What can the reasearch of C60 tell us so far?
Written by: Dennis Mogere
Carbon nanotubes more especially the fullerenes have received much higher attention from scientists because of their distinct electrical properties that they have exhibited in the field of biomedical research.
The reaction between proteins, nucleic acids, cell membranes, and nanotubes such as the Carbon 60 and their mutagenicity and antimutagenecity research has been carried out to have anticarcinogen and antimutagen potentials discovered.
Carbon 60 also known as C60, fullerene, or Buckyballs remains to be a relatively new compound to a good number of people, however, the studies that have been conducted on the element are much quite promising.
Carbon 60 or fullerene is one hundred and seventy-two times better than vitamin C. The molecule also happens to be a great antioxidant which has very positive effects on oxidative stress. Fullerene helps to eliminate superoxide which is a toxic by-product that comes as a result of metabolism, in the body tissues.
Superoxide causes tissue injury to numerous human diseases. Carbon must be a great discovery in the field of biomedical research, isn’t it? In this article, we are going down deep to the roots to discover more about what scientific studies have found out about C60 and the effects and the benefits of this super compound keep reading till the end!
What has medical research found about Carbon 60?
After the discovery of Carbon 60 various pieces of research has been conducted on the compound fullerene “buckyballs”. The studies that have been carried have unveiled a number of things including the effects that the compound has upon consumption.
Carbon 60 nearly doubles the lifespan of rats
Researchers in 2012 conducted research to see whether the Carbon 60 fullerene compound was toxic. They diluted the compound in a carrier oil(olive oil). The Carbon 60 was later fed to laboratory rats to see whether it will cause any harm or early death.
To the surprise of the researchers, the rats lived longer than expected. The control experiment rats(water only) lived as usual while the rats that were only fed with olive oil lived 18% longer whereas the rats that were treated with Carbon 60 diluted in olive lived 90% longer.
Carbon 60 helps to improve learning and memory in rats
Researchers found out that feeding rats with low levels of fullerene help to strengthen the connectivity between the brain and the nerves. The buckyballs helped to improve the spatial memory in rats and also improved the learning activity in rats through the effects that it has on nerve signaling.
Carbon 60 helps protect against the effects of Alzheimer’s
Researchers injected rats with substances known to be increasing Alzheimer’s condition. After it they had fed the rats with Carbon 60 fullerenes. The researchers found out that pre-treating the rats with Carbon 60 helped to reduce or do away with the effects of the chemicals causing the Alzheimer’s condition. Carbon 60 helped to safeguard the cells in the brain from any other disruption.
What have human studies about Carbon 60 found?
Scientists have reportedly carried out more research on the effects of the Carbon 60 fullerenes on the human body. The main aim of the various researches is to found out whether the compound has any adverse effects on human beings and the benefits that it has to them. Here are some of the findings:
Carbon 60 added to cosmetics helps improve anti-aging
Carbon 60 was added to anti-wrinkling cream to be tasted on the effects that it has on the human skin for skin roughness, skin moisture, and visible lines on the skin. After
8 weeks of daily application of the cream mixed with Carbon 60 the skin showed a great improvement in comparison to the controls. Also, wrinkle formation on the face slowed suggesting that Carbon 60 helps to safeguard the skin from aging signs.
C60 that has been activated using light helps to increase the death of leukemia cells
Carbon 60 treated with light was added to leukemia cells. The researchers noted the death rate of the cancer-causing cells was high. The researchers suggested that Carbon 60 fullerenes increased the death of the cancer-causing cells in two major ways;
Carbon 60 fullerenes seemed to inhibit the PTK enzyme that is the most active in cancer cells. It also helped increase the death rates of the cells by weakening the membrane around the mitochondria inside the cells, which are important for the cell to survive.
C60 helps to reduce allergic reactions in the body
Research on the effects of Carbon 60 fullerene on the chemical reactions in the body that are responsible for chemical reactions in the body found out that Carbon 60 could be a new way of controlling allergic responses in the body for autoimmune diseases such as heart diseases, asthma, allergies, and many others.
So, what are the benefits of Carbon 60?
Just like most of the medical supplements in the field of biomedical technology Carbon 60 compound also has got amazing health benefits. They include;
Longevity- the Baati study in the most common experiment whereby rats that were fed with Carbon 60 in olive oil lived 90% longer than the rats that were traditionally fed.
Reduces inflammation and arthritis symptoms- since Carbon 60 fullerene is a powerful antioxidant (172 times better than other oxidants). It plays a key role in coordinating the receiving and sending stimuli signal to various parts of the body.
Helps to improve bone health- being 172 times better than most of the antioxidants C60 helps to improve bone health through accelerating the death of cancer-causing cells.
The other health benefits of Carbon 60 include;
- Kills viruses
- Kills bacteria
- Prevents the damage of UV
- Prevents inflammation
What are the dangers of Carbon 60?
However much there has been deep research on the health benefits of Carbon 60, the compound also has some adverse effects that we are not aware of. However, there is still a need for more research here are the effects that the compound has been found to be having;
Buckyballs easily form into clumps that could be inhaled as dust particles by human beings. Inhaling carbon nanotubes results in damage of the lungs similar to that caused by asbestos.
Carbon 60 fullerene is a great compound that has proved to be of numerous health benefits to human beings. Various studies conducted have shown a high success rate on the compound being of great help.
Taking Carbon 60 in extra-virgin olive oil stands out to be the best way of consuming it as many studies about it have been successful.