supporters of a feed rich in vegetables and fish may have less risk of being seriously contaminated by Covid-19. This is what a study carried out among health professionals from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, USA and from the United Kingdom.

According to the research, published in the scientific journal BMJ Nutrition Prevention & Health, diet can play an important role in the severity of symptoms and the duration of the disease. However, experts warn that this is only an observational study, and a cause-and-effect link should not be established.

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Rich in omega-3s, the fish can be considered a great ally in combating Covid-19. Image: Dean Drobot – Shutterstock

More than 2 thousand participated in the study. doctors and nurses, all with extensive exposure to the new coronavirus, who answered a long questionnaire. Participants were part of a worldwide network of healthcare professionals cataloged in the Survey Healthcare Globus platform, which is focused on market research in the healthcare area. 

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Those who responded that they had a plant-based or fish-based diet were, respectively, 73% and 59% less likely to have moderate to severe Covid-19 infection, compared to those who did not follow these same diets.

According to the survey, respondents who reported eating a diet low in carbohydrates and high in protein were nearly four times more likely to be moderately to severely infected.

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High-protein diets can increase your chances of developing moderate to severe forms of Covid-19 fourfold. Image: Puhhha – Shutterstock

According to an article in Istoé Dinheiro magazine, plant-based food is rich in nutrients, vitamins and minerals, essential substances for a immune healthy. The consumption of fish is an important source of vitamin D and omega-3, a fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties.

How was the consultation carried out

The interview took place online, between July and September 2020, in order to collect detailed information about the eating patterns of the respondents, based on a frequency questionnaire of various foods eaten during the previous year and the seriousness of the situation. Covid-19 infection they had.

Participants' personal information, medical history, medication use and lifestyle were also collected. The research considered potentially influential variables such as age, ethnicity, medical specialty and habits such as smoking or exercising.

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