When we think of cancer treatments, we rarely consider the healing potential of products like Quark cheese and flaxseed oil or anything else that we can buy at a grocery store.
But when it comes to restorative qualities, these two products may surprise you.
Consuming these two ingredients along with a restricted diet is thought to be an effective complementary treatment of cancer.
The most versatile cheese ever
In the 1950’s, while researching how illness and disease develop in the body, Dr. Johanna Budwig made some startling discoveries.
To her surprise, she recognized a similarity between cancer treatment medicine and a fresh cheese called Quark.
Of course, this may not surprise the most loyal fans of Quark who already embrace the soft cheese’s incredible versatility!
Perhaps Dr. Budwig was already aware of Quark’s various health benefits. The fact that it's high in protein yet low in fat, naturally salt and sugar free, and packed with vitamins and minerals might have spurred her on in her studies.
She may have wondered, could this remarkable dairy product go above and beyond its already impressive nutritional profile?
The making of a diet
Further research led to another “a-ha moment” when Dr. Budwig discovered that polyunsaturated fats, when combined with certain foods like Quark, may stop cancer cells from multiplying.
This is the root of The Budwig Diet or The Budwig Protocol: consuming a mixture of flaxseed oil, which is rich in polyunsaturated fats, with Quark (or sometimes cottage cheese or yogurt) several times a day.
First ask your doc
There’s a lot to learn about The Budwig Diet besides knowing its star players, Quark and flaxseed oil.
For one thing, it’s considered a supplementary cancer therapy rather than a stand-alone treatment. What’s more, not all medical professionals believe in the positive benefits of The Budwig Diet. (As always, consult your doctor before switching up your current medicinal routine.)
After Dr. Budwig discovered the benefits of certain polyunsaturated fats, her next thoughts were about food. This is because our bodies don’t make this essential fatty acid by itself. Instead, so we have to rely on food to get enough of it into our systems.
Overall, The Budwig Diet is about natural (including raw), fresh and unprocessed foods. It discourages all dairy except for Quark (or cottage cheese or yogurt), all animal fats, seafood and white sugar (that means no junk food!).
Foods to eat
- Fresh uncooked fruits and vegetables
- Fresh fruit juice
- High-fiber foods
- Olive oil
- Whole grains
- Almonds, sunflower seeds, and walnut
- Cottage cheese or yogurt
- Flaxseed oil
- Purified water (to drink)
Foods to avoid
- Meats (especially processed or meat that contains antibiotics or artificial hormones)
- White sugar
- Most dairy (especially processed cheese)
- Butter and margarine
- Animal fats
- Soy products
- Refined (modified) grains
- Hydrogenated oils
- Artificial preservatives
Is it magic?
However, The Budwig Diet raises Quark’s potential to a whole new level. But it’s not magic; there are bona fide medicinal properties in this amazing product.
Without getting too technical, Quark and certain cancer meds both have the same sulphydryl groups called cysteine and methionine. These amino acids are crucial for normal growth and regular cell replication. When they are mixed with the unsaturated fatty acids in flaxseed oil, something pretty cool happens.
A chemical reaction occurs that allows the Quark to stick to the fatty acids and, voila, the flaxseed oil becomes water soluble.
What does this mean?
It means that now the flaxseed is able to penetrate the cells to deliver boosts of energy to promote cellular health.
What's the formula?
First and foremost, The Budwig Protocol assumes that the participant will commit to an all-around healthy lifestyle. Besides eating nutrient rich foods like Quark and drinking lots of water, this includes getting plenty of sunshine and vitamin D, moderate exercise, and plenty of rest. Unlike other treatments, this requires a whole-body approach to wellness.
Quark cheese and flaxseed oil
It’s possible to substitute cottage cheese or yogurt for quark cheese, but we recommend sticking with Quark because of its exceptionally healthy make up; however, you must use flaxseed oil in every case.
The right dose for you
You’ll need to adjust the dosage according to your weight and your particular symptoms, but the general formula is for every 100 lbs. of body weight, use 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil and 2 tablespoons of Quark. For the most intense treatment, consume up to 8 tablespoons of flaxseed and 16 tablespoons of Quark per day.
- Mix the oil and quark using an immersion blender on a low setting
- Mix until creamy (the oil is no longer separate)
- Consume immediately
- Only add (organic) nuts, fruit, or other toppings after thoroughly mixing
While The Budwig Diet was created as a cancer therapy, it has been used to treat other ailments such as cardiovascular disease, stomach ulcers, eczema, prostate issues, arthritis and immune deficiencies.
What to watch for
Like all medical protocols, The Budwig Diet may not be right for everyone. For example, it is not recommended for anyone with diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, hyperglycemia, pregnant or nursing women.
If you experience any of the following negative side effects, consult your doctor immediately:
- Gas and bloating
- Hives on the skin
- Difficulty breathing
- Tingling sensation in the mouth
Does it work?
Not all medical professionals agree that The Budwig Protocol is worth the effort. That said, some aspects of the regimen are beyond dispute, like the proven advantages of adding quarkand flaxseed oil to your diet. You best bet is to discuss all of your options with your healthcare team.
A relationship with chemistry
A cancer therapy that involves quark cheese sounds almost too good to be true. But for some, The Budwig Protocol has proven effective in treating cancer symptoms.
What we learn from this non-traditional diet featuring Quark cheese and flaxseed oil is that even the most unlikely relationships deserve a second glance.