Apricot Kernels

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Apricot seeds are highly nutritious and have several potential health benefits, with some people claiming that they can help fight cancer. Scientists believe that amygdalin, a chemical found in apricot kernels, could be used to prevent cancer and kill cancer cells by inhibiting cell replication.

While apricot seeds are high in protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, and other nutrients that can help prevent disease, the benefits and risks of apricot kernels are still being debated.

 

What nutrients are in apricot seeds?

 

Apricot kernels have been consumed for hundreds of years due to their nutritional and medicinal value. Apricot seeds contain nutrients including:

  • Amygdalin (vitamin B17)
  • Vitamins A and C
  • Vitamin E
  • Pangamic acid (vitamin B15)
  • Essential fatty acids (oleic, linoleic, omega-6s, and omega-3s)
  • Carbohydrates
  • Dietary fiber
  • Protein
  • Calcium
  • Iron

 

5 potential benefits of apricot seeds

 

1. May have anticancer properties

Apricot kernels are high in antioxidants that protect cells from free radical damage, and studies have shown that apricot seeds have anti-inflammatory properties.

In addition, one nutrient known for cancer prevention is vitamin B17, which is abundant in apricot seeds. Some people believe that apricot seeds help kill cancer cells as soon as they form.

However, studies report that the compounds in these seeds can harm the body in addition to destroying the malignant cells, so using apricot seeds for cancer without consulting a doctor is not recommended.

2. Promotes heart health

Although amygdalin receives the most attention when it comes to apricot seeds, pangamic acid is another unique compound found in these seeds that have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease.

Pangamic acid has been linked to reducing stress on the cardiovascular system, particularly in the case of ischemic heart disease. Some studies have also reported that consuming small amounts of apricot seeds on a regular basis can lower blood pressure, thus lowering your risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and strokes.

3. Good for respiratory health

There is significant anecdotal evidence that apricot seeds are linked to better respiratory health because they can cut through mucus and phlegm deposition in the respiratory tract.

The active ingredients in apricot seeds act as an expectorant and make the body less sensitive to allergens, which can reduce the severity of asthma attacks and throat inflammation.

4. Improves digestive health

Apricot kernels are high in healthy fats as well as protein and fiber, a combination that promotes satiety.

In addition, apricot seeds contain 5% fiber per seed, and fiber cleanses the digestive tract by helping remove toxins. Dietary fiber can increase peristaltic motion in the gut, resulting in more regular bowel movements and a reduction in symptoms such as constipation, bloating, cramping, and diarrhea. Dietary fiber can also help with nutrient absorption in the gut.

5. Beneficial for skin health

Apricot seeds have mild exfoliating properties that can help remove dead skin cells from your skin.

Apricot seed oil is high in essential fatty acids (oleic and linoleic) and vitamins A and E, which can moisturize and nourish dry skin. It is commonly used in cosmetics, particularly creams, soaps, and skin lotions.

You can also mix powdered apricot seeds with olive oil and apply it to the skin. The oil absorbs quickly and does not leave an oily residue on the skin. As a result, it is popular as a massage and sunbathing oil.

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