Common B17 Questions
Q. How Many Apricot Seeds Are Safe to Consume On A Daily Basis?
You will need to figure out the best amount that suits your individual needs and your current weight. Typically, consuming one apricot kernel per 10 pounds of body weight a day is believed to be a sufficient amount for health maintenance. You should build up to this amount over the course of days or weeks. Apricot seed consumption should be spaced out throughout the day. It is a good idea to have a little food in the stomach before eating the seeds. Make sure to thoroughly chew the seeds. You should consult with a naturopath or physician of your choice in the case that you would like to begin taking a greater amount.
Q. Can B17 and Apricot Kernels Be Taken Together?
Yes, they can. However, you should space them out at least one hour apart and observe whether they cause any unwanted side effects. In case any dizziness, nausea, or headache symptoms occur, you should decrease the amount.
Q. How Much Amygdalin/Vitamin B17 Is In Each Apricot Kernel?
Although, some claim they have more, it has been documented that the average apricot seed contains about 4-5mg of B17 Amygdalin.
Q. How Much B17 Can I Take Per Day?
This depends on various factors. You should do research, and in the case you are still unsure, consult with your naturopath or other physician of your choice to figure out what is in your best interest.
Q. On Average, How Many Apricot Kernels Are In A One Pound Bag?
Approximately, 600-700 Seeds.
Q. Should I Consume The Apricot Seeds With Food?
To avoid upset stomach (especially in the beginning) this is advised.
Q. Do I Have To Chew Them Whole For Full Benefits?
No. Although, many do not mind the bitter taste of apricot seeds, others do. You can grind them up (with a coffee grinder) and put them in certain foods such as salad, baked potatoes, cereal, oatmeal, or in a smoothie drink. If you choose to grind your apricot kernels, it is recommended that you only grind exactly what you will consume so that you will know how many kernels you are consuming each time. It is also best to keep new grinds protected and fresh so that the natural nutritional components aren't compromised. Some people also prefer to grind them up and put them in capsules to take with their daily supplements.
Q. Are Apricot Kernels or B17 Toxic To The Body?
Any food or supplement on the planet can be toxic at a certain level or amount. However, when the word 'toxic' is used, it is generally implied that the substance is poisonous in even small amounts. Although, B17 and apricot kernels are less toxic than sugar and 20 times less toxic than aspirin, it is possible to consume too much. You can take too much of anything, even water. Note: Natural foods should be consumed in biologically rational amounts. Too many apricot kernels can cause unpleasant side effects, such as headache or stomach upset. As to not overwhelm your system, it's generally recommended to spread our your portions into smaller, manageable amounts throughout the day.
Q. How Do I Store Apricot Seeds?
Apricot seeds are best stored in a cool, dry location such as the refrigerator.
Q. How Long do Apricot Seeds Stay Good For?
As long as they are kept in a cool, dry location, they are usually good for up to 1 year.