COLUMBIA (WACH) --- It??s called Magic Mineral Broth and this batch is in the making.
Julie Burford oversees a group pf teens prepping meals for people dealing with diseases like cancer.
??The treatment process itself is very destructive of people??s ability to eat," says Julie Burford, head of Ceres Community Project.
Nutrition can??t be put on the back burner during treatment. Broths and purees can go down easy, even with side effects like fatigue, nausea, mouth and throat soarness.
??When they are going through retirement they have a more intense need for nourishment than at any other time,?? says Burford.
The Magic Mineral Broth can help hydrate the body. It??s also an excellent source of magnesium, potassium and sodium, even the smallest dose is good for you.
??It??s just so packed with nutrients, even if you can take just one bite its better than most foods,?? says Physical therapist Kathleen McDonough.
For patients looking for the best nutritional bets to ward off disease, experts say almonds, apples, blueberries, broccoli, beans, salmon, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomato juice and wheat germ are among the best choice.
Many of these are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidants.
??Good healthy nutritious whole foods support the healing process, no matter if it is an orthopedic problem or cancers,?? says McDonough.
And that??s why these kids continue to cook up concoctions to conquer cancer.
People with cancer often need more protein than usual to help heal tissues and fight infection.
Eggs, lean red meat, fish and nuts are good sources of protein.