Bitter Almond Nuts are a very rich source of Vitamin B17 and is Dr Efren Navarro’s suggested substitute when Laetrile capsules are out of stock. Available in Chinese drugstores in downtown Manila, the bitter almond nut, familiarly known as Co-Hein (pronounced co-heng), is light cream in color and comes in split halves. Dr. Navarro has cancer patients take 15-20 split halves of the bitter almond nuts after every meal. To help estimate the volume to buy at a time, I counted 750 split halves of varying sizes, plus broken pieces and slivers in 100 gms.

Take note:

– Purchase only light cream colored nuts with no discoloration whatsoever.

– Store the nuts at room temperature in a well-sealed jar.

– Do not refrigerate as that will cause moisture to set in.

– Should discoloration or molds set in, discard the whole batch as it
likely has gone bad and may cause aflatoxin poisoning.

– Do not scrimp and try to save the batch by cooking or roasting. Besides the fact that it takes more than just boiling and roasting to detoxify aflatoxin, there is the danger of forming the carcinogenic compound benzopyrene from over-roasting or burning the thin split halves.

For my supply, I go to Chingtai on T. Alonzo near Soler Street where half a kilo sells for PhP450; it costs a little more when bought by the 100 grams. Chingtai is just one of many Chinese drugstores in Binondo. In case you’re not familiar with the area, T. Alonzo is a one-way street.

As an ounce of prevention, they say, is worth a pound of cure, my husband and I, as well as my children and their spouses, chew on 10 split halves, twice a day at snack-time, for our daily Vitamin B17 dietary supplement.

7 thoughts on “BITTER ALMONDS: VERY RICH SOURCE OF VITAMIN B17 (Laetrile/Amygdalin)

  1. The concern about aflatoxin is a myth started by an Australian supplier of apricot kernels. The fact of the matter is, apricot kernels are naturally resistant to aflatoxin and other mycotoxins. The likelihood of aflatoxin is readily identifiable by the presence of visible mold. It’s typically found in commodities such as peanuts, corn and legumes. Apricot kernels have a natural defence against fungus. But it is important to use fresh kernels. Darker colored kernels are generally old and oxidized.

    These bitter almonds you refer to are actually apricot kernels. True bitter almonds are very difficult to come by, but apricot kernels are often referred to as bitter almonds. Amygdalin (vitamin B17) is found in very different quantities from apricot kernel to apricot kernel. The choice of apricot kernel used by an individual is critical in the success one experiences. There are so many apricot kernels available on the market now, many of which are sweeter varieties that contain very little amygdalin. They may be mildly bitter, which classes them as a “bitter” apricot kernel, but the concentrations of amygdalin don’t begin to approach therapeutic values. One would have to consume very large quantities in order to experience benefit, which is simply not practical, nor healthy. Apricot kernels contain a high level of fat, which becomes detrimental in itself at high doses. Therefore, amygdalin concentrations in the chosen kernel must be exceptional and potent. These are the kernels referenced in the available literature of note. Sadly, most sellers of apricot kernels are taking advantage of the ignorance that prevails, or they’re simply not educated about the product themselves. Poor quality apricot kernels are being imported from poor countries, such as Pakistan and India for little more than $1.00 per kilo. These kernels are then being packaged and marketed with fanciful tales and sold at great profit to the benefit of the vendor – not to the user.

    My advice is that people purchase from, at least, two different sources. Try to buy from a reputable source where others have already confirmed that the kernels being offered are fresh, healthy and amygdalin-rich. Don’t be lured by “Hunza” apricot kernels, as these are nothing more than Indian and Pakistani kernels of greatly inferior quality. Most of the varieties of apricot grown in these regions are sweeter varieties. You’ll find this to be true if you do some research. Try to purchase local kernels if possible, or import personal quantities from a country offering very bitter kernels. Apricot kernels imported enmasse are treated, either chemically or with radiation, but personal quantities won’t receive such treatment.

    Read this blog post for further information –

  2. Luis says:

    Thank you for the information, I only knew that B17 came from apricot seeds. Now I know about almonds…

    • it’s BITTER almonds, luis.
      available in chinese drugstores as ‘co-hein’ (pronounced co-heng).
      it is a suggested substitute by Dr. Efren Navarro when the imported LAETRILE capsules are unavailable.
      am confident about the quality of my supply as the chinese drugstore where i source them was recommended by the good doctor.
      alexander tessier’s blog explains how apricot kernels are actually bitter almonds.
      and that their effectiveness in cancer therapy lies in its bitterness.

  3. […] August 28 comment from Alexander Tessier that true bitter almond is difficult to come by, but that apricot kernels […]

  4. dick says:

    Nancy, Just came back from searching for bitter almonds in Bangkok’s Chinatown. Only 2 pharmacies knew what I was talking about out of 20. They each had a large container of small white flakes. I tasted a few and noted a slight marzipan taste but they didn’t seem very bitter. Anyway the cost was $6.70 for half a kilo. Will give it a try. Wish there was a way to measure amount of amygdalin, though.

  5. […] Alexander Tessier”s comment that ‘true bitter almonds are very difficult to come by,’ is so true. I have yet to find bitter almonds locally. So far, all I’ve come across are apricot kernels. His comment that apricot kernels are often referred to as bitter almonds and how not all apricot kernels are bitter as they do come sweet, are all so true, too. […]

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