Amygdalin – cancer cure or poison?

amigdalina-2What is it?

Amygdalin is a compound of natural origin, which is classified as glycoside. Quite significant amounts of it are found in seeds of almonds, quinces, peaches, apricots and cherries. It is this particular substance that is responsible for their bitter taste.

As a result of different processes taking place in the human body, it breaks down into glucose, benzaldehyde and hydrogen cyanide.

Some history behind it.

This compound was isolated by French chemists in the middle of the 19th century.

The widespread interest in amygdalin has its roots back in the 1920s, when Dr. Ernst Theodore Krebs described it as a panacea for cancer. At the same time, he emphasized that this glycoside had toxic properties, which prevented it from being used. According to Krebs, the lack of amygdalin, or not enough of this compound in the body, is the cause of cancer. On the other hand, when introduced to the body, and as a result of its breakdown through the cyanogenic glycoside beta glycosidase into hydrogen cyanide, it was expected to destroy the tumour cells.

Research on this organic compound was continued by Ernest’s son. He managed to develop a derivative of amygdalin, which toxicity was to be significantly smaller. He called it Laetrile, and its main compound was also amygdalin, its derivative – to be exact, the so-called almond acid nitrile glucuronide. However, due to the intervention of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Laetrile was withdrawn from the market. Their decision was due to the fact that this preparation had, in spite of all, a high probability of cyanide poisoning. The favourable conditions for this effect resulted in vitamin C supplementation. Moreover, the FDA justified its decision by the lack of scientific evidence on the suitability of this preparation.

In the next step, vitamin B17 was born, which is the latest form of amygdalin.


Amygdalin nowadays.

How do researchers refer to amygdalin now? Do they confirm Krebs’s hypothesis?

As advocates emphasize, the hydrogen cyanide, commonly regarded as poisonous, is being released only in tumour cells. At the same time they add that healthy cells of the body are not affected during this therapy, which results from the fact that the body’s cells are equipped with a special enzyme, which is called rhodanase. It is thanks to this enzyme that it is impossible for the hydrocyanic acid to be released. On the contrary, tumour cells are not equipped with this enzyme. Proponents of amygdalin therapy emphasize the ability of destroying “diseased” cells, with the result of reducing tumours and preventing metastasis. In addition, they also observe the ability to ease pain, which is interpreted by the penetration of cancerous benzaldehyde molecules released from cancer cells. They reach the “healthy” cells where they are oxidized to benzoic acid, which has an analgesic effect.

In Mexico amygdalin is not only regarded as a drug of this type, but as a highly effective anti-cancer prophylaxis. Moreover, to this day, this compound can be purchased in many herbal stores. It can be bought in the form of bitter almonds or apricot kernels.

Opponents often emphasize that the results of research that prove that the level of beta glucosidase found in cancer cells is insufficient. What is more, amygdalin is one of the compounds that is not easily absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, thus leading to the hypothesis that the chances of reaching the cancer cells are very low.

In summary, it is worth emphasizing that so far, many independent studies have been carried out towards the effectiveness of amygdalin. However, there are no existing scientific circles that would justify its use in the fight against cancer. This does not reduce the interest in this glycoside. Is that why it was called “vitamin” at the time, and many people keep going back to Krebs’s discovery? Perhaps that is why still many people, especially critics of chemo and radiotherapy – consider amygdalin as unconventional panacea for cancer.

The real medical facts are that apricot kernel oil extracted in supercritical state with carbon dioxide, attains saturation with laetril (vitamin B17) at a level that American legislation recognizes as being poisonous at a dose of 10 mg, in such oil. At the same time, prominent American oncologists duplicating the methods of the world-famous Oasis of Hope Hospital (see are opening another treatment facilities in Mexico where cancer is being treated with this oil.

The therapeutic evidence of Mexican hospitals is more than promising. It seems that there is an increasing awareness of the fact that for a certain group of patients the laetril therapy may be less risky than chemotherapy.

In Europe, you can still easily buy both apricot kernels and apricot kernel oil. Extracted in supercritical state, it is available only in one product currently available on the market. How long will it still be available? We do not know…

*source: Colway Newsletter




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Hot news! Colway International has just introduced a new product which is:


This product contains 1000mg of highly bioavailable natural vitamin C in one dose. The tube contains 30 doses. It is already available for all EU countries in our online shop.

Vitamin C-olway with collagen is an uncompromising product. It contains pure collagen in a biologically active form, two plant extracts as well as trace amounts of synephrine and xanthan gum, also of natural origin. There is no added sugar (which was replaced by xylitol), mineral ascorbates, or any other forms of additional vitamin C or bioflavonoid complexes, because such combinations do not occur in nature. Green buckwheat and citruses contain enough natural flavonoids in natural complexes with vitamin C.

What it contains:

Bitter orange (Citrus aurantium L.) – is not an edible fruit, yet it acts as a great source of levorotatory vitamin C. The amount of vitamin C in the standardised extract may be as high as 42%. Bitter oranges are much richer in vitamin C than the edible ones. Additionally, they are also rich in polyphenols, anthocyanins and other powerful antioxidants such as bioflavonoids (for example, hesperidin and narirutin), thiamine, vegetable acids (such as folic, hydroxycinnamic, caffeic, coumaric, sinapic and ferulic acids) and also beta-carotene, provitamins, vitamins B1, B2 and B6, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, sodium, selenium and potassium.

Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) – is a plant known for thousands of years in Eastern medicine which has been used to fight problems such as high blood pressure, poor circulation, allergies, varicose veins, chilblains, capillary dysfunction as well as a whole spectrum of symptoms of premature ageing. It serves as a rich source of bioflavonoids, enzymes and other substances which are known to be beneficial for health. Extract of germinating buckwheat is a source of levorotatory vitamin C with the highest absorption by the human body. The plant accumulates and utilises all vitamin C potency when germinating. The extract of germinating seeds can contain up to 41% of levorotatory vitamin C, which is the best form of the vitamin for our bodies. Lyophilisates and extracts of green buckwheat are highly valued components of food additives because of the high concentration of flavonoids (up to 46,000 ppm) in their sprouts.

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Collaceina is recommended for people who:

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Collaceina is a special product, consisting of two types of capsules filled with different contents.

The capsules of the first type contain three substances, each of which is a natural and extremely important immune factor in the human body:

Lactoferrin is a glycoprotein of the innate immunity of the body, the functions of which also extend to the regulation of the adaptive immunity and many other phenomena, such as blocking the chelating capabilities of bacteria, i.e. the ability to capture ferric ions and create complex structures necessary for their existence. It is secreted by the epithelial cells that constitute the first line of our immune defense. Naturally present in the body, it protects its resources of iron, prevents the harmful effect of the most aggressive oxygen and hydroxyl radicals and reduces pathogenic flora in the digestive system.

Lactoferrin is the biggest “discovery” of recent years in relation to supporting our immunity. It stimulates rapid maturation of phagocytes and lymphocyte differentiation. It stimulates components of non-specific immunity, such as macrophages and NK (natural killer) cells – which regulates the humoral and cellular immune response. First of all, lactoferrin stimulates the mechanisms of non-specific immunity.

It is present only in the highest forms of life on Earth. So far it has not been discovered in any other species other than mammals.

Lysozyme (also called muramidase) – a highly stable cationic protein – is the slowest of the known enzymes, but it is also highly potent. It was first described by Alexander Fleming, who considered that it was lysozyme – a basic factor in the innate immunity of all living organisms – and not penicillin that was his greatest discovery. Its functions are still being discovered, and the most important of them is a strong  bacteriostatic activity, which is particularly high when muramidase is combined with lactoferrin. The synergistic antibacterial effect of these two proteins was identified, among other things, in the milk of breastfeeding mothers and in tears.

Lysozyme is present in our digestive tract, which is safe for our body. Now that an increased number of pathogenic strains become resistant to antibiotics, lysozyme supplementation can be important for improving immunity.

Colostrum (also known as beestings or first milk) – is the first gift from the mother to the child. It is a fluid that appears prior to lactation, which equips newly born mammals in immunity. Almost anything could be written about colostrum in the field of nutrition, treatment and biology of mammals – and all this will be true, because colostrum contains more than 250 natural compounds (described so far), which are only beneficial for the body. Hormones, including growth hormone (GH), oxidizing enzymes, polyamides, nucleic acid derivatives, amino acid derivatives and such compounds as lactoperoxidase, lactoferrin, cytokines. Bacteriostatic agents, including immunoglobulins, lactoperoxidase, lactenin, lysozyme and leukocytes. It also contains other antibodies, compounds that stimulate regeneration and delay signs of ageing, such as peptide growth factors: IGF-1, TGF – transforming growth factors, and even FGF, capable of activating fibroblasts. Colostrum contains leukocytes, bacteria, proteins that inhibit viral reproduction, pantothenic acid, folic acid. Numerous precursors of substances necessary for the body and easily absorbable vitamins and minerals.

It is the most valuable of imaginable foods. Supplementation with colostrum is a return to the sources of life.

The second type of capsules in Collaceina contains a symbiotic set:

Live bacterial cultures. Nine selected strains, whose task is to maintain the balance of bacterial microflora in our digestive tract and prebiotic food for them: fructooligosaccharides.

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ColamiD – a dietary supplement that is unique in the world.

A natural complex of amino acids, minerals and vitamins.

Colway started thinking about this product almost eight years ago. It was back then that Russian doctors who taught them about collagen, told them about perhaps the oldest dietary supplement consciously consumed by humans. From Alaska to the Norwegian fjords and Iceland, from a distant time, the people of the North never threw out the bones of eaten fish. They ground them thoroughly and added the remains to their food, or put them in a bowl in their households and ate this life-giving powder at every opportunity. This practice is still dine in Siberia today. Powdered fish bones, particularly from river fish, like ground egg shells in other parts of the world or other seemingly inedible animal parts – probably saved the health of Homo sapiens thousands years ago and were used as a way of supplementing minerals, micro- and macroelements, amino acids and vitamins. Eskimos, Evenks, Chukchi and Vikings, who spent months on military expeditions, and travellers exploring places where it was difficult to obtain food, managed in this way. This is how convicts, exiles in Siberia and prisoners of gulags tried to survive in the toughest imaginable conditions.

It turned out that there are Canadian and especially Russian studies confirming the effectiveness of such supplementation in large social groups. Additionally, powdered bones of northern freshwater fish do not accumulate any toxins (such as certain oceanic fish from the moderate climatic zone), and are a real treasure trove of substances which humans need in order to live. Poly amino acids, oligo- and polypeptides, but particularly 19 amino acids serving as building blocks for collagen forming bone tissue, i.e. a different type than the fibroblast collagen. Also essential amino acids. Glycosaminoglycans and virtually all elements that should be present in a good mineral complex.

Colway found such bones – a ready, bioorganic dietary supplement that has the best certificates of microbiological purity and EU standardization – and contracted their exclusive delivery. Specialists in supplementation recognized this natural composition as almost perfect.

The only substance that Colway found necessary to add is vitamin D3, which enhances the absorption of calcium and phosphorus – particularly valuable minerals among those accumulated in fish bones. Vitamin D deficiency in the human body is becoming a global problem – almost half of the Earth’s population suffers from its deficiency, which can lead to a number of complications, including cell growth disorders. Supplementation with vitamin D ensures proper bone health, especially in children. It increases the stability of immune system and reduces the risk of infectious diseases, cancer and diabetes.

Vitamin D3 for ColamiD supplement was obtained as cholecalciferol from lanolin which is present in the wool of sheep and is absorbed as much as 70% better compared to the plant form of vitamin D!

Product description – properties:

The main component of ColamiD are micronized fish bones. Raw material obtained from selected freshwater fish species living in their natural environment is subjected to enzymatic processing, and then drained and micronized. This product is completely natural and homogeneous. The only component that has been added to it is vitamin D3, and a trace amount of an anticaking agent – magnesium salt of fatty acids that allows placing the powder in organic fish gelatin capsules.

ColamiD provides the body with highly bioavailable minerals, macro- and microelements. For instance, it contains well-absorbed calcium and phosphorus of the highest quality.

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Calcium and vitamin D are indispensable for normal growth and development of bones. Their presence in ColamiD supplement makes it indicated for children.

Calcium contributes to controlling body weight. It modulates energy metabolism and contributes to the normal functioning of the cell. The wealth of minerals, amino acids and other building minerals ensures the proper functioning of the collagen genesis processes.

Ingredients: Fish bone powder, fish bone gelatin, magnesium salts of fatty acids (an anti-caking agent), vitamin D3.

Recommended daily allowance: 2 capsules per day. Take 1 capsule twice daily, during meal, with water.

Content: 60 capsules.

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Juice or natural supplement?

How often do you get advise to drink plenty of orange juice when you’ve got a cold? Eat fruit, remember about vit C etc…
That means doctors DO believe in natural methods to help your immune system, right? Why is there so much disbelief in natural supplements though?

There is about 50-100mg of vit C in one orange (depending on how big the orange is). But remember that you’d have to eat them freshly picked from the tree which for obvious reasons is not gonna happen if you live in Ireland. Fruit loose loads of nutricional values in transit.

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How many glasses of orange juice are you able to drink a day?

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One capsule of our vitamin C contains 200mg of vitamin C. It is nothing else than powdered bitter orange (inedible as a fruit) and germinating buckwheat seeds. Nothing artificial, nothing synthetic and no sugars. It is 100% natural levorotatory vitamin C rich in naturally occuring flavonoids – highly absorbable by our organism.
You can take a capsule and then eat your orange or drink your juice if you want to.

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