Apricot Seeds Health Benefits & Nutrition Facts You Should Know

Apricot is one of the delicious fruit and beneficial for our health. These apricot fruit contains a seed just like a nut, almond shape, which is also very nutritious and sometimes fatal for the health. The apricot kernel is the inner part of the apricot seed, which is used for making oil.

Recent researches showed that the apricot seeds are proved to be having favorable effects on our health. These seeds or kernels taste bitter almost. It contains no cholesterol, a lot of minerals, vitamins like vitamin-B17 and a small amount of fat. Learn here nutritional information and health benefits of Apricot kernel.

Apricot Kernel Health Benefits

Health Benefits of Apricot Kernel


Cancer being one of the dangerous diseases, i.e. life threatening can be treated by the use of apricot or kernel seeds. An apricot seed contains high content of vitamin-B17 i.e. anti-cancer. It is also known as Amygdalin or Laetrile. This vitamin is very effective for treating cancer as it attacks the cancer cells. Cancer can be cured by consuming this vitamin B17, from apricot seeds or other fruits like apple, cherry or pear seeds. Cancer at early stage is very likely to be cured by the consumption of this vitamin B17. While this vitamin B17 is not very much effective for the 4th stage cancer.


Apricot seed oil mixed with sugar is used for skin scrubbing and in just 3 minutes makes skin complexion fair. Thus it plays important role in glowing of the skin. The scrub of these apricot seeds helps to removes all the dirt and black circles of the skin. The skin looks more fresh and new.


Blood pressure, one of the common problem among 90% of the people. These seeds or kernels also used for maintaining the blood pressure at normal level. Thus reduces the high blood pressure approximately to the normal level. Thus these seeds or kernels are very effective for blood pressure patients. It is also effective for hypertension patients, helps in relieving the tension and makes a person calm and a soothing feeling.


The seeds are used for the treatment of the joint pain called as Arthritis. Now days, arthritis is also becoming common as our diet is not that much healthy as it was before. Thus the un proper diet makes our bones and joints weak. These seeds act as anti-inflammatory agents, which is effective to reduce the symptoms of arthritis. These seeds also help to relief the pain of joints.


One of the most effective benefits is that these seeds are used for developing a strong immunity against various infections like flu and cough. Thus the use of apricot seeds or kernels boosts up the immunity level.


Along with various benefits, apricot seeds are also used for cooking purposes and also used in different salads. These seeds are also used for making the apricot jam and also in making of the Italian cookies.


The apricot seeds having many kinds of benefits have some negative aspect i.e. they are also fatal for health. Recent researches showed that the vitamin B17 contains a poisonous compound known as Amygdalin, which is converted into cyanide content in the body. This content is very harmful & dangerous for health. Other researches also showed that the apricot seeds or a kernel contains a small amount of cyanide i.e. 0.5 mg – 3.5 mg, which is not much harmful for the body. If about 80 to 560 seeds are being consumed that can be fatal for life. The various symptoms of cyanide poisoning includes nausea, headache, fever, increase in thirst, weakness etc.

Apricot Nutritional Value

Energy 48 Kcal
Carbohydrates 11 gms
Dietary fiber 2 gms
Fats 0.4 gms
Protein 1.4 gms
Vitamin A 96 ug
Beta Carotene 1094 ug
Lutein Zeaxanthin 89 ug
Vitamin B1 0.03 mg
Vitamin B2 0.04 mg
 Vitamin B3 0.6 mg
 Folate 9 ug
Vitamin B5 0.24 mg
Vitamin B6 0.054 mg
Vitamin C 10 mg
Vitamin E 0.89 mg
Vitamin K 3.3 ug
Calcium 13 mg
Magnesium 10 mg
Iron 0.4 mg
Phosphorus 23 mg
Potassium 259mg
Sodium 1 mg
Manganese 0.077 mg
Zinc 0.2 mg

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