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4. What are Carotenoids?
     Carotenoids are an important category of antioxidants. They are primarily responsible for the reds, oranges, and yellows seen in fruits, and vegetables.
     In our bodies. non-carotenoid antioxidants rely on carotenoids to defend, and replenish themselves, so they can accomplish their cell-protection.
     Research suggests that skin carotenoid levels, as may be documented by the Pharmanex BioPhotonic Skin scanner correlates with, and are a good indication of the body's antioxidant defense system.


  5. Nature's Solution
     Antioxidants are your first defense against free radicals they freely hare their electrons and stop degenerative chain reaction of fre radials. Our bodies naturally generate some antioxidants, however new research shows additional sources of antioxidants may provide added protection against a growing onslaught of free radical invaders.


Free Radical Damage

Antioxidant Protection


                 6. How the Scanner works

A   When a 473 nm (nanometer) photon of blue light comes into contact with a carotenoid, the energy level of a 473 nm photo becomes exited to 510 nm, the light wavelength associated with green light. The only molecule in nature that can shift a 473 nm photon to a 510 nm photon is a carotenoid.


B   As 473 nm photons strike carotenoids in the skin, they are reflected back to the scanner as 510 nm photons. This is how the carotenoid concentration in your skin is measured. Because the number of photons reflected back as 510 nm wavelength is proportional to the concentration of carotenoids in the skin, these green photons are then counted to calculate the individual's Skin Carotenoid Score ( SCS ).


The blue 473 nanonmeter light is reflected back from the carotonoids as green 510 nanometer light waves.

     The measurement of your Skin Carotonoid Score (SCS) by the Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is a convenient and useful indication of tissue carotonoid concentration, Your own SCS provides you with a good indication of your body's antioxidant status.
     Your SCS is a reflection of longterm lifestyle habits, and is not subject to short term hours, or days. Scanning every 6 to 8 weeks is the ideal to help you determine whether you are consuming an adequate amount of antioxidant containing nutrients.
7. What your scan results reveal
     With each scan, the Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner produces a color print out similar to the color image below. Thus, it is easy to both reveal a current anitioxidant status, and keep as a record to compare with follow up scans.


10,000 to

19,000 to

30,000 to

40,000 to

50,000 to


Low consumption of fruits & vegetables Moderate consumption
of fruits & vegetables
High consumption of fruits
& vegetables
Supplementation Irregular, or no


- High BMI* (> 28)
- High stress
- High sun & pollution
- Smoking, or 2nd hand
   smoke exposure
- Medium BMI* (24 - 27)
- Moderate stress
- Moderate sun & pollution
- BMI* in the ideal range (19 - 23)
- Low stress
- Low sun & pollution
  -  The above are general parameters based on over one million scans. Your individual score may vary.
  -  Dietary habits, supplementation, and lifestyle choices represent represent possible score outcomes, and do   not reflect guaranteed score outcomes.
  -  Individual genetic differences can significantly influence the rate of antioxidant absorbtion, and therfore, your personal Skin Carotonoid Score (SCS).

* BMI is Body Mass Index, a numerical computation regarding height, and weight.         .

  8. How to improve your results.
        If you have had a scan, your booklet will share the ideal factors for your enhancing your body's Antioxidant level..


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