The Budwig Diet, meaning the Budwig Protocol (it is actually not a “diet,” but rather a specific mixture) is necessary for many alternative treatments; from type 2 diabetes to cancer to heart disease to autoimmune diseases, etc.
Its purpose is to energize the cells by restoring the natural electrical balance in the cell. Many human diseases are caused by “sick cells” which have lost their normal electrical balance; generally via a lower ATP energy in the cell's mitochondria.
One thing to understand, and this is critical, is that the purpose of the Budwig Diet is to convert oil-soluble omega-3 fatty acids into water-soluble omega-3 fatty acids.
This is why it is so important to add things to the mixture in the right order. If you mix them in the wrong order you may lose a lot of the opportunity to convert the oil-soluble omega-3s into water soluble-omega-3s.
Since someone may “hit” this article directly from the Internet, here are a few resources on the theory behind the Budwig Diet and the use of the Budwig Diet.
Here is an article on the Budwig Diet by cancer researcher Mike Vrentas:
Here is another article on the Budwig Diet which was written by another Budwig expert:
Healing Cancer Naturally
Clinics that offer
Cancer Tutor Verified
Here are the ingredients to make the Budwig Diet and how to mix them together.
Item #1: Refrigerated, Liquid Flaxseed Oil
This is generally purchased at a health food store. For people who do not live near a health food store, they can order it over the Internet. Even if it takes a few days of travel to arrive at your house, leaving it unrefrigerated for this period should not affect the product. But after it arrives refrigerate it.
The most popular brand is Barlean's Flax Oil, but there are other brands. The key is that it is liquid and has far more omega 3s than omega 6s. For example, my bottle (Barlean's) has 6,200 mg of omega 3s to 1,810 mg of omega 6s. The reason for this ratio is that a normal diet will have far more omega 6 than omega 3, thus the supplement must have far more omega 3 than omega 6.
One main issue is “lignans.” Lignans are particles which contain fiber. Some people claim you should buy non-lignan versions of flax oil and some people suggest you buy high lignan varieties.
The answer really depends on what you are using it for. For example, if you are using it for stomach cancer, and are on the Cellect-Budwig protocol or Bill Henderson protocol, then you definitely need the “high lignan” version. This is because the stomach needs the fiber.
On the other hand, Mike Vrentas recommends no lignin varieties for other types of cancer patients. However, his reason is that it is hard to tell when the lignan version becomes rancid. This is generally not an issue in high volume health food stores.
What you use is up to you and your research.
Shake the flaxseed oil well before putting it in the bowl.
Item #2: Cottage Cheese (U.S. Variety) or Yogurt
Here are the basic instructions on how to make the Budwig Mixture.
Grind with a small coffee grinder (1) Tbsp of Flax Seed and put in a small bowl. Do not buy pre-ground flax seed as the flax seed goes rancid 15 minutes after grinding. Brown or Golden whole Flaxseed is available and either will work. Grind fresh each time.
Mix (4) Tbs of organic 2% low fat Cottage Cheese with (2) Tbs organic cold pressed Flax Seed Oil commonly referred to as (Flax Oil). It is best (not) to use Flavored, Lignum or Highest Lignum Flax Oil. Two good flax oils are Barlean’s or Spectrum’s cold pressed organic flax oil. This can be found in the refrigerated section of the grocery or health food store. Never off the shelf. Never capsule or flakes. Watch the expiration date. Blend the flax oil and cottage cheese together with the immersion blender until reaching a creamy quality and the oil has been absorbed. There should be no standing oil.
Then add to this mixture if needed, 1-3 Tbs of low-fat milk for a creamier mixture and (stir with a spoon) no blender. This mixture should then be poured over the freshly ground flax seed and mixed together by spoon; again no blender. The ratio may be adjusted for smaller or larger proportions. A rule of thumb to keep in mind is one tablespoon of oil to two tablespoons of cottage cheese. The amount of milk can be adjusted as needed for consistency and easier blending. Once the mixture is completed it must be eaten immediately for best results. Make fresh each time. Here's the link to the (YouTube) page showing how to combine the Flax Oil and Cottage Cheese in a video.
The above mixture can be flavored differently every day by adding nuts, preferably organic such as pecans, almonds or walnuts (not peanuts), banana, organic cocoa, shredded coconut, pineapple (fresh) blueberries, raspberries, cinnamon, vanilla or (freshly) squeezed fruit juice. It’s usually best to place the fresh fruit on top of the completed mixture and enjoy as its own meal. Try your best to obtain organic fruit when possible. Many times this can be found frozen when not in season.
The above protocol should not be consumed with any other supplements, foods or oils at the same time. This should be a stand alone meal.
Dr. Budwig pointed out that people who are suffering from chronic or terminal disease should work themselves up to consuming 4-8 Tbsp of the oil daily. Usually the higher limits 6-8 Tbsp were for people with cancer. She stated, people with Liver or Pancreatic Cancer etc, may have to work up very slowly with the oil and possibly only start with 1 teaspoon at a time giving their body time to adjust. Dr. Budwig pointed out that cancer patients once starting the protocol and getting it under control must continue with a maintenance dose to prevent recurrence.
A maintenance dose is considered (1) Tbs of the oil per one hundred pounds of body weight. The Budwig Diet takes time to work and in the event of cancer may take three to six months. Many other health issues can be much faster in responding.
Item #3: Cinnamon
Each brand of cinnamon has an oil content. For diabetic patients it is critical to go to a health food store and buy the highest percentage of oil as possible. Cinnamon mimics insulin, thus by adding cinnamon you may need less insulin immediately. See the article on how to cure type 2 diabetes for more information because other things also mimic insulin:
Diabetes Type II article
For everyone else, the main purpose of the cinnamon is to kill the taste of the flaxseed oil and cod liver oil, so the oil content is not that important.
Item #4: Mandarin Oranges or Some Other Fruit
The sole purpose of this item is for taste, thus add whatever fruits you wish.
Final Important Comments
You must consume the Budwig mixture within 20 minutes of making it. Do not make more than you need and do not refrigerate the leftovers.
Also, don't forget to put the cottage cheese into the bowl first, then the flaxseed oil. Then mix the two together before putting anything else in the bowl.
See the individual treatment articles for more information on how to use the Budwig Diet for that particular health condition.