Magic Mineral Broth is rich in nutrients and minerals and can be enjoyed as is, or used as a base for soup, stews and chili.
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Mineral Rich Broth For Cancer Patients
I’ve been making Rebecca Katz’s Magic Mineral Broth for people with cancer for the past seven years. One of my friends with breast cancer took the jars of broth I made for her to work and sipped on them throughout the day while she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Another friend said this broth literally saved her life while she went through radiation treatment for thyroid cancer. She was having trouble chewing and swallowing, and this broth was the only thing she could eat for a week.
Magic Mineral Broth is a nutrient dense vegetable broth full of magnesium and potassium. It’s made with an assortment of vegetables, including the skins. The idea is to infuse the broth with a diverse array of nutrient and mineral rich vegetables using a slow simmering process.
The end result is a nutritious broth that can be sipped on its own like tea, or used as a base for soup recipes.
Use Organic Vegetables For Magic Mineral Broth
I highly recommend using organic vegetables for this broth, especially if you’re cooking for someone with a compromised immune system. Organic vegetables ensure the cleanest, chemical-free ingredients.
Organic vegetables also have higher levels of phenolic compounds than conventional vegetables (which are sprayed with chemicals) because they have to fend for themselves against disease. These phenolic compounds are believed to help fight cancer.
This recipe calls for the skin to be left on all the vegetables, so that’s another reason I suggest buying organic vegetables for this broth. You want to make sure you’re drinking clean, pesticide-free broth. Since there’s no peeling involved, all you have to do is scrub and cut up the vegetables.
I also suggest using filtered water to remove as many chemicals in the water as possible. The idea is to make a clean broth, rich in nutrients, and free of any toxins.
Make Magic Mineral Broth For Friends With Cancer
I’ve made gallons of this broth over the years for friends with cancer. It has gotten many of them through cancer treatment when they were too weak to eat anything.
I also use this broth as a nutritious base for other cancer-fighting soups I make for cancer patients when their appetites are bigger.
Make a big pot of Magic Mineral Broth and freeze it in quart size jars or containers so you can make soup anytime you want.
If you know anyone going through cancer treatment, I encourage you to make Magic Mineral Broth for them, and make some of my Cancer-Fighting Recipes. It’s a great way help friends with cancer stay nourished throughout therapy and know that you care.
Rebecca Katz’s Magic Mineral Broth
Adapted from Rebecca Katz's One Bite at a Time. This broth can be enjoyed hot, cold or room temperature, and is a wonderful base for soups, chili and stews. I've made this numerous times for friends undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and it has always been well received.
- 3 unpeeled organic carrots cut into thirds
- 1 unpeeled medium organic yellow onion cut into chunks
- 1 organic leek both white and green parts, rinsed well, cut into thirds
- 1/2 bunch organic celery including the heart, cut into thirds
- 3 cloves unpeeled organic garlic halved
- 1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf organic parsley
- 2 medium organic red potatoes with skins on quartered
- 2 organic sweet potatoes with skins on quartered
- 8 inch strip kombu
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 black peppercorns
- 3 whole allspice or juniper berries
- 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
Scrub and rinse carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and yam well. Rinse the remaining vegetables well, including the kombu. Place all the ingredients, except the salt, in a large 6-8 quart stockpot. Fill with water to 2 inches below the rim of the pot. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce to low and simmer, uncovered, for 2-3 hours. Simmer until the full richness of the vegetables can be tasted. Add salt and stir.
Strain stock; bring to room temperature and refrigerate or freeze.
I used a variety of potatoes and sweet potatoes that I found at the farmer's market. The idea is to use a diverse selection of fresh vegetables.
If you're on a no-iodine diet, do not include kombu, as sea vegetables contain iodine.
To make Chicken Magic Mineral Broth, simply add 2 pounds of organic chicken bones; refrigerate and skim off any fat.
This broth is especially good for people undergoing chemotherapy as it provides nourishment even when their appetite is low.