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.
– 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.