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There’s a whole lot of contradicting and misleading information out there about C60 – its efficacy, safety, and health benefits. How can you tell if the research is relevant, or even legitimate? Read on to learn more about why there are conflicting reports about C60, what to look for in research studies and how to understand them.
“The Free Radical Sponge”
According to some studies, “C60 is characterized as a ‘free radical sponge’ with an anti-oxidant efficacy several hundred-fold higher than conventional anti-oxidants.”1 Resembling a soccer ball, C60 is composed of 60 carbon atoms held together in a cage-like structure. C60’s unique composition allows it to bind to reactive oxidative species, a.k.a. ROS, or free radicals, in order to neutralize them and enable the body to eliminate them without having to sacrifice its own antioxidant reserves. Antioxidant support is important for mitochondrial efficiency as it frees up energy for cells to return to their primary duties rather than using vital energy fighting oxidative stress. When cells can focus on their central functions, they naturally promote health throughout the body.
Ken Swartz, research scientist and co-host of The C60 Show, explains further. “C60 works at the cellular level and can do some of the functions of SOD, (superoxide dismutase) which gets rid of superoxide, one of the worst oxidative radicals in your body. So, it works in place of SOD, catalase, and in many cases, glutathione, dealing with hydroxyl radicals and peroxynitrites,” Because it protects against free radical damage, studies have found that C60 supports everything from healthy inflammatory response to increased longevity. 2, 3, 4
The C60 Debate – Nanoparticles vs. Whole Molecules
So, if C60 is so beneficial, why do some studies claim otherwise? The answer is at the microscopic level. There is a big difference between using whole 60 carbon atom molecules and fractionated nanoparticles of the same substance. Studies in which C60 was deemed damaging used nanoparticles of C60. However, nanoparticles of any substance can cause damage to cells and DNA.5 Using shards of substances is simply not the same as using the whole molecules as they form naturally. “A crystal surface reacts completely differently – it’s almost like a catalytic surface – than the whole molecule of the substance,” explains Ken.
“The studies that found the health benefits, the positive effects of C60, were using the singly dissolved molecules of C60. What they discovered from the singly dissolved molecules, which they had dissolved in oil, was that C60, number one, is non-toxic, even at levels 10,000 times the normal dose. Also, C60 just so happened to prevent cognitive decline and other diseases associated with aging, and extended the lifespan of test animals by 90%,” shares Sierra Samuel, health coach and co-host of The C60 Show. So, while the findings in conflicting studies may both be legitimate, the difference in results is based on what form of C60 was used.
How to Read the Research
It may be hard to tell at first glance if a study used nanoparticles or singly dissolved molecules of C60. Language that likely reveals that only particles of C60 were used include words like colloidal, nanotubes, nanoparticles, and, plainly, “particles of C60.”
In contrast, a study that refers to “fullerenes in C60 oil,” or polyhydroxylated (whole molecules made water soluble) C60 means that it was indeed whole molecules used in the study.
While some C60 studies may sound scary, it’s important to note how C60 was used, and in what form. There are many substances that the body needs to function that, if obliterated to nanoparticles, would actually cause harm rather than help as they normally do.
Sierra goes on to say, “Some of the antioxidants your body needs to function at the cellular level are antioxidants that your body needs to make.” The ability for the body to produce its own antioxidants efficiently enough to keep up with the persistent oxidative burden decreases with time, necessitating increased consumption of antioxidants either through food or supplementation.
C60 is the most effective antioxidant discovered thus far, which means it supports a host of health benefits. “We know that C60 supports healthy aging. We know that it supports immune function; it supports stamina and energy, and athletic performance; it supports brain function, supports healthy inflammatory response, has antimicrobial properties; it helps protect against UV damage and other ionizing radiation, supports healthy metabolism and weight, and helps protect nerves. And all these have been shown in scientific studies over the years,” Sierra points out.
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