The role of nutrition in strengthening immune system against newly emerging viral diseases: case of SARS-CoV-2

Meghit Boumediene Khaled (1) , Nada Benajiba (2)
(1) Djillali Liabes University, Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences, Department of Biology, Sidi-Bel-Abbes , Algeria
(2) Department of Health Sciences, College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh , Saudi Arabia

Abstract

The immune system is involved in the protection of host against environmental agents such as pathogenic micro-organisms (bacteria,  fungi, and viruses) and chemicals, thereby preserving the integrity of the body. To preserve organism defense mechanisms, adequate nutritional status should be maintained with appropriate intakes of calories, vitamins, minerals and water that should be continuously provided by a healthy diet.  The emergence of new infectious diseases with new pathogenic properties constitutes a serious health issue worldwide. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) represents one of the most recent emerging infectious diseases, caused by a novel  coronavirus member called (SARS-CoV-2), identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China in December 2019, and recognized as pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).  The nutritional status of each COVID-19-infected patient should be assessed prior undertaking treatments. Nutritional support should be the basis of management of any infected individual. However, prevention measures remain the first priority and strategy to develop throughout proper hygiene, healthy diet and staying home.

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Meghit Boumediene Khaled
boumedienemeghit.khaled@dl.univ-sba.dz (Primary Contact)
Nada Benajiba
Author Biography

Meghit Boumediene Khaled, Djillali Liabes University, Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences, Department of Biology, Sidi-Bel-Abbes

Ph.D, Nutrition

Full Professor of Nutrition, Environment  and Health

Lab-NuPABS.

Khaled, M. B. ., & Benajiba, N. (2020). The role of nutrition in strengthening immune system against newly emerging viral diseases: case of SARS-CoV-2. The North African Journal of Food and Nutrition Research, 4(7), 240‚Äď244. https://doi.org/10.51745/najfnr.4.7.240-244

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