As the world facing the most feared coronavirus a.k.a COVID-19, people began to panic and make bad and rush decisions. They tend to forget to think first before they act. Creating series of fake news and sadly, it leads to panic and worst, some started hoarding supplies or panic buying.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans. Even if there is no vaccine at the moment, let us not forget that we can still prevent getting sick due to this virus.
The Department of Agriculture is calling all to eat more fruits and vegetables to strengthen their immune system amid the threat of the COVID-19 advised by William Dar, Secretary of Department of Agriculture.
Vitamin C now tops the list of must in-take vitamins. It is said, it can help fight the virus and because it has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which reduce the risks of infections. Also, take in more Vitamin A which contains beta-carotene and retinol, which are important to immune function.
Eat more Fruits
Fruits rich in Vitamin C include papaya, strawberries, mangoes, kiwi pineapple and citrus fruits like guava, calamansi, and dayap. For fruits that contain Vitamin A, eat cantaloupe (melon), apricot and red fruits like watermelons.
Eat More Veggies
Vegetables rich in Vitamin C are bell peppers, chili peppers, kale (leaf cabbage), dark leafy greens, cauliflower and broccoli.
For vegetables that contains Vitamin A, eat carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash, spinach, kale and green leafy / collard greens.
Garlic is also an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial immune booster. Aside from being useful in the kitchen, it has been proven to heal infection because of its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Also eat Malunggay. According to studies, three tablespoons of powdered malunggay leaves contain 27 percent Vitamin A and 22 percent Vitamin C, which is equivalent to seven oranges, as Secretary Dar shared.
Beware there are lots of misinformation about different kinds of prevention for the coronavirus. Only trust information from the World Health Organization or the Department of Health.
Stay healthy and don’t be scared. Proper food in-take and hygiene will help prevent any spread of any kind of diseases.
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