Fighting with your fork: Nutrition in the fore front in the fight against Coronavirus


Curious about how foods might impact your immune response? It is well established that the deficiency of certain nutrients or their inadequacy can impair the immune response, while repletion of those nutrients can reverse this process. Your nutritional status forms the corner stone of the body’s defense capability and its ability to out invaders. In an effort to be transparent, I want to be very clear about stating that there is no direct evidence linking the consumption of specific nutrients as “protection” against the novel Coronavirus. The research continues to evolve, and no firm conclusions can be drawn yet. That said, both animal and human studies have shown promising outcomes suggesting for certain nutrients, increased intake above currently recommended levels might enhance immune function. Eating patterns matter too.

What is most empowering is that nutrition therapy presents a modifiable risk factor in the fight against COVID-19 ( or other acute or chronic diseases). It is a non-invasive modality -unlike chloroquine, as we figure out effective treatment and prevention strategies against the invisible menace. Your gut bacteria also play an instrumental role in shaping your immune response and a healthy gut is supported by the consumption of whole foods.

Please tune in this Sunday, April 26th at 10:00 am by clicking the FB link here or register here to find out how you can build your arsenal using whole foods as ammunition. It’s a free Zoom webinar, but you have to register first. Grateful to the India Association of Greater Boston for inviting me to present this free webinar to the public. Part 2 to be offered on Saturday, May 9th, 11:00-12 noon, EST, USA. Hope you can join in the fight against Covid-19!


This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or registered dietitian for recommendations tailored for your unique needs. This site may display advertisements from a third party advertising network. Please note that I am not affiliated with these advertising parties, nor am I being compensated for any products or services which might be mentioned on this website. The display of such advertisements is not intended to be an endorsement of the advertisements or any products or services associated with the advertisements. 

Loading up on fiber rich, whole foods is the key to good health and a healthy immune system. © Copyright, 2015-2020, Sangeeta Pradhan, RD, LDN, CDE.

About Sangeeta Pradhan RD, CDE

Hi there! Welcome to my blog! If you are confused with all the conflicting messages you get bombarded with every day on carbs, fats, proteins, gluten and anything you can think of related to nutrition, look no further! The purpose of my blog is to cut through all this clutter, utilizing scientific, evidence based guidelines to help you, the consumer, navigate the complex, dietary landscape, and thus empower you to make informed decisions.
This entry was posted in Antioxidants, Probiotics, Short chain fatty acids, Weight management and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Fighting with your fork: Nutrition in the fore front in the fight against Coronavirus

  1. Good information. I’m a Home Economics grad from the University of Manitoba back in the day when they had that kind of faculty. I studied nutrition and am a believer in fortifying ourselves through a good diet, exercise, fresh air, friendship, and family. So important to eat well. Good reminder.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Dear Diana,
    Thank you for the positive and very valuable feedback. Food and its immense healing power is often overlooked and undervalued, which is why I have made it my mission to bring it to the forefront in our war not just against COVID-19, but as an important weapon in fighting any intruder and in the prevention of chronic disease. Thank you so much for stopping by. Stay healthy!


  3. chotronella says:

    Love that you’re such a great fan of vegetables, your blog posts are so inspiring! I’m also trying to switch to a healthier lifestyle and started to mine for healthy recipes like yours. Also, I started a training plan with SportMerun tracker app, and I managed to get rid of some pounds. Your blog posts are super inspiring for me in this phase, thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Thank you so much for all the positive feedback. It’s always nice when one’s message resonates with the readers. Yes, I’m a big fan of plant based diets as the research is so compelling! Do stay in touch, and stay safe!


  5. AJ says:

    It’s commendable that you’re upfront that this is not a “miracle” protection against COVID-19. So much fake news has been peddled by hacks. That said, the importance of a healthy diet can’t be overstated. I must admit I fall short in that regard. I don’t cook so I rely so much on processed food. I should make an effort to eat whole food instead. It’s pricier, but in the long I know it’ll be more cost-effective.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Hi AJ,
    It is really important to be honest with my readers, any embellishment hurts them and ultimately me and my own credibility. You might also find that certain whole foods such as lentils and some whole grains are actually cheaper -however, fresh fruits and vegetables tend to be more expensive but will certainly pay off in the long run as you correctly noted. Thank you for stopping by!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s