Do you already take any dietary supplements regularly? Whether these actually bring about the hoped-for effect is often purely a matter of personal feeling. Who can prove that their dietary supplements actually work? We can!
The Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is a globally unique device that measures carotenoid levels in skin tissue in a non-invasive way.
The scanner uses Nobel Prize-winning Raman spectroscopy technology, which has been adapted for biological measurements and is a proven scientific method based on years of research.
For the scanner, Nu Skin received the 2005 American Business Award in the category of most innovative company.
Nu Skin won the Bronze Award for the scanner at the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA).
The scanner was one of the winners at the BIG Innovation Awards 2015.
Nu Skin is the sole owner of the scanner device as it holds a worldwide patent on it.
How does it work?
You simply hold your palm in front of the scanner's low-energy blue light and after a few seconds you will receive your skin carotenoid score.
Carotenoids are organic pigments found in fruits and vegetables that are largely responsible for red, orange or yellow colors. The more intensely colored the fruits and vegetables you eat, the more carotenoids you provide your body and the higher your score will be.
Examples of carotenoids:
Around 90% of the population in the European Union (EU) is exposed to air pollutants from industry and cars, etc., in amounts that are harmful to health according to the World Health Organization (WHO). These environmental factors and other certain metabolic reactions in our body cause the formation of free radicals.
Free radicals are molecules that become unstable as soon as they lose an electron. In order to regain its stability, this molecule reacts quickly with other compounds and tries to snatch the electron it needs. The attacked molecule loses its electron, thereby becoming a free radical itself and taking an electron away from the neighboring molecule, triggering a chain reaction. This chain reaction is also called oxidative stress - the oxidation of tissue - because it causes stress to the relevant molecules such as DNA, proteins and fats.
A good example of free radical stress is a sliced apple. The apple reacts with the oxygen in the air, i.e. it oxidizes and turns brown.
The solution antioxidants
Antioxidants are the most important part of the antioxidant defense system, a complex network of different components that interact and complement each other. Antioxidants donate one of their own electrons to the free radical molecule. Whether with or without an electron, antioxidants remain stable so that they do not become free radicals themselves. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, interact with the oxidation chain reaction and help protect cells from oxidative stress.
It all starts with a balanced diet
A healthy diet ensures that all nutrient recommendations are met. It consists of a good balance between macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats and water) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).
Why are micronutrients so important?
"Micro" or small refers to nutrients that we only need in small quantities.
Vitamins such as vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8 and B12 contribute to normal energy metabolism.
Minerals such as zinc, magnesium and calcium contribute to the maintenance of normal bones.
Why are macronutrients so important?
"Macro" or large refers to nutrients that we need in large quantities.
Fats, carbohydrates, proteins - they provide us with energy or calories.
Your scan score
The higher the concentration of carotenoids in your skin, the higher your scan score, and therefore the higher the number of antioxidants in your body. Depending on dietary habits, supplements, and your body's ability to absorb carotenoids, your scan score may vary.
After learning your current scan score, it's best to start improving it right away. Here's how:
Pay attention to your diet by eating at least 5 to 10 servings of carotenoid-rich fruits and vegetables every day.
Take care of yourself by living a healthy lifestyle.
Since it is often difficult to pay attention to proper nutrition in everyday life, supplementing with carotenoids can be a convenient alternative to ensure a daily carotenoid intake.
So don't miss your chance to get scanned: A scan every 6 to 8 weeks will help you know if you are consuming adequate quantities of carotenoids.