Maryam Amerikhah, BS student in nutrition; Dr. Ario Movahedi PhD in Clinical Nutrition: The human body is made up of millions upon millions of cells that together make up tissues such as muscles, bones and skin.
Most of the body’s natural cells grow and reproduce in response to stimuli from inside and outside the body, and eventually die in a natural process.
If this process is in balance and correct, the body will remain healthy and maintain its normal function, but any change in this process will lead to various diseases, including cancer.
Although the exact cause of this condition has not yet been determined and there is still an aura of ambiguity about the reality of cancer, genetic mutations and molecular structural changes inside the cell are among the most common cases of scientists.
These genetic changes in a normal cell may occur for no apparent reason and cause a cell to become cancerous, but in most cases, the transformation occurs as a result of repeated exposure to carcinogens such as alcohol and tobacco.
The appearance and function of cancer cells are different from normal cells, which changes the behavior of the cell and its physiological mechanisms.
A set of cancer cells together form a cancerous tumor, which is usually a stage that may be seen years after the cancer, or in some cases the tumor grows so fast that it occurs in a short time.
Sometimes tumors are benign and do not grow, but if the tumor cells grow and divide and destroy the normal cells around them and invade other parts of the body, the tumor is considered malignant. As the tumors grow and become larger, they prevent nutrients and oxygen from reaching healthy cells, and as cancer progresses, healthy cells die and the patient’s function and health are destroyed.
If this process is not stopped, the cancer will lead to the death of the patient. Cancer is a serious disease that affects a person’s physical and mental health. According to the latest results of the country’s cancer registration program, cancer is the third leading cause of death in the country, with 52% in men and 48% in women.
Cancer causes more than 40,000 deaths annually in Iran. According to global statistics, the number of cancer patients will increase from 11 million and 800 thousand people in 2005 with a 55% increase to 18 million and 200 thousand people in 2020.
Due to the importance of treating this disease, various hypotheses and treatment methods have been used over the centuries that have more or less affected the progression of this disease, but definitive treatment of this disease is still out of reach.
Among the many strategies for treating or preventing cancer, returning to nature may be recommended as a complementary and desirable solution among other methods. This is due to the fact that there are a number of communities in different societies that are cancer-free and have not even heard of cancer.
During his research, Dr. Krebs found that Native American tribes did not have a problem like cancer. Obviously, this must have a reason.
UNESCO data also show that the Honza tribe is the only cancer-free part of the world. The Honza are a people living in a mountain range on the border of China, India and Afghanistan.
Studies of these tribes have shown that many of their people live to be 100 years old. Findings show that they dry a lot of apricot products in the light in their diet and consume them extensively.
In fact, apricots are the first source of wealth for honey and their wealth is based on the number of apricot trees per person. And in these tribes, its brain is used as an evening snack.
Further study of apricots and their kernels showed that the plant contained a substance called amygdalin. Amygdalin is a plant compound that contains sugar and produces cyanide.
This natural product is widely found in the seeds of fruits such as apricots, peaches, and..
In recent years, and according to studies, it has been seen that the above combination can play a role in the improvement and control of cancer.
It was first isolated in 1830 and used as an anti-cancer agent in Russia in early 1845.
The synthetic form of amygdalin is called lateral, which is said to have a positive synergistic effect on cancer recovery when combined with anti-cancer chemicals.
It is sometimes classified as a B vitamin and family, and many use the nickname Vitamin B17 or Laetril.
Some studies have suggested that it has anti-cancer properties. The chemical formula of amygdalin is C20H27NO11 and its molecular weight is 42.457.
Its anti-cancer functions include breaking down carcinogens in the body, blocking the supply of nutrients to tumor cells, and inhibiting the growth of cancer cells.
This substance is especially considered in cancers of the prostate, lung, colon and rectum.
Amygdalin is a non-toxic compound in itself, and these products are the result of the breakdown of amygdalin, which is considered toxic, and this can be effective in improving the cancer process.
Amygdalin can be broken down into HCN and benzaldehyde. HCN is an antitumor compound, and benzaldehyde can induce analgesic action. Therefore, this combination can be used to cure cancer and reduce the pain caused by it.
As for its mechanism, it should be noted that when amygdalin enters the body, it is broken down by the enzyme beta-glucosidase into hydrogen cyanide and benzaldehyde, both of which kill cancer cells.
Although unlikely, if hydrogen cyanide enters healthy cells, it produces a compound called thiocyanate under the enzyme rodance, which is metabolized by the liver.
In fact, the enzyme beta-glucosidase plays a major role. It is important to note that lateral has been more effective in cancers of the lung, colon, rectum, and prostate.
In studies of cancer patients, some cancer patients showed a complete response and all of their signs and symptoms of cancer disappeared, while in others it was associated with a reduction in tumor size.
Despite these studies, for the final conclusion and definitive opinion, we still need more studies on cancer patients in different types and degrees of cancer to confirm the effectiveness of amygdalin to identify its final mechanism.