Drinking Coffee May Reduce The Risk of COVID-19? Here’s What The Study Says
A Coffee a day, may keep Coronavirus at bay! Yes, you heard that right. We all know that coffee is full of antioxidants and it also has anti-inflammatory properties. According to a recent study conducted by researchers at Northwestern University, drinking a cup or more of coffee per day may reduce the chances of contracting COVID-19.
Having one or more cups of coffee per day can reduce the risk of coronavirus upto 10 per cent as compared to the people who drink one cup or no coffee at all. The study says, “Coffee consumption favourably correlates with inflammatory biomarkers such as CRP, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumour necrosis factor I (TNF-I), which are also associated with Covid-19 severity and mortality. Coffee consumption has also been associated with lower risk of pneumonia in elderly. Taken together, an immunoprotective effect of coffee against Covid-19 is plausible and merits further investigation.”
How Was The Study Conducted?
For the study, the team of researchers examined the records of about 40,000 British adults in the UK Biobank. They tracked their link between diet factors including daily intake of coffee, tea, oily fish, processed meat, red meat, fruit, and vegetables and COVID-19.
They found that consumption of at least 0.67 servings/d of vegetables (cooked or raw, excluding potatoes) was associated with a lower risk of Covid-19 infection.
Processed meat consumption of as little as 0.43 servings/d was associated with a higher risk of Covid-19. However red meat consumption presented no risk, suggesting meat per se does not underlie the association observed with processed meats.
“Our results support the hypothesis that nutritional factors may influence distinct aspects of the immune system, hence susceptibility to Covid-19. Encouraging adherence to certain nutritional behaviours (eg, increasing vegetable intake and reducing processed meat intake) may be an additional tool to existing Covid-19 protection guidelines to limit the spread of this virus,” said the researchers.
“Although these findings warrant independent confirmation, adherence to certain dietary behaviors may be an additional tool to existing Covid-19 protection guidelines to limit the spread of this virus,” they further added.