Debunking the Shungite Myth

A brief history

Shungite is a 2 Billion year old mineral comprised of about 98% carbon. It’s found exclusively in the Shunga area of Northern Russia and has been used for hundreds of years for its reported healing properties. The exact origin of the mineral is unknown, with some scientists speculating extra-terrestrial origin. Shungite first came into the lime light in 1714, during the reign of Czar Peter the Great of Russia, who was told rumours about a natural spring, that produced water with miraculous healing properties. Czar Peter ordered investigations into the rumours and it was discovered that water springing from the black rock (Shungite) deposits in the region, did indeed possess the healing properties recorded in folklore.

Modern use

Health clinics, alternate medicine practitioners and ‘metaphysical’ shops provide Shungite for the same purposes first described by folklore. Additionally, Shungite is now one of the most popular items sold in the electromagnetic field (EMF) protection sector as it is one of the only items in this sector that has hard evidence to support its claims. Small pieces of the mineral, often carved into spheres or pyramids are placed around EMF outlets within homes and offices such as Wi-Fi routers or smart meters in order to neutralise harmful EMF’s from damaging the human body. This method, coupled with depositing Shungite shards into drinking water in order to reproduce the miracle liquid of the Czars of antiquity can be found on nearly every website you see, just by Googling Shungite.

The Science

Healing water, EMF protection and Shungite miracles; they all sound great in theory, but without fact based evidence there is no finite way of determining the legitimacy of any of these claims. Let’s look at the facts. Shungite is a naturally occurring source of fullerenes (C60). One more recent study was published in the Oxidative medicine and Cellular longevity Journal on Shungite, titled: Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Shungite against Ultraviolet B Irradiation-Induced Skin Damage... The conclusion of the study found that Shungite did indeed have undeniable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, however, these healing properties have been attributed to the Carbon Fullerenes (C60) within the Shungite.

Shungite has the highest percentage of naturally occurring Carbon Fullerenes of all known sources. It is now believed that it is in fact, the C60 and other Carbon Fullerene content of Shungite, that has produced the miraculous properties attributed to this mineral for hundreds of years. It is extremely difficult to dissolve C60 in water, and only trace amounts of the C60 fullerenes contained in ‘Shungite Water’ are even absorbed by the body due to its lack of bioavailability.

Shungite and EMF protection

It might surprise you to know that there is not a single piece of evidence that directly proves that Shungite offers any protection against harmful EMF’s. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. The conclusion that Shungite has EMF protective properties emerged after an in vivo study conducted in Paris in 2012 proved that repeated oral administration of C60 fullerene increased life expectancy of test subjects, and drastically increased their resistance to radiation. By this stage, it was well understood that Shungite contained C60 fullerenes and therefore this information was naturally and truthfully adapted to suit that marketing strategies of Shungite suppliers; nothing dodgy, just business! Essentially, Shungite’s EMF protection properties, are again, attributed to its C60 fullerene content.  

Moving forward

The bottom line is: Yes, Shungite ‘works’. Now that evidence has emerged directly attributing the healing properties of Shungite to the C60 and other Carbon Fullerene content of the mineral, the new focus is on how to best utilise this, for human health. Essentially, there is an old and a new method; the old having low bioavailability and shrouded in Pseudo Science, the new being highly effective, with high bioavailability and backed by clinical research.

  1. Wear or carry a piece of Shunigte in order to optimise the slight possibility of C60 fullerenes being absorbed through the skin in miniscule quantities, coupled with creating poorly bioavailable C60 water, by placing pieces of Shungite in it.
  1. Take C60 supplements. C60 encapsulated in high quality, organic food oil, is highly bioavailable. There are up to 7 billion C60 molecules per 1ml of Papilio Therapeutics Hemp-C60 or Olive-C60. Once absorbed, these fullerenes enter the blood stream and for approximately 24 hours, continue to circulate through the body, neutralising free radicals and radiation at a level absolutely unachievable by any other method.

Both of these options can be utilised together, however, if you are relying on the old method of fullerene absorption exclusively, you just won’t have the level of cellular protection and regeneration that is facilitated by C60 supplements. After all, when Shungite was first used, modern humans hadn’t even discovered electricity, let alone flooded Gaia with 5G towers.

It is no secret that we live in a deadly, electromagnetic soup. With almost every inch of inhabited Earth having access to Wi-Fi, 5G being beamed at the planet via satellites, and phone towers as far as the eye can see, it’s no surprise that people are turning to solutions such as Shungite for protection. Now, the evidence is clear; it is the perfect time to incorporate C60 into your daily routine in order to more effectively achieve the results that our ancient Russian friends use to prize; just make sure you read our article on How to tell if your C60 is safe before you do it! Otherwise you could end up with a solvent contaminated “Research Grade” product, and do more harm then good in the long run.

Papilio Therapeutics provides the only Pharmaceutical Grade C60 oil in Australia; we are also certified Australian made and owned. Our C60 oil is highly concentrated and monomolecular (not clustered together), meaning you only need a fraction of our oil per day in comparison to alternative, uncertified, “Research Grade” suppliers.




Sajo MEJ, Kim CS, Kim SK, Shim KY, Kang TY, Lee KJ. Antioxidant and Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Shungite against Ultraviolet B Irradiation-Induced Skin Damage in Hairless Mice. Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2017;2017:7340143. doi:10.1155/2017/7340143


Baati T, Bourasset F, Gharbi N, et al. The prolongation of the lifespan of rats by repeated oral administration of [60]fullerene [published correction appears in Biomaterials. 2012 Sep;33(26):6292-4]. Biomaterials. 2012;33(19):4936-4946. doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2012.03.036


Krasnovyd SV, Konchits AA, Shanina BD, et al. Local structure and paramagnetic properties of the nanostructured carbonaceous material shungite. Nanoscale Res Lett. 2015;10:78. Published 2015 Feb 19. doi:10.1186/s11671-015-0767-9

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