The Role of Nutrition in COVID-19 Pandemic

Lestari Octavia

Abstract


In the Covid-19 pandemic, the most vulnerable groups are those with pre-existing health problems and the elderly. These possibilities relate to the immune system to prevent the infection. Nutrition has a significant role in maintaining the immune system to prevent pathogen manifestation. This review aimed to identify the role of nutrients in COVID-19 in developing the immune system.

The included studies in this review were obtained from articles published in reputable English journals from Jan 1st-May 2nd, 2020, in the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website by inserting specified keywords.

The search resulted in six relevant articles to the objective of the review. It highlighted the role of nutrients, namely the deficiency of essential nutrients that might exacerbate it. The requirement of the partial nutrient might be tolerated to the upper level of recommended dietary allowance (RDA) to benefit the health status.

The government should expand the continuous message on the benefit of nutrients in maintaining the health and immune system. Also, it is the best opportunity to ask the population to apply a healthy and balanced diet.

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