Friday, October 18, 2013

Apricot Power - An Anti-Cancer Smoothie

Here comes another October recipe with a potential to prevent breast cancer. For many years this was my secret recipe. I am sharing it with you now in hope that you make a good use of it. It can be made all year round.

I love fresh apricots and I use fresh of frozen ones very often, but for this particular smoothie I prefer to use dried wild mountain apricots. They are one of the "miracle" foods of the Hunza people. The Hunzas are known for their longevity which can be attributed, among others, to the foods they eat. Wild apricots and apricot kernels play great part of their daily diet. Cancer is an unknown disease there.

Dried wild mountain apricots are a bit more tart that the cultivated varieties. They are also more fragrant. If they are hard to get you can use the regular ones. Just make sure that they are unprocessed and organic.

One of the most interesting anti-cancer substances is the amygdalin. Amygdalin is a naturally occurring substance found mostly in kernels of apricots and peaches. Laetrile is a chemically modified form of amygdalin. Both substances are used in natural anti-cancer therapies, but neither was approved by the FDA. On the contrary, consumers are being warned about the dangers of potential cyanide poisoning since both contain small amounts of a compound that can be converted to cyanide in the human body. However, those who support alternative cancer treatments know that laetrile is a perfect chemotherapeutic agent. It supposedly kills cancer cells, but is not toxic to healthy cells.

Apricots - fresh and dried - are a good source of vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium and cobalt. Apricots are rich in compounds such as carotenoids, especially beta-carotene, as well as gallic acid and several procyanidins, hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives, flavonols, and anthocyanins. All these compounds are known for their cancer-fighting properties.

Apricots are also a good source of enterolactone. Enterolactone is a phytoestrogen produced by the bacteria in the gut from lignans found in foods such as sesame seeds, flax seeds, whole grains including rye and wheat, as well as  variety of fruits and vegetables. Diverse studies demonstrated a relationship between high levels of enterolactone in serum and the occurrence of breast cancer. Women whose diet was rich in lingans had a much higher concentrations of enterolactone and a diminished risk of breast cancer.

~ Apricot Power Anti-Cancer Smoothie ~

This is a very quick morning smoothie recipe, but it requires some preparation. You have to soak rehydrate dried apricots and soak apricot kernels overnight. 

Wash the apricots and macerate them in a bowl of purified water. Do not discard the water in the morning. You can add it to your smoothie or drink it straight up.

In a separate bowl cover washed apricot kernels with purified water and allow to soak for the entire night. In the morning, discard the water and rinse the kernels before throwing them into a blender.

  • 1 cup dried apricots (I used wild mountain apricots)
  • 1/2 cup apricot kernels
  • 1 Tbsp cold pressed apricot kernel oil - makes this smoothie taste like marzipan
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water in which you re-hydrated the apricots
  • few drops organic vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt 
  • 2-3 ice cubes (optional)

  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 
  • Pour your smoothie into clean smoothie glasses and enjoy in good company.

Tip: For a fruitier taste add some fresh or frozen apricots.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon ©2013

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease. 


Also of interest: How to Prevent Breast Cancer by Dominique Allmon
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