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Antioxidant Scanner

Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner Measuring

Scientists from around the world are talking about a brand new invention that is on the verge of changing the way people think about antioxidant health – The Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner is a new, cutting-edge testing tool that safely measures carotenoid levels in living tissue, providing an immediate indication of a person’s antioxidant levels. Place the palm of your hand in front of the Scanner's safe, low-energy blue light laser, and you will obtain an immediate reading of the carotenoid antioxidant levels in your skin - your Skin Carotenoid Score.

Antioxidants are our frontline defense against the free radicals that constantly affect our cells. Over 30,000 scientific papers have been written about free radicals and antioxidants in the last 20 years. With the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner we can now obtain an accurate measurement of your personal antioxidant level.

How does it work?
The technology of the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner is based on an optical method known as Resonance Raman Spectroscopy. Sir C. V. Raman discovered the technology in the 1920’s. Sir Raman was awarded the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the Raman Spectroscopy in 1930. This technology has been used for many years in research laboratories and more recently for carotenoid investigations in biological systems. The scanner measures carotenoid levels in human tissue at the skin surface using optical signals. These signals identify the unique molecular structure of carotenoids, allowing their measurement without interference by other molecular substances providing the person being measured with an SCS. Pharmanex® is the exclusive owner of the patented biophotonic scanner technology for measurement of skin carotenoids invented by the University Of Utah.

In the Biophotonic Scanner, uses the fact that essentially each species of molecules in the body can generate a different set of colors of light when stimulated with a laser beam. Therefore this color spectrum is a unique optical fingerprint of a particular molecule species. The instrument uses a blue laser with a wavelength of 473 nm. When this laser hits a carotenoid molecule, a unique fingerprint spectrum with a prominent peak at 510 nm is generated by the carotenoid molecules. A green light is emitted out of the skin and captured by a highly sensitive light detector. A computer analyzes the amount of this green light and produces a numeric reading called the Skin Carotenoid Score.

Skin Carotenoid Score
Your Skin Carotenoid Score is an immediate numeric reading of your own skin carotenoid content and an important indicator of the overall strength of your body’s antioxidant defense system. Getting your Skin Carotenoid Score makes you aware of the antioxidant levels in your body-and gives you the push you need to improve your overall antioxidant health. Click Here For More Information On Skin Carotenoid Score.

The Measurable Difference
The use of Raman spectroscopy for biological measurements is an established scientific discipline backed by years of research. The Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner is a patented application of Raman spectroscopy for the measurement of carotenoid antioxidant nutrients in living tissue for the improvement of nutrition. The use of biophotonics to assess biological molecules in living tissue is a distinct scientific discipline, and the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner is an instrument that is based on this scientific discipline.

Peer-Reviewed Studies
The use of Raman spectroscopy for the assessment of human tissue carotenoids has been validated by at least eight peer-reviewed studies conducted by third party entities unrelated to Pharmanex or the supplementation industry. (Bernstein, 1998, 2002; Ermakov, 2004a, 2004b; Gellermann, 2004, 2002; Hata, 2000; Zhao, 2003). In addition, Pharmanex has validated the use of Raman spectroscopy for the measurement of carotenoids in several studies including a large-scale clinical screening study with 1,375 subjects that confirmed a correlation between antioxidant status and lifestyle parameters (Smidt, 2003). A second study established efficacy of LifePak® to improve the antioxidant status of subjects over a 12-week period (Smidt, 2002), and a third study established a highly significant correlation (r=0.78, p < 0.001) between blood carotenoid levels and skin carotenoid levels as assessed by the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic scanner (Smidt, 2004a). A fourth study was presented at the 45th Annual Meeting of the American College of Nutrition in Long Beach, California. The 372-subject clinical study reconfirmed the excellent correlation between skin Scanner scores and blood carotenoids, the currently accepted gold standard in research. In addition, the study demonstrated that the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner measurement has less variability than blood carotenoids (measured by the conventional HPLC method). A fifth study was presented by Dr. James Rippe at the National Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine in June 2004 (Indianapolis, IN). This study confirmed that in overweight and obese individuals the level of adipose tissue accumulation negatively influenced skin carotenoid levels, and thus antioxidant status.

By measuring the stable level of carotenoid antioxidants in your skin and generating your Skin Carotenoid Score, the Scanner provides a more accurate and reliable biomarker of your overall antioxidant health status than other methods of measuring antioxidants.

BioPhotonic measurement is destined to become the dietary assessment of the future. Anyone who is mindful of his or her current and future health will want to get scanned.

CLICK HERE to listen to an interesting, understandable audio explanation of the scanner technology.  (Must have RealPlayer to listen)



Peer Reviewed Clinical Studies and Articles about the BioPhotonic Scanner
Antioxidant Scanner Booklet           [40 Pages 4.6 MB]
What Is The Antioxidant Scanner    [1 Page  75 KB]
Frequently Asked Questions           [9 Pages  169 KB]