More than 2,500 years ago, Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” There are direct connections between nutrient intake and incidence of the disease. Inadequate safe and nutritious diet and infectious diseases can lead to severe malnutrition and downgrades one’s immunity.
Covid-19 or Coronavirus was declared as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. And while the countries are grappling with imminent dangers that this virus poses to humanity, there are few key measures that individuals can take to fight this pandemic. Even if scientists were able to find the vaccination method, there is a high possibility that other antimicrobial resistant infections will prevail in society. Nutritional status is very important to maintain a strong immune system against the virus.
Certain factors such as lifestyle, age, health status, sex, and medications affect the nutritional status of an individual.3 During the COVID-19 pandemic, the nutritional status of individuals has been used as a measure of resilience toward destabilization. Optimal nutrition and dietary nutrient intake impact the immune system through gene expression, cell activation, and signaling molecules modification. In addition, various dietary ingredients are determinants of gut microbial composition and subsequently shape the immune responses in the body. Therefore the existing evidence suggests that the only sustainable way to survive in the current situation is to strengthen the immune system. An adequate intake of zinc, iron, and vitamins A, B 12, B6, C, and E is essential for the maintenance of immune function. In the current scenario, COVID-19 has imposed a new set of challenges for the individual to maintain a healthy and safe diet.
Taken in the mind of above-mentioned information, Bangladesh Society for Safe Food has been decided to select theme of this year’s conference on “Safe and Nutritious Foods for Combating Covid-19 Pandemic”.
Interested participants are requested to submit their scientific works on the theme.