Until there is a treatment for COVID-19, the best we can do is heed the advice of our health authorities, including washing our hands and practicing social distancing, while also improving our overall health and wellness. That most certainly means eating a healthy, well-balanced diet rich in essential nutrients and low in processed foods and artificial additives. Hemp seeds provide a host of nutritional benefits, and you can read all about them on our hemp nutrition page. Anyone serious about eating healthy will do well to incorporate hemp seeds into their daily diet.
In particular, hemp seeds are high in dietary fiber, which promotes healthy digestion. As we mentioned above, the gut is intimately associated with our immune system, and improving our digestion is very likely to also benefit our immunity. Hemp seeds are also rich in Omega fats, especially Omega-3, which are beneficial to two organs you definitely want to keep healthy: the heart and brain. Finally, hemp seeds are a good source of zinc, which is a mineral that helps keep the immune system strong and has become a common treatment for the common cold11, which can also be caused by a virus.
Additionally, studies suggest that hemp protein may help with a number of conditions, including cardiovascular disease, hypertension, kidney disease, and obesity,12 all of which are underlying conditions that increase one’s vulnerability to COVID-19. However, as with all associations between nutrition and disease, more research is needed to confirm these benefits.
Besides optimizing your nutrition, other well-known things that promote a healthy immune system include staying active, getting good sleep, and lowering your stress.13