COVID-19 vaccine: A diet based on fruits and vegetables enhances its effect

Since the first advances regarding COVID-19 vaccines were announced, much has been said about their effectiveness. The WHO and FDA They gave their approval to more than one laboratory for the distribution of the drugs. Some have more proven effectiveness than others, but it is also true that none ensures that they do not contract the virus.

Researchers from the United Kingdom and the United States have verified a very close relationship between eating habits and the effect of the vaccine against the virus. Although immunization at the moment only offers dramatically decrease the risk of complications and / or death. There is a way to accentuate this effect and it is related to the diet and the state of health of the person.

Patient health

Scientists say that people with a higher body weight are more likely to develop diabetes, cholesterol, hypertension and other related diseases. This is when having a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle becomes relevant to avoid complications associated with SARS-CoV-2.

Silvio Schraier, a nutritionist at the Barceló Foundation in Argentina, comments that patients with underlying diseases such as obesity and high cholesterol levels; they are by far more susceptible to developing severe COVID. He also insisted on the power of a good diet to produce the correct immunity.

The medical expert of the Rutgers University, Saray Stancic, contributed that more than 60% of hospitalizations in November 2020 for COVID, corresponded to people with obesity, diabetes or heart failure. Therefore, it points to the cardiometabolic health of the patient as responsible for successfully overcoming the virus.

Foods for a healthy diet

Dr. Schraier mentioned a list of nutrients that help improve health and strengthen metabolism. Among them, the iron and Omega 3, which can be found in proteins such as red meat, and fish such as sardines, salmon or tuna. Meanwhile, plant-based foods such as soybean oil, canola oil and chia, could provide EPA and DHA to the body.

Another necessary nutrient for a healthy diet is vitamin C. Therefore, incorporating strawberries, turnip, citrus, parsley, kiwi, broccoli and other legumes in the diet will help the levels of this vitamin. Meanwhile, consuming hazelnuts, spinach, sunflower seeds, peanuts and green vegetables, would provide the body with vitamin E.

Not everything should be fruits and vegetables, animal protein also makes excellent contributions to the body. As the beef, lamb, and pork, which provide zinc. On the other hand, foods such as shellfish, fish, eggs, chicken, liver, and other red meat are a good source of selenium.

In addition to a balanced diet, a healthy and active lifestyle is also necessary. Experts suggest getting a good night’s sleep, drinking plenty of water, and at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

Have you considered all the benefits of a healthy diet?

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  • Julio Sergio Marcano

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