Almond seeds contain ‘laetrile’ – a substance that is also known as vitamin B17. Although presently there is not sufficient scientific evidence, many herbalists claim that laetrile is effectual in treating cancers. When laetrile is used in its pure form, it is safe and does not harm our health.
However, following hydrolysis, laetrile is known to produce hydrocyanic acid, which is an extremely fast acting poison. Hence, people using laetrile should use the substance with great prudence and carefulness. When taken in tiny measures, this extremely poisonous substance invigorates respiration, enhances digestion and, at the same time, makes one feel good and healthy. Even the leaves of the almond trees possess remedial properties and some herbalists use them to treat diabetes. Almond trees enclose a compound called taxifolin, which is said to possess anti-tumor properties