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B-Vitamins IV: Amygdalin (B17), Pangamic Acid (B15), Orotic Acid (B13), PABA (B10), plus Guidelines

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Part four concludes my series about B-Vitamins. In this part, I will discuss Amygdalin (B17), Pangamic Acid (B15), Orotic Acid (B13), PABA (B10), and Some General Guidelines about how to avoid developing deficiency. You find part one here, part two here, and part three here.

Amygdalin (B17)

As a substance first found in almonds, amygdalin (sometimes called laetrile, nitrilosid, or vitamin B17) has advanced to become one of the most controversial substances of contemporary medicine.

E.T. Krebbs is sometimes claimed to have discovered the substance, but that is not correct, since it had already been discovered in the 19th century. Krebbs was probably the man who popularised it as a cancer treatment, however, and coined it as vitamin B17.

I have previously described how amygdalin works and will not repeat all of it here. You can read it in Cyanophobia.

Amygdalin is prohibited in many countries and the medical establishment has made many attempts to defame it. Do not be surprised to find texts describing it as dangerous. Yet many Americans are going to Mexico to have their cancer treated with it.

Official Recommended Daily Allowance: None. B17 is prohibited in many countries.

Optimal Dose: As a supplement, stick to the natural sources only. As a therapy, up to 2500mg per day. (But only under the supervision of a competent professional.)

Some natural sources: bitter almond, apricot seeds and alfalfa sprouts.

WARNING: Pregnant women should never use B17 in therapeutic doses. During a certain phase of pregnancy, the child can be harmed.

Pangamic Acid (B15)

Pangamic acid is important for cardiovascular and circulatory health, for glands and nerves, and for the liver. It reduces the need of oxygen and - which is essential for cancer prevention - it reduces the formation of lactic acid in muscles under strain.

B15 is useful in the treatment of all forms of cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as for prevention. It can be of special help for drug addicts trying to get rid of their addiction.

This vitamin is illegal in the United States and certain other countries.

Official RDA: Not established.

OD: 50-300mg.

Some natural sources: brewer's yeast, apricot seeds, maize.

Orotic Acid (B13)

Orotic acid stimulates growth and regulates the microflora wherever it is applied. This can be used externally too, to treat various so-called infections and inflammations on the skin or mucous membranes. It is essential for the function of heart and liver, improves immunity and combats cancer.

The best source of orotic acid is concentrated fermented whey. Diluted it can be taken as a beverage or be applied externally.

Official RDA: Not established.

OD: Not established. As therapy, 5000mg.

Some natural sources: Milk, and certain products derived from milk (especially whey), brewer's yeast.

PABA (B10)

PABA, or para-aminobenzoic acid, protects the skin from ultra violet radiation, and thus from sun-related damage.

Sometimes PABA is said to prevent hair from turning grey, or to prevent wrinkles. Nothing of this has been proved.

Another claim that has not been proved so far, is that PABA can protect against arthritis.

Official RDA: Not established.

OD: Up to 750mg. Higher doses can harm vital organs, such as liver and heart.

Some General Guidelines

There are some things you can do to reduce, eliminate or prevent B-vitamin deficiency.

1. Take a good supplement.

2. Take good care of your intestinal microflora. If you do, many B-vitamins can be produced there. Garlic, Lactobacilli and Fermented Whey - for instance - are very beneficial.

3. Ideally, food should contain the vitamins (and other nutrients) that it needs for its own digestion, its use, and to remove the waste it generates. Unfortunately this is rarely the case. White sugar is a terrible example. It contains nothing but a lot of energy. It needs to steal minerals and vitamins from other sources in the body. If there is not sufficient amount available somewhere, the processes of the body are interrupted. You will become ill and gradually develop degenerative disease.

This is a simple equation: Ingested nutrients must be (at least) equal to used nutrients. As long as they are, you will not have any deficiency. But if you ingest less than you need, deficiencies will rapidly develop, and you will age, your vitality will fade, and you will become ill. Ultimately this process leads to death.

This problem can be approached from both ends. First, minimise your use of industrial and refined food, which causes a deficit of vitamins. Second, add some superfoods that contain a vitamin surplus - that is, where ingested vitamins are more than those used. (The same reasoning goes for minerals or other essential nutrients.)

For B-vitamins, I recommend:

Brewer's Yeast, which contains all known B-vitamins, and probably even some so far unknown ones. It also contains a lot of minerals and nucleic acids. If you look at its contents, the amounts are not overwhelming, but the synergy is excellent. I recommend this to be used daily. Many times if possible.

I prefer yeast as powder. It is cleaner and easier to use in a beverage or on food. If you take liquid ascorbic acid, adding one or two tablespoons of Brewer's yeast to it makes a good vitamin drink.

Alfalfa sprouts, which contain all known essential nutrients: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, etc. in perfect combination. Use as often as possible, preferably daily.

For those able to access it, I recommend Fermented Whey and Molasses as well. Both are full of B-vitamins and minerals.

Lecithin, a source of choline and inositol, can be bought in health food stores. It gets rancid very easily, so be sure to check the expiry date. I have found granular lecithin to be the best and most effective form.

Read the whole series about B-vitamins:

B-Vitamins I: Introduction

B-Vitamins II: Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pyridoxine, Cyanocobalamin

B-Vitamins III: Folic Acid, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Choline, Inositol

B-Vitamins IV: Amygdalin (B17), Pangamic Acid (B15), Orotic Acid (B13), PABA (B10), plus Guidelines

Other related articles:

Why Dietary Supplements are Needed

Supplements, Getting Them Right: Some Points to Consider

All my articles on Vitamins, Minerals & Nutrients can be found here.

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