Frequently Asked Questions about C60
C60 is a recently discovered carbon molecule which has amazing and almost magical properties. This has meant an increasing number of people have been asking questions. We deal with some of those questions to help people make a more informed decision about whether to take C60 and experiencing its potential benefits.
What is C60?
C60 is the chemical symbol for the carbon 60 molecule. It is 60 carbon atoms joined together to make a football shaped structure, which you can see in our logo. This structure gives the molecule extraordinary properties which it is gradually revealing. There have been clues as to how special carbon 60 really is. In parts of Russia, carbon 60 is found in natural deposits of a black mineral called shungite. The native people noticed health benefits from shungite and so for centuries they have added it to their water, used it as ornaments and worn it as jewellery. C60 is also found in soot and charcoal. This may explain some of the beneficial effects people have found by including activated charcoal in their diet.
In 2012 researchers in Paris were investigating whether prolonged ingestion of C60 had toxic effects. They dissolved C60 in extra virgin olive oil and gave it to rats over a number of years. Rather than harming the rats, those given C60 lived almost twice as long as the rats not given it. The strain of rats being studied normally develop tumours as they get older but none of those given C60 developed cancer. As part of the experiments they also gave the rats the toxic solvent carbon tetrachloride. This is extremely poisonous and damages the liver. In those rats given C60, the carbon tetrachloride's harmful effects on the liver were much reduced and they recovered much faster. The rats were protected by the C60. They found the C60 rats were physically much more youthful and free of tumours. Not surprisingly when the results of this study were published there was great interest in the potential benefits to humans.