I ran across this some time ago, but wanted to post it as a reminder to return to it when I am not studying for mammalian biochemistry exams.
Amygdalin has been claimed by many respected scientists to be a chemical compound that is effective in preventing and combating cancer. These claims have lead to amydgalin being termed Vitamin B17. It is apparently an anti-oxidant with a cyanide functional group, and found in high concentrations in apricot seeds, almonds, peas, lentils and other natural and commonly consumed plants.
To get a quick background read the Wikipedia page on Amygdalin, World Without Cancer: The Story of Vitamin B17, and The Little Cyanide Cookbook; Delicious Recipes Rich in Vitamin B17.
It is possible that this is just quacky new-wave medical bullshit, but I recognize the corruption within the FDA and government via pharmaceutical giants. If you don’t believe me, check out the story of Aspartame (there is a great documentry on YouTube that I don’t have the time to track down right now).
Whether or not B17 is a wonder drug I will continue to eat almonds (high in B17 concentration), becasue they are delicious, filled with protein (essential amino acids), high good fat/fatty acid content, and they smell like cyanide! Mhmm…Almonds!