Published on the British journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health, the study showed that those Covid-19 positive individuals, with an increased habitual intake of legumes, grains, bread & cereals food groups, showed decreased overall symptom severity.
Vaccination against Covid-19 is essential. Vaccine have been proven to be safe and effective and should be promoted as the first line of defense. However, attention to the preventative effect of diet related mitigations, is largely missing. As a mitigating factor, diet impact on Covid19 should be carefully explored.
“The study shows the importance of care regarding diet management in Covid-19 time. The importance of diet management for any disease is well known to the scientific community. So it is not surprising that taking certain food groups showed benefit for outpatients”, said Professor Elihud Salazar-Robles who is the leading author of the paper.
The outcomes of our study provide a base for considering diet for close contacts to Covid-19 patients and can be promoted for further explorations” continued Dr. Claudia Lerma the corresponding author of this paper.
The study was conducted on 236 patients with suspected COVID-19, where 103 were positive for SARS-CoV2 infection.
A habitual food frequency questionnaire was designed to collect information on the dietary intake of adults during 3 months prior to their Covid-19 tests.
“This study is only a start and the sample size is relatively small. However, even such a study shows how important the effect of diet can be. The study does not negate the essential attention to vaccination.