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Pharmanex has introduced the BioPhotonic Scanner, a device that non-invasively measures the human body’s level of antioxidants.

In use, the BioPhotonic Scanner measures what iPharmanex calls the ‘Body Defence Score’ (BDS), allowing consumers to track and help maintain optimal levels of antioxidants, and help to keep in check their body’s fight against disease-causing free radicals.

Developed by doctors, physicists and engineers at the University of Utah, the Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is claimed to be the world’s first immediate and non-invasive method of measuring antioxidant activity in human tissue.

By simply 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, blood and tissues. Since the scanner measures the major carotenoid antioxidants, the BDS is an indicator of the body’s overall antioxidant defence system.

Editor’s note: Antioxidants are essential disease-fighting nutrients, such as vitamins A and C, and beta-carotene, found in abundance in certain fruits and vegetables. However, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), most adults today do not consume the levels of antioxidants they need to keep a healthy lifestyle and prevent chronic disease.

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