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Question:

Are there any foods or supplements that might help with coronavirus?

Answer:

Yes, but you still have to wear a mask and socially distance!

A healthy diet can prevent or lessen the impact of many, many diseases. This is because healthy foods (such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes) strengthen the body’s immune system by decreasing inflammation. Ultra-processed foods (manufactured foods packed with refined sugar, flour, preservatives, etc.), on the other hand, increase inflammation.

To a large extent, the coronavirus is particularly damaging to the lungs because of the severe inflammation it can cause. So you can imagine how good it would be to start with a healthy immune system and to start with a low level of inflammation in the body.

Vitamin D is one of the few supplements I recommend because it lowers the risk of infection and inflammation. But it’s hard to get enough of it from sunlight (unless you’re outside so long that you increase your risk of skin cancer); and very few foods – even those that are fortified with vitamin D – contain an amount sufficient to prevent or reduce the impact of a disease.

My recommendation? Take 5,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day.

My other recommendation: eat your fruits and veggies.

And, of course, wear the damn mask.