C60’s full name is Carbon 60, an antioxidant fullerene molecule consisting of 60 carbon atoms that resembles a hollow soccer ball. C60 was first discovered in 1985 by Harold Kroto of Sussex University, James Heath, Robert Curl, Richard Smalley and Sean O’Brien of Rice University. This discovery was considered exceptional and the researchers were awarded the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
In order to understand the biological effects of C60 on living organisms several experiments were undertaken starting in the mid 2000’s. The most famous of these studies is the Tarek Baati et al, study released in 2012.
The original purpose of this study was to test the toxicology of C60 bonded with Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) on animal life. Researchers assumed the study would last months at most and the test animals would show adverse health effects.
As time progressed researchers were astonished to find not only were there no adverse health effects, the group of animals fed C60+EVOO outlived the control groups by up to 90%. Unlike the control groups of animals who eventually succumbed to age related diseases, the C60+EVOO fed animals had no health issues and lived without disease their entire extended life.
Further laboratory studies along with anecdotal accounts over the years, have shown similar beneficial results in various species from bacteria and shellfish to dogs, cats, horses and people.
How are such impressive results possible? It comes down to oxidative stress and your body’s ability to mitigate the damage it causes.
What are Free Radicals, Oxidative Chain Reactions?
You’ve probably heard of antioxidants and how important they are to healthy living. Just like every hero, antioxidants have a nemesis, oxidants or free radicals. While free radicals may sound like the name of a rock band, you won't find them amusing.
Free radicals are atoms or molecules containing at least one unpaired electron. Electrons are naturally stable when they are in even numbered pairs. Just like people, electrons don’t want to be single and would prefer to be a couple.
If a molecule’s electrons are missing a partner, they become unbalanced and will steal an electron from any source available. In this case, the only available electron source is other living tissue.
This electron theft creates uneven numbers of electrons in nearby tissue resulting in even more molecules becoming free radicals. These in turn, steal electrons from other surrounding tissue, creating a chain reaction of inner-cellular destruction.
This oxidative damage increases with age and has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline, chronic inflammation, arthritis and many other adverse health issues as we age. It even contributes to the aging process itself.
What are antioxidants?
Who can stop this vicious cycle of destruction? Our hero the antioxidant!
Antioxidants are molecules that have extra electrons and generously give these electrons to unbalanced free radicals, neutralizing them and stopping further oxidative damage.
Examples of well-known antioxidants are vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, lycopene and zeaxanthin. Lesser known plant-based antioxidants are flavonoids, polyphenols, catechins and flavones.
While all of these can have positive effects in the body when used in proper amounts, there is one antioxidant that stands head and shoulders above the rest, the superhero of antioxidants, C60.
While C60 is an antioxidant, its carbon make up and unique structure give it abilities other antioxidants can’t match.
How does C60 work?
Cell membranes of the human body are composed primarily of lipids (fats), cholesterol and some protein. When C60 is bonded with oil, it readily passes through lipid cell membranes and immediately begins to work.
Two vitally important components of cellular metabolism are hydrogen and the body’s electron transport system. Deficiencies in either are highly detrimental to mitochondrial and cellular health.
Hydrogen has a natural affinity to carbon. When hydrogen ions (protons) in a cell’s cytoplasm pass near C60, they become “stuck” to the outer cage. This gives the C60 molecule a positive charge, drawing it into the cell’s mitochondria.
Once inside the mitochondria, the hydrogen ion looses it’s positive charge, detaches from the C60 and is utilized by mitochondria to lower internal oxidative stress and increases available cellular energy. C60 is one of the few mitochondrial antioxidants in existence and the only one that repeatedly fuels your mitochondria with energy.
In short, your cell's mitochondria love hydrogen and C60 is the delivery truck. If your mitochondria produce more energy, you have more energy for daily life.
Electrons are attracted to carbon due to its exceptional electrical conductivity. Like water, electrons follow the path of least resistance. When C60 encounters free electrons in the body, the lower electrical resistance of carbon draws up to 6 electrons to each C60 molecule where they orbit around the C60 cage structure.
As we described earlier, free radicals are missing an electron making them unstable wrecking balls. When a free radical encounters C60, the stored electrons are pulled away from C60 and captured by the free radical. This electron donor effect neutralizes free radicals, stopping further tissue damage. C60’s molecular structure allows it to store and release up to six electrons at a time.
Carbon, a non-reactive element, doesn't become unstable when electrons and hydrogen ions are stored and released. Unlike other antioxidants, C60 will continue to store and release hydrogen ions and electrons without limit. This hydrogen and electron “handling” ability is unique to C60 and is the reason it's hundreds of times more effective than any other antioxidant.
Is it safe?
Carbon in it’s various forms including activated charcoal, has been used as a remedy for various health problems since ancient times.
Thousands of people have been taking C60 bonded with oil since the initial Tarek Baati 2012 study and have found it very beneficial with no known side effects.
When will it start working?
Joint issues including arthritis and old soft tissue injuries, tendons, etc. usually show improvements within days. Users have reported cognitive enhancement and other general health improvements within weeks of first use. Like all supplements improvements generally take time and are more noticeable with daily use over several months.
Studies have shown C60 can stay in the body for tens of hours before excretion.
How to take C60
AlohaC60 only uses quality organic oils and high purity (99.9+%) C60 in all our products. We recommend doses of 5ml (approx. 1 teaspoon) per 100 lbs of body weight. No adverse side effects have been found using higher or lower dosing regimens.
The Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) we use has a robust peppery flavor and can cause a cough and slight throat irritation when taken alone. This is a normal result of AlohaC60 using quality EVOO and will become less noticeable when taken over time.
Throat irritation can be reduced by dipping bread in AlohaC60, mixing with coffee, drinking water or other liquids before taking.
AlohaC60 is light and heat sensitive. Do not cook with AlohaC60 at high temperatures. Always store in a cool, dark location.
**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.