What Are the Benefits of the Budwig Diet?


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Johanna Budwig, who invented the Budwig Diet, believed that it could help stop cancers from growing. The diet consists of flaxseed oil in large quantities, cottage cheese, vegetables, fruits and juices. BudwigCenter.com claims that the diet also helps people with other health problems including arthritis, asthma and fibromyalgia. While some studies have found that substances in flaxseed oil may stop some cancer cells from growing in a laboratory, as of 2015, research has not shown whether it works in humans.

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Diets that are high in fruits and vegetables can be beneficial. However, avoiding meat and dairy products (as the Budwig Diet requires) can lead to deficiencies in essential nutrients. Some versions of the Budwig Diet encourage regular sunbathing, along with coffee or oil enemas. Coffee enemas can lead to electrolyte imbalance, rectal inflammation and infections.

A trial in men has found that flaxseed may help to reduce testosterone levels, which may in turn help to reduce a prostate tumor's size. However, the researchers that carried out the study have said that controlled, randomized trials are required to find out if flaxseed is effective at all. Other research has found that plant estrogens in flaxseed may be effective against cancers such as breast cancer, which are dependent on hormones.

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