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In this short video, Sierra and Ken discuss some rumors about the safety of C60, and how different methods of C60 production create very different results.
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Carbon 60 products, or C60 as it’s better known, have only been available for public consumption within the last several years. It’s understandable, then, that people are concerned about its safety and efficacy. Unfortunately, there have been a few studies warning about the dangers of consuming C60. We’re here to tell you why these studies are not relevant to the type of C60 we use in our products, and how to ensure the C60 you choose is not only safe, but a superior, beneficial antioxidant to add to your list of supplements.
Some studies say that C60 is potentially harmful to cells or may cause DNA mutations. Other studies warn of the danger of toxicity. The problem, however, is that “all studies that show negative effects of C60 have been on nanoparticles of C60, not singly dissolved molecules of C60,” says Ken Swartz, scientist and co-host of The C60 Show.
Whole, single molecules of C60, when dissolved in oil, have been used in studies with lab rats. When used in this form, C60 was proven not only to be safe, but to extend the lifespan of the rats significantly.1
The comparison is similar to that of silica, a trace mineral necessary to the health of cartilage, bones, teeth and other parts of the body. Whole molecules of silica are present in foods such as green beans, leafy greens and brown rice, which deliver silica to the body as an essential, beneficial nutrient. Silica consumed in particles, however, would consist of microscopic, glass-like shards that could potentially damage cells. This is why it’s so important that the C60 used both in studies and in consumer products is in the form of whole, singular particles. “It’s the form [used in these studies] which is causing this toxicity, not the material itself,” Ken goes on to explain.
The Argument for Lack of Research
Some statements against the use of C60 also claim that there is a lack of clinical trials, indicating an unknown risk of short and long-term safety. However, this is simply untrue. The 2012 Paris Baati study referred to above, which showed that C60 extended the life of rats, is likely the most famous study done on C60. Another study using mice showed improved cognition and longevity.2
There have been numerous on everything from orthopedic research 3 to inflammatory response4, all of which demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of whole molecule-dissolved C60.
Not all research is created equal. In any type of clinical study, the type of material used, the form it’s in and the interests of those funding the study all play a role in the final results.
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