic phase of a cancer cell system. However, the anaerobic phase will then ensue, and the system has already reduced any benzaldehyde present from the whole nitriloside into benzoic acid. However, in the cancer tumor system limb or zone of greatest activity HCN will not be readily detoxified into thiocyanate, but will act as an enzyme reactivator for those hydrolases that digest cancer cells (trophoblasts). The primary protease inhibitor of the cancer system is hCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin).

HCN has long been known to act upon some serine enzymes as an activator and accelerator. In fact even the detoxified or transulferased form: thiocyanate can act as an accelerator and reactivator though not to the same degree as free HCN. Most often cancer patients die not to the incursions of the cancer cells so much as the effect of hCG on the digestive enzymes in the blood stream and eventually in the pancreas so that these enzymes being deactivated vastly impact both immunity and nutrition. The patient dies of pneumonia for example or 'cachexia' or starvation.

This is why it is so important for cancer sufferers to have lots of raw, red meat or other protein predigested or a supply of complete amino acids (not soya) or supplemental enzymes. This amounts to 'tenderizing meats' or supplying something akin to mother's milk. Then the system can synthesize the missing or inhibited enzymes. B-17 works as a CO-ENZYME. If the enzymes are insufficient to the work before them, HCN or B-17 has nothing to work on.

And as we believe: it is not a stand-alone 'chemotherapy'. It is not terminally toxic (cytoxin) magic bullet. Look up a paper by Mendell and Blood on this and you'll see for yourself:

HCN is the simplest known vitamin. As such it works in conjunction to digestion both in the blood and the gut.


Replied by Alex
(Burlington, Ontario, Canada)
5 out of 5 stars

There are a great many cultivars of apricots being grown and each of these varieties produce different quantities of amygdalin, from sweet, like almonds, all the way up to extremely bitter comparable to bitter almonds. One should be aware of the bitterness of their chosen kernel. Many of the "bitter" kernels being sold are really not very bitter at all. They contain very little amygdalin, and certainly not in therapeutic values. The bitter the better, as they say. Consumption should be varied accordingly.

I talk more about this on my own blog at

Apricot kernels (the inherent cyanide) may also induce the process of autophagy, which is the cell repair/recycling mechanism the body otherwise activates during periods of fasting. The two in combination have the potential to be very effective indeed.

We import our apricot kernels from Australia. There is an exceptional variety available there with roughly 50,000 mg of amygdalin per kilo. Be mindful of the less bitter varieties, as they're also being sold as "bitter apricot kernels", and those imported from countries such as India, Turkey and Pakistan. Many vendors are quite happy for you to believe you're purchasing a quality, local product, or they'll market their Indian or Pakistani kernels as "Hunza" or "Hunza region" in an attempt to give them credit. To put amygdalin quantities into perspective, the more bitter varieties available in North America contain approximately 15,000 mg per kilo. If you're using them for anything more than prevention, get yourself a truly bitter specimen.

Replied by Steve
(London, Uk)
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I feel there is a lot of inaccuracies on above post.

Apricot kernels can indeed kill cancer cells but it cannot be any kind you will need the ‘bitter” and not the sweet variety. Best ones are the Hunza which are grown in Himalayas. “Google Hunza shangrila”

Every fruit seeds/kernels are cynagenic which is indeed cynide, but this is in very small amounts, and this is what kills cancer microbes and the reason why there is a myth re cynide poisoning. And reason why they were/are forbidden in some countries.

Google "Jason vale sent to prison for selling apricot seeds”

(East End of London UK)

I had a dream last night and it was not the first to come true. I dream Jason Vale had passed away. It might have been brought on by my buying 3 lots of Apricot kernels who the sellers all stated was bitter, when in fact I doubt they were. I am about to start a protocol including Apricot kernels, however, I remembered my dream and decided to check up. It seems Jason Vale at only 51 years of age has died, from Cancer! Now he has been taking them for years, and now it has really put me off from taking them. I actually feel sad about it really, because he was so young. But maybe the apricot kernels kept him alive a lot longer than he would have lived, but it has still given me serious cause for concern, and don't think I will take them now. Jason passed away in July I think of this year 2021.

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I would never rely on one method when dealing with something as virulent as cancer, take your b17, budwig protocol, fenbendazole, avoid sugars and minimise red meat.

Update for fenben budwig proto, I know my husband had surgery for his cancer too but specialist appt last week said not a trace. After surgery I was only doing one budwig meal mixed with fenben per day 🌞

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Posted by Ronda (Platte Center, NE) on 10/15/2008
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Our 21 year old daughter was diagnosed 2 1/2 weeks ago with cervical cancer. The same day we put her on 15 crushed apricot seeds in applesauce, along with 3 tsp of ACV in organic pomegranate juice.

She did this everyday-had a follow up at the Dr. this week they performed a microscopic some sorta test scraped the cervix and took samples. The Dr. called with the tests today---NEGATIVE---he said the cervix looked fantastic

Was it because of the apricots & ACV??? I sure hope so--by the way, she also only ate organic food-no red meat, sugar or white flour.

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Posted by Bret (Phoenix, AZ) on 07/16/2008
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I researched laetril back in 2002-2003, or was it, 2001-2002.

B-17 as it is now referred to, is a compound that when metabolized inside of mamalian cells, breaks down into hydrogen cyanide. Now, cancer cells have no metabolic way to deal with this compound and thusly, it is selectively toxic to cancer. Our cells can metabolize hydrogen cyanide but only up to a certain point.

By this description, B-17, has many characteristics of some chemotherapy agents, which are selectively toxic. The trick is, how much can you titrate the dose upwards until you get maximum effect without causing side affects and toxicity.

The way b-17 works, higher doses are more lethal to cancer.

So, dosing is not that scientific, as laetrile or b-17 does not fall under FDA scrutiny and the promoters of such have indeed brought lawyers and data to the court room so that laetril is not illegal.

What I do know for certain about laetril is this:

1)It can become toxic at higher doses, but its effectiveness is also dose dependant.

2)It will increase the permiability of cancer cell membranes, (Brewer,) and improve other therapies.

3)It does not have very accurate dosing parameters as there is no FDA requirements of pharmaceutical type testing and titrating.

4)It should not be used as only therapy for cancer.

5)Is a good preventative in low to moderate dosing.


Cancer can become resistant to laetril, so I look at b-17 as an adjunct to other chemo/alternative therapies.

Laetril can be given with alkaline, vitamin c, and oxygen therapies.

Should you take laetril?

Well, when looking at clinical trials of other substances, like cesium chloride, the percentage of response for cancer cases is higher in other therapies. This doesn't mean that b-17 should be ignored. The single biggest promoter of cesium chloride, which had great response in trials, also recommends b-17 as additional adjunct to the same cesium chloride therapy.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
510 posts

Laetrile is derived from apricot seeds, does have some cyanide in them, but so does apple seeds and peach seeds. Many other plants also contain cyanide, but usually always in small amounts. You don't hear as much about it now as you did 20 - 30 years ago, but some people are still obtaining it from underground sources. As to whether you should take it, my opinion is that God's wisdom far exceeds the big pharmaceuticals, and it is probably safer to take it, Essiac tea, Hoxsey's formula, Jason Winter's tea, oleander,or myriads of other herbal preparations than it is to take antibiotics or chemotherapy.

Classic example is that the pharmaceutical companies have been scouring herbal treatments all over this planet for the last 40 - 50 years, and probably much longer than that. If you want to check this out, just feed in poke weed (southern poke salad) and look up some of the studies that have been done on this weed. How did they know what weeds to study? By collecting folk medicine remedies (for instance the heart medicine digitalis came from the foxglove weed a home remedy plant for heart problems, and many other medications came from weeds - podophyllin for genital and chemodrug E-topocide both come from the mayapple, another chemodrug Vincristine comes from the pink periwinkle plant. The problem is that the pharmaceutical companies cannot patent the natural plant so they work on isolating the one chemical in that plant that has the effect they want, then make a synthetic version of it that they can patent and make a fortune on. Unfortunately, this removes all the failsafe chemicals in that plant, that God in his wisdom put there, which leaves a very toxic product. I have never seen it in print, but I'd be willing to bet that Viox (the arthritis drug that caused so many to have strokes and heart attacks) was an isolate from pokeweed or its poke berries. I, and most of the people I know, were raised to believe that poke berries are poison. I have been taking poke berries for 40 plus years and have gotten a lot of others taking them also, without adverse effects, because we are taking the whole berries with the built in failsafes. I also suspect that several of the later hypertensive medications came from our lowly poke weed.

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Posted by Peyote (Richland, MO) on 12/24/2006
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For preventative measure, I take 100mg.daily of B-17 Amygdalin Laetrile in tablet form. For a good source:

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Posted by Steve (Virginia)
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This is one of the best actual cures for cancer. When you go into the store you see many vitamins.You don't see vitamin b-17 now do you?

That's because the FDA took control over it-funny how that's the only vitamin (so far) that they control. Organic apples have vitamin b-17 in the skin,but if they're not organic they don't since the chemicals non-organic farmers use kill it. But,there is hope!!! Buy apricots from any store, rinse them off well and eat them. Don't throw away the hard shell that is in the core of the apricot. Smash the hard shell open with a hammer.

Put it in a bag so it doesn't go flying everywhere,or use whatever you can use-maybe a nut cracker. Once the hard shell is broke there is a soft seed in it. Eat it. It's bitter tasting but kills cancer.

Apple seeds also have the same thing, but apricot seeds are much higher in B-17. To prevent cancer eat 14 apricot seeds every other day, or six-seven a day.

If you have cancer, well, I'd tell you to eat 50 a day!! It works. My mom had breast cancer and now she's fine and healthy because of this! No B.S

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Posted by Steve (USA)
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Re: Using Apricot Seeds for Cancer

Well, first of all,I put my mom on a 21 day juice fast. Every working hour she would drink veggie and/or fruit juice, and green tea, along with blending apricot seeds and apple seeds in the juice. While on the juice fast for 21 days, she ate apricots and their seeds / kernels,apple seeds,brown rice,green tea,flax seeds,organic sprouts(she ate them without washing the soil off), enzymes,vitamins,and ran about 2 miles 2-3 times a week. She ate about 30-50 apricot seeds a day. After the 21 day fast,she ate no meat,drank no dairy products, still drank juice with her meals-she also went on a full body cleanse. Her meals consisted of veggies, salads, apricots and clean natural foods that would fight cancer. She didn't go on chemo, but she was put on some medication by the doctor to help her out. I believe, along with the juice fast, the b-17 in the seeds cured her cancer. Her first month she went to the doctor and like 75 % of it was gone.Then,3 weeks later, about 95% of her cancer was gone. 2 1/2 weeks later it was all gone. It took about 2 months, but her cancer cells started dying after about 3 weeks or a month. She still consumes the apricot seeds every day, and juices, and eats healthy. She only eats about 7-14 a day though, not like 30 or 50 anymore, lol. No problem. I don't mind helping others.

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Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) 383 posts
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Firstly, cancer could possibly be a vitamin B17 deficiency. The compound I first found out about in the early 1970s was called laetrile or commonly known as amydalin. Amydalin is found in apple seed and apricot seeds. The Hunzas people, where cancer is virtually unknown, consume 4-8 apricot seeds a day