What Are the Health Benefits of Cottage Cheese & Flaxseed Oil?

Flaxseed oil and cottage cheese are highly nutritious foods apart; together, they were once proposed as a cancer treatment. A formula was created by a biochemist named Johanna Budwig in the 1950s with the idea that a strict diet involving cottage cheese and flaxseed oil might reduce or stop cancer growth. The Budwig diet is not a recommended form of treatment; however, both cottage cheese and flaxseed oil can be beneficial to your health and diet.

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Cottage Cheese a Complete Protein

Cottage cheese has most of the amino acids your body needs, making it a complete protein. This is beneficial for muscle growth and repair and for preventing amino acid deficiency. One cup of cottage cheese provides about half of the recommended daily intake of protein. It also provides 30 percent of the recommended daily value for phosphorus and 14 percent of calcium's daily value; these minerals work together to build strong bones and teeth. Vitamin B-12, which supports heart function and energy metabolism, is found in cottage cheese. One cup provides about 25 percent of the recommended daily value.

Flaxseed Oil Benefits

Flaxseed oil is extracted through grinding or pressing the dried seeds of the linseed plant. The oil is very low in cholesterol and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed oil has omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linolenic acid, some of which converts into the eicosapentaenoic acid, or EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid, also known as DHA. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, DHA and EPA benefits may include preventing heart disease and stroke, as well as slightly reducing blood pressure.

The Budwig Diet

The Budwig diet is mainly composed of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese with restrictions on eating animal meats, butter and sugars. Some holistic health enthusiasts believe that cancer patients are deficient in essential lipids that cottage cheese mixed with flaxseed can replace. The scientific journal "Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift" published a study in 2012 that determined that cancer diets, such as the Budwig, diet do not cure cancer and can have adverse health effects. However, both cottage cheese and flaxseed oil can be implemented into a balanced diet in healthy or sick individuals because of the nutrient-rich content in the foods.

Health Limits

Flaxseed loses its lingnans -- an antioxidant and estrogen chemical -- and fiber when it is extracted into an oil. Therefore, you may benefit more from consuming flaxseed, rather than the oil which turns stale quickly. Also, fish oil is a greater source of omega-3 EPA and DHA for health benefits such as its anti-inflammatory effects. Cottage cheese is very high in sodium; one cup contains about 40 percent of your recommended daily intake.

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