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Posted March 02, 2016

Cyanide Danger With Certain Supplements, Health Canada Warns

On February 25, 2016,  Health Canada (the Canadian equivalent of the FDA) warned that a number of products which were available for sale in Canada may contain a potentially toxic compound called amygdalin.  

Amygdalin (also called Laetrile or madelonitrile) is a compound derived from bitter apricot kernels which can release cyanide when ingested by humans. Consuming low or moderate amounts of cyanide can have serious adverse effects, and higher amounts can be fatal. Amygdalin is sometimes promoted for the treatment of cancer.

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