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What is a Synthetic Vitamin?
There is no actual Vitamin B17. The term is often applied to Laetrile a cancer drug, and Amygdalin, the natural substance from which Laetrile is made. Amygdalin occurs in and is derived from natural food sources and most abundant in seeds of plants of the prunasin family, such as apricots and apples, peaches, and almonds.
Banned in the USA by the FDA in the 1980s but touted by some alternative medicine practitioners (in the USA and other countries) as a treatment for cancer. Once labeled and marketed as a vitamin, its appearance practically disappeared entirely in the US medical community.
Today, however, there are many websites supporting this nutrient as a miracle cure while at the same time there are many vilifying it as a hoax.
This "glycoside" nutrient has however been linked with cancer prevention in alternative medicine practices and there are anecdotal claims that it has actually cured cancer.
It is said that "Vitamin" B17 interacts with other antioxidants — including vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E — along with pancreatic enzymes to break down and eliminate harmful cells from the body. The claim is that it is beneficial for detox support, immunity and potentially even various forms of disease prevention.
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