Two B-Complex Vitamins That Help Prevent Disease

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Fresh and raw apricot seeds.

Apricot seeds contain the healthy B-vitamins B15 and B17.

Did you know that two of the B-Complex vitamins can help in the prevention of cancer and diseases such as Fibromyalgia? These two vitamins also support recovery from alcohol and drug addiction.

What are these two vitamins?

Vitamins B15 and B17.

All animals instinctively know that vitamins B15 and B17 are nature’s cancer prevention. Did you know?

You can get these two vitamins from natural foods, but they have been outlawed as supplements in the United States for decades. They have been removed from the B-Complex vitamin supplement, and are not included in any manufactured foods.

Hum. I wonder WHY?

The Forbidden Vitamin B15

Vitamin B15, also known as Pangamic Acid, remains a controversial vitamin in America, and was removed from all B-Complex supplements in the 1970s. Over four decades ago, the FDA took Pangamic Acid products off the market. However, today, many companies are selling B15 in the United States again, returning to a time when it was openly used as a supplement through the 1970s. 

My favorite company is Apricot Power. The company was started by the sons of Dr. John  Richardson, my mentor behind my book, The Richardson Cancer Prevention Diet.

The FDA still monitors the wide range of medical conditions treated with B15 in other countries, but they still have not restored its rightful place in the B-Complex vitamins.

Russia has been the most progressive country using B15, believing it to be a very important nutrient treating a multitude of symptoms and diseases. Russian scientists have shown Pangamic Acid reduces the buildup of lactic acid in athletes, which lessens muscle fatigue and increases endurance.

Now you can see why this vitamin helps with Fibromyalgia.

B15 is used regularly in many countries for many health issues, including:

  • Alcoholism

    A picture of a shaft of wheat and a glass of beer.

    B15 and B17 are used in many countries to treat alcoholism.

  • Drug addiction
  • Aging and senility
  • Minimal brain damage in children
  • Autism
  • Schizophrenia
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Skin diseases
  • Liver disease
  • Chemical poisonings

Dimethyl glycine (DMG) is used in the United States as a substitute for B15 because it is believed to increase Pangamic Acid production in the body. Dimethyl glycine combines with gluconic acid to form Pangamic Acid. DMG is considered the active component of Pangamic Acid.

Why not just use Pangamic Acid directly?

Here are some foods that Pangamic Acid is found in:

  • Whole grains such as brown rice
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • Apricot kernels
  • Beef blood

Benefits of B15

B15 helps in the formation of specific amino acids such as methionine. It plays a role in the oxidation of glucose in cell respiration. Like vitamin E, B15 acts as an antioxidant helping to lengthen cell life through its protection from oxidation. Pangamic Acid mildly stimulates the endocrine and nervous systems, and by enhancing liver function, it helps in the detoxification process.

B15 has been shown to lower blood cholesterol, improve circulation and general oxygenation of cells and tissues, and is helpful for arteriosclerosis and hypertensionsome of America’s most common diseases.

In Europe, vitamin B15 has been used to treat premature aging because of both its circulatory stimulus and its antioxidant effects. It helps protect the body from pollutants, especially carbon monoxide. Pangamic Acid (and possibly DMG) offers support for anyone living in a large, polluted city or under high-stress.

A woman with an ice bag on her head.

Research shows that B15 helps with a hangover.

As previously mentioned, in Russia, Pangamic Acid is used in treating alcohol dependency and is believed to reduce alcohol cravings. It has been reported to diminish hangovers, too.

B15 has also been used to treat fatigue, as well as asthma and rheumatism, and it even has some anti-allergic properties. Some child psychiatrists have reported good results using Pangamic Acid with emotionally disturbed children; it is used to stimulate their speaking ability and related mental functions. B15 may also be a helpful nutrient for autism, but more targeted research is needed.

An apple sliced in half with the seeds.

Apples have B17 in their seeds.

Nature’s Cancer Prevention – B17

Are you familiar with vitamin B17? Maybe you have heard of it by its other name – Laetrile.

B17 is another B-vitamin that Americans have not been able to access because, just like B15the FDA took it off the market in the 1970s, and removed it from the B-Complex vitamins.

And, like B15, it is unlawful for any health practitioner to administer this vitamin to patients, but, again, it appears things are changing today and more people now have access to B17. Apricot seeds are the best source for B17, and I remember when the FDA removed apricot seeds from the shelves of every health food store and natural market throughout the USA.

Once it was banned, it was forgotten. Limited research in America has been conducted on vitamin B17 since 1977.

According to the research from decades ago, vitamin B17 is a natural cyanide-containing compound that gives up its cyanide content only in the presence of a particular enzyme group called beta glucosidase or glucuronidase. 

Miraculously, this enzyme group is found almost exclusively in cancer cells.  When it is found elsewhere in the body, it is accompanied by greater quantities of another enzyme, rhodanese, which has the ability to disable the cyanide and convert it into completely harmless substances.

How does this help prevent cancer and assist other cancer therapies?


So, according to past medical knowledge, cancer cells are faced with a double threat: the presence of a unique enzyme exposing the cancer to cyanide, which results in the cancer’s failure to protect itself.  Leave it to nature to provide a form of cyanide that can naturally destroy a cancer cell.  The cancer cells that are unable to withstand the cyanide are destroyed, while non-cancerous cells are not threatened by the cyanide, and remain unharmed.

Never underestimate the body’s potential when given the right tools!

Vitamin B17 is found naturally in many foods.  If you eat foods containing vitamin B17, your body will know what to do with it.  All other animals instinctively do this.

Consider this nature’s cancer prevention. 

If only modern medicine would allow it.

a picture of the jacket cover for The Richardson Cancer Prevention Diet.

I have written about B15 and B17 in The Richardson Cancer Prevention Diet.

Some Cyanide History

San Francisco’s Ernst T. Krebs, Sr., M.D. discovered the healing qualities of vitamin B17 in 1923. His sons, Ernst T. Krebs, Jr., PhD, and Byron Krebs, M.D. continued their father’s research in 1952, refining Laetrile’s (B17) nutritional qualities.

From their research, the Krebs believed cancer was not caused by an outside invading force but rather by malfunctions of the normal mechanics within the body itself. They identified cancer as a “deficiency disease.” The body’s malfunctions, according to their research, were the result of a deficiency of certain chemicals found in food, a deficiency of chemicals they specifically identified as vitamin B17, as well as a deficiency of enzymes known as trypsins produced in the pancreas.

The Krebs had discovered a natural, drugless method to help prevent cancer.  But their discovery wasn’t original. Years prior to any of the Drs. Krebs’ works, Drs. George B. Wood and Franklin Bache, M.D. published a reference volume in 1833 in which they described amygdalin, derived from B17, as a common treatment for a wide range of diseases and disorders.

Vitamin B17 is also referred to as a nitriloside, which is the foundation for Laetrile, amygdalin, and prunasinTogether with the pancreatic enzyme trypsin, these can form a natural barrier against cancer growth.

If foods containing any of the nitrilosides are eaten regularly, the body’s own immune mechanisms can naturally battle cancer-forming cells.  But if foods containing these critical vitamins are not regularly consumed (or manufactured), nature’s mechanisms can’t work as effectively against the buildup of factors at the root of cancer and the countless number of degenerative diseases.

This is happening to human beings today.

Not only are advanced societies environmentally polluted to dangerous levels, but also more and more foods are being altered from their natural state by man’s own doing.  Modern freeze-dried, fat-free, sugar-free, calorie-free, weight-watchful, microwavable artificial food substitutes don’t contain nitrilosides.  Most food manufacturers don’t even know what nitrilosides are. Never in human history have artificial foods saturated with preservatives and unhealthy chemicals dominated the food supply to the degree they do today.

Modern nourishment is no longer nourishing.

In the late 1970’s, Dr. Harold W. Manner, PhD., Chairman of the Biology Department at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, studied the overall value of Laetrile (B17).  His work was well respected and considered among the first unbiased studies since the Krebs’ in the 1920s.  He reported Laetrile as being virtually non-toxic.

When Dr. Manner used Laetrile in his medical research, along with vitamin A and digestive enzymes, he discovered the production of antibodies was stimulated against spontaneous breast tumors in his laboratory mice.  He studied the results of complete regression in 76 percent of the treated mice with mammary gland cancers.

Dr. Manner believed Laetrile received its best results when used in conjunction with digestive enzymes, a traditional balanced diet, and with vitamin A.

No physician has had more clinical experience with Laetrile than Ernesto Contreras, Sr., M.D. of the Contreras Hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, formerly The Oasis Of Hope Hospital.  Dr. Contreras has clinically used Laetrile for more than forty years on thousands of terminally diagnosed patients, and has received impressive results.

One of Dr. Contreras’ patients was a man suffering from severe colon cancer.  Using Laetrile treatments in conjunction with detoxification protocols and proper vitamin supplementation, Contreras was able to arrest the progression of his patient’s cancer.  The man lived more than fifteen years beyond his predicted death.

The following is a list of foods rich in vitamin B17:

  • Watercress
  • Spinach
  • Bamboo sprouts
  • Alfalfa sprouts
  • Lentil sprouts
  • Whole nuts
  • Mung bean sprouts
  • Ground nuts
  • Garbanzo sprouts
  • Apple seeds
  • Apricot seeds

For more information about cancer prevention, please visit my Richardson Cancer Prevention Diet Book and Video Program.



Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. The FDA may not have evaluated some of the statements.  This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding supplements or making any changes to your dietary program.

Before taking vitamins, consult your doctor; pre-existing medical conditions or medications you are taking can affect how your body responds to multivitamins.

About Janet Hull PhD, CN

Janet Starr Hull, PhD, CN has been working with clients in the holistic health field since 1995. Using natural medicine to cure herself from a diagnosis of Graves’ disease caused by aspartame, Dr. Hull began researching the toxic causes of disease. Today, she is one of the world’s leading experts in environmental toxicology and holistic health and nutrition. Dr. Hull is the first researcher to publicly expose the dangers of aspartame. Connect with Dr. Hull on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

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