C60: What you should know about this compound

An introduction to C60

Humans today have much longer lifespans than our ancestors. In addition to not engaging in conflict as much as ancestors did in the past, the biggest contributory factor to our longer lifespans has been advancements in technology.

Advancements in medical technology, especially, have allowed us to find cures to virtually every disease that was once deadly to man.

In a bid to find cures to present-day life-threatening ailments, we have left no stone unturned. One of the most recent chemical discoveries is the carbon molecule, C60. This molecule is so intriguing since it finds applications across a diverse array of industries and sectors.

The health sector, especially, is set to benefit massively once we understand the full potential of this molecule. If you are interested in learning more about C60, then this article is for you.

What is C60? 

Also known as Buckminsterfullerene, or Carbon-60, C60 is one of the members of the carbon family and derives its name from the fact that it contains sixty carbon atoms. The carbon atoms bond to form a ‘carbon cage’ that comprises of 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons.

Scientists hypothesize that it is this unique shape that gives the molecule its tremendous properties. Additionally, C60’s shape also allows it to be resistant to high pressures, chemical corrosion, and radiation.

Another property that allows C60 to have so many uses is its ability to readily react with just about any chemical, and enhance its actions.

Interestingly, C60 was also found in stardust in deep space, as well as in ancient mineral deposits on earth, which suggests that the substance has been around since the beginning of time. Nonetheless, we are only beginning to scratch the surface when it comes to understanding its potential benefits.

Some of the potential health benefits that C60 is thought to possess include:

  • Increasing Lifespans

The findings of a study involving C60 and a group of rats revealed that the carbon molecule was not only non-toxic to the rats but actually worked to increase their lifespans by up to 90 percent.

It is believed that the reason behind the phenomenon lies in C60’s high affinity for both mitochondrial and cellular membranes. By binding to the membranes, the Carbon-60 adds to the support of these structures, thereby adding to their longevity as well. And that is how the rats were able to achieve longer lifespans.

Also, other studies show that C60 works to prevent mitochondrial dysfunction, which not only results in increased energy levels but also enhances longevity due to overall better health.

Nonetheless, more research is required to determine whether C60 can work the same way in humans. Anecdotal reports, however, seem to support the findings from these studies as most individuals who have used extracts of Carbon-60 report feeling younger and full of energy.

  • Potent Antioxidant

Every other day, we are being advised to consume diets rich in antioxidants for optimum health. Antioxidants are the chemical substances that counteract the effects of having free radicals inside our bodies. Free radicals, on the other hand, are highly reactive atoms or molecules as they possess unpaired electrons. As such, when inside your body, they will damage your cells as they will react with your cell membranes and DNA by stealing electrons from these structures through a process called oxidation. This causes your cells to become weaker, thereby making you more prone to illness.

Free radicals typically from sources such as highly processed foods, tobacco smoke, alcohol, pesticides, microwaves, Wi-Fi, and general pollutants.

Antioxidants counteract the effects of free radicals by donating the electron that the radical so desperately needs, thereby saving your cell structures since once the free radical gets the electron, it stabilizes and is no longer toxic. Consequently, when antioxidants neutralize these free radicals, they themselves become inactive. This is why you are advised to consume diets rich in antioxidants on the regular.

C60 is a next level antioxidant as its antioxidant capacity is several hundred times more potent than typical antioxidants.

This capability is also attributed to Carbon-60’s structure. In an experiment involving buckyballs and C60, it was discovered that C60 is basically a sponge for free radicals. And unlike other antioxidants that are immediately rendered inactive after donating an electron to a free radical, Carbon-60 doesn’t experience any changes to its structure or function, thus allowing it to counteract all the free radicals that it comes across. In one experiment, a single C60 molecule was able to hold and counteract the effects of 34 methyl radicals.

  • Promoting Joint Health

One of the side effects of aging is that one becomes more prone to joint problems, such as osteoarthritis. It has also been observed that even younger people are susceptible to joint conditions.

Studies done on rats revealed that C60 helped reduce stiffness and increase flexibility in their joints. It is believed that this capability comes from the molecule’s antioxidant potential and immune-supportive properties.

  • Boosting Immune Function

C60 has also been found to have a positive influence on the immune system. Some of the ways in which it does that are by promoting the production of immune cells such as white blood cells, as well as their growth factors.

Scientists hypothesize that C60 also uses its antioxidant abilities to boost immune function.

  • Supporting Brain Health

Neurons in your brain are constantly dying and getting replaced every day. While the balance between neuron death and neuron creation can certainly be struck in a healthy individual, in the sick and elderly, however, their brains might not be able to create as many neurons as they are losing. When that happens, the individual starts experiencing problems such as difficulty concentrating and shorter memory spans.

Preliminary results from test-tube studies reveal that C60 might be able to help keep your brain young and flexible by creating a healthy environment in the brain that discourages hardened-up or aged proteins from interfering with neuron function, which is a common thing that happens in the brain as you get older.

  • Promoting Stronger Bones and Cartilages

In the study involving rats, it was discovered that injecting C60 to the animal results in stronger bones, which is as a result of the molecule’s high antioxidant potential.

Other studies reveal that C60 also promotes the development of stronger cartilages in a similar function. For example, in a study involving rabbits and C60, it was discovered that rabbits that got the molecule administered to them developed stronger cartilages that were more resilient to the effects of aging as compared to those that did not receive the supplement.

  • Powerful Disinfectant

Keeping clean is essential for good health. Nonetheless, even though most soaps can remove a majority of the bacteria and microorganisms that we collect during the course of the day, some microorganisms are simply too stubborn for ordinary soap.

This is why we periodically suffer from cases of acne or illnesses due to the actions of such microorganisms.

Upon investigation, it has been discovered that C60 is a potent disinfectant, even when used in small amounts. In addition to being able to dispose of numerous fungi and bacteria, it has also shown that it can eliminate several viruses as well.

  • Help Keep Your Weight in Check

Even though studies on the potential of Carbon-60 as a weight loss supplement are still underway, preliminary findings show that the molecule can help one maintain their regular weight by creating an environment where the body’s cells are less susceptible to turning into fat cells.

The studies, however, were based on mouse cell cultures. Therefore, we can only hope that it works the same way on us, especially if you are among those who struggle keeping an even waistline.

  • Protection from Harmful UV Rays

In lab experiments involving C60 and cultured skin cells, their findings revealed that ointments infused with C60 promote stronger and more youthful-looking skins by counteracting the adverse effects of the sun’s UV rays. It was also noted that ointments that were not infused with the molecule provided little to no protection against the rays, thereby supporting the theory that it was C60 that was responsible for the counteracting actions.

In a separate experiment involving the C60 infused ointments, it was noted that Carbon-60 also has the potential to reduce the release of free radicals in the skin emanating from UV radiations.

  • Potential Male Infertility Treatment

Findings from studies done on male rats reveal that C60 appeared to boost their testosterone levels, their sex drive, sperm count, and overall genital function.

As male infertility continues to be a prevalent issue in our society, Carbon-60 is setting itself up to be the savior we need. Nonetheless, more research is required to confirm whether the molecule can have the same effect on human males.

Conclusion

For a molecule that has been around since the dawn of the universe, it is almost criminal that we have only discovered it so recently. And even though we are only beginning to understand what C60 is all about, the molecule is already proving that it will change the course of our lives for the better. Keep yourself updated on research involving Carbon-60.