Coyne Healthcare Women Month Blog Post

Research shows that the Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected women, especially South African women in areas such as mental distress, health care, gender based violence and employment.

Global Covid Study

An analysis of over 400 studies by the Center for Global Development’s Covid-19 Gender and Development Initiative found that during the pandemic:

  • violence against women and children increased by 74%
  • more women than men lost their jobs in low-income countries. SA studies show women account for two thirds of jobs lost.
  • access to contraception, antenatal care and attended births declined by more than 10%
  • women had 80% more mental health challenges including stress, depression and anxiety.

“The longer-term impact of the Covid-19 pandemic will not be equal for women and men. We are currently experiencing the biggest setback in gender equality for a generation,” said Sofia Sprechmann of Humanitarian Organisation Care International, who wrote about the impact of Covid-19 for the World Economic Forum’s Covid Action Platform.

South African Health Expert Advice

In response, three leading SA health experts have encouraged women to protect themselves as the country’s primary caregivers and to educate themselves on the best possible ways to maintain good health.

Our Marketing Director and International health and wellness expert, Maria Ascencao said women should be at the forefront of Covid-19 responses which should include urgently redressing all gender-based disparities, tackling gender based violence emphatically, closing the wage gap and bolstering support for mental health.  

Pharmacist and complementary medicines expert, Giulia Criscuolo, said women should make mental health a top priority and support this with a healthy lifestyle, professional support, exercise, a nutritious diet and supplementing with targeted, high-quality products.

Nutritional health expert Vanessa Ascencao of said in addition to Covid’s impact, SA was ranked in a study as the unhealthiest country amongst 150 countries in the world. Another study shows that nearly 70% of SA women are obese, contributing to poorer mental health, reduced quality of life and increased health risks. 

“To take better care of ourselves, our diet should consist of nourishing foods like fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and lean protein. Drink lots of water. Exercise regularly, manage stress, get enough restorative sleep and boost immunity with high quality immune-boosting supplements such as BetterYou DLux vitamin D oral spray,  Biomax Liposomal Vitamin C, Bio-Curcumin and Bio-Berberine – all proven to have excellent absorption and efficacy,” said Ascencao.  

Immune Boosting Coyne Healthcare Supplements

BetterYou DLux 1000 Vitamin D Daily Oral Spray

A daily oral vitamin D spray formulated to provide optimal nutritional delivery, each spray provides vitamin D in micro-sized droplets that coat and permeate the soft-tissue of the inner cheek, delivering the essential nutrients into the rich vein system below. Also available in a vegan formula. 

Biomax® Vitamin C Liposomal

Liposomal vitamin C makes use of patented technology that encapsulates the vitamin C molecules in liposomal microspheres – made from essential phospholipids – which protect the vitamin C from destruction in the digestive system and ensure rapid delivery into the bloodstream. It is a gentle, gut-friendly vitamin C with enhanced bioavailability in capsule form. This formulation is suitable for diabetics and vegetarians and supports paleo, zone and vegan diets and is free from sugar, soya, gluten, preservatives and artificial additives. 


One of the world’s most preferred bioavailable curcumin extracts is backed by over 68 published studies and more than 15 years of global research. This powerful formulation has been proven to have increased absorption and to deliver up to seven times more free and bioactive curcumin into the bloodstream than regular curcumin extracts. This remains bio-active for over eight hours.


A high potency 100% pure berberine extract. Berberine is an alkaloid in a number of plants, including barberry, tree turmeric, oregon grape and goldenseal. Its history dates back 3 000 years, when it was used in traditional Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Berberine has fast become one of the most researched plant extracts and remains in the scientific spotlight, supported by 4 500 published studies.

All products are available to purchase at leading health stores, health pharmacies in the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa, as well as Wellness Warehouse and Dischem in South Africa.