The posts created within this blog are my opinions or those of other proponents of apricot kernels and their use therapeutically. Though I endeavor to write nothing that isn't factual, I am not a scientist nor am I doctor. My writings are based on many years of experience, observation and research, and the conclusions drawn are my own. I want to stress the importance of having the advice and guidance of a practiced and experienced healthcare professional. You should only take my writings into consideration in the course of arriving at your own conclusions following extensive research. Research is essential in a proactive approach to well-being. You should feel well-informed and empowered before making any decisions about your health.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Apricot Kernels - The Benefits

The benefits of apricot kernels can be numerous. Of course, a number of these benefits are anecdotal, which tends to be the case with whole, natural foods. "Evidence-based" medicine tends to look at individual compounds and constituents rather than the whole, or the synergistic mechanisms of the whole's individual parts collectively.


Though it's clear we don't fully understand the mechanisms of action, there can really be little doubt that apricot kernels have a destructive influence on various cancers. Literally thousands of people report it and continue to do so. If they weren't experiencing benefit, this entire subject would fizzle out into oblivion. Though science has yet to look at this thoroughly, the anecdotal evidence is overwhelming and we needn't be reliant upon science to give us permission to be proactive. The studies that have been done involve Laetrile and amygdalin specifically. These are, indeed, derived from apricot kernels, but biological expectations are based on whole foods and all of their components. Even though presented as such, the studies are far from conclusive. We need to look at apricot kernels in their whole form as a separate entity.

Pain Relief

Apricot kernels have a natural analgesic (pain killing) effect. This is owing to the presence of benzaldehyde, one of amygdalin's constituent parts. Benzaldehyde is scientifically acknowledged to be an effective analgesic that is relatively non-toxic and that is metabolized and excreted by the body swiftly. When we chew apricot kernels, amygdalin's constituents are liberated immediately, contrary to popular belief. This is why one can experience benefit from this natural pain killer very soon after consumption.

Blood Pressure (Lowering of)

Apricot kernels can lower blood pressure very effectively. Though this might be considered a benefit by some, this can be an issue for those who would like to use apricot kernels but already have a low blood pressure. For these individuals, it might be necessary to use something to counter this effect - perhaps licorice root or something similar. Be sure to consult a naturopath or medical practitioner.

Lung Health

Apricot kernels have been used for hundreds of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). They are typically used to treat lung conditions, such as coughing and asthma. They are considered an effective expectorant (for expelling phlegm). They are also used to promote bowel movement and intestinal health.


Apricot kernels have proven antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal properties. This is found to be especially true against Candida albicans, which has strong cancer associations - perhaps another possible mechanism of action.

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