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Q & A

Why VEC offers nutrition care? How does it relate do the eyes? 

Did your mother ever tell you, "Eat your carrots … they're good for your eyes"? Well, mom has proven to be right again. Medical doctors and clinical scientists around the world have published numerous studies in leading medical journals about the preventive role nutrition can play in the management of eye disease and pathology, as well as other systemic conditions. 

As we go through life, we tend to eat the same eight to twelve foods every week. But as our bodies change, so do our nutritional needs. Any nutritional deficiencies we may have in our daily diet can leave our eyes more vulnerable to sight-threatening diseases. In fact, the eyes are frequently the first part of the body to be affected by nutritional deficiencies.

What can you do? 


Prevention and early detection are the keys to protecting your vision.  Dr. Westcott's eye is trained to detect early signs of disease. If she determines that you are at risk, specific measures may be recommended.  Lifestyle changes such as exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, minimizing alcohol consumption, not smoking, and wearing UV protective sunglasses are all beneficial. Assure proper nutrition through a diet rich in antioxidants and if appropriate, nutritional supplements on a daily basis. 

The first step towards preventing or delaying the onset of eye disease is to become better educated. As a wellness-oriented practice, your doctor and VEC staff are your best source of information and are prepared to offer you accurate information and counseling.  They will encourage you to take proactive steps towards enhancing your general health and vision. If you have not been diagnosed with an eye disease, an indication of your personal health risk can be determined by your doctor.  After analysis, potential measures for delaying or preventing the development of sight-threatening diseases will be offered.  Make a personal commitment to a healthy future. Be sure to ask about an eye care wellness program that's right for you. The quality of your vision is a matter of choice. 

Who's at risk for developing eye disease?

There are many factors that can contribute to the development of eye disease. In addition to nutritional deficiencies, lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol consumption, lack of exercise, environmental conditions and stress can increase your risks. Heredity is also a leading factor in disease development.

What is the overall cause for poor health/pro-inflammatory states? How does this impact vision and overall health?

Many eye disorders have been linked to "free radicals" which are formed when the body processes food and oxygen. Free radicals are unstable molecules that disrupt the structure of other molecules resulting in cellular damage and inflammation within the eye and body.  As your body ages, it produces more free radicals while its ability to neutralize their negative effect decreases. To strengthen the body's defenses, many doctors and nutritionists recommend increasing antioxidant levels through diet and nutritional supplements.

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What technology is VEC offering?

1. Pharmanex Biophotonic Scanner

Developed by doctors and physicists at the University of Utah, originally developed to measure carotenoids in the eye for eye

health diagnosis, similar to the technology of the MPOD (macular pigment optical density), the scanner is the world’s

first and only tool that measures carotenoid antioxidant levels non-invasively in living human tissue. 

How Does It Work?

The scanner produces a narrow beam of light in which all the photons are the same color – blue. This blue light has a wavelength of 473 nanometers.  When a 473 nm photon of light comes into contact with a carotenoid, the photon begins to vibrate and becomes a 510 nm photon, and turns green. The only molecule that can cause a 473 nm photon to shift to a 510 nm photon is a carotenoid.  Since the number of green photons reflected back to the scanner is directly proportional to the concentration of carotenoids in the skin, they are counted to create an accurate Scanner Carotenoid Score (SCS).  The SCS is more accurate than the blood serum test because carotenoid levels measured in the blood can change rapidly if one ingests foods high in carotenoids, while the outer layer of the skin stratum scan is reading levels derived from consumption many weeks prior.  Individual genetic differences can slightly influence the rate of antioxidant absorption and therefore your personal Skin Carotenoid Score.

Low score: 0-27,000

  • Low consumption of fruits and vegetables.

  • Irregular or no supplementation OR poor

absorption of current supplement regimen.

  • High BMI 28 or higher

  • High Stress

  • High sun or pollution exposure

  • Smoker or exposure to secondhand smoke

Middle score: 28,000-50,000

  • Moderate consumption of fruits and vegetables.

  • Regular supplementation

  • Medium BMI 24-27

  • Moderate Stress

  • Moderate sun or pollution exposure

High score: 50,000 +

  • High consumption of fruits and vegetables.

  • Optimal supplementation

  • High BMI 28 or higher

  • Low Stress

  • Low sun or pollution exposure

What does the scanner do?
Place the palm of your hand in front of the Scanner's safe, low-energy blue light, and you will 
obtain an immediate reading of the carotenoid antioxidant levels in your skin-your Skin Carotenoid Score.

Why Should I be Scanned? 
By measuring the stable level of carotenoid antioxidants in your skin and generating your
Skin Carotenoid Score, the Scanner provides a more accurate and reliable biomarker of your overall antioxidant health status than other methods of measuring antioxidants. Getting your Skin Carotenoid Score makes you aware of the antioxidant levels in your body and gives you the push you need to improve your overall antioxidant health.

The Lifepak and G3 Money-Back Guarantee!
Get your Skin Carotenoid Score measured with the Scanner, take LifePak® or g3™ for 60 days, and get your Score measured again. You will have proof that Pharmanex® supplements can improve your antioxidant levels and your overall antioxidant health. In fact, Pharmanex guarantees that your Skin Carotenoid Score will increase as you take LifePak® or g3™ regularly as directed.

Pharmanex  Products

All Pharmanex products adhere to a very strict 6S Quality Process. It is this 6S process that separates Pharmanex from all others in the industry.  Lifepak Nano, Lifepak, Ageloc YOUTH, and G3 products are all SCS Certified – Guaranteed to raise your antioxidant status or you will receive a full refund.*

Ageloc YOUTH Product


An advanced anti-aging supplement that supports critical aging defense mechanisms (ADMs) such as helping balance healthy systemic cellular responses. It resets the gene expression of 1,000 of your body’s 5,000 genes back to a youthful pattern.

Eye Formula


Protecting your eye health has never been more crucial. From sunshine to smart phones and TV to LED light, your eyes take a daily blue light beating. Luckily, Pharmanex Eye Formula contains clinically effective doses of lutein and zeaxanthin—two powerful carotenoids that help protect your eyes from damaging blue light. 

Lifepak Nano Product


Provides your body with a comprehensive antioxidant, vitamin, and mineral blend with phytonutrients essential for optimal health. Fat-soluble nutrients like carotenoids and CoQ10  tend to bunch together in the intestine, making them difficult to absorb. To enhance absorbability, individual molecules are separated using nano-encapsulation. This process prevents molecules from clinging together so they are more available for easy absorption.


CR-6 Liponutrients are separated in packaging: Omega-3s, vitamins, and carotenoids protect and nourish cells.


200,000 published studies on the antioxidants in Nano formula.


800,000 published studies on Nano’s comprehensive list of 60-plus ingredients.



A nutrient-rich juice from the prized Gac fruit of Southern Asia that offers nutritional benefits scientifically demonstrated to protect cells. Among gac’s potent phytonutrients is a unique form of carotenoids called lipocarotenes™ that provide powerful antioxidant protection and support healthy immune function. Blended with three additional superfruits – Chinese lyceum, Siberian pineapple and cili fruit – that synergistically provide exponential benefits.

Lifepak Product


A comprehensive dietary supplement with important antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and phytonutrients to support anti-aging benefits. Each sachet contains 1 vitamin capsule, 1 phytonutrient capsule, and 2 mineral capsules. Lifepak improves the foundation of your daily health by supplying the body with more than 20 essential vitamins and minerals for optimal health and energy.

There are more Pharmanex products offered, feel free to browse the website and order through VEC at reduced prices!

*Certain restrictions apply such as ADR program enrollment and minimum trial period.

Literature & Interviews

"Larger macular pigment volume AFI and skin RRS measurements are non-invasive, objective, and reliable methods to assess ocular and systemic carotenoid levels. They are an attractive alternative to psychophysical and optical methods that measure MPOD at a limited number of eccentricities. Consequently, skin RRS and MPVUC at 9 degrees are both reasonable biomarkers of macular carotenoid status that could be readily adapted to research and clinical settings." ARVO ​

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