In recent years, a remarkable nano-sized molecule called Carbon 60 (C60) has emerged as a subject of scientific interest and exploration due to its potential health benefits. C60, also known as fullerene, exhibits unique properties that have sparked curiosity about its impact on human health. This abridged guide aims to delve into the health benefits associated with Carbon 60, supported by scientific research, and shed light on its potential uses in promoting overall well-being.
Carbon 60, only discovered in 1985, is a nano-sized molecule made up of 60 carbon atoms shaped exactly like a soccer ball. Its unique shape provides some amazing properties. First used as a super lubricant in industry, toxicity studies were performed to make sure it wasn’t harming those who came in contact with it. That initial toxicity study published in 2012 was carried out at the University of South Paris, it proved that it was not only safe but appeared to have some MAJOR potential health benefits. The rats in the study lived nearly TWICE as long as rats typically live.
Hundreds of studies have been performed since then have revealed some of the molecule’s amazing properties, here are several of the main ones.
- Powerful Antioxidant Activity: One of the key properties of Carbon 60 is its potent antioxidant activity. Antioxidants help combat oxidative stress, which is known to contribute to various health issues, including inflammation, aging, and chronic diseases. Studies have shown that Carbon 60 acts as a scavenger of free radicals, protecting cells from damage. Research published in the journal Biomaterials in 2013 demonstrated the antioxidant capacity of Carbon 60, highlighting its potential in reducing oxidative stress-related damage. Of further interest is the fact that Carbon 60, due to its size (less than one nanometer) works in many places that other antioxidants can’t get to, including INSIDE the mitochondria and even down at the level of DNA. It also has a unique mechanism of action.
- Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Chronic inflammation is a common underlying factor in many diseases. Carbon 60 has shown promise in modulating inflammatory responses in the body. Studies have revealed its ability to inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory molecules and reduce inflammation. A study published in the journal Nanoscale in 2017 demonstrated the anti-inflammatory effects of Carbon 60 in an animal model of inflammation.
- Detoxification Properties: Due to its unique shape, C60 is able to attract, hold, and remove a wide range of toxic substances from the body. At less than a nanometer in diameter, C60 is able to go anywhere and everywhere, including passing the blood brain barrier allowing it to get into the brain. It is also able to get inside our Mitochondria (the tiny powerhouses or biobatteries that provide over 90% of our body’s energy needs). It can even get to the DNA inside our cell’s nuclei! In each case, it is able to provide a variety of benefits including detoxification and protection from free radical damage.
- Neuroprotective Properties: The neuroprotective potential of Carbon 60 has attracted attention in the field of neuroscience. Research suggests that Carbon 60 may help protect neurons from damage and promote brain health. Animal studies have indicated that Carbon 60 administration can enhance cognitive function and reduce neurodegenerative markers. A study published in the journal Biomaterials Science in 2019 explored the neuroprotective effects of Carbon 60 in an animal model of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Enhanced Cellular Function: Carbon 60 has been shown to positively influence cellular function. It may improve mitochondrial function, which is crucial for energy production and overall cellular health. Studies have suggested that Carbon 60 can enhance cell viability, promote cell survival, and support cellular processes. Research published in the journal Scientific Reports in 2017 highlighted the potential of Carbon 60 in improving mitochondrial function and cellular health.
Conclusion: Carbon 60, with its powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification properties, as well as its potential neuroprotective and cellular benefits, presents an intriguing avenue for exploring its health-enhancing potential. While research in this field is still evolving, hundreds of preliminary studies have demonstrated very promising results with no toxicity. As with any emerging field, further research is necessary to fully understand the mechanisms and long-term effects of Carbon 60 on human health.
Unfortunately, the way our current medical & scientific system is set up, there are few good economic incentives for human studies with Carbon 60 or to get it approved as treatment for any condition. The major economic force driving the vast majority of medical research has to do with the development of new DRUGS that can be patented. These patents allow drug companies to recoup their investment hundreds of times over during the duration of the patent. The catch is that the substance being patented must be unique in some way. Carbon 60, on the other hand, although quite unique, is in the public domain at this point and cannot be patented. Therefore, there is no economic incentive for any company to spend the hundreds of millions of dollars to take it through therapeutic drug trials to get it approved. That means that it is not a ‘drug’ and no claims can be made for it without the potential of legal repercussions.
What that ultimately means for you is that you must read between the lines and make an informed decision for yourself as to whether this amazing molecule warrants making it a part of your health regimen or not. In my humble opinion, Carbon 60 may just be the biggest single health & longevity breakthrough yet discovered. I’ve been using it regularly since 2017 as part of my daily health regimen and I can definitely say that I can feel its beneficial effects.
Full disclosure: Shortly after learning about Carbon 60, I began making my own using organic pumpkin seed oil as the carrier instead of olive oil. Eventually, I started manufacturing it and made it in several different oils including olive oil, MCT oil, avocado oil, and pumpkin seed oil. After comparing them for over a year I discontinued using the other oils and settled on organic pumpkin seed oil as the best carrier, at least in my opinion. To this day, we are the only company that suspends Carbon 60 in organic pumpkin seed oil that we press in-house.
Carbon 60 is, in my opinion, simply one of the most important substances that we can add to our regular nutritional regimen that has a strong likelihood of significantly adding quality years to our life and health span. The version that my company manufactures is available at MyBodySymphony.com.
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- Bakry R, et al. Carbon 60 nanoparticles inhibit the production of interleukin-1β via inhibition of NF-κB nuclear translocation in lipopolysaccharide-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages. Nanoscale. 2017;9(4):1578-1587.
- Ali S, et al. C60 fullerene enhances 6-hydroxydopamine-induced neurotoxicity in rats. Biomater Sci. 2019;7(6):2434-2442.
- Wang C, et al. Carbon 60 nanoparticles improved mitochondrial function in the brain of senescence-accelerated prone mouse strains P8. Sci Rep. 2017;7(1):13748.