Warding off Covid-19: Healthy Diet And Supplements

Warding off Covid-19: Healthy Diet And Supplements

Thankfully, we got the vaccine now, but it will take some time to get the shot. Meanwhile, we can strengthen our immunity, which is responsible for combating the virus.

Key points:

  • Recent study: probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and multivitamins are the most effective supplements for combating Covid-19.
  • A healthy diet is crucial for your immunity to fight the coronavirus successfully.
  • It’s the gut microbiota that directly shapes the immune system. 

As the coronavirus started spreading rapidly worldwide, people began buying more dietary supplements to boost their immunity and stave off the risk of infection. Researchers from the United States, Sweden, and the UK explored this issue in a study titled “Dietary supplements during the COVID-19 pandemic: insights from 1.4M users of the COVID Symptom Study app: A longitudinal app-based community survey.” 

Recently published, their findings have revealed the supplements that have the most substantial protective effect against SARS-CoV-2 infection:

  • probiotics,
  • omega-3 fatty acids,
  • multivitamins,
  • vitamin D.

But all in all, it’s a healthy diet that plays a vital role in supporting the immune system and reducing the risk of developing the severe case of Covid-19, the latest study from the University of Southampton showed.

“It would seem prudent for individuals to consume sufficient amounts of essential nutrients to support their immune system to help them to deal with pathogens should they become infected,” assert authors. 

“Consumption of a diet of diverse and varied plant-based and animal-based foods that are consistent with current healthy eating guidelines would be best to support the immune system.” 

The gut microbiota directly shapes our immune system. Thus, keeping the body well-nourished is essential for successfully fighting the coronavirus. In addition to supplements listed above, vitamin A, B6, C, D, and E, iron, zinc, selenium, copper, are also essential for proper immune function. 

To get the full information on what’s now considered a healthy diet, you can check _the Dietary Guidelines for Americans_ 2015–2020.


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