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The Role of Diet and Supplementation of Natural Products in COVID-19 Prevention.

Authors
  • Gasmi, Amin1
  • Chirumbolo, Salvatore2, 3
  • Peana, Massimiliano4
  • Noor, Sadaf5
  • Menzel, Alain6
  • Dadar, Maryam7
  • Bjørklund, Geir8
  • 1 Société Francophone de Nutrithérapie et de Nutrigénétique Appliquée, Villeurbanne, France. , (France)
  • 2 Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicine and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Verona, Italy. , (Italy)
  • 3 CONEM Scientific Secretary, Verona, Italy. , (Italy)
  • 4 Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Sassari, Sassari, Italy. , (Italy)
  • 5 Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan. , (Pakistan)
  • 6 Laboratoires Réunis, Junglinster, Luxembourg. , (Luxembourg)
  • 7 Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, Agricultural Research, Education and Extension Organization (AREEO), Karaj, Iran. , (Iran)
  • 8 Council for Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (CONEM), Toften 24, 8610, Mo i Rana, Norway. [email protected] , (Norway)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Biological Trace Element Research
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2022
Volume
200
Issue
1
Pages
27–30
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12011-021-02623-3
PMID: 33630276
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Recently, a discussion has begun on the global management strategy against COVID-19 based on the hypothesis that individuals' macro- and micronutrient status combined with antiviral drugs and herbs can be an ally against the infection. The hypothesis is that people's nutritional and oxidative scavenging capacity may provide fundamental data to predict severe and acute pulmonary distress following SARS-Cov2 infection. Consequently, the scientific community has addressed the role of balanced diets, nutritional supplements, and micronutrients, including folk herbal formulations, in reducing hospitalization and the severity of pulmonary impact in COVID-19 by preventing the most serious forms of the infection. This led to an animated debate on the potential effectiveness of some vitamins, micronutrients, and traditional Chinese medicine in preventing COVID-19, with some authors convinced that plant extracts could act oppositely, exacerbating the effect of the infection. While current research is still far to assess the suggestions and issues raised in this short communication, it is undoubtedly true that determining an individual's current metabolic status, including macro- and micronutrients, is an essential factor in defining any individuals' deficiencies, which will need to be addressed urgently through a proper diet, specific personalized nutritional supplementation, and lifestyle changes. © 2021. The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC part of Springer Nature.

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