Vitamin B17, or laetrile, is called the anti-cancer vitamin. It is an alternative treatment for cancer. Vitamin B17 works to reduce tumors and prevent metastasis or the spread of the cancer to other parts of the body. It kills cancer cells, strengthens the immune system and prevents cancer cells from developing in the future, this according to Cancer Tutor.

Vitamin B17 appears in abundance in nature but not in many foods commonly eaten by most people. B17 tastes bitter, so foods or parts of foods that are rich in B17 often are avoided or discarded. The amount of B17 in food varies quite a bit according to soil quality and climate, so it’s difficult to assign specific amounts.

Foods with a high content of Vitamin B17 are called nitrilosides. They include a variety of seeds, grains and nuts and sprouts and tubers as well as leaves and beans.

Here are the natural food sources of Vitamin B17:-

Seeds loaded with B17

Apricot seeds top the list of sources of B 17 foods. Other sources of this vitamin include seeds of prunes, pears, peaches, cherries and even apples. You can also have flax seeds; squash seeds, millet seeds and buckwheat seeds to fulfill the B12 requirement as these seeds also contain the vitamin in moderate amounts. Flax seeds are loaded with omega fatty acids because of which they are known as vegetarians’ fish. They are a rich source of micronutrients, dietary fibre, manganese, and vitamin B1. Modern research has found evidence to suggest that the seeds coming from flax, can also help lower the risk of diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

Grains and Millets with B17

Load up on sorghum, buckwheat, barley and millet from your kitchen pantry to optimise on the nutritional benefit of the vitamin. Consuming these grains as a whole or in the form of breads is very advantageous for keeping cancer away.

Nuts loaded with B17

Nuts are rich source of various nutrients, minerals and proteins. Almonds, cashew nuts contain vitamin B17.  Consumption of almonds on regular basis increases the level of high density lipoproteins and reduces the level of low density lipoproteins. Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats and health promoting fats. Almonds can lower LDL cholesterol up to 15 percent for every 7 grams of almonds per day. On the other hand, cashews are effective in lowering blood pressure, making your bones stronger and aiding in weight loss. Besides, they keep you heart healthy and help you keep away from colon cancer.

Sprouts and Tubers enriched in B17

Sprouts of alfalfa, garbanzo, and whole green gram are all loaded with B 17.  Sprouts of alfalfa are considered good for your kidneys. Whole green gram sprouts also contain the vitamin but in very moderate amounts. They also help prevent the development of kidney stones which can be very painful.

Tubers like yams, sweet potatoes and cassava are foods with a good supply of Vitamin B17.


A number of legumes contain vitamin B17 properties. Lima beans and chick peas both hold between 100 and 500 milligrams of B17, according to Other legumes and bean sources of vitamin B17 include lentils, green peas and kidney and fava beans.


Many types of berries contain vitamin B17, such as raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, huckleberries and cranberries. A serving of blackberries, gooseberries, boysenberries, raspberries or elderberries can provide 500 milligrams of vitamin B17. One must include them in their diet to safeguard from possible probabilities of cancer.

Leaves enriched in B17

The leaves of alfalfa and eucalyptus contain high amounts of Vitamin B17.  So do the leaves of spinach leaves. Spinach leaves are loaded with antioxidants that help in combating the commencement of diseases like atherosclerosis, osteoporosis, and high blood pressure. These antioxidants are- beta-carotene, manganese, vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, and selenium.


Many beans are also good sources of Vitamin B17. Black beans, green peas, lima beans, kidney beans and lentils come under this category. The leaves as well as beans of these food items can be eaten in the form of soup or can be added in dishes. They disintegrate the enzymes which lie around the cancer cell that makes it easy for white blood cells to find them and kill these cancer producing cells.