People confined to their home place during prolonged period of time and under psychological pressure, in conjunction with non-availability of their usual food items, due to potential shortage, might be unaware or confused in how to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. In addition, there is anxiety regarding fresh food items such as fruits and vegetables due to potential virus contamination. The COVID-19 Food Guide tries to emphasize optimal dietary patterns during the Covid-19 self confinement to home, as well as several aspects related to food and people safety.
A widely read and generally considered as one the most influential news magazines of continental Europe, Der Spiegel, published its latest cover story focussed on human gut microbiome research. The elaborate, seven-page article by the German weekly magazine features the recognised research work of Prof Mahesh Desai, Principal Investigator of the Eco-Immunology and Microbiome research group at LIH’s Department of Infection and Immunity. Prof Desai and his research team investigate the interplay between gut microbiome, dietary fibre and the gut mucosal barrier in the context of various infectious and chronic diseases..
Challenges arise during the COVID-19 crisis how to optimally support the immune system in the general population, especially under self-confinement. It is known that an optimal immune response depends on an adequate diet and nutrition status in order to keep infection at bay. Several nutrients, including proteins, vitamins A, D and C, zinc, antioxidants such as polyphenols and carotenoids and finally dietary fiber have been emphasized to aid in reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, in turn benefitting the immune system. In this review, we highlight the importance of an optimal status of relevant nutrients to effectively strengthening the immune system during the COVID-19 crisis.
Sugary drinks - including fruit juice and fizzy pop - may increase the risk of cancer, French scientists say.
The link was suggested by a study, published in the British Medical Journal, that followed more than 100,000 people for five years.
The team at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité speculate that the impact of blood sugar levels may be to blame.
However, the research is far from definitive proof and experts have called for more research.