What's your number? Antioxidant measurement technology records nutrition's vitals
On Sept. 18, Pharmanex introduced the BioPhotonic Scanner, a testing device that non-invasively measures the human body's level of antioxidants and lets one know if that apple a day really is keeping the doctor away.
Antioxidants include essential disease-fighting nutrients, such as vitamins A and C. and beta-carotene, found in abundance in certain fruits and vegetables.
Pharmanex uses a proprietary laser technology, allowing the BioPhotonic Scanner to measure the Body Defense Score (BDS).
The technology lets consumers track and maintain optimal levels of antioxidants, thus aiding the body's fight against disease-causing free radicals.
By placing the palm of the hand in front of a low-energy blue light laser, consumers obtain a reading of their own antioxidant level.
When the purified blue laser light strikes the palm of the hand, it is slightly shifted toward a green light due to the chemical make up of the carotenoid antioxidant molecules.
When a person's antioxidant levels are measured, the amount of reflected green light is gathered and assessed to produce a numeric reading - the BDS.
This number correlates with levels of carotenoids - a powerful antioxidant - in the diet, body, and tissues.
For more information, visit the company's website at www.pharmanexscanner.com.
Source: AOA Newletter, Winter 2002
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