In this pristine Valley….
Hidden is a a real yet sublime & magical Apricot, called the Hunza.
THE HUNZA PEOPLE
We could take a few lessons from the indigenous people and traditional cultures which grace our planet, such as the Hunza.
Their beautiful wisdom, spirits, and dietary habits are way more developed than any of the developed nations on the face of the earth; the proof is in their radiance & longevity.
AN OASIS WHERE DISEASE IS NOT
There are a people who are strong, fearless, and understand their relationship to their environment.
They can see as far as Eagles.
There heart beats strong and beautifully.
They often live longer than 100 years.
LEAN AND MEAN HUNZA EATING MACHINES
These people all share something very special in common. A staple of which virtually every aspect of their society is based. They are known as the “Hunza”. And their staple is the “Hunza” Apricot.
No foreign legion has been able to truly colonize & conquer this region since Alexander the Great. The air is thin. The people are fierce. And they live a long time. They are the Hunza.
The Hunza people eat dried apricots, apricot seed oil, roasted apricot kernels as their main dietary foods.
These Hunza-Kots are not very large, but pack a punch of nutrients. They are the magical fruit.
This sublime treasure of Northern Pakistan is unique; it’s a product of the valley’s elevation, longitude, latitude, climate. Also the plant & animal life that it co-habitates with contribute to it’s nutrient profile.
It is not just an Apricot. It’s a Hunza Apricot.
And science will never truly comprehend the science behind what makes it truly special.
As a side note, most varieties of Apricots are considered to have kernals that are poisonous or toxic.
As a Chinese Herbalist, I remember in one of my first herb classes learning about Apricot Kernel (“Tao Ren”) and Peach Kernel (“Xing Ren”). Both of these kernels are used in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Apricot Kernel or Apricot Seed (“Tao Ren”) is considered by many Doctors of Chinese Medicine to be one of the most powerful blood activators in the Herbal Pharmacopia — it is used to help eliminate stagnation and has a very powerful “activating” property.
Peach Kernel or Peach Seed (“Xing Ren”) appears in many Lung Herbal Medicinal Formulas to help eliminate cough and support the Lungs.
The Treasure of the Valley – Hunza Apricot
The legendary and special Hunza Apricot is not only the very essence of the Hunza Civilization, the Hunza Apricot Kernel or Pit, is NOT toxic.
In fact, the Hunza people proudly and routinely EAT the Hunza Apricot Kernel / Pit.
YES, you heard it correct! The Hunza Apricot Kernel / Pit is EDIBLE.
Curiously, Big Pharma got a whiff of the Hunza Magic, and created a drug called “Laetril” / “Amygdalin.”
The drug company sold this drug for the treatment of cancer. The pharmaceutical drug Laetril was basically an attempt by Big Pharma to copy the ingredients in the Hunza Apricot Kernel, which is eaten by the Hunza people daily.
And cancer is almost non-existent among the Hunza people.
One thing is clear; the Hunza has life extending properties as proof of the radiant health and long life that the Hunza people share — they generally all seem to live way past 100 years old.
The Hunza Apricots kernels are sweet and edible when roasted.
Is this the secret behind the legendary long life spans of the Hunza people ?
What is it about the Hunza Apricot that seems to have mystical & magical powers ?
Botanists and Horticulturists from the USDA have travelled to the Hunza region in the Northern Pakistan region and procured samples of these magical and famous Apricot varieties growing there.
Upon their return, the USDA researchers attempted to answer this mystery. Nothing conclusive yet.
So many things contribute to the special qualities of a fruit. The location of the tree takes in everything around it that grows in the ground.
The minerals, herbs, other fruits, trees, and animals that live in the area affect the organism. All these ingredients, plus the longitude and latitude, elevation all figure into this complex equation.
This is possibly why certain regions in the world are famous for their wines. The same reasons. The grape vines take in everything around it, consume it, and are influenced by it — giving it a unique personality and signature, just like a human soul. A baby is a product of not only it’s scientific genetics from father & mother, but immensely affected by the environment in which the mother is in during pregnancy, the diet the mother partakes in, and affected by all the cumulative experiences the mother has during pregnancy.
All organisms share this magic.
We are a product of everything around us, near us, and that crosses paths with us.
Why are Hunza Apricots so powerful ?
Hunza fruits are smaller apricots, and many feel they are too small for commercial usage. This is probably why you do not see them in your local produce section at the supermarket.
APRICOT GENERAL NUTRITIONAL PROFILE
Apricots in general are wonderful and regardless of the variety will contain a full spectrum of minerals, which many fruits contain. Minerals such as trace amounts of Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium.
Apricots are jam-packed with phytosterols. Random samplings of Apricots have been found to have β-sitosterol, α-tocopherol, stigma sterol, ergosterol.
What are Phytosterols ? Basically when you hear this word, think “cholesterol.” These are specific to plants. The main difference is chemistry and some carbon side chains & the presence or absence of a double bond.
You may be familiar with vegetable oils and products made from them such as nuts. Nuts are super rich in Phytosterols. Cereals, fruits, berries actually may offer one of the most significant sources of phytosterols.
So vegans and vegetarians — no worries!
A good solid & thoughtful vegetarian diet can include somewhere around 700mg per day of Phytosterols.
Many health experts and scientists believe that Phytosterols have the ability to Lower Cholesterol, as per experiments done in 1953 on humans. Big Pharma even made a drug called Cytellin in 1954, for the treatment of elevated Cholesterol, based on Phytosterols. The drug was available from 1954-1982.
Phytosterols, having multiple actions and mechanisms, also may possibly inhibit lung, stomach, ovarian and breast cancers. Phytosterols have been proven to inhibit carcinogen production, cancer-cell growth, angiogenesis, and ultimately impact metastasis. This is the word used to describe the spreading of a cancer in the body. Because Phytosterols may increase the activity of antioxidant enzymes in the body, oxidative stress is greatly reduced.
The most common Phytosterols are β-sitosterol, campesterol and stigma sterol.
POLYPHENOLS & FLAVONOIDS RUN WILD IN APRICOTS
Catechin, Rutin, Resveratrol, Myricetin, Morin, Kaempferol all are present in many Apricot varieties. One major thing phenolic compounds achieve in the body is lipid peroxidation. They are fat busters basically.
You may have heard of Resveratrol, as it’s a hugely popular supplement available in the health food stores. Red wine, Green Tea are famous for this as well, but an Apricot a day may be the best way to hedge your heart beats and bets — and stay heart smart and healthy.
WHAT IS A POLYPHENOL
Think Anti-Oxidant. Think Photochemical. Basically these antioxidants number in over 4,000 distinct species and kick ass in their chosen profession. They have the ability to affect cell to cell signaling, receptor sensitivity, inflammatory enzyme activity and even gene regulation. Whaaaaa whaaaaa ? Sweeeeeeet!
Green Tea is one of the superstars when it comes to Polyphenols.
Other sources include honey, legumes, most dark pigmented berries like Blueberries and Blackberries. When you hear Polyphenol think color and dark.
Fruits include Pomegranate, cherries, cranberries, grapes, plums, raspberries, strawberries. Vegetables include broccoli, parsley.
And of course Red wine, chocolate, white tea, green tea, olive oil are some of the heavy hitters that people have heard about when it comes to the buzz word “Anti-Oxidant.”
What is super cool is the evolution component at play here.
Plants Make their their Own Vitamin C
About 500 million years ago, freshwater and terrestrial plants started to “learn” how to internally manufacture things like Vitamin C (ascorbic acid), polyphenols (a flavonoid is a polyphenol), and tocopherols.
In fact recently, 50-200 million years ago, certain fruits & flowers of angiosperm. ANGIOSPERM ? Is that a whale with a big heart ? No, it is the dominant plant of today and most their COLOR or PIGMENT (ANTI-OXIDANT POWERS), evolved during the period when the Dinosaurs roamed (Jurassic period).
WHAT IS A FLAVONOID
First a Flavonoid is a type of Polyphenol. When you hear FLAVONOID think PIGMENT. This is what gives plants their beautiful and rich color.
One of the more famous players is Quercetin, a bioflavonoid, that is thought to modify allergens, bacteria, viruses, and carcinogens. Quercetin also in vitro has demonstrated anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-cancer, and anti-diarrheal activities.
MULTI-VITAMIN IN A FRUIT: THE APRICOT REIGNS SUPREME
Think ABCDEK. The full Aphabet Soup of Vitamins!
These are the main Vitamins in Apricots.
Vitamin A is abundant in most Apricots. Also Vitamin C, D, E and K are present. Many of the B-Complex vitamins that you would find in a vitamin such as Riboflavin, Niacin, B6, Folate, B12, Pantothenic Acid and Choline can be found in Apricots.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the ABC’s of the basic vitamins that are bursting out of most Apricot varieties:
(Average of 96 μg in 1 Apricot)
• Gene Transcription
• Immune Function
• Embryonic development,
• Bone Metabolism
• Skin & Cellular Health
• Anti-Oxidant Acitivity
Sources: (Non-Animal Only)
Dandelion Greens 5588 IU
Carrots 835 μg
Broccoli 800 μg
Sweet Potato 709μg
B3: Niacin or Niacinamide
B5: Pantothenic Acid
B9: Folic Acid
B12: Cobalamins; cyanocobalamin
• Supports Healthy Metabolism
• Essential for Immune System
• Food for the Nervous System
• Maintains Skin, Hair and Muscle tone
Kombucha, whole grains, potatoes, bananas, lentils, chili peppers, tempeh, beans, nutritional yeast, brewers yeast, nmolasses
Animal Products such as Turkey, Tuna, and Liver.
B12 difficult to find for Vegetarians or Non-Animal Sources. Many use Spirulina and claim it has pound for pound, highest amount of Vitamin B12. This has been contested in scientific study, and scientists disagree, saying that this is untrue.
Yeast Extract may be the best bed for Vegans. Marmite, popular in Britain & Europe, packs 0.5 μg per teaspoon. This may offer the highest amount for a “Vegan.”
A poor 2nd choice, since it will not fulfill a Vegan dietary requirement, but may satisfy some basic vegetarian dietary needs is Cheese.
Cheese is a very good source of B12, packing around 3.34μg per 100g serving.
For VEGANS, we advise supplementing your diet with a Vitamin B12 supplement from the health food store at this time.
We cannot fully endorse Spirulina, and realize that Vitamin B12 deficiency can be common in Vegans who do not take a Vitamin B12 supplement. They run the risk of getting anemia, nervous system damage, heart disease factors and possible pregnancy complications.
The Vegan Society advises that all VEGANS do ONE of the following:
• Eat Fortified foods 2 or 3 times a day to get at least three (3) micrograms (mcg) of B12 a day
• Take one (1) B12 supplement daily providing at least 10 micrograms
• Take a Weekly B12 supplement providing at least 2000 micrograms
• Potent Anti-Oxidant
• Supports Collagen Synthesis
• Immune System Modulator: Phagocytes, Cytokines, and Lynphocytes
(Non-Animal Sources, per 100g Serving)
Kakadu Plum 1000-5300mg
Camu Camu 2800 mg
Acerola 1677 mg
Seabuckthorn 695 mg
Mica Miro 500 mg
Indian Gooseberry 445 mg
Rose Hip 426 mg
Baobab 400 mg
Chili Pepper 244 mg
Guava (common, raw) 228 mg
Black Current 200 mg
Red Pepper 190 mg
Kiwifruit 90 mg
Broccoli 90 mg
Loganberry 80 mg
Redcurrant 80 mg
Brussel Sprouts 80 mg
Wolfberry (Goji Berry) 73 mg
Lychee 70 mg
Persimmon (native, raw) 66 mg
Cloudberry 60 mg
Elderberry 60 mg
Papaya 60 mg
Strawberry 60 mg
Orange 50 mg
Kale 41 mg
Lemon 40 mg
Melon (Caneloupe) 40 mg
Cauliflower 40 mg
Garlic 31 mg
Grapefruit 30 mg
Rasberry 30 mg
Tangerine 30 mg
Mandarin Orange 30 mg
Passion Fruit 30 mg
Spinach 30 mg
Cabbage (raw green) 30 mg
Lime 30 mg
Mango 28 mg
Blackberry 21 mg
Potato 20 mg
Melon (Honeydew) 30 mg
Tomato (red) 13 mg
Cranberry 13 mg
Blueberry 10 mg
Pineapple 10 mg
Pawpaw 10 mg
Grape 10 mg
Plum 10 mg
Watermelon 10 mg
Avocado 8 mg
Crabaple 8 mg
Persimmon (Japanese, fresh) 7 mg
Onion 7 mg
Cherry 7 mg
Peach 7 mg
Apple 6 mg
Pear 4 mg
Fig 2 mg
Bilberry 1 mg
• Secosteroid, Prohormone
• Sunsine provides it in the form of D3
• Too much or Too Little may cause Abnormal Functioning & Premature Aging
• Bone Health
• Multiple Scleroris
• Hair Health
• Rickets, Osteomalacia
Toxicity: More than 50,000 IU can produce toxicity after several months
Alfalfa, Shoot Serving, 192 IU of Vitamin D2
Mushrooms, Portabella, Exposed to Ultraviolet Light, Raw, Vitamin D2, 446 IU
Mushrooms, Portabella, Exposed to Ultraviolet Light, Grilled, Vitamin D2, 524 IU
Mushrooms, Shiitake, Dried, Vitamin D2, 154 IU
Alfalfa Shoot Serving, 4 IU of Vitamin D3
(This is generally only found in Animal Proteins / Products)
***We are not endorsing this, as we believe in a strictly Non-Animal Product based diet***
Fatty Fish Species such as:
Catfish, 3oz serving, 425 IU
Salmon, cooked, 100g serving, 360 IU
Mackerel, cooked, 100g serving, 345 IU
Sardines, canned in oil, 50g, 250 IU
Tuna, canned in oil, 100g, 235 IU
Eel, cooked, 100g, 200 IU
• Whole Egg: 20 IU (Based on 60g weight)
• Beef Liver, cooked, 100g, 15 IU
• Fish Liver Oils (ie Cod Liver Oil), 1 Tbs (15ml) provides *1360 IU
* Highest concentration of Vitamin D3 among Animal Sources
• Tocopgerols & Tocotrienols
• Enzymatic Activity Regulator
• Modulates Gene Expression
• Plays a Role in Neurological Functions
• Inhibits Platelet Aggregation (Thins Blood)
(Amount of Vitamin E per 100g)
Wheat Germ Oil 150mg
Sunflower Oil 41mg
Safflower Oil 34 mg
Nuts and Nut Oils, ie Almonds & Hazelnuts, 15-26 mg
Spinach, Turnip, Beet, Collard & Dandelion Greens, 1.5 – 3.4 mg
Avocados 2.1 mg
Asparagus 1.1 – 1.5mg
Kiwifruit 1.5 mg
Broccoli 0.78 – 1.5 mg
Pumpkin 0.8 – 1mg
Sweet Potato 0.26-0.94mg
(Highest Amount listed only)
Kale, cooked, 531 μg
Parsley, raw (1/2 cup), 492 μg
Spinach, cooked, 444 μg
Collard, cooked, 418 μg
Swiss Chard, cooked, 287 μg
Mustard Greens, cooked, 210 μg
Turnip Greens, cooked, 265 μg
Broccoli, cooked, 110 μg
Brussel Sprouts, cooked, 109 μg
Cabbage, cooked, 82 μg
Found mainly in Leafy Green Vegetables such as Spinach, Swiss Chard, and Brassica (e.g. cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli and brussel sprouts); some fruits such as avocado, kiwifruit and grapes are also high in Vitamin K.
*2 Tablespoons of Parsely = 153% of Recommended Daily Amount of Vitamin K
(Based on 1/2 Cup Serving Size)
Kale, cooked 531 Ug
Eat a few sprigs of Parsley for a punch of Vitamin K!
It was found that α-tocopherol levels of certain Apricots were higher than virtually any other fruit available. Also, this is astounding!
What are Anti-Oxidants ? What are they working against ? Why are they “Anti” ? They are thought to destroy free radicals in your body. Free Radicals are bad, because they “Oxidize” your cells. Oxidation overtime is what is thought to cause the process of degeneration or aging. If you can stop “Oxidation”, well you could freeze the hands of time.
This is why Anti-Oxidants always get so many shout-outs by Health gurus, and fellows like Dr. Oz. It’s all about the Anti-Oxidants my friends.
So they studied the Anti-Oxidant levels in Apricots by doing something called a DPPH test. This is fancy talk for measuring the powers of antioxidants in various scenarios.
The Apricots scored high in the studies, demonstrating the ability to fight myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury. Also, the subjects who received the Apricot extracts, were seen to have a significant decrease in LPO (Lipid Perdoxidation Results) in the Hearts.
This effect was seen in multiple Apricot varieties.
This is great news which means you don’t have to eat only a Hunza Apricot to be Superman or Superwoman!
All the studies did have one MAJOR conclusion. While ALL Apricots are amazing for you, they all contain different compounds and vitamins in varying amounts, depending on the location where the plant was grown.
Also, sunlight, soil type, climatic differences and location where the plant grows will dramatically influence the personality and ultimate nutrient profile of the specific fruit.
The amount of super powerful vitamins, age-defying anti-oxidants, life-extending substances, magical minerals, and even SUGAR may vary from region to region because of the elements contained in the specific soil unique to where a particular fruit grows!!!
When you start to consider environmental factors, and then add genetic factors, your nutrient profile starts to dramatically vary from fruit to fruit. Like a person, Genes and Environment are the dynamic combination that makes us special and unique.
And fruit, as a living, breathing organism, with life force or “Qi”, is no different. We are the same. Animals, Plants, and Minerals all have life force. Yes minerals too — please do not forget them.
You start to see that the very cycle of life shares something extraordinary — everything is ALIVE.
Love and respect to the glorious and graceful people — The Hunza.
Thank you for your magic.
Thank you for your sagacity.
Thank you for your beauty.
Thank you for teaching us what is important.
Thank you for reminding us.
Lovingly Written By Dustin Siena, L.Ac.