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Coffee lovers and haters, this news is for both kinds of people. First, let’s cut the chase and spill the beans right away. There’s news of a study that has been performed in the US, and the results reveal that coffee might help to reduce the risk of Covid-19.
Shocked? Well, so are we! Who would have thought your favourite cup of joe that’s a saviour for all those long and hectic days can also be the probable solution for Covid-19?
This study was led by researchers from Northwestern University and it was published in the journal Nutrients. It suggests that drinking one or more cups of coffee per day is associated with about a 10 per cent decrease in risk of Covid-19, compared to less than one cup daily.
The thing is that coffee consumption has positive effects on inflammatory biomarkers such as CRP, interleukin-6 (IL-6), and tumour necrosis factor I (TNF-I). The point to be noted here is that these biomarkers are also linked to Covid-19 severity and mortality. Further, drinking coffee has been associated with lower risk of pneumonia in the elderly population.
Not just coffee, but there are other foods that you can include to reduce the risk of coronavirus. Researchers suggest that including more vegetables and reducing the consumption of processed meat can also help in developing better immunity towards the virus.
Well, this is really great to know that coffee can be your shield against Covid-19. But there are certain contradictions that you need to keep in mind, before you start sipping on that cuppa.
When it comes to food, moderation is the key. That’s why it is important to know how much coffee is too much coffee. Dr Vivek Jha, senior consultant, Internal Medicine, Fortis Hospital Shalimar Bagh, advises that you shouldn’t exceed three to four cups a day.
But what if you overdo it? Here’s what all can happen:
So yes, you can try including coffee in your day to day life to beat Covid-19 woes, but ensure that you limit its consumption to prevent other health maladies.
(With inputs from IANS)