C60 is fairly new to the marketplace…..yet it is gaining recognition rapidly due to the anecdotal responses from people who are taking it. It is currently considered experimental and for research purposes only.
Carbon 60 (C-60) is a Carbon structure based on the Buckminster Fuller Geodesic Dome design (nicknamed Buckyballs). C-60 is also known as Fullerene – after Bucky Fuller. C-60 is a molecule that is shaped very much like a soccer ball. It is a molecule in the shape of a spherical ball, made of 60 carbon atoms (C60). Its structure has both hexagon and pentagon formations. It is found in nature, as the result of the residuals of a lightning strike typically in soot or other carbon-based ash in very small amounts. The C-60 is also made in laboratories with an expensive and time consuming synthetic process.
C60 Buckminster Fullerene Molecule
The first fullerene molecule to be discovered, and the family's namesake, buckminsterfullerene (C60), was manufactured in 1985 by Richard Smalley, Robert Curl, James Heath, Sean O'Brien, and Harold Kroto at Rice University. The name was an homage to Buckminster Fuller whose geodesic domes it resembles. The structure was also identified some five years earlier by Sumio Iijima, from an electron microscope image, where it formed the core of a "bucky onion". Fullerenes have since been found to occur in nature. More recently, fullerenes have been detected in outer space. According to astronomer Letizia Stanghellini, "It’s possible that buckyballs from outer space provided seeds for life on Earth."
Using laser evaporation of graphite they found Cn clusters (where n>20 and even) of which the most common were C60 and C70. A solid rotating graphite disk was used as the surface from which carbon was vaporized using a laser beam creating hot plasma that was then passed through a stream of high-density helium gas. The carbon species were subsequently cooled and ionized resulting in the formation of clusters. Clusters ranged in molecular masses, but Kroto and Smalley found predominance in a C60 cluster that could be enhanced further by allowing the plasma to react longer. They also discovered that the C60 molecule formed a cage-like structure, a regular truncated icosahedron.
For this discovery Curl, Kroto, and Smalley were awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
At the moment the use of C60 is considered for Experimental purposes only.
There have been numerous independent Laboratories and Universities that have preformed research studies. These studies have been conducted in China, Japan, Russia and Europe. As this research has been analyzed it has become clear that C60 has remarkable and clearly evident benefits to health and longevity. One of the discoveries was that C60 is physically inactive which translates into it not reacting to anything indicating that the molecule is harmless and totally non-toxic to the body.
Since C60 atoms are inert and due to the nature of the shape (spherical ball with a symmetrical structure), it’s small Nano particle size and considering that no other particle has been found in the current research that bonds with C60 it is interesting that what happens as C60 comes in contact with “free radicals”. When C60 is in the presence of “free radicals” the C60 donates a molecule to the “free radicals” in the body and disarms and neutrals them. What has been discovered is that C60 is a “free radical” scavenger….a super antiozidant….100-1000 times more effective than Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It has also been found to be highly protective against radiation.
Researchers at the University of Paris and colleagues fed the molecule fullerene (C60 or “buckyballs”) dissolved in olive oil to rats and found it almost doubles their lifespan, with no chronic toxicity. The control group expired as expected in 2-3 years (lifespan of a rat) and the test subject lived twice it’s lifespan. The researchers ended up having to kill the rat so they could see if there was liver damage. Was there liver damage? NO!
The results suggest that the effect of C60, an antioxidant, on lifespan is mainly due to the attenuation of age-associated increases in oxidative stress, according to the researchers.
Abstract for the original study.
Research is continuing today. Much of it is being done with anecdotal reports from those who are experimenting with C60 themselves.
C60 also known as Bucky Balls or Buckminster Fullerenes are possibly one of the most important health discoveries in our lives. The fullerenes appear to have so many remarkable biologically enhancing properties that some people are suspicious of the claims regarding what it can do in the body. Fullerenes has a mildly positive +2 charge that attracts negatively charged oxidative free-radicals and then donates an electron to the free radical (the only reason they are free radicals is because they are missing an electron) and neutralizes them. Each C60 molecule taken internally for research purposes only, can help neutralize large numbers oxidizing free-radicals every second. This occurs without the C60 molecule being changed or losing reductive potency. The fullerenes have the capability to rapidly reset which allows them to keep on working in the body to remove oxidative stress and toxins. Once the oxidative stress and free radical burden are removed from the body it can return to a higher level of functionality and natural peak efficiency. Increasing energy, focus, performance and virility.
At the moment with C60 being new, it is not clear why the test rats in the chronic toxicity study lived nearly twice as long as the subjects of the control group. Dr. Fathi Moussa, principal scientist of the C60 rat study does not pretend to have a definitive answer…..but he is said to suspect that C60 is a “super-antioxidant” and is able to penetrate the cells in a manner that allows it to access the cell.
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One of the research studies that has been going on and is very important in the understanding of C60 and it’s benefits to the body is longevity. Josh Mitteldorf’s study looks at the effects of longevity.
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There has been numerous scientists that have suggested that Adaptogenic compounds may have an effect on the efficacy of C60…..improving it ability to create health and longevity by taking it with an adaptogen. The most talked about compounds that may increase the power of the C60 are:
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