Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, which may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. We now provide the opportunity to get your antioxidant levels tested in 90 seconds or less by use of the Pharmanex S3 bioPhotonic Scanner. Pharmanex is the first nutritional supplement company to provide a non-invasive, fast, and convenient way to determine your antioxidant status and whether your supplements are actually working for you. Ask your pharmacist today!
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.
Each day we are exposed to free radicals—many of the physical effects we call aging are a result of free radical damage, and no matter how healthy you try to be, you receive free radical damage every single day. When left unchecked, free radical damage to your cells accumulates and can lead to serious health concerns later in life. A visual example of free radical damage is when you slice an apple and it turns brown. This natural process is called oxidation. As oxygen interacts with cells of any type – an apple slice, for example-oxidation occurs.
Antioxidants are your first defense against free radicals—they freely share their electrons and stop the degenerative chain reaction of free radicals. 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.
To protect yourself from free radicals, you should develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can limit your effects to free radicals by incorporating the following:
Carotenoids are an important category of antioxidants; primarily responsible for the reds, oranges and yellows we see in fruits and vegetables. In our bodies, non-carotenoid antioxidants rely on carotenoids to defend and replenish themselves so that they can continue their cell protective work.