Can C60 double your lifespan?
We may be completely wrong on this, but we are seeing more and more online stores that sell C60. According to the ads, C60 is a complex carbon molecule that can extend lifespan. And lo and behold. According to an animal study by researchers at Université Paris Sud XI, C60 actually does.
C60 is a sphere made up of carbon molecules. You can see the structure below. The black spheres are carbon atoms.
In biological systems, C60 reacts as an antioxidant. The spherical structures can penetrate membranes and neutralize electrons in biological systems. In this way, C60 could prevent cellular damage from free radicals and combustion processes.
In 2012, French researchers published an animal study in Biomaterials in which they gave rats olive oil in which they had dissolved C60. In a study that lasted a week, they found that C60 dissolved in oil was available orally. In addition, the researchers studied the effect of orally administered C60 on the lifespan of the animals.
The administration of C60 started when the rats were 10 months old. At this age, rats are young adults.
The researchers gave the rats C60 every day for a week. The rats were then given a dose of C60 every week for 7 weeks. In the 4 months that followed, the rats were given a dose of C60 every 2 weeks. If the rats had been adult humans, they would have consumed roughly 15-20 milligrams of C60 per dose.
One control group of rats received only olive oil, another control group received nothing at all.
C60 extended the life of the test animals by 90 percent, which almost equates to a doubling. It was remarkable - except maybe for the well-informed readers of this website - that olive oil without C60 also had a significant positive effect on the lifespan. Olive oil extended the rats' life span by 18 percent.
"A longer treatment could have generated even longer lifespans", write the researchers. "Anyway, this work should open the road towards the development of the considerable potential of C60 in the biomedical field."
It all sounds too good to be true. More coming soon.
Biomaterials. 2012 Jun;33(19):4936-46.
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