Health & Fit Apricot kernels can give you cyanide poisoning

22:56  13 september  2017
22:56  13 september  2017 Source:   New York Daily News

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A 67-year-old Melbourne man was found to have given himself cyanide poisoning as a result of apricot kernel extract usage, according to a new entry in a trusted medical journal.

An apricot kernel is the seed of an apricot . It is known for containing amygdalin, a poisonous compound. Together with the related synthetic compound laetrile, amygdalin has been marketed as an alternative cancer treatment.

Apricot kernels can give you cyanide poisoning© Shutterstock Apricot kernels can give you cyanide poisoning A man in Australia gave himself cyanide poisoning while consuming apricot kernels meant to prevent his prostate cancer from returning.

The man, a 67-year-old from Australia, consumed apricot kernel extract every day for five years, according to a report in BMJ Case Reports. He took two teaspoons of the extract and three Novodalin tablets, an herbal fruit kernel supplement. That equaled about 17.23 milligrams of apricot kernel extract a day.

The man’s apricot obsession was self-prescribed, as it is an alternative medicine belief that apricot kernels can prevent or cure cancer. The man was in remission from prostate cancer and was trying to prevent it from returning.

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Apricot kernels contain cyanide , and along with the herbal supplement, the man was taking nearly four grams of cyanide every day The conclusion from the review was clear: the risk associated with exposing yourself to cyanide poisoning as a treatment for cancer is not ever, ever worth it.

This Health Food Fad Gave A Melbourne Man Cyanide Poisoning . Early in 2016, apricot kernels rose to prominence as the latest "superfood" -- touted as bursting with nutrients and cancer-fighting agents.

Apricot kernels contain amygdalin, also called laetrile, which is converted into cyanide when it enters the body, then prevents cells from using oxygen, killing them. Those who say apricot kernel extract prevents cancer believe it only affects cancerous cells.

The man was lucky the doctors caught the evidence of cyanide, as he didn’t present with any symptoms — he was at the hospital for a routine procedure relating to his prostate cancer. Because the procedure required anesthesia, the doctors noticed low oxygen saturation and high thiocyanate, a byproduct of cyanide break down in the body.

Doctors told the man to stop ingesting the kernels, and he did — for just three days. Afterwards, he continued to administer the kernels.

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The kernels are believed to treat cancer, but they’re actually poisonous . By Alessandra Potenza. A 67-year-old man in Australia got cyanide poisoning from the apricot kernel extract he was taking to beat cancer.

Possible cyanide poisoning , check! The apricot kernels are supplied by Sunfood and packed into resealable bags, so you can take the toxins on the go! Tumblr user hojolove posted a picture of the bag, along with its backside that reads

Acute cyanide poisoning causes symptoms like headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, vomiting, seizures, loss of consciousness, cardiac arrest and death, usually within a few minutes. Chronic, long-term exposure, like the Australian patient, can lead to weakness, paralysis, lesions, nerve damage, and can affect liver and kidney function.

The United Kingdom, Canada and the United States all have maximums on either apricot kernel intake of safe levels or cyanide for foodstuffs. Australia, however, banned the sale of apricot kernels as food in late 2015.

Cherry seeds, peach pits and apple seeds can all break down into cyanide in the body but one one would need to eat more than 200 apple seeds, for instance, to receive a fatal dose.

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