Increasing evidence points to the beneficial effects of carotenoid antioxidants in the human body. Several studies, for example, support the protective role of lutein and zeaxanthin in the prevention of age-related eye diseases. If present in high concentrations in the macular region of the retina, lutein and zeaxanthin provide pigmentation in this most light sensitive retinal spot, and as a result of light filtering and/or antioxidant action, delay the onset of macular degeneration with increasing age.
Other carotenoids, such as lycopene and beta-carotene, play an important role as well in the protection of skin from UV and short-wavelength visible radiation. Lutein and lycopene may also have protective function for cardiovascular health, and lycopene may play a role in the prevention of prostate cancer.
Motivated by the growing importance of carotenoids in health and disease, and recognizing the lack of any accepted noninvasive technology for the detection of carotenoids in living human tissue, we explore resonance Raman spectroscopy as a novel approach for noninvasive, laser optical carotenoid detection.
Since carotenoids exist in high concentrations in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, and are routinely taken up by the human body through the diet, skin carotenoid levels may serve as an objective biomarker for fruit and vegetable intake. The obtained results of this study provide proof that resonance Raman spectroscopy is a valid non-invasive objective methodology for the quantitative assessment of carotenoid antioxidants in human skin in vivo.
Therefore, we now have a method to monitor our patients antioxidant health. Many of us believe we are eating a balanced diet and are getting the nutrients we require, but now we have the tool needed to assess our patients and monitor their progress.
With so many of our disease states being diet related, this is a tool any practitioner should possess to help treat our patients and prevent disease.
HOW DO I CHECK ANTIOXIDANT LEVELS?
The answer is the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic S3 Scanner. Pharmanex® was the first nutritional supplement company to provide you with a non-invasive, fast, and convenient way to determine your antioxidant status—and whether your diet and supplements are actually working for you.
WHAT IS THE S3 SCANNER?
The patented Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is a cutting edge testing tool that non-invasively measures carotenoid levels in living tissue, providing an immediate indication of a person’s overall antioxidant levels. Everyone can instantly know their own antioxidant status. This empowers individuals to make improvements to their diet and lifestyle, and helps them make an informed decision on which supplements are properly formulated to impact their antioxidant health.
HOW DOES THE SCANNER WORK?
The Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is the world’s first measuring tool that gives you a Skin Carotenoid Score (SCS)—immediate evidence of carotenoid antioxidant activity in your body. By placing the palm of your hand in front of the scanner’s safe, low-energy blue light, within seconds you will obtain a reading of the carotenoid antioxidant levels in your skin—your Skin Carotenoid Scores (SCS)—which has been scientifically correlated to overall antioxidant status.
The technology of the Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is based on an optical method known as Resonant Raman Spectroscopy, which has been used for many years in research laboratories.
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 and providing the person being measured with their own SCS.
In less than one minute you can find out if your diet, lifestyle and supplements provide the antioxidant protection you need for promoting health.
WHAT DOES THE SCANNER MEASURE?
The Scanner technology works on the principle of light and the fundamental particle of light is a photon. White light has photons of different wavelengths, which are represented by colors. The Scanner produces a narrow beam of light in which all of the photons are the same color-blue. The blue light has a wavelength of 478 nanometers(nm). When a 478 nm photon of light comes into contact with a carotenoid, something interesting happens. The energy level of a 478 nm photon becomes excited to 518 nm, the wavelength associated with green light. The only molecule in nature that can shift a 478 nm photon to a 518 nm photon is a carotenoid.
As 478 nm photons strike carotenoids in the skin, they are reflected back as 518 nm photons. This is how the carotenoid concentration in your skin is measured. Because the number of photons reflected at the 518 nm wavelength is proportional to the concentration of carotenoids in the skin, these green photons are then counted to calculate the individuals SCS.
WHAT DOES THE SCANNER DO?
Place the palm of your hand in front of the Scanner's safe, low-energy blue light, and you will obtain an immediate reading of the carotenoid antioxidant levels in your skin-your Skin Carotenoid Score.
WHY SHOULD I SCAN PATIENTS?
By measuring the stable level of carotenoid antioxidants in your patients skin and generating a Skin Carotenoid Score, the Scanner provides a more accurate and reliable biomarker of their overall antioxidant health status than other methods of measuring antioxidants. Getting a Skin Carotenoid Score makes your patient aware of the antioxidant levels in their body-and gives them the push they need to improve their overall antioxidant health.
WHAT CAN THE SCANNER DO FOR MY PRACTICE?
Time and time again, the Scanner has proven to be a phenomenal practice building tool.
Recurring monthly revenue
By combining daily LifePak® and g3 consumption with regular S3 Scanner scans, distributors and consumers can see for themselves how Pharmanex® SCS-Certified products are improving their carotenoid antioxidant levels. That proof will help motivate consumers to continue using LifePak® and other SCS-Certified products that offer continued antioxidant protection. Your practice can easily add $3600 by testing only 9 patients a day. If you also add supplements, which you don't need to purchase or have on site as patients can order online, the income is even better.
LifePak® and g3 sales
Studies show that LifePak® not only increases carotenoid levels, but also has an impact on overall antioxidant levels. g3 has also been shown to strengthen the body's antioxidant defenses against cellular damage. Thanks to the Scanner, LifePak® and g3 users have proof that their supplementation really works-guaranteed. The scanner provides an excellent opportunity to introduce consumers to LifePak® and g3, prove that these products really work, and create loyal lifelong customers.
BECOME A SCANNER OPERATOR
Because of its ability to prove the effectiveness of Pharmanex's products and create long-term recurring revenue, the award-winning Scanner represents a world-class business opportunity. Contact me to learn more about becoming a Scanner operator.
THE LIFEPAK AND G3 MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE
Get your Skin Carotenoid Score measured with the Scanner, take LifePak® or g3™ for 60 days, and get your Score measured again. You will have proof that Pharmanex® supplements can improve your antioxidant levels and your overall antioxidant health. In fact, Pharmanex guarantees that your Skin Carotenoid Score will increase as you take LifePak® or g3™ regularly as directed.
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