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I think that the apple seeds contain small traces of a cynide compound. Most fruits seeds or pit core has this simularity. This may be a natural protection to preserve the next generation of seedlings?You would have to eat allot of seeds to have an affect and I am not sure but if the seed is not crushed it may not be digested, just passed.
An enzyme found in the small intestine called beta glucosidase catalyzes the release of cyanide from amygdalin. This cyanide molecule is uniquely absorbed and used by the body. Cyanide molecule can only be broken down by an enzyme found in tumor cells, acting as a ďcancer smart-bombĒ, and neutralized by the bodyís other healthy cells. It is this breaking down of cyanide molecule in a tumor cell that makes laetrile a probable cure for cancer.
Apple pips also have a tough protective coating which makes swallowing them even less of a risky proposition; unless the pips are pulverized or masticated, the amygdalin they house remains safely contained within. Apple pips have hard, durable shells that allow them to pass intact through the digestive systems of animals, a quality which helps the apple to reproduce by distributing its seeds to new locations far from the originating trees. Were apple pips susceptible to the eroding effects of digestive juices, apple trees could not reproduce nearly as well as they do ó their seeds would not be so widely spread, and a good many of the pips would be destroyed before germinating.