Health Benefits of Apricot Seed or Kernel
In summary the health benefits of eating apricot seed or kernel are as follows:
It is claimed that vitamin B17 helps in the prevention of cancer. Apricot seed has the highest percentage of B17 in any fruits and consuming this seed will help prevent cancer.
Vitamin B17, and hence apricot seed, also helps to lower high blood pressure
Helps to reduce pain associated with arthritis.
Help to maintain the general health and well-being. Hence, it will strengthen the ability to resist infections like colds and flu
Most people eat apricot seeds not just for the overall general well-being, but because of its property to prevent cancer. Let us explore this further.
Apricot Seed in Cooking
The benefit of apricot seed is now available in oil form!
It is used for cooking and in the flavoring of amaretto, a traditional Italian liquor.
You can also use it as salad oil. It is however, an expensive oil, but its many health benefits may well justify its high cost.
Apricot Seed Oil in Cosmetic
Apricot seed oil is rich in sterois, fatty acids, Vitamin E & A and can help moisturize and nourish skin especially for dry and mature skins. It is widely used in cosmetics especially in creams, soaps and skin lotions.
The oil is easily absorbed by the skin and will not leave an oily residue. Hence, it is popular as a massage oil as well as sunbathing oil.
It is also used as a base in aromatherapy blends.