I have always wanted the objective data to quantify my healthy eating lifestyle. I have found the Pharmanex S3 Biophotonic scanner to verify my lifestyle of healthy eating habits. Depending on their age and sex federal guidelines recommend that adults eat at least 1½ to 2 cups per day of fruit and 2 to 3 cups per day of vegetables as part of a healthy eating pattern. I personally consume more vegetables (6) than fruits (2) because I feel the vegetables have a much higher nutritional value and nutrient content with less carbs and sugars than fruits.
Just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to a new study published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). In 2015, approximately 12% percent of adults met the intake recommendations for vegetables and that consumption was lower among men, young adults, and adults living in poverty. “This report highlights that very few Americans eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day, putting them at risk for chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease,” said Seung Hee Lee Kwan, Ph.D., of CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity, lead author of the study. “As a result, we’re missing out on the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that fruits and vegetables provide.” Seven of the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States are from chronic diseases. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables daily can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of illness and death, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity.
Pharmanex S3 Biophotonic scanner is noninvasive and painless that uses a blue light laser to measure the antioxidant levels in the body’s cellular tissues thru wireless iOS technology. The Biophotonic scanner calculates the skin carotenoid level typically the range is between 20,000 to 55,000 with the average person at 20,000. This low level of antioxidants is symbolic with poor health and chronic diseases that are prevalent in society today. Carotenoids are responsible for the Red, Yellow and Orange in fruits/vegetables and primarily for cell protection. Antioxidants share electrons in the cells to defend against free radical damage. Pharmanex has over 200,000 published research studies and references on the effectiveness of their patented NANO technology.
Your Skin Carotenoid Score is a measurement of the presence of carotenoid antioxidants in your skin. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants found in abundance in certain fruits and vegetables. Carotenoids neutralize damaging free radical molecules and are absorbed in human plasma and tissue, providing an excellent indicator of a person’s antioxidant level. Unlike other methods of measuring antioxidants (which fluctuate throughout the day), your Skin Carotenoid Score shows the stable level of carotenoid antioxidants in your skin—providing you with a more accurate and reliable biomarker of your antioxidant level. (The scoring system is based on data gathered from more than 1,300 individuals with a variety of diets.) Your Skin Carotenoid Score will help you determine whether you are consuming an adequate amount of antioxidant-containing nutrients. Unlike other biomarkers that you may be familiar with, your Skin Carotenoid Score does not predict disease or pre-condition of disease.
Recently, I had my Antioxidant level tested to see where I stood in my overall health score. i scored a good score of 45,000 which was slightly lower than i expected with my vegetarian lifestyle. How does my score compare to other scores? Based on carotenoid antioxidant research using the Pharmanex® BioPhotonic Scanner, Pharmanex has developed a reference scale (below) called the Skin Carotenoid Score Index. Your individual score may vary based on factors that include diet, physical activity, and exposure to the sun and toxins such as cigarette smoke. Your score may also vary depending on your genetic ability to absorb carotenoids. Although pinpointing your score on the Skin Carotenoid Score Index will give you a general understanding of how you score relative to the population, your own Skin Carotenoid Score is unique to you. Tracking your subsequent scores will provide you with greater insight to your carotenoid antioxidant level than comparing your initial score to the Skin Carotenoid Score Index. It is also important to note that, like many biological measurements, the score may vary within a narrow range.
How can I improve my score? In addition to taking Pharmanex Lifepack and high quality food based supplements, you can improve your score by consuming five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day that are rich in carotenoid antioxidants, as recommended by the USDA, the American Dietetics Association, and other health organizations. Be aware, however, that individual responses to dietary intake of carotenoid antioxidants may vary due to biological differences in the ability to absorb dietary carotenoids. Lifestyles that include eating foods fried in saturated oils, exposure to pollution, exposure to cigarette smoke, and prolonged sun exposure may negatively influence your antioxidant defense levels. Changes you make to your diet or lifestyle activities—in an effort to improve your score—will take about 30 to 60 days before they are reflected in your Skin Carotenoid Score. I plan on taking the Lifepack supplements for 2 months to see exactly what changes in my score will occur, so check back with me in a few months to see the results of my Antioxidant S3 Biophotonic scanner test. Again, thanks for reading, Dr. joe