Research: Probiotic improves symptomatic and viral clearance in Covid19 outpatients

Primary outcome of complete remission on day 30 was achieved by 78 (53.1%) in the probiotic group compared to 41 (28.1%) in placebo.

Patients in probiotic group reported significantly less days of fever, cough, headache, body aches (myalgia), shortness of breath (dyspnea), nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Research paper: Probiotic improves symptomatic and viral clearance in Covid19 outpatients: a randomized, quadruple-blinded, placebo-controlled trial

 

 

 

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Vegetarian diet may provide more protection against severe Covid than triple vaccination

After adjusting for important confounders, participants who reported following plant-based diets had a 73% lower odds of moderate Covid, and those following plant-based or pescatarian diets had 59% lower odds of severe Covid.

Results: There were 568 COVID-19 cases and 2316 controls. Among the 568 cases, 138 individuals had moderate-to-severe COVID-19 severity whereas 430 individuals had very mild to mild COVID-19 severity. After adjusting for important confounders, participants who reported following ‘plant-based diets’ and ‘plant-based diets or pescatarian diets’ had 73% (OR 0.27, 95% CI 0.10 to 0.81) and 59% (OR 0.41, 95% CI 0.17 to 0.99) lower odds of moderate-to-severe COVID-19 severity, respectively, compared with participants who did not follow these diets. Compared with participants who reported following ‘plant-based diets’, those who reported following ‘low carbohydrate, high protein diets’ had greater odds of moderate-to-severe COVID-19 (OR 3.86, 95% CI 1.13 to 13.24). No association was observed between self-reported diets and COVID-19 infection or duration.

Conclusion In six countries, plant-based diets or pescatarian diets were associated with lower odds of moderate-to-severe COVID-19. These dietary patterns may be considered for protection against severe COVID-19*.

 

* Actually, the protective effect of not eating meat may be greater than the protective effect of being triple vaccinated if you consider the recent revelations from the UKHSA below:

UKHSA: Vaccine effectiveness drops to just 40% – 50% ten weeks after booster dose

 

BMJ: Plant-based diets, pescatarian diets and COVID-19 severity: a population-based case–control study in six countries

 

 

 

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