Yes, that may actually be the secret to a doubled lifespan if it works as well in people as it does in rats. Of course the process is very complicated and requires huge amounts of equipment so if it does turn out that it works on humans like it works on rats, expect it to cost a fortune.
According to articles in Extreme Longevity and Gizmag, buckyballs dissolved in olive oil may just be the magic elixir that everyone has been looking for. Scientists thought that it could have a wide variety of positive uses. They suspected that buckyballs could have “UV and radioprotection, antiviral, antioxidant, and anti-amyloid activities, allergic response and angiogenesis inhibitions, immune stimulating and antitumour effects, enhancing effect on neurite outgrowth, gene delivery, and even hair-growing activity.” In other words, it could be the source of improved health.
What is a buckyball and where does it get its name? Well, here’s the answer:
C(60) fullerene is a naturally occurring molecule containing 60 carbon atoms arranged in a sphere. It is famously known as the buckyball, short for buckminsterfullerene, and discovered in 1985.
The experiment pointing to buckyball olive oil as a potential fountain of youth included giving the mixture to rats to see if it had any toxic side effects. They used three groups of rats. One was a control group given nothing but normal food and water, the second was given plain olive oil and the third olive oil and buckballs. The findings surprised everyone. The control group had the shortest lifespan of 17 to 37 months. The olive oil group’s life span increased to 36 to 57 months and the buckyball in olive oil group lived 59 to 66 months.
Even though the olive oil group had an increased lifespan, you would have to add the equivalent of eight tablespoons of uncooked olive oil to your daily diet. That’s a lot of olive oil. The buckyball olive oil had a concentration of 0.8 mg/ml of C-60 buckyballs. It was administered in daily doses of 1.7mg/kg of body weight.
The results show that a the buckyball mixture could have applications not just in increasing our lifespans but also in the treatment of cancer and neuro degenerative problems. Unfortunately, rats are an early stage of testing so who knows how many years or decades it will take before it actually reaches human testing, the precursor to allowing it to be prescribed or sold as a supplement or medication.
Because the mixture has not shown any negative side effects and remarkably positive effects as far as longevity and preventive properties, it may actually move more quickly through the testing process than other substances. For those enduring excruciating cancer treatments and neurological issues, it can’t come quick enough.