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What is it?
Carbon-60, commonly known as C60 or buckminsterfullerene, fullerene-60 and Bucky Balls are one of the most ground breaking discoveries of the late 20th century. Its discovery was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996 1.
A C60 molecule is comprised of 60 carbon atoms which are arranged in a unique cage-like structure. This shape resembles that of a soccer ball, comprising of 20 hexagons and 12 pentagons. At the vertex of each shape is one carbon atom, with a double bond forming the edges. Another name for this unique structure is a truncated icosahedron.
This distinctive shape is what gives C60 all of its remarkable properties, including being resistant to radiation, chemical corrosion and breakage under high pressure. They are small enough to move through cell membranes and sit between woven strands of DNA. 2
How does it work?
C60 molecules are known as free radical scavengers or anti-oxidants, and have the ability to search out and attach themselves to free radicals in the body by donating or sharing an electron with them 3. Once these damaging free radicals are repaired, they no longer affect the area around them and the body can begin to repair itself 4. Due to the high affinity of carbon and it being the very building block of life, it is several hundred times more powerful than typical free radical scavengers 5.
Research studies let assume that C60 molecules are able to penetrate the mitochondria membrane and bond with free radicals, facilitating their excretion as cellular waste 6.
Furthermore, it is suggested that C60 Fullerenes, which have been dispersed in olive and hemp seed oil, act possibly as an adaptogen. Adaptogenic substances induce homeostasis, which makes cells less susceptible to stress.
What is a Free Radical and how are they caused?
Essentially, a free radical is a molecule missing an electron and is therefore damaged and dangerous to the body. A few major causes of free radicals are processed food, harmful chemicals, pollution, some pharmaceutical products, metabolism, heavy exercise and EMF exposure (WI-FI, 5G etc). Free radicals can cause damage to parts of cells such as proteins, DNA, and cell membranes by stealing their electrons through a process called oxidation. (This is why free radical damage is also called “oxidative damage.”) When free radicals oxidise important components of the cell, those components lose their ability to function normally, and the accumulation of such damage often causes the cell to die. Numerous studies indicate that free radicals can cause hair loss, aging, skin conditions, arthritis, fatigue, stress, DNA damage, cancer and other illnesses.
Free Radicals and Ageing
Free radicals cause DNA damage 7. The accumulation of DNA damage is a principle cause of ageing 8. Over time, the damaged DNA causes premature ageing by progressively instigating organic functional decline, with loss of homeostasis and increasing probability of illness and death 9. This is the very definition of the ageing process of an organism.
Free Radicals and Exercise
Free Radicals, also known as reactive oxygen species, are also produced naturally by the body as a by-product of the metabolism. As the metabolism increases during exercise, so does the free radical accumulation within the body. Strenuous physically activity also directly causes free radicals in the body 10. Evidence has suggested since 1902 (11) that this reaction ultimately leads to post exercise muscle soreness (PEMS), delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) or EIDMS exercise induced delayed muscle soreness (EIDMS) 12. Antioxidants such as Vitamin C have often been used to minimise the impact of PEMS, DOMS and EIDMS 13. C60 is several hundred times more powerful than traditional antioxidants which makes it the ideal sports supplement for any sort of athlete 14. C60 can also be used to neutralise harmful free radicals that are caused by chemical drugs such as traditional performance enhancing supplements and some medications. There are NO restrictions on the use of any form of carbon in sport by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
Free Radicals and pets
In 2012, an experiment commonly known as 'the rat study' was conducted; rats were given C60 orally and over the course of the experiment their life expectancy was increased by up to 90% 15. The same way free radicals affect us as humans, they affect our beloved pets and animal friends; Free Radical accumulation leads to diseases, DNA damage and aging 16. Ensuring that their diet is supplemented properly with antioxidants helps provide the best quality of life for them 17. Hemp seed oil has also been found to have its own remarkable effects on pets. This makes our Hemp-C60 the ideal pet supplement.