Could a Plant-based Diet Help With Long COVID?

For many people, particularly following vaccination, infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, resolves within a few days. But for others, it results in long COVID, a variety of often debilitating symptoms that persist for weeks, months or even years. Why this happens in some is unclear, and there are currently no effective treatments. Some experts believe diet could be key to symptom management. What is the evidence for this?

Researchers describe long COVID — also known as post-COVID-19 condition — as “an often debilitating illness,” noting that it “occurs in at least 10%” of people who have had COVID-19.

It can result in a, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), may include: and Prevention (CDC), may include: 

  • tiredness or fatigue that interferes with daily life
  • fever
  • difficulty breathing, cough or shortness of breath
  • chest pain and heart palpitations
  • difficulty thinking or concentrating, also referred to as “brain fog”
  • headache
  • sleep problems
  • dizziness when standing up
  • pins-and-needles feelings in limbs
  • change in smell or taste
  • depression or anxiety
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • joint or muscle pain
  • skin rashes
  • changes in menstrual cycles.

Excerpted from Medical News Today

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