What are the bitter apricot kernels good for?

Apricot kernels are not just natural food, they are often used to make apricot jam. While the apricot kernels themselves are not edible, you can add them to your food. Some people even eat them to add flavor. While a small amount of amygdalin in apricot kernels is harmless to humans, a higher level can lead to acute cyanide poisoning. This poisoning can result in loss of consciousness, seizures, cardiac arrest, and death.

Interestingly, the active ingredient in apricot kernels is amygdalin, which has a B-complex structure. It is similar to a vitamin, so it’s not necessarily bad for you. The compound is considered to be highly toxic in humans. But a few studies have suggested that it can be useful for people with dementia. If you’re looking for a natural remedy for apricots, it will help you live longer and healthier.

Apricot kernels and amygdalin

The apricot kernel is a dangerous food, as they contain amygdalin. Amygdalin is a substance derived from bitter almonds, commonly known as vitamin B17. It is not a B vitamin (because none of its components can be used as a coenzyme). It is chemically a compound of two sugar molecules, namely benzaldehyde (benzaldehyde) and cyanide (cyanide), named amygdalin; Also known as Nitrilosides as potions.

A recent study investigated the apricot kernel’s amygdalin content. The chemical is known as cyanide and is used to create an alternative cancer treatment. However, there is no scientific evidence that it can successfully treat tumors in humans or animals. Those who support the product claim that it can solve cancer by treating vitamin deficiency. Moreover, Laetrile is not an essential vitamin for good health.

Decades of clinical studies have shown that this compound has no evidence to support anti-cancer activity. Taking this “supplement” can only increase the chances of cyanide poisoning and even death. The amygdalin themselves are non-toxic, but when they are metabolized and broken down by beta-glucosidase, they produce hydrocyanic acid, which is toxic. In addition to being harmful, cyanide can cause kidney and liver damage. If you eat the kernels in large quantities, they can also kill you. For this reason, they should be avoided in any situation.

 

Source of amygdalin

Amygdalin mainly exists in apricot, almond, peach, nectarines, loquat, plum, apple, black cherry and other nuts and leaves. Amygdalin skin does not contain amygdalin. The content of bitter amygdalin in bitter almond is about 3%, 20-30 times higher than that of sweet almond. Put it in boiling water (90-100℃) and cook it for about 5 minutes. After several times, the bitterness can be removed.

 

The effects of bitter apricot kernels

Bitter apricot kernels are one of the best food sources of vitamin E, which can prevent free radical damage to muscles after fitness or muscle strain and speed up muscle recovery. Vitamin E’s antioxidant properties also help protect against sunburn, cognitive decline and memory.

One ounce of bitter apricot kernels (about 25 almonds) meets 17% of your daily value for vitamin B2. Vitamin B2 helps convert food into energy and is essential for training, competition and strength training. It is also good for skin and liver health.

The healthy fat found in bitter almonds, monounsaturated fat, helps lower levels of “bad cholesterol” (LDL), which in turn reduces the risk of heart attacks.

Apricot kernels are rich in calcium, magnesium and potassium and other minerals, which are beneficial to enhance bone health and prevent osteoporosis. A combination of vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium is beneficial in raising androgen levels in men.

 

The medical uses of amygdalin

Amygdalin can specifically inhibit hyperglycemia induced by urea, and the intensity of action is related to the concentration of amygdalin in blood. Amygdalin also has anticoagulant effect. The analgesic effect and no tolerance of amygdalin were confirmed by hot plate and acetic acid writhing in mice. There was no vertical tail reaction and allmorphine induced jumping reaction in mice after amygdalin administration. Amygdalin 15mg/ mouse, 35mg/ mouse intramuscular injection can significantly promote the proliferation of mitogen-induced spleen T lymphocytes in mice.

The staining system was observed by microscopic TV image measurement system. The data were processed by computer. The results showed that amygdalin could significantly improve the activity of cytochrome oxidase in cerebral ischemia. Amygdalin can enhance the activity of type I collagenase secreted by human renal fibroblast (KFB), inhibit the proliferation of HUMAN renal KFB and the expression of type I collagen, and promote the apoptosis of human renal KFB.

Aside from the cyanide content, there are several other benefits of consuming the kernels. They improve nerve growth in rat dopaminergic PC12 cells. In addition, they inhibit 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA)-induced neurotoxicity in rat dopaminergic NG108-15 hybridoma cells. Further, the apricot kernel’s neuroprotective properties may be related to flavonoids and antioxidants. These compounds have been linked to reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease.

According to the EFSA, normal consumption of apricot fruit does not pose a risk to health. However, in some cases, the seeds can cause harm to the body. Consequently, the seeds must be consumed with caution to avoid harmful effects. A single kernel can cause cancer, so it is important to understand how they work. They are a nutrient source of amygdalin, which is essential for a healthy immune system.

 

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