B17 LAETRILLE

B17 LAETRILLE

Description Laetrile is a type of Glucoside isolated in 1950 by Dr. Ernst Krebs Jr.

Health Benefits of Laetrile

The use of Laetrile as a therapeutic agent is highly controversial however there are scientific studies examining its efficacy.

Cardiovascular System

Laetrile may lower elevated Blood Pressure levels in Hypertension patients.  [more info]

Immune System

Laetrile is claimed to be highly beneficial in the treatment of Cancer: 

Laetrile may reduce the size of tumors and prevent their further spread (metastasis).

ùùùLaetrile may reduce the pain associated with Cancer.

ùùùThe enzymes Beta-Glucosidase and Beta-Glucuronidase (which are present in high amounts in Cancer cells and in low amounts in healthy cells) release the tightly bound and unavailable toxins – Benzaldehyde and organic Cyanide – from the Laetrile molecule and allow them to act synergistically (by a factor 100) to kill Cancer cells. Another enzyme, Rhodanese, which has the ability to detoxify Cyanide, is present in normal tissues but is deficient in Cancer cells.  Cancer cells are reported to contain up to 80% less Rhodanese compared to healthy cells.  These two factors combine to cause a selective poisoning of Cancer cells by the release of Cyanide from Laetrile, leaving non-cancerous cells undamaged. The discoverer of Laetrile believes that Cancer occurs only as a result of a direct deficiency of Laetrile and those so-called carcinogens really just contribute to cancer by placing further Stress on the body that precipitates the Cancers that result from Laetrile deficiency. ùùùIndependent research has demonstrated that a Himalayan tribe known as the ‘Hunza’ do not contract Cancer for as long as they adhere to their native diet which is exceptionally high in both Apricots and Millet.  Once exposed to Western diets they become as vulnerable as other populations to Cancer.

Musculoskeletal System

It is speculated that Laetrile alleviates Rheumatism.

Dietary Sources of Laetrile  note

(mg of Laetrile per 100 grams)

Laetrile is found in the seeds (stones or kernels) of most members of the Rose (Rosaceae) family.

Fruit:

Apple (seeds)>500 mg  Apricot (kernels)>500 mg Cherry (stones)>500 mg Nectarine (stones)>500 mg

Peach Stones>500 mg Pear Pips >500 mg

Lime Pips  Plum Stones Prune Seeds >500 mg Elderberries>500 mg

Boysenberries 100-500 mg Raspberries 100-500 mg

Blackberries – Wild >500 mg Currants 100-500 mg

Gooseberries 100-500 mg         

Grains: Cassava  (Also known as Tapioca)     LargeAmounts Buckwheat    100-500 mg

Millet 100-500 mg      

Legumes: Mung Bean –sprouts >500 mg                Chick Peas 100-500 mg

Alfalfa Sprouts 100-500 mg

Black-Eyed Peas 100-500  mg

Kidney Beans 100-500 mg Lentils 100-500 mg

Lima Beans   100-500 mg         

Nuts: Almonds >500 mg Macadamia Nuts >500 mg

Seeds: Flax Seeds 100-500 mg        

These Substances may Interfere with Laetrile

Food Preparation Techniques

Heat generated during Cooking may destroy Laetrile.

Toxic Effects of Laetrile

Laetrile is a controversial substance.  Debate is continuing on whether it has beneficial properties or whether the Cyanide component of Laetrile can be extremely detrimental: Excess consumption of Laetrile (i.e. amounts greater than 3,000 mg per day) may cause Cyanide toxicity. ùùùTo help to debunk the myth that Laetrile could cause Cyanide poisoning, the discoverer of Laetrile – Dr. E. Krebs injected himself with a syringe filled with pure Laetrile and suffered no ill-effects.

Dosage Recommendations

The therapeutic dosage of Laetrile is in the range of 250 – 1,000 mg per day.

Laetrile and Cyanide

Laetrile has been widely discredited due to the Cyanide molecule contained in its chemical structure: The Beta-Glucosidase enzyme that unlocks Cyanide from the Laetrile molecule, allowing its toxic effects to destroy Cancer Cells, is present throughout the body, but normally only in very minute amounts; however this enzyme is present in amounts 100 times stronger in Cancer Cells. ùùùùùùThe Cyanide in Laetrile is thus bound up, unavailable and harmless to non-cancerous Cells.

Terminology

Amygdalin is a type of Nitriloside that contains Laetrile within its chemical structure.  Amygdalin is composed of Laetrile combined with one extra sugar molecule.  Its chemical name is d-mandelontrile bi-glucoside.  The term Amygdalin is often used interchangeably with Laetrile.  It is sometimes known incorrectly as Amygladin.  It consists of Hydrogen Cyanide, Benzaldehyde and Glucose. Laetrile (often named incorrectly as or interchangeably with Amygdalin) is a type of Nitriloside.  It is also known as Sambunigrin.  Its chemical name is Laevo-mandelonitrile-glucoside. Nitrilosides (also known collectively as Laetriles or Vitamin B17) is the name of the group of water-soluble chemical compounds to which both Laetrile and Amygdalin belong.  Nitrilosides are Beta-Cyanogenetic Glucosides.  As well as Amygdalin and Laetrile, there are approximately twelve other members of this class, including Dhurrin, Linamarin and Prunasin.  Chemically, Nitrilosides are comprised of a Carbohydrate, Hydrogen Cyanide, and a Benzene Ring or an Acetone.  Nitrilosides are widely distributed across the plant kingdom.

Commercial Availability of Laetrile Supplements

Laetrile is available from some international mail order pharmacies in the form of: 3,000 mg ampoules (for administration via injection) 100 mg tablets (described as Amigdalina,  Laetrile/Amygladin or Vitamin B17)

Chemical Data

Laetrile is composed of four molecules:  2 x Glucose + 1 x Benzaldehyde + 1 x Cyanide (normally all bound tightly together).

Chemical Name

Laevo-mandelonitrile-beta-glucuronoside

Molecular Formula

C20H27NO11

Description

Laetrile is a type of Glucoside isolated in 1950 by Dr. Ernst Krebs Jr.

Health Benefits of Laetrile

The use of Laetrile as a therapeutic agent is highly controversial however there are scientific studies examining its efficacy.

Cardiovascular System

Laetrile may lower elevated Blood Pressure levels in Hypertension patients.  [more info]

Immune System

Laetrile is claimed to be highly beneficial in the treatment of Cancer:  references ùùùLaetrile may reduce the size of tumors and prevent their further spread (metastasis). ùùùLaetrile may reduce the pain associated with Cancer. ùùùThe enzymes Beta-Glucosidase and Beta-Glucuronidase (which are present in high amounts in Cancer cells and in low amounts in healthy cells) release the tightly bound and unavailable toxins – Benzaldehyde and organic Cyanide – from the Laetrile molecule and allow them to act synergistically (by a factor 100) to kill Cancer cells. ùùùAnother enzyme, Rhodanese, which has the ability to detoxify Cyanide, is present in normal tissues but is deficient in Cancer cells.  Cancer cells are reported to contain up to 80% less Rhodanese compared to healthy cells.  These two factors combine to cause a selective poisoning of Cancer cells by the release of Cyanide from Laetrile, leaving non-cancerous cells undamaged. ùùùThe discoverer of Laetrile believes that Cancer occurs only as a result of a direct deficiency of Laetrile and those so-called carcinogens really just contribute to cancer by placing further Stress on the body that precipitates the Cancers that result from Laetrile deficiency. Independent research has demonstrated that a Himalayan tribe known as the ‘Hunza’ do not contract Cancer for as long as they adhere to their native diet which is exceptionally high in both Apricots and Millet.  Once exposed to Western diets they become as vulnerable as other populations to Cancer.

Musculoskeletal System

It is speculated that Laetrile alleviates Rheumatism.

Dietary Sources of Laetrile                               note (mg of Laetrile per 100 grams)