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Overview InformationApricot kernel is the hard stone or pit found inside apricots. The kernel is used to produce oil and other chemicals used for medicinal purposes.
Apricot kernel is commonly taken by mouth or given as an injection into the veins for treating cancer. But research shows that apricot kernel has safety concerns and does not seem to help treat cancer.
Apricot kernel extract is used as a flavoring in liqueur.
How does it work?Apricot kernel contains a toxic chemical known as amygdalin. In the body this chemical is converted to cyanide, which is poisonous. There was interest in using apricot kernel to fight cancer because it was thought that amygdalin was taken up first by cancer cells and converted to cyanide. It was hoped that the cyanide would harm only the tumor. But research has shown that this is not true. The amygdalin is actually converted to cyanide in the stomach. The cyanide then goes throughout the body, where it can cause serious harm, including death.
Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Ineffective for
- Cancer. Taking apricot kernel or amygdaline (laetrile), a chemical in apricot kernel, by mouth does not seem to help treat cancer.
Side Effects & SafetyApricot kernel is LIKELY UNSAFE to take by mouth or as an injection into the veins (by IV). It contains a toxic chemical known as amygdalin. In the body this chemical is converted to cyanide which can cause serious side effects, including seizures, breathing problems, or even death.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Apricot kernel is LIKELY UNSAFE for pregnant and breast-feeding women when taken by mouth. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
We currently have no information for APRICOT KERNEL Interactions.
The appropriate dose of apricot kernel depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for apricot kernel. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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