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Budwig Protocol

What is Budwig?


The Budwig protocol is an anticancer diet that was invented by Dr. Johanna Budwig in the 1950s. Dr. Budwig was a German biochemist and pharmacist with a Ph.D. in physics and chemistry. She was a seven times Nobel prize nominee.

Dr. Budwig was able to cure hundreds of (mostly terminal) cancer patients who were declared incurable by their doctors.

During her research, Dr. Budwig examined blood samples of cancer patients and compared them to healthy blood. She noticed that sick cancer patients’ blood was all stacked together (a process called platelet aggregation.) The cancer patients’ blood also had a strange greenish unnatural color – a sign of oxygen deficiency.

Dr. Budwig created a diet to enhance oxygenation and increase healthy fats. She gave her patients a mixture of flaxseed oil and quark cheese (a soft, unaged cheese) and examined their blood before and after administering the diet, now known as the Budwig protocol.

After being on the diet, her patients’ blood no longer clumped together, and the greenish color was no longer present. Instead, the red was much brighter, a positive indicator of the increased oxygen intake.

According to Dr. Budwig, whereas chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation may kill cancerous cells, none of them can change the actual environment that caused and allowed cancer to exist and thrive in the body, and this diet can. 

Dr. Lloyd Jenkins from the Budwig Center explains below and shows a day in the Budwig diet:


What Diseases Can Be Treated with the Budwig Diet?


Patients use the Budwig protocol to prevent and cure cancer and other diseases such as arteriosclerosis, rheumatism, heart disease, diabetes, skin diseases, autoimmune diseases, and more.

Some patients go to a Budwig clinic to jump-start their journey, while others follow this protocol from home. 


Why Is There Dairy in this Diet?


You will often hear that cancer patients should avoid dairy. While the Budwig protocol does include quark or cottage cheese, it is important to note that Dr. Budwig did not encourage dairy in the rest of a patient’s diet.

Dr. Budwig only used dairy for blending it with the flaxseed oil. According to the Budwig Protocol, dairy and flaxseed have opposite electric charges and the combination of protein in the dairy with the fat of the oil makes it absorbable in the intestine, causing the unhealthy cells to change their electric charge naturally.

Did You Know?
In 2017, a team of Italian Scientists discovered that flaxseed and/or its oil inhibited the formation of colon, breast, skin, and lung tumors in female rats, indicating that it can have a strong protective effect against breast, colon, and ovarian cancer just like Dr. Budwig claimed almost 70 years before.


The Budwig Protocol Diet Recipe


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Here is the basic Budwig protocol recipe / Budwig protocol yogurt:

  • Start with two tablespoons of low-fat milk and three tablespoons of linseed (flaxseed) oil.
  • Mix. Use a whisk mixer or electric stick blender until the mixture is nice and smooth (an electric blender is preferable as you can ensure that the oil blends well.)
  • Add one teaspoon of honey and mix all three ingredients well.
  • Slowly add the low-fat quark or cottage cheese two tablespoons at a time and mix until combined well, putting in a total of 6 level tablespoons of cheese.
  • Grind two tablespoons of freshly crushed flaxseed (you can use a coffee grinder), then put it in a separate bowl.
  • Add some fruit (berries, lemon juice, etc.) or nuts over the seeds.
  • Pour the quark, honey, and oil mixture over the freshly ground flaxseed and fruit.

> Optional – Add additional fruit or try adding other things to mix it up, such as parsley, garlic, dried fruits, ground hemp seeds, ground almonds, ground sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, and pumpkin seeds (do not use peanuts!), vanilla, cinnamon, raw cocoa or grated coconut.

See how the Budwig protocol mix is done in this video tutorial:


The Budwig Diet Food List


The Budwig Protocol allows you to eat a variety of foods. These are just a few of the many foods that you can choose from when making your meals. This list is only meant to give an idea of what you can eat.

    • Amaranth
    • Whole barley
    • Beansprouts
    • On occasion, black tea
    • Brown rice
    • Buckwheat
    • Champagne (1 glass per day)
    • Cheeses: Brie, Camembert Edam, Emmental goat cheese, Gouda and Jarlsburg These cheeses are good sources of K2, a protective vitamin. You should choose cheeses made from grass-fed cows. A daily limit of 50g is allowed, recommended for breakfast and lunch.
    • To make oleolux, coconut oil (extra virgin cold-pressed organic) is combined with linseed oils.
    • Cold-pressed flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil)
    • Fruit
    • Green Tea
    • Fresh Herbs
    • Honey (raw)
    • Millet
    • Nutritional yeast
    • Nuts
    • Pickles (fermented only).
    • Potatoes
    • Pulses (peas and beans, dried or fresh)
    • Pumpkin seed oil
    • Quinoa
    • Root vegetables
    • Rice
    • Sauerkraut
    • Sauerkraut juice
    • Spices
    • Soy – Fermented pastes and other products
    • Soy sauce (traditionally fermented only).
    • Sprouted grains
    • Sprouted seeds
    • Black tea
    • Vegetables that are naturally grown. Raw vegetables can be eaten as salads or cooked. Dr. Budwig suggests boiling, but steaming is also fine.
    • Vegetable stock
    • Whole grains: wheat, oats, and spelt.
    • Wholemeal bread – a little
    • Yeast flakes. Some varieties are high in vitamin B12, which is important in this diet.



How do you make a Budwig protocol?

It is a simple mix of flaxseed oil, cottage cheese, low-fat milk, ground flaxseed, and fruits. You can also add seeds, nuts, and honey.


Does cottage cheese help with cancer?

Dr. Budwig asserted that eating more polyunsaturated fatty acids—found in flaxseed oil and cottage cheese – can treat cancer. However, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, there is no proof that cottage cheese is effective in treating cancer, while it may have other health benefits. As with anything, moderation is necessary for nutrients like protein, vitamins, and minerals like calcium, which are crucial for maintaining good health.


How do you mix Budwig?

The “Budwig combination” is often prepared by blending cottage cheese, flaxseed oil, and a small bit of honey in a 2:1 ratio. The minimum advised daily portion is 2 ounces (60 mL) of flaxseed oil, and 4 ounces (113 grams) of cottage cheese. At each meal, this mixture should be freshly made, and consumed within 20 minutes.


Is flaxseed oil anticancer?

The healthiest plant source of the crucial omega-3 fatty acid is thought to be flaxseed. According to studies, omega-3 fatty acids may be anticancer, while omega-6 fatty acids may promote cancer growth. The levels of several compounds linked to cancer are decreased by omega-3. Both lignans and phytoestrogens are present in flaxseed. They have hormonal and anticancer properties.

Flax Seed To Fight Ovarian Cancer – Buck Hales, Phd researcher with SIU SOM

Budwig Protocol - Relevant Research and News

The Effect of Flaxseed in Breast Cancer: A Literature Review

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers and the second most responsible for cancer mortality worldwide. In 2014, in Portugal approximately 27,200 people died of cancer, of which 1,791 were women with breast cancer. Flaxseed has been one of the most studied foods, regarding possible relations to breast cancer, though mainly in experimental studies in animals, yet in few clinical trials. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, α-linolenic acid, lignan, and fibers. One of the main components of flaxseed is the lignans, of which 95% are made of the predominant secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG). SDG is converted into enterolactone and enterodiol, both with antiestrogen activity and structurally similar to estrogen; they can bind to cell receptors, decreasing cell growth. Some studies have shown that the intake of omega-3 fatty acids is related to the reduction of breast cancer risk. In animal studies, α-linolenic acids have been shown to be able to suppress growth, size, and proliferation of cancer cells and also to promote breast cancer cell death. Other animal studies found that the intake of flaxseed combined with tamoxifen can reduce tumor size to a greater extent than taking tamoxifen alone. Additionally, some clinical trials showed that flaxseed can have an important role in decreasing breast cancer risk, mainly in postmenopausal women. Further studies are needed, specifically clinical trials that may demonstrate the potential benefits of flaxseed in breast cancer.

Long Term Consumption of Flaxseed Enriched Diet Decreased Ovarian Cancer Incidence and Prostaglandin E2 in Hens

Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecological malignancy. Prevention may be the best approach to reduce ovarian cancer. Flaxseed is the richest vegetable source of omega-3 fatty acids which may be effective in the prevention of ovarian cancer. Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) is the most proinflammatory ecoisanoid and one of the downstream products of two isoforms of cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes: COX-1 and COX-2. Our objective was to determine if long-term consumption of a flaxseed enriched diet decreased ovarian cancer severity and incidence in the laying hen and to investigate its potential correlation with the expression of COX enzymes and PGE2 concentration.


The results demonstrated that there was a reduction in ovarian cancer severity and incidence in hens fed flaxseed diet. In correlation with decreased ovarian cancer severity and incidence, concentration of PGE2 and expression of COX-2 were diminished in ovaries of hens fed flaxseed.


Our findings suggest that the lower levels of COX-2 and PGE2 are the main contributing factors in the chemo-suppressive role of long-term flaxseed consumption in ovarian cancer in laying hens. These findings may provide the basis for clinical trials of dietary intervention targeting prostaglandin biosynthesis for the prevention and treatment of ovarian cancer.

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