We know very well that the fruits and the vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals. But what do we actually know about the vitamins? Vitamins are organic substances which are needed in small quantities to sustain life. The vitamins present in natural foodstuffs that are essential to normal metabolism. We get vitamins from food, because the human body either does not produce enough of them or none at all. Let’s change our knowledge about some not so popular vitamins.
Vitamin P – Actually this is not a vitamin, but a substance we now call flavonoid (or bioflavonoid). Flavonoids can be found in fruits, vegetables, and some beverages (tea, coffee, beer, wine and fruit drinks) that have antioxidant effects. Compared to other antioxidants like Vitamin C and E, the dietary intake of the flavonoids is quite high. Antioxidants are compounds that may prevent or delay some types of cell damage. The flavonoids include hesperin, hesperidin, eriodictyol, quercetin, etc. These nutrients cannot be manufactured by the body and must be supplied in the diet. If a diet contains enough fruits and vegetables, flavonoids should not be deficient. The flavonoids increase the action of Vitamin C, so that’s why they should be taken together to help maintain the thin walls of the capillaries and prevent bleeding or bruising. The flavonoids have potential beneficial effects on human health.
They have antiviral, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. They are pain relieving and promote circulation. They may be indicated in the production of bile and help to lower the blood cholesterol levels. The flavonoids can be found in many different types of plants. Some of the best sources of Vitamin P include citrus fruits (oranges, tangerines, lemons and limes). They have Vitamin P in the white area found just under the peel. Another excellent source of Vitamin P are black currants, cherries, strawberries, apricots, tomatoes, broccoli, onion, garlic, beans , red bell peppers or sweet peppers, spinach , and dark chocolate. From the beverages one of the richest in Vitamin P is the green tea. Looking to herbal supplements such as pine bark, yarrow, milk thistle, rose hips, licorice, gingko and hawthorn is another option.
Vitamin B17 – Laetrile (Amygdalin or Vitamin B17) can be found in many foods, including some nuts and fruit pits. This vitamin can be used in therapy against cancer. This is an alternative cancer treatment. Laetrile works by targeting and killing cancer cells and helps the immune system to prevent the occurrence of cancer outbreaks. Our bodies are creating cancer cells all the time and normally the immune system can take action against them. At the same time when we are stressed, under extreme situations or regular exposure to carcinogens, the growth of cancer cells may become too intense for the immune system to handle. Laetrile helps the immune system and attacks the cancer cells directly. The cancer cells have an enzyme within them, which unlocks the poison in the Laetrile, and thus the cancer cells are destroyed. Normal healthy cells do not have this enzyme. Actually they have a different enzyme which unlocks the Laetrile in a different way and releases nutrients which would neutralize any poison that they would came into contact with.
We can find Laetrile in apricot kernels. They are very nutritious. In the middle of the peach or apricot is a hard shell. When you break and open it there you can find a small seed/kernel in the middle. It’s softer with untypical taste. Exactly this seed is rich in natural Laetrile. It’s good to eat from 5 to 30 kernels per day. Other foods rich in Laetrile are bitter almonds. Laetrile tastes bitter, so sweet almonds do not contain it, and apricot kernels that are not bitter do not contain it as well. In the list with foods which contain Laetrile are apple pips, grape seeds, millet, broad beans, most berries, and many other seeds, beans, pulses and grains, but ones that have been highly hybridized.