Answers to questions on Moondust Cosmetics® social media from Dr. Moondust about personal care tips, precautions and the role of some vitamins and minerals
Dr. Moondust, award-winning scientist and President of Moondust Cosmetics, shares her thoughts on precautions we can all take during COVID-19 as well as personal care tips while at home and in the sun.
HK: Welcome, Dr. Moondust. Would you please introduce yourself and the reason for our talk today?
Dr. Moondust: As President of Moondust Cosmetics and creator of our novel line of sun care products, I’d like to answer a few questions we’ve received through social media.
HK: What are some safety measures we can take to protect ourselves?
Dr. Moondust: Here’s what you can do to help yourself and others…
Some things to remember in case of an epidemic or pandemic like corona virus are: Avoid crowded places; Avoid traveling to affected areas; Work from home if possible; Take daily vitamin and mineral supplements in addition to a healthy diet; Drink lots of liquids & rest if you feel unwell because that may be the best chance you can give your body to protect it from this virus.
Help protect others who are vulnerable like seniors and small children by avoiding contact with them.
Lastly, don’t blame your pets. They are part of your family and mostly they are not susceptible to the virus.
HK: Can you share any information about the role of vitamins and minerals we might use as supplements at this time?
Dr. Moondust: Yes, let’s look at some ABCs of vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin A – is an antioxidant that helps to form and maintain mucous membranes like the nose & throat and to keep them moist. Dry mucous membranes are more susceptible to infection.
Vitamin B6 – helps the body make several neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and melatonin that keep the brain happy, the body healthy, and aid in sleep, which might be an issue these days.
Vitamin B12 – helps in red blood cell production. If you have a lack of functional red blood cells it might make you more prone to infection
Vitamin C – is an antioxidant that may alleviate or help to prevent infections caused by bacteria, viruses, and protozoa. It is also important in the wound healing process.
Vitamin D – helps to reduce the risk of respiratory infections including colds and flu.
As there is an added interest these days in Vitamin D, let me add that it acts like a hormone by modulating the immune system and suppressing inflammatory processes. Research regarding dosage varies, but a daily dose of 1000 IU for a limited period is standard. (Beware of adulteration – best to find a brand that tests for toxins like mercury)
Vitamin E – is an antioxidant involved in lipid metabolism in mucous membranes. So it is involved in keeping the mucous membranes moist. It may also help in wound healing.
Vitamin K – Vitamin K functions in blood clotting. There is also evidence that this vitamin may be helpful in conjunction with Vitamin D and it may maximize the benefits of both vitamins if they are taken together.
HK: You’ve covered some ABCs – What about Z for Zinc?
Dr. Moondust: Zinc is a mineral that may be quite important, as well. Recent research indicates that it can inhibit the replication of corona virus and that of a variety of other RNA viruses.
It also helps the body to detoxify heavy metal environmental contaminants. Therefore, zinc supplementation can be beneficial.
Since zinc is absorbed slowly by the skin from zinc oxide, using Moondust Skin Protector Plus (SPP) may also be a way of fortifying the body with zinc if one doesn’t want to take oral supplements regularly. The non-nano form of zinc oxide that allows zinc absorption is a valuable built-in feature of our sun care products.
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