LINSEED (FLAXSEED) OIL FOR DR BUDWIG’S DIET cold pressed, unrefined Dr Budwig’s diet was developed by a German scientist-Dr Johanna Budwig. For about 50 years Dr Budwig had researched the beneficial effects of omega-3 fatty acids on human health. These studies brought her worldwide fame and 7 nominations for the Nobel Prize. Long-term observations confirmed the broad spectrum of properties of omega-3 fatty acids, observable as health improvement and cancer prevention. Dr Budwig recommended a mixture (paste) made with low fat cottage cheese and linseed oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids. To honour the researcher the paste is called Budwig’s paste. It can be enriched with skimmed yoghurt and sweet or spicy seasoning. Recommended recipe of Dr Budwig’s paste: 6-8 tablespoons of Ol’Vita Linseed Oil 200g of low fat cottage cheese 1 tablespoon of natural, skimmed yoghurt seasoning Mix all the ingredients well until the paste is smooth. It is suitable for direct consumption or as an addition to bread or snacks. Linseed oil for the Budwig’s diet is obtained as high alpha-linolenic flax seeds are cold pressed. This guarantees that the oil has a high content of omega-3 fatty acids, up to 54 g in 100 g of the oil. It is characterised by a golden colour and a pleasant taste, without any bitterness. Cold pressed unrefined linseed oil, rich in omega-3 fatty acids, influences: Circulatory system Regular consumption of linseed oil reduces the level of cholesterol, especially LDL fractions commonly known as bad cholesterol. The decrease in cholesterol reduces the risk of heart diseases and other cardiovascular conditions, reduces blood viscosity and platelets aggregation, and also lowers blood pressure (Ziemliński 1998, Bratnikowska 2004). Nervous system The fatty acids contained in linseed oil, particularly the alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3), assist in the transfer of nerve impulses and in regeneration of damaged nerves that cause numbness, tremor and similar conditions. The nutritional properties of linseed oil are used in the supporting treatment of a degenerative disease of the nervous system-the Parkinson’s disease and in the protection of the nervous system in diabetes or multiple sclerosis. Gastrointestinal tract Consumption of linseed oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids has a positive effect on patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease. Studies have shown that a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acid helps in fighting gastric and duodenal ulcers by inhibiting the growth of helicobacter bacteria. This oil also supports prevention of gallstones formation. Rheumatic diseases Omega-3 fatty acids exhibit anti-inflammatory activity by inhibiting excessive immune response. Studies indicate that people suffering from arthritis with associated joints inflammation react very positively to omega-3 fatty acids contained in linseed oil. After only a few months of consumption, some of the patients experienced reduced morning stiffness and joint pain. Skin, hair and nails Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) of the omega-3 group greatly improve condition of the skin, hair and nails. Consumption of linseed oil rich in omega-3 fatty acids is beneficial in the case of skin problems, such as: eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or sunburn. A diet rich in EFAs contributes to healthy hair growth and strengthens nails by preventing their breaking and splitting. Moreover, there is an enzyme in linseed oil, 5-alpha reductase, converting testosterone into dihydrotestosterone. High level of testosterone may cause damage to hair follicles and, as a consequence, lead to baldness. The presence of the said enzyme slows down the progress of damage to the hair and the unwanted process of hair loss. Pregnancy and breast feeding During pregnancy, a woman’s body demand for unsaturated fatty acids is increased due to the developing fetus. Linseed oil, rich in essential fatty acids, shows multidirectional positive effect on human health, necessary for proper development of a young organism and maintenance of good health in further stages of life (Ziemlański 1991, Bartnikowska 2004). Breast milk also contains omega-3, but the amount depends on the quality of food eaten by a feeding woman. Health of women and men Linseed oil consumption may have a positive effect on the menstrual cycle and alleviate the symptoms of menopause. EFAs have anti-inflammatory properties as they block prostaglandins, which are released during menstruation and may cause heavy bleeding. The fatty acids contained in linseed oil may be helpful in prevention of prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement) and in supporting pharmacological treatment of the condition. Health of children and the youth Omega-3 fatty acid contained, among others, in linseed oil play a key role in the development of the nervous system during fetal life and early childhood. These acids have an extremely important function: form the brain tissue, nerve cells, heart muscle and retinal cells (K. Minkowski 2008). In the case of deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids, the human body starts to use trans isomers of fatty acids to build neurons. This results in defective work of the nervous system and, additionally, inhibits its development. Children may then experience problems with memory, focusing and hyperactive behaviour. Sight Cell membranes of the central nervous system and retina function properly thanks to a phospholipid bilayer made primarily of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Studies have shown that essential fatty acids, including omega-3 fatty acids, may reduce the risk of macular degeneration. This disease leads to deterioration of sight and defects in the visual field, and often to a complete loss of central vision and, ultimately, to blindness. Mental health More than 60% of the human brain is built of fat, 25% of which are omega- 3 fatty acids. Dopamine and serotonin, called hormones of happiness, are composed of DHA acid, which is synthesised from omega-3 fatty acids. Lack of omega-3 fatty acids in the body can cause mood disorders, depressive states or concentration problems.
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