Effects of Potential Micro- and Macro-nutrients in Combatting COVID-19

Jason Rocha, Tamneet Basra, Bara El Kurdi, Carla Venegas-Borsellino

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Purpose of Review: Gain insight on the effect of some recently studied nutrients and nutritional markers on the COVID-19 disease course. Recent Findings: In vitro studies indicate that SCFAs do not interfere with SARS-CoV-2 infectivity. Observational studies indicate that eating processed or red meat three or more times per week had overall higher risk of pneumonia. Studies suggest that markers of regular outdoor physical activity (high HDL, lack of vitamin D deficiency, lack of obesity, etc.) prevent severe complications of COVID-19. Summary: Although no definitive nutrients were found to significantly alter the COVID-19 disease course, some therapeutic candidates such as calcium, vitamin D, and albumin were surmised. Other nutrients that modulate serum lipid levels, cytokine levels, and albumin levels may hold promise for prevention of morbid or fatal outcomes related to COVID-19, as does the reduction of red or processed meat consumption.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number24
JournalCurrent Surgery Reports
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • Albumin
  • COVID-19
  • Calcium
  • Cholesterol
  • Cytokine storm
  • Inflammation
  • Lipotoxicity
  • Micronutrients
  • Pneumonia
  • Vitamin D

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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