The study was done by Tarek Baati, Fanchon Bourasset, Najla Gharbi, Leila Njim, Manef Abderrabba, Abdelhamid Kerkeni, Henri Szwarc, and Fathi Moussa and published in 2012.
Researchers found that rats that consume C60 tend to have longer lifespans than those that do not consume C60.
In other words, C60 actually made these rats live longer!
The abstract reads as follows:
You know that all matter in our universe is made up of atoms. And when connected together, they become molecules. The human body is made up of a bunch of these molecules, forming our DNA, proteins, fats, etc.
Humans maintain structure and function, or stay alive, through chemical reactions known as metabolism. These chemical reactions break molecules into smaller pieces, while smaller molecules are organized into larger ones.
It’s important for a molecule to be stable. In order for a molecule to be stable, it must have the correct amount of electrons. If it doesn’t, it can turn into a free radical.
Free radicals are unstable, electrically charged molecules in the cells.
When reacting with other molecules, free radicals damage other molecules, like DNA or the cell membrane. This can be very dangerous and even lead to a chain reaction, like dominoes falling. Researchers claim these free radicals may contribute to the development of health conditions like cancer.
Thankfully, antioxidants can fight back against these free radicals by giving them the electrons they need to be properly balanced, effectively neutralizing the threat.
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Researchers acclimated the rats for 2 weeks before proceeding with the study. Three groups of rats (6 in each group) were given C60 every day for 1 week, then weekly until the end of the second month. After that, they received C60 doses every 2 weeks until the end of the seventh month. The doses were either given by gavages (like a feeding tube) with 1 ml of water, or C60 dissolved in olive oil (0.8 mg/ml).