INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - It's the disease we fear the most: Cancer. One of the biggest ways to fight it is with antioxidants. Do you have enough?
WISH-TV anchors Debby, Karen and Lauren took the test and the different color T-shirts in the video tell the story.
The T-shirt color Karen ended up with is already prompting her to make a big lifestyle change. The test is only 90 seconds, but it can make a big difference for you.
Antioxidants are added to everything like drinks,creams, even soaps. They are also in the foods you eat like broccoli, tomatoes, fruits. But are you getting enough?
Dr. Greg Chernoff of Chernoff Plastic Surgery says, "Your skin is really the mirror to your health." You can see inside with a machine that can read your antioxidant level within 90 seconds.
So, 24-Hour News 8's Karen Hensel asked Daybreak anchor Lauren Lowrey and Nightside anchor Debby Knox to join her in taking the test.
First Debby scored 22,000. Then, Karen admitted just beforehand, "I'm kind of nervous. I know what I want the score to be but what I think it's going to be may be different." Karen also scored 22,000.
But watch what happens with Lauren who regularly drinks juices with antioxidant packed kale and spinach and takes lots of supplements. She score well at 61,000.
The test has been called a nutritional lie detector test that measures the carotenoids in your skin. A low score is 10,000 and high is 50,000 units. The scores are color coded and range low in red to orange to yellow to better scores in green and blue.
Debby and Karen decide they need to eat more fruits and vegetables and take supplements.
Dr. Chernoff explains, "this scanner is the first scanner that gives us a scientific measurement of the level of antioxidants in a patients body."
Antioxidants protect your DNA and healthy cells from the damage from free radicals which are harmful chemicals your body absorbs from cigarette smoke, pollution or fried foods. We are wearing our antioxidant health: Karen and Debby in orange and Lauren in blue.
Does it really work?
Consider Rita Mastrovito, a bodybuilder on a lot of supplements who lives totally organic.
She explains, "I was a little skeptical when I came to try it because I wasn't sure how accurate it could possibly be." More than accurate. She scored off the charts at 68,000.
She credits Organic foods which she believes have more antioxidants. She says, "The plants don't have the pesticides so they have to protect themselves from the natural insects and diseases that might be out there."
Then, patient Kelli Dugan, a single working mom of three who took vitamins for 15 years. She initially scored in the yellow zone of 32,000 and says, "I was like SHOCKED, because I was such an avid vitamin taker."
She switched to a different supplement that absorbed better. She made a change saying, "With this, not only I got more energy, but I got to see the score." Within six weeks she jumped to 53,000 in the blue zone.
Dr. Chernoff says its important to have supplements that use the nano technology so you actually absorb them. Dr. Chernoff says, "The micronutrients are compartmentalized in such a way that allows them to be absorbed because many patients buy supplements and they are really just creating very expensive urine peeing out the majority of what they are taking because they arent being absorbed."
As for the three women of WISH, two of us have some work to do. The Biophotonic scan costs $140 but if you commit to Dr. Chernoff's 60-Day Challenge it's free.
Dr. Chernoff says he just wants to help people get healthier. If they are willing to commit, he won't charge. There is a study from the University of Illinois that has found eating broccoli and tomatoes together may help slow some cancers.
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