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We know antioxidants are good for us. We read or hear about them daily on the internet, TV, radio and newspapers. But most of us don't really understand how they can significantly impact our overall health. And we also don't realize that ABSORPTION IS THE KEY FACTOR in antioxidant therapy. If our bodies don't absorb the antioxidants from our digestive system, they aren't doing us any good. But how do we know if we are absorbing efficiently? Read below to find out.
What is the BioPhotonic Scanner?
The Pharmanex BioPhotonic scanner is a cutting-edge tool that measures your Skin Carotenoid Score (SCS). Research has shown a positive correlation between SCS and healthy lifestyle factors. Once you receive your SCS you can make improvements and periodically track the effects of lifestyle changes such as increased fruit and vegetable consumption, weight management, smoking cessation and nutritional supplementation including LikePak Nano and G3. The scanner is a powerful tool to help motivate people to maintain healthy lifestyle choices and improve antioxidant nutrition.
Each day we are exposed to free radicals - unstable molecules that steal or "scavenge" electrons from other molecules. Exposure to free radical activity is a natural part of life, but in today's world it's possible to become overexposed and experience greater consequences of free radical damage. Environmental pollution, unbalanced diets, preservatives and additives in food, and physical and mental stress introduce free radicals to your body. When left unchecked, free radical damage to your cells accumulates and can lead to serious health concerns later in life. In fact, free radical damage can cause premature aging and is a large factor in the deterioration of health over time.
Free Radical Damage
A good example of free radical damage is an apple that has been exposed to the air. If you cover one half of the exposed apple with lemon juice (lemon contains the antioxidant vitamin C) it is protected from oxidative damage (free radical damage) and does not darken. The half that doesn't have any protection turns brown, which indicates oxidation, or free radical damage - that ultimately causes the apple to decay. Just as free radicals are responsible for the decay of an apple, free radicals are also responsible for damage to tissues and cells in our bodies. Just as antioxidants are able to protect an apple from oxidation by free radicals, antioxidants can lend protection in our bodies.
Antioxidants Block Free Radicals
Antioxidants are abundant in fruits and vegetables.They are often responsible for the bright colors we see in produce, including reds, purples, yellows and oranges. A healthy diet is imperative to delivering antioxidants to our tissues, however the eating habits of many people do not allow for adequate intake of antioxidants. Research suggests additional sources of antioxidants may provide added protection against free radical exposure.
What Are Carotenoids?
Carotenoids are an important category of antioxidants; they are primarily responsible for the reds, oranges and yellows we see in fruits and vegetables. In our bodies non-carotenoid antioxidants rely on carotenoids to defend and replenish themselves, so that they can continue their cell-protective work. Research suggests that skin carotenoid levels measured with the Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner correlate with, and are a good indication of the body's overall antioxidant defense system.
The technology of the Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is based on an optical method known as Resonance Raman Spectroscopy, which has been used for many years in research laboratories. Only recently has Raman Spectroscopy been adapted to measurements in living tissue. Sir C.V. Raman won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1930 for his discovery of Raman Light Scattering.
You Are What You Eat...Or Rather You Are What You Absorb
Antioxidants from the foods you consume are incorporated into cells and tissues. The greater your consumption of antioxidant-containing fruits and vegetables, the higher the concentration found in your tissues. The BioPhotonic Scanner measures the concentration of antioxidant carotenoids found in the tissues of your hand, as an indicator of antioxidant status. Once the reflected light is collected from your hand by the BioPhotonic Scanner, the data is transferred to the computer where it is converted into a Skin Carotenoid Score (SCS) which is represented by a number on a color scale of red (low) to high (blue).
What Do Your Results Mean?
Dietary habits, lifestyle, supplementation and genetics can each affect scanner scores. Research has shown a positive correlation between SCS and healthy lifestyle factors such as:
- High consumption of fruits and vegetables
- Fit living, including exercise and appropriate body fat
- Not smoking
- Integrating well formulated antioxidant supplements into your routine
- Limiting your exposure to the sun and free radicals
How Can I Improve My Score?
- Consume at least nine to twelve servings of fruits and vegetables each day
- Consume deeply colored fruits and vegetables with at least five grams of healthy fats per meal to aid in proper absorption of fat soluble nutrients
- Take well formulated nutritional supplements (LifePak Nano twice a day)
- Enjoy g3 Superfruit Blend daily
- Take Marine Omega twice daily (also used for dry eye)
- Quit smoking, avoid second-hand smoke, pollution and other toxins
- Lose excess body fat
- Limit sun exposure by using sunscreen