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Web users look to a world of nutrients in the face of COVID-19

/ 06:19 PM October 20, 2020
20201020 Nutrients COVID-19

Europeans have linked vitamin D to COVID-19 in their web searches, no doubt out of interest in preventing catching the virus. Image: IStock/juankphoto via AFP Relaxnews.

From zinc to turmeric, web users seem to be looking for ways to boost their immune defense systems with vitamins, nutrients or herbs in the face of COVID-19. A report from Google Trends suggested that consumers are making links between the virus and such nutrients, but depending on their global location, people are not searching for the same ones. So, while Europeans are showing interest in vitamin D, South Americans are more interested in zinc.

Could where you live could affect how you plan on combating COVID-19? A Google Trends report — based on data collected between June 1, 2019, and April 27, 2020 — revealed how the pandemic could be affecting the dietary choices of consumers around the world and their tendency to look for certain active ingredients. Published in the journal Nutrients, the report examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on dietary and lifestyle behaviors.

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The data revealed a correlation between COVID-19 cases and searches for specific nutrients like vitamins E, C, D, A and B, as well as zinc, coffee, ginger, selenium, garlic and turmeric. However, interest in the various active ingredients varies between different global regions.

In Europe, web users showed particular interest in vitamin D in relation to COVID-19, especially in Hungary, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland and Norway.

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People in Asia, notably in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, as well as the Middle East and Africa, were more likely to search for vitamin C in relation to COVID-10. Those in South America and Caribbean countries more commonly searched for zinc. People in Caribbean and African countries also searched for garlic and turmeric. CC

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TOPICS: COVID-19 pandemic, Health, immune system, Nutrition, Vitamin C
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