C60 Supplements: What Are They and What Should I Look For?

by | Jul 23, 2023 | C60 Benefits, Carbon 60

By <a href="https://www.sesres.com/author/chrisburres/" target="_self">Chris Burres</a>

By Chris Burres

Researcher, Engineer, Inventor and Co-Founder of SES Research Inc, EST 1991.

What C60 Supplements are, and what you should look for

C60 is a molecule that consists of 60 carbon atoms. Scientifically known as buckminsterfullerene, this compound has a spherical shape that looks much like a soccer ball. This has given rise to the nickname Bucky balls. This compound was first discovered in 1985 by three scientists. In 1996, Dr. Robert Curl, Dr. Harold Kroto, and Dr. Richard Smalley won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for their discovery of the C60 molecule. It has since been utilized for a wide range of purposes including the delivery of genes and drugs into cells and hundreds of animal studies.

Though C60 is hardly a newcomer in the scientific community, it’s gained recent popularity among health enthusiasts as a supplement. You may have heard about the supplement as something of an antioxidant wonder molecule. Here are the facts of the matter, so you can decide whether C60 supplements are right for you.

Where Does C60 Come From?

First, C60 is a naturally occurring molecule with significant quantities detected in space, this was the initial impetus to research carbon that led to the discovery in the first place.  You can also find C60 in the soot of a candle.  Unfortunately the quantities found in the soot of a candle are on the order of parts per million or even billion.  Although most C60 is produced in a reactor there is no difference between C60 found in space, collected from a lightning strike, collected from a candle or produced in a reactor.

It is in the reactor where graphite, a crystallized form of carbon, is vaporized to create the distinctive set of 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons that comprises the closed cage molecule, C60. C60 was first discovered by scientists who were vaporizing carbon with a laser in an attempt to recreate the infrared emissions given off by giant red carbon stars. Though the process created several types of carbon molecules, C60 was by far the most common, appearing three times more than any other type of carbon cluster.

What Makes C60 a Viral Scientific Discovery?

The series of hexagons and pentagons that make up C60 are exceptionally strong, which is one of this molecule’s greatest attributes. These molecules don’t easily dissolve in most liquids. Though they become slightly soluble in solvents like toluene, C60 compounds are hydrophobic, meaning they do not dissolve in water.

C60 withstands both high temperatures and high pressures very well. It can even resist radioactivity and chemical corrosion. Shaped like a soccer ball, the spherical C60 compound can trap any atom on the periodic chart inside of them and can even act as a superconductor. C60 can spin at extremely high speeds and when shot against a steel plate at 15,000 MPH, where most molecules will just shred apart, C60 will bounce right back.

C60 retains its spherical shape even while interacting with other atoms. Because of it’s six-fold symmetry, even after it’s been squeezed, C60 molecules will return to their original shape.

How Do C60 Supplements Benefit the Body?

healthy older couple jogging on a beach faint overlay of a carbon 60 atom illustrationC60 readily accepts up-to six electrons. It absorbs negative elements in the body, such as free radicals, and is easily oxidized. Some have theorized that C60 may help the body replace the essential antioxidants glutathione, catalase, superoxide dismutase, and COQ10, which are known to diminish with age. Antioxidants essentially battle the effects of oxidative stress, which is one of the primary factors in aging. By minimizing oxidative stress, C60 may be able to lower your chances of developing certain conditions associated with systemic oxidative stress. 

By enhancing the body’s immune response, C60 can potentially produce a variety of desirable benefits, such as:

  • Increased energy.
  • Enhanced mental capacity.
  • Improved strength.
  • Improved immunity.
  • Improved inflammation response*.
  • Relief from allergies.

One study suggests C60 in squalane oil may help prevent the formation of fat cells and address issues with insulin resistance. Applied topically, C60 may help with sunburns and provide some protection from UV rays. It’s also purported to help with skin aging and other physical signs of aging. One study in Japan found that C60 noticeably reduced the appearance of wrinkles when used in a face cream for a period of eight weeks.

How To Take C60 Supplements

Since C60 is not water soluble the raw powder is not bioavailable.  For this reason, C60 compounds are typically delivered in an oil-based solution for internal use. You can also use C60 externally in the form of a serum or cream.

C60 Side Effects

The full positive impact of C60 has yet to be studied. The best carbon 60 supplement will always come in dark bottles. The only complaint we get form our customers regarding C60 in oil is related to the oil.  This can often have a “cleansing” digestive effect that may last a day or two.  Also, many people do not take 1 teaspoon, the recommended serving size, all at once and do not like the feeling and/or taste.  For those we recommend consuming the product with bread.

If you’re interested in trying C60 supplements for yourself, SES Research offers a variety of ESS60 products. These oils may deliver powerful benefits for a healthier life.

*inflammatory response is applicable to exercise induced inflammation