Apricot kernel oil as moisturizer??
As I was putting my apricot kernel oil on my skin this morning it occurred to me that it might not have the best fatty acid profile. So I looked it up and found this:
Omega 3: 0%; Omega 6: 26% and Omega 9: 65%
composed of 75% oleic acid and 20% linoleic acid
I don't really know what Omega 9 is as it's hardly ever talked about. But I'm concerned that it's all poly-unsaturated. I know eating it isn't a good idea, but never thought about whether it might have the same negative effects if used on skin.
I was reading about age spots disappearing on primal when the PUFAs are eliminated. I've only been primal 6 weeks - still have a lot of age spots. But do I need to quit the apricot kernel oil and maybe use coconut oil?
Wow response is underwhelming
Guess I'll go elsewhere.
Apricot kernels have fascinated me for some time. When I was in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan during the war, all the restaurants served apricot kernels as appetizers/snacks. They were delicious and the locals claimed they had huge health benefits. When I got back to the states, I was told they were poison. Here's a couple of articles I found on the subject, as far as a cream, who knows, but I'd say the B-17 is far more a factor than the omega oils they contain.
In 1993, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets tested the cyanide content of two 220 gram (8oz) packages of apricot kernels that were imported from Pakistan which were being sold in health-food stores as a snack. The results showed that each package, if consumed entirely, contained at least double the minimum lethal dosage of cyanide for an adult human. The apricot pits were recalled and removed from stores. In spite of this, there were no USA deaths and only 1 serious toxicity from apricot kernels reported from 1979 to 1998. On average, an apricot kernel contains about 0.5 mg of cyanide.
from What Doctors Don't Tell You: Apricot kernels and cancer:
One reader wanted to know if apricot kernels really were a cancer fighter. It's a subject that's been raised before and, once again, many readers point to the work of Philip Day, and his research into the subject, which is encapsulated in his book 'Cancer: Why we're still dying to know the truth' (see: Credence home). One reader explains that apricot kernels contain vitamin B17, which is also known as laetrile or amygdalin. They're used as metabolic therapy in clinics. It's been recommended to eat 10 kernels a day as a preventative, and 40 as a therapy. They have a very bitter taste, and that's because of the cyanide in them. Readers assure us that the cyanide is inert, and can cause no harm - a view not shared by regulators in Australia, where they have been banned, according to one of our readers in New South Wales. A herbalist in New York tells us that our healthy cells have an enzyme that helps protect them from the cyanide, but cancer cells don't have the enzyme and so get zapped by the cyanide. It certainly seemed to work for one reader, who went for treatment at the Oasis of Hope clinic in Mexico. The therapy was mainly dietary, and focused on daily treatment with B17, vitamin C and other chelation infusions, plus the occasional colonic/coffee enema. Another reader stresses the importance of diet in relation to B17 therapy. He believes that cancer can be associated with a lack of two pancreatic enzymes and B17. While we produce the two enzymes naturally, we also use them to help digest animal protein, and so it's important to follow a vegan diet while supplementing with B17. The vitamin is found in the kernels and seeds of many non-citrus fruits, such as cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums and apples, although its highest concentration is found in apricot kernels.
Last edited by otzi; 06-29-2011 at 11:06 AM.