The seed of apricot fruit contains a soft inner portion, also called as the kernel. Not only is the kernel consumable it is also a good source of vitamin B17 and minerals like phosphorus, iron and potassium. You can find the apricot seeds in a sun-dried or powdered form that can be added to your soups, curries or salads. While health experts caution against an ‘extreme overdose’ of apricot kernel for the fear of toxicity, you can safely consume a moderate quantity of the seed for its immense health benefits.
Here’s A Run-down On The Top 5 Health Benefits Of Apricot Seed Or Kernel:
Helps Fights Cancer
While research is still on in several countries on the right dosage and exact benefits of apricot kernels in combating cancer, bitter kernels have long been used in countries like Russia, Mexico and US as a supportive remedy for cancer. The active compound vitamin B17 aka Amygdalin is reported to be selectively toxic and initiate death of cancer cells in the body. It also inhibits the blood flow to cancer cells and is advised to be consumed along with the usual anti-cancer drugs and nutritional supplements.
Dried or crushed apricot kernel is excellent as a facial lotion or skin scrub. The apricot kernel oil is also great to be added on to scrubs and face masks to cleanse, rehydrate and tone the skin. The gamma linoleic acid, vitamins A and E contents make it remarkable to fight skin inflammation.
Stabilizes Blood Pressure
Apricot seed kernel has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to regulate blood pressure. The vitamin B17 has proven to lower the body’s blood pressure to moderate levels.
Reduces Arthritic Pain
Amygdalin or vitamin B17 is attributed to reduce pain in patients of arthritis and is usually externally applied in form of oil to the pain-affected joints and limbs. It can also be consumed after crushing or pounding the dried kernels for nutritional support to arthritis.
Boosts The Immune Function
The apricot seed or kernel is a natural source of immunity boosting antioxidants and minerals and can be consumed in moderate quantity for general strength and improvement of immunity. Studies support its anti inflammatory role in regulating T cell-mediated immune responses that by and large function to regulate the immune system. A daily dose of 8-10 kernels is usually considered safe for improving immunity. If you’re suffering from persistent cold or regularly coming under the attack of flu, consuming bitter apricot kernel could help you ward off the infection.
Good Hair Tonic
The apricot seed has immense benefits for health of your hair. When massaged to the scalp and hair, the apricot kernel oil can effectively reduce dandruff, treat dryness and clear off infection. The kernel powder can also be added to a hair mask for similar results. If you’re hunting for a quick fix to restore hair damaged from harmful salon treatments and get the shine back onto the hair, the oil of apricot kernel comes handy.