Vitamin B17/Laetrile/Amygdalin (a Review)

  • MARINELA ENCULESCU Research & Development Institute for Bovine Breeding–Balotesti
Keywords: cancer, apricot of kernels, rhodanese, beta-glucosidase, pancreatic enzymes, trophoblast cell


Vitamin B 17 is a natural substance whose anti-cancer properties have been known empirically for many years, but in the last twenty years they have been scientifically proven. It was co-discovered by Ernst T Krebs, Jr. in 1952 called it Laetrile. Vitamin B 17 is found in the seeds of those fruits in the Prunus rosacea Family (bitter almond, apricot, cherry, nectarin, peach and plum). It is also contained in grasses, maize, sorghum, millet, cassava, apple seeds and many other foods. Dr Krebs and other researchers maintain that cancer is a chronic metabolic disease, like scurvy or pellagra. This review contains the mechanism of action by vitamin B17 and anticancer activity to humans and animal.

Author Biography

MARINELA ENCULESCU, Research & Development Institute for Bovine Breeding–Balotesti