Science: There Are No Miracle Foods against COVID-19
With the global outbreak of the COVID-19 in progress, there are many tips of advice and miraculous stories circulating on social media that certain foods and supplements can prevent or even cure the novel coronavirus. Although the World Health Organization constantly debunks such myths, they are still popular among many.
At the present moment, scientists have no evidence that certain foods or diets may help you prevent or fight coronavirus. Here are 5 most widespread myths and the truth behind them:
- Garlic can kill coronavirus.
Even though there is some evidence demonstrating antibacterial effects of garlic compounds (allicin, allyl alcohol, and diallyl disulfate), meaning that it can protect against salmonella and staphylococcus aureus. But there is no evidence enough that garlic has antiviral properties.
- Lemons can help fight the coronavirus.
There is no scientific evidence that lemon can cure the disease, even though it is a good source of vitamin C, as well as many other citrus fruits.
- Vitamin C can prevent and treat the common cold and coronavirus.
There is also no strong evidence that taking supplements with vitamin C prevents or cures the coronavirus. Although it is known to support the immune system, it is not the only nutrient that maintains the normal function of this system.
- Eating alkaline foods.
According to social media, the virus can be cured by foods with a pH level higher than the pH of the virus. But many online sources tend to give incorrect pH values to such foods (for example lemon is said to have acidity level 9.9 while in reality, it is 2, with level 7.0 as neutral). At the same time, there is again no evidence that these foods can affect the pH levels of blood, let alone cure viral infections.
- The ketogenic diet may protect against COVID-19.
This myth is popular due to the belief that this diet can boost the immune system, but there are no trustful studies proving that. The only study showing the keto diet may prevent or treat flu use mice models which makes it quite difficult to understand the effect in humans.
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