Often times there are early warning signs associated with a stroke.  Typical symptoms include:


  • Paralysis and numbness

  • Speech or vision impairment

  • Vertigo or dizziness

  • Sudden and particularly severe headache


In the case of a stroke, every minute counts. The damage can be limited if the signs are recognized in time and the patient is able to quickly receive medical care at a hospital.

Recognizing a stroke quickly

In the case of a stroke, every minute counts! If you suspect that something is wrong with someone, you can find out quickly and simply if they have suffered a stroke:

  1. Ask the person to smile.

  2. Ask the person to say a sentence.

  3. Ask the person to raise their arms at the same time.

If the corners of the person’s mouth appear to be drooping (1), they present impaired speech (2) or paralysis (3), then they are likely having a stroke. In this case, call an ambulance immediately.

Source: University Hospital Heidelberg

A balanced, nutritious diet is an excellent way to prevent a (further) stroke. It is primarily a question of ensuring the proper balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. An excess of omega-6 fatty acids, e.g. from sunflower or safflower oil, impairs the conversion of ALA to eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and DHA and leads to an excess of eicosanoids, which have anti-inflammatory properties. Too much omega-6 fatty acid impairs the flow of blood, which can lead to stroke-promoting thrombosis in the vascular system.

Overall, a lacto-vegetarian diet, which includes a sufficient supply of the healthy fatty acids ALA and DHA, as well as fruits and vegetables, and, thus, the required nutrients is recommended. The oil-protein diet developed by Dr. Johanna Budwig makes a good foundation. Particularly special attention should be paid to the quality in the selection of fatty suppliers. Only in this way- as Dr. Johanna Budwig pointed out again and again- are the cells able to receive the full benefit of the electron richness of the oils. For the production of flax seed oil, great importance must be attached to the selection of the seeds, their crop rotation, the extraction, and any further processing. Therefore, Dr. Johanna Budwig clearly defined and documented quality standards. For the extraction of oil, she developed a very gentle process, the "Original Dr. Budwig pressing method" – which is still known under that name today.


Regular exercise, stress management, and a normal weight on the body mass index (BMI) also contribute to reducing the risk of a stroke.

In the case of a stroke, any existing dietary deficiency – especially one pertaining to essential, polyunsaturated fatty acids - should be compensated. It is important to integrate beneficial fatty acids into a varied, balanced, lacto-vegetarian wholefood diet. Just as Dr. Johanna Budwig’s designed her concept of the oil-protein diet. People in poor health should follow the regulatory guidelines of the oil-protein. Only then can their cells and, thus, the person as a whole restore order in vital cellular processes and become healthy again. If you have any questions about the implementation of the oil-protein diet, please do not hesitate to call to the Dr. Budwig Foundation’s helpline or contact an experienced Dr. Budwig consultant.

Dr. Budwig consultant

The Dr. Johanna Budwig Foundation is committed to supporting those in suffering from ailments to their health.  In the spirit of this commitment, we are happy to recommend qualified "Dr. recommend "Budwig consultants, who have been trained in the implementation of the oil-protein diet. Currently, we are working on setting up a corresponding nationwide network.


Important note: Dr. Johanna Budwig had no doubt that many modern ailments could be treated with her oil-protein diet. The Dr. Johanna Budwig Foundation has made it its mission to supplement her work with modern, intensively reviewed scientific findings. These are vital issues too serious for false hopes. Therefore, we find it very important to emphasize: While there are primary scientific findings which indicate that the oil-protein diet may support- under certain circumstances – medical treatments, diet alone cannot replace proper medical treatment. We distance ourselves from promises of false miracles.