Abstract and key points
- The Budwig diet is a lacto-vegetarian regimen featuring flaxseed combined with cottage cheese or quark.
- A benefit of the Budwig diet in the prevention or treatment of cancer is not supported by clinical evidence.
- The Budwig diet has a low risk profile.
The Budwig diet consists of a lacto-vegetarian regimen that has at its core a mixture combining flaxseed with cottage cheese or quark.
According to Budwig’s theory, the combination of polyunsaturated fatty acids derived from flaxseed with sulfhydryl-containing proteins from the cottage cheese or quark can reverse the progression of cancer by re-oxygenating damaged tissues and reestablishing normal cell growth. This theory is not supported by scientific evidence.
No clinical trials or documented case reports on the Budwig diet are available in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Therefore, a benefit of the Budwig diet in the prevention or treatment of cancer is not supported by evidence.
As a general diet, the Budwig diet is likely to be safe.
CitationLuc Geeraert, CAM-Cancer Consortium. Budwig diet [online document]. http://cam-cancer.org/CAM-Summaries/Dietary-approaches/Budwig-diet. May 8, 2012.
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