B17 vitamin in its natural form was (and is) a part of the normal diet for many people in the world. It is only in the modern day world, especially in developed countries, that this substance has been taken off from the food menus. This can be attributed to the intensely bitter taste of this compound. B-17 in any form, be it natural of artificial, is very bitter and can actually spoil the flavor of the food when taken as an additive. It is no wonder that this substance is missing from the daily menu but there has to be a reason why this was included in the old world menu, in the first place.
Ancient people realized the benefits of B17 vitamin and have used it not only as food additives but also as medicine. The practice of treating people who are recovering from illnesses with the natural form of B-17 continues till date. B17 vitamin is also attributed as an effective cure for cancer. Alternate medicine practitioners prescribe to a treatment method that includes large but regulated amounts of B17 vitamin intake, spread over a period of time. The effectiveness of this type of treatment is a matter of debate and experimentation but the fact remains that people who have B-17 as a part of their diet have shown very little or nil cases of cancer.
B17 vitamin is abundantly available in the natural world; in fact as a part of very popular fruits and vegetables. These are the parts that we normally discard while eating them. The pips of almost all fruits contain B-17 which is also called amygdalin. The kernels of some fruits also contain large quantities of this substance. The food items with the maximum content of B17 vitamin are Apricots and Bitter Almonds. Other fruits and food items that have B17 vitamin are:
Apple seeds, Apricot kernels, Bamboo shoots, Barley, Beet tops, Bitter almond, Blackberries, Boysenberries, Brewers, Butter beans , yeast, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Cashews, Cassava, Cherry kernels, Cranberries, Currants, Eucalyptus leaves, Fava beans, Flax seeds, Garbanzo beans, Lentils, Huckleberries, Gooseberries, Lima beans, Linseed meat, Loganberries, Macadamia nuts, Millet, millet seed, Mung beans, Nectarine seeds, Peach kernels, Pecans, Plum kernels, Prune seeds, Quince, Raspberries, Sorghum cane syrup, Spinach and Sprouts. B17 vitamin extracts and artificially produced B-17 are marketed in the form of capsules, syrups and tablets. B-17 is also marketed as a food and beverage additive that can aid metabolism.