For a longer life take buckyballs in olive oil

May 19, 2012

For a longer life take buckyballs in olive oilYes, 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.

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5 Responses to “For a longer life take buckyballs in olive oil”

  1. Peter Blinn:

    Actually the effective dosage for the rat trial was much smaller than your article suggests — so a person wouldn’t have to choke down anywhere near that much olive oil. The administration started out daily and then decreased in frequency throughout the 17-month duration of the test. Taken as an average, it came to about 1.3 mg of C60 per kg of body weight per month. At a 0.8 mg per milliliter solubility of C60 in olive oil, for a 75 kg person that would compute to about 120 ml (4 fluid ounces) of C60-infused olive oil monthly, or 0.8 teaspoons per day.

  2. Joey:

    The advances in medicine these days are fantastic. I look forward to the future because it is ever changing. To see something as simple as olive oil being this good for rats, it is looking good for use with humans.

  3. Tom:

    It is surprisingly easy to make except for the centrifuging part. It’s a little expensive right now, but the cost could come down if it were commercialized. Also, effective doses may be much lower than proportional doses in the study. I estimate that if it were being sold to every human on earth it would only be something like a 10 billion dollar per year industry. With economy of scale that number could come way down. Maybe someday it will be like Iodine in salt. Maybe all olive oil will be spiked with C60.

  4. diane griffith:

    where do i buy this buckyball infused with olive oil

  5. NanoStudent:

    DO NOT try this! Seriously! The article cited is heavily criticized and there is potential for serious toxic effect of the C60 fullerenes as evidenced in various studies revealing possible mutagenic effects and potential brain damage. Yes, there are studies that show ingestion has little to no toxic effect on adult mice and that topic application (on skin) has little to no effect on rabbits and mice. But there is more to this than that!

    Sources verifying this includes but is by no means limited to:

    Eva E Oberdo ̈rster. “Manufactured nanomaterials (fullerenes, C60) induce oxidative stress in the brain of juvenile largemouth bass.” In: Environ Health Perspect (2004).

    T Tsuchiya et al. “Novel harmful effects of [60]fullerene on mouse embryos in vitro and in vivo.” In: FEBS Letters (1996).

    So whatever you do, do NOT buy this supplement!

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