Apple Seeds Help In Fight Against Cancer
An apple a day keeps the doctor away is a famous saying. And modern day research is showing that it is much more than myth and old wives' tale. The science behind apples shows an incredible number of beneficial phytochemicals.
Apples actually aren't as American as Apple Pie, apples are believed to be originally from Central Asia. Most apple trees today are grown from grafted trees and are not likely to produce the same tasty apple if you grow one from seed. So keep in mind grafting could be a useful skill in the future. If you however, do grow an apple tree straight from seed you will still get the cancer fighting properties just probably not as good a tasting apple.
The American Cancer Society recommends apples as one important component in a diet to lower cancer risk. No known fruit has higher antioxidant levels than apples. These chemicals and other phytochemicals help fight cancer by reducing cancer causing oxidative damage, prevents the start of cancer growth, stops tumor growth and can actually promote the death of cancer cells.
It is important to note that the peel of the apple has much more cancer fighting than the fleshy part. But maybe the strongest cancer fighting part of the apple is a part that is almost never eaten... at least not on purpose; but it should be. That part is the apple seed.
Why apple seeds? Because of a particular chemical that they contain in high amounts. Bear with me here or just eat the seeds and stop reading! Our bodies have healthy cells are full of and enzyme called Rhodanese. But Rhodanese is completely absent from cancer cells and conversely all cancer cells have an enzyme called Beta-Glucosidase found only in cancer cells.
When B17 (found in apple seeds) is ingested and absorbed, it is broken down by the Rhodanese into Thiocyanate and Benzoic acid which are beneficial. So this means that when you ingest B17 and it comes in contact with cancer cells there is no Rhodanese to break it down and neutralize it. When B17 and Beta-Glucosidase come in contact with each other, a chemical reaction occurs and the Hydrogen Cyanide and Benzaldehyde combine to produce a poison which kills the cancer cells.
So, the seeds prevent and fight cancer, so the next time you eat an apple, it is a simple matter to remove the seeds, crush them up and sprinkle them on your food. Enjoy and live cancer free!