HOW MANY KERNELS should I Eat!

Disclaimer:

The information and writings on this page are the strict opinion of the author and any information presented should not be taken as advice nor should it be substituted for professional advice from a practitioner. Eating apricot kernels according to some scientific studies have been found to be harmful although the author is yet to find any solid evidence of such from personal experience and scientific research.

How Many Kernels Should I eat ?

According to the Ultimate Guide to B17 there is a simple rule you can apply. The number of maximum kernels to eat at any one time should be based on the following:

1 kernel for every 5kg (10 pounds) of body weight at any one time

For example - General health and Well Being:

if your body weight is 50kg then you would eat no more than 10 apricot kernels at any one time.
if your body weight is 70kg then you would eat no more than 14 apricot kernels at any one time.
if your body weight is 100kg then you would eat no more than 20 apricot kernels at any one time.

This is called the maintenance dose. In other words it is how many apricot kernels is considered a maximum to eat at any one time.

For those people wanting to incorporate using apricot kernels for health improvement to benefit from the high vitamin B17 content then it is suggested you simply eat the maximum amount 3 times a day.

For example - if adding apricot kernels for enhanced health improvement:

if your body weight is 50kg then you would eat no more than 10 apricot kernels at any one time. - 3 times a day totalling 30 for the day
if your body weight is 70kg then you would eat no more than 14 apricot kernels at any one time. - 3 times a day totalling 42 for the day
if your body weight is 100kg then you would eat no more than 20 apricot kernels at any one time. - 3 times a day totalling 60 for the day
There is no hard and fast rule so the figures above do not have to be exact and are a guide only.

Always use common sense. It is always a good idea to:

"Do Not Eat More Seeds Than You Would Eat The Fruit!"

ARE ALL APRICOT KERNELS THE SAME?

NO! What a lot of people do not consider when choosing an apricot kernel supplier is that apricot kernels (like all oil seeds) are very susceptible to moulds if not immediately dried to reduce the moisture levels that will inhibit mould growth.

One very dangerous mould that apricot kernels are susceptible to is aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a fungus, a mycotoxin that is very toxic and carcinogenic to humans. It is known that chronic exposure will lead to a high chance of developing liver cancer. (ref: wikipedia)

It is not often easy to spot as the kernel husk (skin) can conceal the mouldy flesh underneath. The best way to avoid ingesting this toxic fungus is to not purchase kernels that are not assured that they have been dried immediately to a moisture level of under 7% within 48 hours of removal from the fruit and then stored in weatherproof conditions to keep moisture levels safe. So please take care when looking to purchase any fruit kernel.

It is advisable to purchase kernels that are laboratory tested for the aflatoxin fungus on completion of production.

The OzNatureshop.com.au has been supplying apricot kernels for 11 years that are laboratory tested for aflatoxin. They source their Apricot Kernels from the largest and most reputable processor in Australia who have been involved in apricot kernel processing for over 70 years and throughout 3 generations. If you click on the apricot kernels picture link below it will take you to the OzNatureshop.com.au

Bitter Seeds - Build UP - start off small and eat with other foods

Apricot kernels are bitter. Some people can stomach lots of them. Some cannot stomach them at all. Your body will tell you so you may want to start with 2 - 3 kernels the first few days and build up to the maximum amount as stated above in the examples over a 1 - 2 week period.

Its also a good idea to eat them with other nuts, fruits, or grind them up using a nut seed grinder like the Maxim Nut and Seed Grinder

How Much is Too Much ?

Always use common sense. Remember too much of anything can be bad for you! The guides above are based on common sense so if you follow them you should not have any issues.

Are there Any Side Effects or Can Eating Apricot Kernels hurt me?

Yes there can be some minor side effects, and generally no they cannot hurt you unless you do something with them that is irrational and unreasonable.

For example I had an older senior gentleman phone me wanting to know if it was normal for the kernels to make you drunk? I knew straight away he had eaten too many and was experiencing strong bouts of nausia. I asked him how many he was eating? He replied 70 - 80 at once! That's way too much and the bitterness of the kernels will have an effect. He only weighed about 65kg.

The most unpleasant side effect can be Nausia and feeling dizzy. If this occurs its your body telling you its too much so cut down and build up the amount you want to take slowly!

Another side effect that occurs from time to time is your tongue can go numb. If you eat and crunch on too many kernels on their own all at once the bitterness will make your tongue go numb for a while. Once again common sense should prevail. Eat just a few at a time and if possible with some fruit.

Sick Stomach - this is very rare and almost 100% of the time the result of other drugs or supplements being taken. But if you suspect that eating apricot kernels are causing any kind of discomfort the answer and remedy is to STOP eating them for a while and see if the symptom goes away. If it does then start off again but at very small quantities.