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Can Vitamin B-17 Really Kill Cancer?

Can Vitamin B-17 Really Kill Cancer?

Even if you are a health-conscious person who is aware of the importance of a healthy diet and taking vitamins and supplements, chances are, you probably have not heard of vitamin B-17.  However, in spite of an FDA ban on this vitamin, there are many in the medical community who believe in the health benefits of this nutrient, especially in regards to a potential cure for cancer. Read on to find out why.

What is B17?

Vitamin B-17 is part of the B-vitamin complex, which also includes B-1, B-2, B-6 and B-12. B-vitamins serve several important functions in the body and help to promote the health of the nervous system (including the brain) and also healthy energy levels. This nutrient is made up of a combination of glucose and hydrogen cyanide and is also called amygdalin.

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On his website, Dr. Axe, the well-known advocate of natural medicine, notes that this vitamin’s scientific name is mandelonitrile beta-D-gentiobioside and that it has antioxidant properties and can interact with other antioxidants (like vitamins A, C and E) to help cleanse the body of mutated or dangerous cells.

B-17 and Cancer

Despite the fact that the FDA has banned this supplement (believing it to be toxic), the Health and Home Remedies site reports that scientists who have studied vitamin B-17 believe that it could be effective for the treatment of cancer. One of the most verbal advocates for this Dr. John Richardson, who, despite FDA criticism, has used this nutrient as part of his treatment program for his patients at his cancer clinic.

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Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital, one of the foremost hospitals for cancer treatment in the country, has also conducted experiments with vitamin B-17 and found that it not only improved the general health of the cancer patient but also inhibited the growth of tumors and had a preventative effect on cancer development.

Dr. Axe notes that studies have found B-17 to be effective against cancer of the prostate, brain and bladder. However, it does not appear to have much effect on cancers of the lung or breast. However, it has been shown to strengthen the immune system by both increasing the production of white blood cells and by supporting healthy liver function. Other benefits that research has discovered include treatment for pain and for high blood pressure.

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So why has this treatment not been more widely used? There are many who believe that, because this product is natural and widely available, it cannot be patented and therefore cannot be made into a profitable treatment and that, due to this, pharmaceutical companies are not interested in developing it as a drug. It is also true that, because of the presence of cyanide in this vitamin, toxicity can occur and more research needs to be done in order to figure out what a safe dosage might be, as well as the potential long-term side effects associated with its use.

What Foods Contain Vitamin B-17?

The most potent source of vitamin B-17 is, strangely enough, from the pits of apricots, contained in the hard core of the fruit. However, there are some great ways to get this vitamin in your diet through the foods you eat:

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  • Wheat grass. This ultimate health food is one of the best sources of this nutrient and can be juiced and added to smoothies or other health drinks.
  • Mushrooms. These edible fungi not only taste great and can be added to soups, stir-fries, omelets and casseroles, they are also a great source of vitamin B-17.
  • Swiss chard. This leafy green vegetable contains generous amounts of vitamin B-17 and can be eaten fresh in salads or sautéed in a stir-fry or added to pastas or crockpot meals.
  • Chia seeds. Chia seeds are not only great for B-17, they are also rich in protein and fiber and can be added to oatmeal, puddings or parfaits.
  • Turmeric. This versatile, deep golden spice will not only provide you with B-17, but powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant compounds as well.

Despite the fact that FDA has banned it, there are still many doctors who believe that its unique compounds that target malignant cells can be a natural treatment for cancerous growths that, unlike traditional treatments, do not have unwanted side effects. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can get this important anti-cancer nutrient in your diet.

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Last Updated on October 15, 2018

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

“Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

1. Dehydration

If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

2. Lack Of Exercise

A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

3. A Poor Diet

The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

4. Skipping Breakfast

Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

7. Depression

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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8. Hypothyroidism

If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

9. Anemia

People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

10. Cancer

While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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