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Although it is true that since the pandemic began we have advanced and at some point we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel, currently cases continue to increase and for many experts the infections are far from over. Coronavirus continues to circulate, according to preliminary investigation the virus is mild in four out of five patients And although there is a high percentage of mild or even asymptomatic cases, it is just as important to take appropriate preventive measures. The most decisive are the application of the vaccine and the quality of the dietThis is confirmed by a recent study led by Northwestern University in Chicago.
The researchers who spearheaded this study drew on the concept of nutrition and its direct relationship with the immune system, and investigated the extent to which diet can keep us safe in the midst of the pandemic. Especially taking into account the presence of the new strains.
The results of the study were published in the journal Nutrients. Their findings suggest that drinking two to three cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of a positive coronavirus test by 10%, compared to less than a cup of one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world. Without a doubt an easy measure to achieve for many people who consume more than two cups a day of this powerful natural stimulant. They also found that a high intake of vegetables is also related to very positive aspects and it is a habit that reduces the risk of infection by 12%. Which comes as a glove to confirm more firmly the benefits of following a plant-based diet, which has been positioned as an eating style that is related to a 73% lower risk of contracting severe covid-19.
According to the main author of the study, Dr. Marilyn Cornelis, this is a very relevant finding, which helps us understand how a person’s nutrition affects immunity. In addition, the immune system plays a key role in an individual’s susceptibility and response to infectious diseases, including COVID-19. While the guidelines currently in force endorsed by recognized experts to curb the spread of the virus are essential, these types of discoveries come as a support and are relatively simple ways in which people can reduce their risk, and that is through diet and nutrition.
What did the study consist of? Northwestern scientists analyzed dietary data from nearly 38,000 participants, ages 40 to 70, from the UK Biobank study, self-reported between 2006 and 2010. This information was linked to the participants’ coronavirus test results, sent to Public Health England from March to November 2020, that is, before the vaccines were implemented. 17% of the participants, the equivalent of two out of five, tested positive for coronavirus through a polymerase chain reaction test, considered the gold standard diagnostic method.
The truth is that there are specific reasons why coffee and vegetables are the perfect anti-covid combo. Regarding coffee, the researchers pointed out that although it is true that the pros and cons of coffee for health have long been debated. Its high caffeine content also provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. So there are dozens of other compounds that could be the basis for the protective associations they found.
On the other hand, the participants who ate greater amounts of vegetables were also 12% less likely to contract the coronavirus, than those who consumed less fresh products. Another very relevant data is that people who consumed more processed foods were 14% more likely to test positive.
The results remained the same after the scientists adjusted for each participant’s estimated exposure to coronavirus, based on where they lived. They were also taken into account other factors that increase risksuch as obesity, heart conditions, and chronic diseases that determine underlying health. However, the conclusions are conclusive, although it has been proven that lifestyle and diet influence: Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent complications from the coronavirus.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.