Laetrile has been used as an anti cancer agent since the 1800’s. It is used either on its own or as part of a programme. This might include following a particular diet, high dose vitamin supplements and pancreatic enzymes.
Although, more recent studies have shown that laetrile can kill cancer cells in certain cancer types there is not enough reliable scientific evidence to show that laetrile or amygdalin can treat cancer. Despite this, it still gets promoted as an alternative cancer treatment.
People who use laetrile believe it might:
- improve their health, energy levels and wellbeing
- detoxify and cleanse the body
- help them to live longer
How you have it
Laetrile is available as:
- an injection (intravenously)
- skin lotions
- a liquid to put into the back passage (rectum)
- Taking laetrile as tablets has more side effects than having it as an injection. This is because our digestive system breaks down the laetrile and releases cyanide. Cyanide is a type of poison.
Laetrile contains cyanide. So the side effects of laetrile are the same as those of cyanide. These include:
- liver damage
- drooping eyelids
- a lack of oxygen to the body tissues
- a drop in blood pressure
- nerve damage, causing loss of balance and difficulty walking
- confusion, coma and eventually death
Avoid eating other foods containing amygdalin if you take laetrile as tablets. This may include foods like:
beans – mung, lima, butter and other pulses
high doses of vitamin C
crushed fruit stones or pips
These foods are safe to eat when you’re not taking laetrile because the levels of amygdalin in them are low.