Frequently Asked Questions

Should high-quality vegetable oils be heated?

The double bonds of the fatty acids are easily oxidized when exposed to heat. This produces volatile compounds, some of which are very aromatically-actively. This means that the oils taste rancid and unpleasant before they become unhealthy. As a result, one would not really want to eat a cake baked with flax seed oil. The human nose works here as a detector: it rejects spoiled goods.

How long does flax seed oil keep?

Flax seed oil contains highly active fatty acids. This activity must be considered and preserved throughout all stages- from cultivation to harvesting and processing. Flax seed oil is particularly sensitive to heat and light, so steps must be taken to shield it from unnecessary exposure to these factors. The stability of the polyunsaturated fatty acids is maintained by filling the flax seed oil into black bottles and storing it under cooled conditions.  Before opened and kept at cool temperatures, high-quality, cold pressed organic flax seed oils will stay good for up to five months. Once the bottle has been opened, however, it should be consumed as quickly as possible. The recommended daily amount of important omega-3 fatty acid is satisfied by one tablespoon of flax seed oil a day. One conventional tablespoon is equal to about 10 ml. Therefore, only small quantities of a maximum of 250 ml of flax seed oil should be purchased at a time. The smaller amount promotes the healthy rate of consumption.

Why does flax seed oil have to be kept cool?

Flax seed oil contains nearly 60% highly active, polyunsaturated fatty acids. Therefore, it is particularly vulnerable to heat and light, and should be protected from unnecessary exposure to these elements. Fluctuations in temperature can also reduce the activity of these sensitive fatty acids. Storing flax seed oil at cool, constant temperatures thus preserves its activity, saving it so it can later carry out its important roles in the body. Storage bottles in the refrigerator prior to opening them as well as transporting them in heat protective packaging also helps to maintain the fatty acids’ reactivity.

For what purpose was Fermentgold developed?

Fermentgold was specifically developed as a component of the oil-protein diet by Dr. Johanna Budwig due to its proteolytic ability. Papaya puree and apple juice provide the basis for a rich mixture of vital substances. The enzymes contained in the papaya facilitate the digestion of proteins and, thus, take pressure off the body by supporting its metabolic processes. In addition, papaya and apple juice are rich in vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and phytochemicals. Many health-promoting properties have been attributed to the papaya, including its role as an antioxidant along with cell-protecting, detoxifying, immune-boosting, digestive, and wound healing accelerating effects. A veritable bomb of daily vital nutrients, 1 glass (100 ml) Fermentgold should be consumed with breakfast. In the case of patients who are ill, a glass Fermentgold should be enjoyed as an aperitif before meals.

Do I need to take DHA supplements in addition to flax seed oil?

The body is generally able to independently synthesize various fatty acids. Thus, the even more highly unsaturated fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) can be synthesized from the essential alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) in the body. The conversion rate is approximately 10-15%. In some of the population, this conversion is not possible due to a genetic defect. Similarly, as we age the conversion rate begins to decrease. A simple blood test can be run, whereby a fatty acid profile is created which enables individual intake recommendations to be optimized. EPA and DHA contribute to normal cardiac performance and the maintenance of normal vision and brain functions. For optimum absorption of fatty acids in the body, taking DHA supplements in conjunction with an oil protein dish, for example, a quark flax seed cream, can be advantageous. The digestive tract is already able to ready itself to digest fat in response to signals originating from receptors located in the mouth.

Why do we suffer from omega-3 deficiency?

Our deficiency in omega-3 is partly due to industrial livestock farming and the resulting lack of quality effecting food. By the feeding livestock grain and corn, instead of pasture grass and hay, they are no longer able to accumulate omega-3 fatty acid in their flesh and milk. Instead, the animal tissues are high in omega-6 fatty acid content, which is reflected in foods, for example, in meat or dairy products, such as butter and cheese.

In addition, the food processing industry mainly works with sunflower oil. Sunflower oil also has a very high proportion of omega-6 fatty acids, which again can be found in the goods derived from its products. These products are often only byproducts of other products. Hence, it is difficult to determine the end sunflower oil content for the consumer. Due to the resulting, significantly high consumption of omega-6 fatty acids, the intake of omega-3 fatty acids is even more important.

Currently, the ratio of omega-6 is to omega-3 fatty acid at about 20 to 1. The German Society for Nutrition (DGE), the Austrian Society for Nutrition (ÖGE), and the Swiss Society for Nutrition (SGE) have been able to demonstrate a clear imbalance. They also noted that this imbalance comes as a direct result of our diets, which contain a very high proportion of omega-6 fatty acids.


A good, health-promoting ratio is about five servings of omega 6 to one serving of omega-3 fatty acid. This indicates that this nutritional approach to health has great potential and that much action must be taken in order to reach the recommendations made by the above mentioned nutritional societies.

Why the combination of flax seed oil and Quark?

Due to its high content of sulfur containing amino acids, Dr. Johanna Budwig found in Quark (cottage cheese may serve as a substitute if necessary) the perfect interaction partner for flax seed oil.  Amino acids are the basis of all life processes, since they play indispensable roles in each and every metabolic process. One of their most important tasks is the optimized transport and storage of all nutrients (for example; water, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, and vitamins).

There are 20 different amino acids, of which 8 are considered essential – in other words, they cannot be independently synthesized and must be supplied through their regular consumption. Among the essential amino acids is the sulfur-containing amino acid, methionine. Similar to the semi-essential sulfur-containing amino acid cysteine, methionine is present in generous quantities in Quark. Due to their ability to bind negatively charged electrons, the sulfur-containing amino acids are able to form protective compounds with highly unsaturated fatty acids. Through these fatty acids are very sensitive to oxidation, these protective bonds allow them to retain their charges so that their energy potential can later be made readily available in the body. Additionally, the digestibility and tolerability of fats is improved when they are associated with proteins. Furthermore, omega-3 fatty acid and sulfur-containing amino acids are vital partners in the regulation of the oxygen uptake and oxygen utilization by the cell.

By nature, Quark provides an optimal basis for distributing flax seed oil and/or fat droplets.


For patients with an intolerance to milk and/or dairy products or who live a vegan lifestyle, buckwheat, millet, quinoa or amaranth, sulfur-containing vegetables, herbs and spices such as garlic, leeks, peppers, chives, and/or cress are recommended as alternatives to Quark.

Is meat allowed on the oil-protein diet?

The oil-protein diet is a lacto-vegetarian diet. Those in poor health should adhere strictly to the guidelines laid out by Dr. Johanna Budwig. If at all, meat and fish should only be eaten in moderation. The source of the meat is of crucial importance. Meat should only be purchased from organic farms, and any fish should originate from sustainable fishing or organic farms.

What must be observed during the oil-protein diet?

In her oil protein diet, Dr. Budwig placed the utmost importance on the selection of natural foods. On the one hand, the body must be supplied with the necessary nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and phytonutrients in their natural states, and, on the other hand, harmful substances which interfere with cell metabolism- in particular cellular respiration- must be avoided at all costs. The naturopath Dr. Johanna Budwig took each patient and their life individually into consideration. In addition to their diet, she considered other factors such as their social life, family and professional situations, relaxation and exercise in the fresh air to play important roles. Even as early as the 1950s, Dr. Johanna Budwig pointed to the regulatory power of the sun on biological systems. Highly unsaturated fatty acids have the ability to absorb and store photons from sunlight. Part of Dr. Budwig’s therapy regime included a recommendation to engage in sun baths, building up from short bouts of exposure to the sun. The end goal was not overly long periods of unprotected sun expose. This particular recommendation depends on the individual skin type. However, brief sun baths of about 10 - 20 minutes (depending on skin type) without sunscreen and taken at a time when the power of the sun is not at its strongest, are arguably nothing to object to.

In support of this, Dr. Johanna Budwig also developed the Eldi oils for external application. The term "Eldi" stands for electron differentiation oils.

An omega-3 rich and natural diet is the foundation of this important process, because the body needs the essential fatty acids in the skin cells in order to properly absorb and transfer solar energy.


As a physicist, Dr. Johanna Budwig always kept the electromagnetic environment of her patients in mind. Clothing made from synthetic materials and foam mattresses were strictly rejected, as they were strongly considered as energy thieves.

Can the oil-protein diet (alone) cure cancer?

The oil-protein diet is intended as an alternative or supplement to conventional cancer treatment. Every patient has the ability to determine the course of their treatment themselves. As in the case of conventional treatment, there are usually only prognoses. It is therefore not possible to make a conclusive statement regarding whether or not the oil-protein diet can or cannot serve as a cure.

Are certain foods forbidden on the oil-protein diet?

The oil-protein diet is a lacto-vegetarian diet. Those in poor health should adhere strictly to the guidelines laid out by Dr. Johanna Budwig. The oil-protein diet supports cell activation, synthesis, and maintenance. Any and all factors which counteract these processes should be avoided. This includes:

  • any form of isolated sugars and artificial sweeteners

  • simple carbohydrates, such as white flour and other refined flours, as well as products which are made from them (pasta, cakes, etc.)

  • emulsifiers and stabilizers

  • animal products such as cheese, meat, lard, etc.

  • hydrogenated fats and refined or superheated oils

  • highly processed foods (canned) and ready to eat foods

  • strong acidifiers such as coffee and black tea

In addition to the diet, measures must be taken to ensure sufficient movement out in the fresh air, enough sleep, relaxation, and socializing. Anything which robs the body of its energy should be avoided to the best extent possible.

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