A Dietician, Mrs Bushra Adefalu, has advised Nigerians to continue to maintain healthy eating; and consume more of vitamins rich foods to boost immunity against contracting infectious Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
Doubling as the Head, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Isolo General Hospital, Lagos, Adefalu gave the advice in an interview with newsmen.
She advised that Nigerians should engage in activities that guarantee wellness; and shun sedentary activities and eating habits that could complicate their health status.
Adefalu decried the insinuations that ginger and garlic condiments could be used; to boost immune system against contraction of the COVID-19.
According to her, ginger and garlic work effectively for the relief of normal cold, but have not been scientifically proven in Nigeria; as effective immune booster against contraction of COVID-19 or any other form of infectious diseases.
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The dietitian said that researches were still ongoing to verify the effectiveness of ginger and garlic; as an immune booster against contraction of the virus or other infectious diseases in the country.
“The fact is that ginger and garlic help warm your core body temperature; and all other ingredients to boost your immune system and help you ward off the common cold.
“People are just coming up with the insinuations that they can use ginger and garlic as good immune booster; to boost the immune system against contraction of infectious diseases.
“This assumption has not been scientifically researched to ascertain the possibility; but researches are underway in that regard.
“I think what one needs to do at this critical time is just to eat right; take more of water, vitamins-rich foods, fruits; and vegetables to build and enhance the body immunity,” she said.
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Adefalu advised Nigerians to eat more of fruits and vegetables; saying fruits that are rich in fibre, potassium and vitamins help to boost immune system.
According to her, healthy nutrition is very important given the present medical emergency of COVID-19 pandemic being experienced in the country.
She explained that there were no specific supplements that would help protect against COVID-19.
The dietician stressed that intake of vitamins-rich foods, particularly Vitamin C; increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections.