COVID-19 and Nutrition

Jul 16, 2020 | COVID-19 Pandemic

To help cope with stress that may be related to the COVID-19 pandemic, take care of your body by including good nutrition as part of self-care. Certain vitamins and minerals (e.g. Vitamins C and D, zinc) may have effects on how our immune system works to fight off infections, as well as inflammation and swelling. The best way to obtain these nutrients is through foods. Learn more about COVID-19 and nutrition for health by visiting the CDC’s Food and Coronavirus page.

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COVID-19 and nutrition for health

  • To help cope with stress that may be related to the pandemic, take care of your body including good nutrition, as part of self-care.
  • Dietary supplements aren’t meant to treat or prevent COVID-19. Certain vitamins and minerals (e.g., Vitamins C and D, zinc) may have effects on how our immune system works to fight off infections, as well as inflammation and swelling.
    • The best way to obtain these nutrients is through foods: Vitamin C in fruits and vegetables, Vitamin D in low-fat milk, fortified milk alternatives, and seafood, and zinc in lean meat, seafood, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
    • In some cases, dietary supplements may have unwanted effects, especially if taken in too large amounts, before surgery, or with other dietary supplements or medicines, or if you have certain health conditions.
    • If you are considering taking vitamins or dietary supplements, talk with your healthcare provider before taking, especially when combining or substituting them with other foods or medicine.
  • With changes in food availability in some communities, you may be consuming more canned or packaged food. Tips on purchasing canned and packaged goods using the Nutrition Facts label are available. In addition, helpful food planning is available at MyPlate.
  • Getting the right amount of nutritious food like plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains is important for health. If you or your household need help in obtaining nutritious food, find additional resources at USDA Nutrition Assistance Program, or call the USDA National Hunger Hotline at 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE to speak with a representative who will find food resources such as meal sites, food banks, and other social services available near your location.

 

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