These almonds offer health benefits of various systems. For example, it improves digestive health, protects the skin, supports the growth and restoration of cells, balances cholesterol, provides energy, and strengthens the respiratory system.
Bitter and sweet organic bitter apricot kernels:
The nutritional content and toxicity of apricot seeds vary according to the variety. Some apricot seeds are sweet tasting and low in cyanide. These sweet apricot seeds are suitable substitutes for almonds. Bitter almond seeds contain high levels of cyanide. The label of the product should indicate if the seeds of the apricot are considered sweet or bitter. However, expect a slightly bitter taste, even in sweet apricot seeds.
Safe consumption of organic bitter apricot kernels:
Cyanide is found naturally in apricot seeds and related fruits, including cherries, peaches, and almonds. The amount of cyanide per apricot seed varies according to its size and variety, but on average, an apricot seed contains 0.5 milligrams of cyanide, according to Stephen Krashen, Ph.D. from the University of California. The lethal dose of cyanide is between 0.5 milligrams to 3.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight, depending on factors such as age and liver health. Based on case histories, the lethal dose for a 175-pound man would range from 80 to 560 apricot seeds per day. For a 140-pound woman, the lethal dose would be 65 to 455 seeds per day. The toxicity occurs at lower doses, so the lethal range should be considered as an extreme upper limit.
- Immune system by organic bitter apricot kernels
Apricot seeds protect against oxidation product of free radicals product of chemical substances. This was announced by two researchers who studied the hepatic and oxidative protection of these seeds. In addition, there is evidence that almond nutrients activate the production of immune cells. It has been discovered that apricot seeds have antifungal and antibacterial qualities
- Cardiac system
Both amygdalin and pangamic acid are associated with the reduction of hypertension and heart health. Apricot kernels also have water-soluble fiber. This fiber is converted into gel molecules that carry excess cholesterol present in the cardiovascular system. If small doses are consumed regularly, it is possible to prevent heart attacks, ischemic heart disease, arteriosclerosis, and stroke.
- Musculoskeletal system
Apricot seeds contain a large number of vegetable proteins. Proteins are the nutrients that strengthen muscles and bones to develop their growth and repair process. This is achieved through the nutrition of the cells that make up these systems.
- Integumentary system
The integumentary system is the most extensive of the organism. Confirmed by the skin, hair, and nails, it has important functions in the protection of the body and its relationship with the environment. Precisely, the antioxidant properties of apricot kernels contribute to keeping this system healthy. The content of vitamin E reduces the oxidative stress of the skin that is caused by the presence of free radicals.
These produce wrinkles, spots, and premature aging. Also, they weaken the hair and nails. Vitamin E acts as a natural moisturizer so it maintains its elasticity and toning. It also contains benzaldehyde compound that is part of mandelic acid, used in the cosmetic industry to treat skin conditions. The extract or oil of these almonds is used as a hair mask, to improve it and provide softness. For this warm some apricot kernel oil for about 10 seconds in the microwave. Place it on dry hair and massage gently. Wrap the hair in plastic and put on the thermal cap. If you do not have it, pass the hair dryer every so often to maintain a smooth heat in the hair. Rinse and wash the hair as you normally do. If you mix the powder of the apricot seeds with olive oil, you have a natural exfoliant. The tonsillar of the seeds is an alkaline compound, which means that it helps to regulate the natural pH of the skin.
- Respiratory system
Although it is not scientifically proven, many people report an improvement in respiratory function when consuming apricot kernels. Apparently, fluidifies the mucus which allows it to be excreted more easily. This means that the seeds could have an expectorant effect.
- Endocrine system
The glands that make up the endocrine system regulate the body’s metabolic processes. A moderate consumption of these almonds provides enough energy to boost the metabolism. The endocrine system also organizes and regularizes the sexual response. There is some anecdotal evidence that is, unproven, that the seeds could improve the libido.
- Intestinal digestive system
The dietary fiber present in almonds, both sweet and bitter, improves digestion. This is because it stimulates bowel movements (peristaltic), regulates bowel movements, which decreases constipation. Thanks to these therapeutic effects, inflammation and nocturnal cramps are reduced. When the intestinal function is regular, it improves the absorption of nutrients in these organs.
It also benefits the Nervous System
Apparently, apricot seeds would have a mild natural analgesic effect. There are some testimonies that indicate that they could have an anti-inflammatory effect on muscles and joints. Reducing inflammation also reduces pain, especially in patients with arthritis.
How to consume organic bitter apricot kernels
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommends that only one apricot seed be consumed per day. This seems to be enough to take advantage of its nutrients, without exceeding the allowed cyanide levels. There are those who promote a consumption of 5 to 10 grams (0.17 to 0.35 ounces) daily and up to 60 almonds a day if you have cancer. However, those who consume that amount could be exposed to a level that could lead to poisoning. Even for EFSA, three small almonds, or one large one, could be toxic, depending on the sensitivity of the person. Of course, the product is contraindicated for children. Both rest of the group that enjoyed the talk considered my recommendation to consult their doctor. According to the pathology of each patient and their nutritional needs, the doctor is able to offer personalized treatment regarding the consumption of apricot seeds to take advantage of all the benefits it offers.