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.
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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.
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
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
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.
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