Vitamin B17, otherwise known as Laetrile and amygdalin, is not a vitamin because the substance has not been proven to be necessary for human health, according to the American Cancer Society. A 2006 study published in the Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin claims amygdalin can help prostate cancer patients. The chemical allegedly works when the human body breaks down the substance into cyanide and amygdalin kills cancer cells.Know More
Amygdalin and Laetrile have been known to cause cyanide poisoning, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved these types of drugs for use in cancer treatments, states the ACS. Promoters of the drug claim Laetrile works by breaking off its cyanide molecules when it reaches cancer cells due to enzymes only being present in the cancerous portion of the body. This allegedly saves the body's good cells from cyanide poisoning. The science behind these claims has not been proven, according to the ACS. The effects of amygdalin on cancer cells is no different than that of normal cells.
Amygdalin is a common chemical name and Laetrile is a brand name for a drug containing amygdalin. Laetrile is made by purifying compounds found in the pits of bitter almonds, apricots and peaches. The National Center for Biotechnology Information explains amygdalin is responsible for the bitter taste in almonds.Learn more about Vitamins & Supplements
Vitamin B comes in eight different forms, isÂ water-soluble,Â helps the body with energy and red blood cell production, and itÂ is a necessary vitamin for proper bodily function. The eight types of vitamin B are: thiamin (B1), riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B6, folate and vitamin B12 with the most popular forms of vitamin B beingÂ vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.Full Answer >
B vitamins are water-soluble, as indicated by WebMD. This means that B vitamins dissolve in water, and since the human body does not store them, it needs replenish them regularly, making them a necessary part of any healthy diet.Full Answer >
Vitamin B complex consists of eight vitamins that help in energy production, amino acid metabolism and cell division, according to eVitamins. Vitamin B complex is used in the treatment of a wide variety of conditions: It aids in healing wounds, canker sores, acne, alcohol withdrawals, heartburn and hives. It also helps with anxiety, osteoporosis and premenstrual syndrome symptoms.Full Answer >
WebMD indicates that vitamin B12 is mainly used for the treatment and prevention of vitamin B12 deficiency, diseases resulting from vitamin B12 deficiency and pernicious anemia. Additionally, this vitamin is used to reduce the risk of hyperhomocysteinemia, a heart condition, and to prevent age-related macular degeneration when taken with vitamin B6 and folic acid.Full Answer >