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Taking high doses of apricot kernel extract could be lethal

A Victorian man who gave himself cyanide poisoning from an apricot kernel extract highlights the dangers of some supplementary medicines, doctors say.

The man was taking more than 17 milligrammes of the extract every day, enough to raise blood cyanide to about 25 times acceptable levels, said the team.

He told doctors he'd taken two teaspoons of home-made apricot kernel extract and three Novodalin, or herbal fruit kernel supplement tablets, daily for five years.

The man was lucky that the doctors caught the proof of cyanide, as he was not seen with any symptoms.

Despite expressing our concerns regarding the continued consumption of apricot kernel extract and being satisfied that our viewpoint was understood, the patient elected to continue self-administering apricot kernel extract. - the doctors wrote.

The man's self-endorsed apricot regimen depended on an option solution conviction that apricot portions can anticipate or cure growth. According to the reports, in 2015, when he was under anesthetic, the doctors noticed that his red blood cells had low levels of oxygen and they appointed him for routine surgery. The man was in remission from prostate cancer and was trying to stop it from reoccurring.

Apricot parts contain amygdalin, additionally called laetrile, which is changed over into cyanide when it enters the body, at that point keeps cells from utilizing oxygen, murdering them.

"(The patient) believed very strongly that the kernel extract was going to prevent a cancer. from coming back", Dr Konstantatos said.

Acute cyanide poisoning causes symptoms like headaches, dizziness, shortness of breath, vomiting, seizures, loss of consciousness, cardiac arrest and death, usually within a few minutes.

Apricot kernels, along with cherry seeds, peach pits and apple seeds, can release cyanide in the body.

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The United Kingdom, Canada and the United States all have maximums on either apricot bit admission of safe levels or cyanide for foodstuffs.



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