5 Apricot Kernel Oil Myths (no the oil can’t cure cancer)

I do not know why but there are lots of apricot kernel oil myths floating about. And they dominate the oil’s reviews on Amazon.

So let’s clear up some misinformation about this wonderful carrier oil.

Apricot kernel oil myths

Apricot Kernel Oil Myths: It has vitamins like B17

Fact: There is no such thing.

Amygdalin is a compound that is mistakenly called Vitamin B17.

It is a naturally-occurring, complex cyanide compound. Yes, you read that right. It’s a cyanide compound. And it is in the kernels of apricots, bitter almonds and even in the seeds of apples and plums.

So amygdalin is in apricot kernels. But it is NOT in the apricot kernel oil.

This 2012 study gives us the proof. It tested the oil and found it has oleic, linoleic, palmitic, linolenic and stearic fatty acids. And lots of Vitamin E compounds like gamma- and delta-tocopherol.

The study never mentioned finding amygdalin. So apricot kernel oil is not loaded with amygdalin or Vitamin B17.

Myth: Vitamin B17 cures cancer

Fact 1: Few clinical trials have been done to look at the cancer fighting benefits of amygdalin. But there’s a reason for this.

Fact 2: The side effects of taking Vitamin B17/ amygdalin resembled cyanide poisoning. Because amygdalin is a cyanide compound. And we know cyanide is lethal.

Fact 3: Vitamin B17 is illegal in the US.

There’s a lot of information on the National Cancer Institute’s site about amygdalin. But a 1982 clinical trial discussed there should interest you.

The trial studied 175 cancer patients. The researchers gave them both amygdalin injections and pills and, of the 175, only one saw any reduction in tumor size.

Oh but that’s not all! 90 saw their tumors grow. And seven months after the trial ended, all the patients had further cancer growth.


But even crazier is the side effects of amygdalin pills, it’s like cyanide poisoning. So taking amygdalin can cause nausea, vomiting, nerve damage, confusion, and death!

Yes, it can be lethal. That is why it is banned. That is why we don’t use Vitamin B17 to cure cancer. And don’t forget, amygdalin is not even in apricot kernel oil, to begin with.

But that does not stop some reviewers on Amazon.

Myth: Apricot kernel oil cures baldness

There is no evidence of these magical benefits of apricot kernel oil.

Apricot Kernel Oil Myth: It loaded with Vitamin C

You already saw the chemical analysis of the oil. It has high levels of Vitamin E. Not Vitamin C.

Myth: It eases headaches

I came across this unique review on Amazon. The reviewer mentioned she dabbed the oil on her head and forehead. And it made “the pressure go down” fast.

If this worked for her then awesome. But there’s no research into the pain-relief and anti-inflammatory benefits of apricot kernel oil.
Those are the apricot kernel oil myths I thought I would clear up.

Have you seen any crazy reviews lately? Share them with me!

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  1. What ever it is it sure did make some crusty non healing sore spots go away on my skin after usuing 2 times a day for a few weeks. Some still fading, others totally gone! (I do have a history of skin cancer.) Years ago (45+) my mom had to have pre cancerous leasions removed often. After using apricot kernel oil, her Dr. told her that he didn’t know what she was using but to keep it up because it was getting rid of the leasions!

  2. 1. You state that “cyanide is lethal.” You overstate the matter. Cyanide in sufficient quantity is lethal. We have all eaten plenty of apple seeds with no adverse effect. 2. You state that “The study never mentioned finding amygdalin.” However, you do not state that the study TESTED FOR amygdalin. 3. Regarding the current view of amygdalin, see https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/amygdalin#references-12 “With the recent discovery of anticancer properties of amygdalin through previously unknown mechanisms (12) (13) (14) (15) (16) (32), there is renewed interest in whether this agent may have potential as an anticancer treatment.”

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