ROLE OF FOOD TO FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19 AND THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

Authors

Dr.V.Bindu, Associate Professor
Department of Home Science, Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Tirupati, AP (India)-517501. 

Dr.R.Bharathi, Assistant Professor
Department of Home Science, Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Tirupati, AP (India)-517501. 

Abstract

The unexpected pandemic condition shaken the whole universe with wide spread contagious disease affected majority of the all kinds of people all over the world irrespective of demographic region, race, and development stage of the country. The countries in the world are being striving towards exploration of all the measures to protect their population with multifactorial intervention approaches. Enhancing immunity levels among the people is the most immediate and effective strategy to fight against the infectious corona virus. Apart from medical treatments, nutrition plays a major and critical role in triggering and build up the strong immune responses and to tackle the dreadful disease. However, the appropriate dietary guidelines and the proper scientific knowledge is still not yet studied and analyzed well. In this context, the present study was focused on understanding the role of food and diet in protecting the immune system and to combat the COVID-19. The review was attempted to evaluate the importance of optimal nutrition, possible phytochemicals and nutrients involved in regulating the immune function in the body and illustrated in a concise and precise manner.