Study Reveals Plant-based Diet Lowers Risk of Moderate to Severe COVID-19

Study Reveals Plant-based Diet Lowers Risk of Moderate to Severe COVID-19

Researchers from a number of prominent institutions sought to answer the question: what, if anything, does diet have to do with the fact that when it comes to COVID-19, some people face severe and even life-threatening illness while with others, it's barely perceived as a common cold? What’s behind these observations from the standpoint of diet and health? While, of course, age and the presence of morbidities clearly surface in the mortality rate but what about the huge differences in cases? As it turns out, a study involving front-line COVID-19 care providers spanning six nations revealed some striking data points that should be further studied. Those healthcare professionals consuming a plant-based diet were 73% less likely to succumb to moderate to severe COVID-19 infection while individuals eating a plant and/or fish-based diet turned out to be 59% less likely to become severely ill with the novel coronavirus.

Published recently in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, these study team authors concluded, “Our results suggest that a healthy diet rich in nutrient-dense foods may be considered for protection against severe COVID-19.”

The Study

This observational, surve...

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