Buckminsterfullerene: The Magic Carbon Molecule That Precedes Life On Earth!
Carbon-60, also known as C60, buckminsterfullerene, fullerene-60 or buckyball, is likely to be the most amazing chemistry discovery of the late 20th century.
This carbon molecule is theorized to have a practical use in everything, including rocket fuel, electronics and in creating super strong materials! Yet, arguably the most profound applications have been in the field of health.
Carbon-60 is a very complicated subject and there is a lot of public confusion about it. In an attempt to clarify what is currently known about this magic molecule, we have compiled this article which highlights its health benefits, side effects, sources and all you need to know about using it to optimize your well-being and performance!
Carbon-60 is a member of the carbon family, alongside diamond and graphite, that was only discovered recently in 1985.
Its official name, Buckminsterfullerene, was an ode to Buckminster Fuller, a mathematician who designed geodesic dome structures similar to this compound.
Essentially a carbon-60 molecule is comprised of 60 carbon atoms which are arranged in a unique shape that can be thought of as a ‘carbon cage’. This shape resembles that of a soccer ball, comprising of 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons. At the vertex of each shape is one carbon atom, with a double bond forming the edges. Another name for this unique structure is a truncated icosahedron.
12 Possible Health Benefits of Carbon 60
Most of the research carried out on C60 is based on rat models. However, there is an overwhelming amount of anecdotal evidence that supports these findings in humans too, given that the source of carbon-60 is pure or not combined with another dangerous compound.
1 May Increase Longevity
The Paris or Baati study is likely the most famous experiment performed using carbon-60. The findings reveal that this molecule is not only non-toxic but increases the lifespan of rats by 90%!
The results may partially be explained by other findings that show Carbon-60 as having a high affinity for both cellular and mitochondrial membranes. 4 It appears to help protect and support both of these structures, which are integral to the lifespan of our cells and ultimately us.
There are several studies proving that water-soluble C60 prevents mitochondrial dysfunction, which promotes longevity, as well as optimal health and increased energy levels.
Further research is required before we can confirm it works the same way in humans, however Baati’s group findings and other similar data paves the way for further investigation into carbon-60’s anti-aging potential. These research findings also fall in line with many anecdotal reports of people who have used pure extracts of C60, stating that it makes them feel younger and more energetic.
2 Scavenges Free Radicals
Ever since the first experiments were conducted on buckyballs, it was concluded that this molecule acts as a free radical sponge, mopping up any that it encounters. Amazingly, scientific data has revealed that carbon-60 has an antioxidant capacity several hundred times higher than other antioxidants!
What makes fullerene 60 even more amazing is its strong cage-like structure. The free radicals it mops up don’t affect its shape or function, allowing for it to continuously deal with free radicals until it leaves the system (which has been shown in the Baati study to be 97 hours from the bloodstream of rats).
Unlike other antioxidants, which can bind to free radicals molecule-for-molecule, carbon-60 can accumulate dozens of them before it can no longer do so. For example, it has been reported that C60 can hold up to 34 methyl radicals at one time!
This combined with its ability to by-pass cellular membranes, including the blood-brain-barrier, as well as its affinity for DNA, mitochondria and cellular membranes, place C60 within a league of its own. Moreover, once the free radicals have bound to it, they are 100% neutralized and do not interact with C60 or anything else along the way.
Another research paper showed that a specific malonic acid form of C60 mimicked the action of SOD, facilitating the removal of superoxide, a harmful by-product produced by cells. This shows that scavenging free radicals is not Carbon-60’s only means of acting as an antioxidant, but that it is capable of neutralizing pollutants via chemical reduction reactions too.
While the data appears to be promising, most of this research is still experimental and has only been conducted in test-tubes or on rats. More trials are required before we can verify the same effects in humans.
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