C60, also called Fullerene C60 (carbon 60) and buckyballs is one of the most unique antioxidant /anti-aging compounds I've seen in recent memory. This product, made by SES Research, is fast becoming very popular in the world of anti-aging bio-hackers, because of research reporting it has doubled the lifespan of mice. In this SES C60 review, I'll help you understand what Fullerene carbon 60 is and the anti-aging research. Along the way I'll address other questions too like Is C60 safe? Does it really work? Is it a scam? Is C60 the super antioxidant everybody has been waiting for? Let's see…
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1 What Is Fullerene C60?
There are many different types of Fullerene molecules (also called buckyballs). Fullerine C60 is the smallest of the them. It's composed of 60 carbon atoms arranged in a specific shape. That shape is similar to the geodesic dome, invented by Richard Buckminster Fuller. This is why C60 is also called “Fullerine C60.”
Tip: The geodesic dome looks like that big golf ball thingy at Epcot Center.
2 How Does Carbon C60 Work?
Fullerene C60 has antioxidant properties. But, this molecule is said to work differently than other antioxidants you may have heard of such as vitamin C or glutathone.
3 Fullerene C60 Lifespan Research
Can Carbon 60 in olive oil double your lifespan? To date, there have been two investigations on Fullerene C60 as it pertains to prolonging the lifespan. Both of them are mouse studies.
- Researchers in 2008 noted mice lived longer and had better brain function after treatment with C60.
- In 2012, other investigators reported C60 doubled the lifespans of mice compared to those which did not get C60. In this study, Carbon 60 buckyballs were injected into the rats. This study specifically used SES C60 in olive oil.
Any human research? Not at this time.
No research has been conducted involving humans. Because of this, we do not know if Carbon 60 has the same effects in people as it appears to in mice.
4 Who Makes SES Carbon 60?
The company is called called SES Research Inc. Their website is SesRes.com.
The company is located at 5999 West 34th, Suite 106 Houston, TX 77092.
Contact Phone Numbers
- (800) 275-0082
- (713) 686-9662
I called the company on more than one occasion. Their customer service people are knowledgeable, honest, friendly and quickly addressed my questions.
The co-owner of SES Research is Chris Burres. He's been co-owner since 1991. According to his LinkedIn profile he has a BS in mechanical engineering. He is also the owner of EwebResults.com an SEO company which helps websites get ranked in search engines.
5 How Do You Take SES C60?
SES Research has put together a video on how to take Fullerene Carbon 60. Basically you use the included syringe, pull out 5 ml of C60 and squirt it into your month.
6 SES C60: Fine Grade vs. Original Grade
If you go to the SES website (SesRes.com), you'll see there are two different versions (grades) of this product:
- Original Research Grade
- Fine Grade
The difference is in the grade of olive oil used. Here's how they differ:
- Original Research Grade: the olive oil comes from different regions in Spain.
- Fine Grade: the olive oil comes from one specific area of Greece (the iLiada region).
See the difference? Fine grade uses olive oil from 1 specific region of Greece – the iLiada region. Research Grade uses olive oil which comes from different regions of Spain.
Another difference is the Fine Grade bottles contain 100 ml of Carbon60 while Research Grade bottles contain a wee bit more – 120 ml. I have not tasted C60 but I was told some customers say the Research Grade tastes a little bit better.
Both grades of SES C60 are 99.99% pure C60 molecules.
7 How Much Does SES C60 Cost?
The SES Research website has the following prices:
Original Research Grade
- 1 bottle (100 ml): $52.49
- Monthly subscription: $52.49
- Case of 12 bottles (100 ml each) : $565.95 (comes to 47.16/ bottle)
- 1 bottle (120 ml): $69.95
- Monthly subscription $69.95/ month
- Case of 12 bottles (120 ml each): $729.95 (comes to $60.82/bottle)
Yes, this stuff is expensive.
You cannot buy SES Carbon60 in stores like Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Wegmans or Rite Aid. The product can be purchased at the SES Research website (SesRes.com).
SES C60 Video Review
Here's a video I created on Carbon60
8 SES C60 Versus
As I soon discovered, there are a LOT of carbon60 products on Amazon. For example, as I researched this topic, I saw C60 packaged with:
- Coconut oil
- MCT Oil
- Sunflower oil
- Hempseed oil
- Avocado oil
One company claimed their product to be “NASA Grade,” whatever that means? Another company claimed their carbon 60 was “Super.”
For the person looking for the best carbon60 product, this variety can make buying confusing – but it doesn't have to be. SES Research customer service told me they supply the C60 for most other companies. Remembering this fact should make purchasing decisions easier.
Something else to consider is the longevity studies I saw used C60 in olive oil – not the other oils. Whether or not the olive oil makes a difference in the effectiveness of carbon60 results, I cannot say.
Bottom line: Because SES Research supplies carbon 60 to other companies and their product has been used in at least 1 anti-aging study, this gives them a leg up over other products in my opinion.
9 Fullerene C60 Side Effects
Is C60 safe or toxic? Long term side effects of carbon 60 are not known. The FAQ page of the SES website (SES.RES.com) states that neither C60 in powdered form or C60 in olive oil has been tested in humans.
Information on drug interactions or how carbon 60 interacts with health problems – diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, etc. – is currently not known.
Because the Carbon60 molecule is small – it's a nanoparticle – this brings up some interesting questions such as:
- Can C60 penetrate the blood brain barrier and get access to brain cells? And, if yes, what does this mean?
- What are the long term health benefits /side effects of using a Carbon60 product?
- Do we excrete the carbon 60 nano-particles – and if so, what is the impact to the environment?
I do not know the answers to these questions. I don't know if anyone does at this time.
While the preliminary anti-aging research with lab mice are interesting, before you try it, talk to your doctor and pharmacist if:
- You are pregnant/breastfeeding
- Have any health problems
- Take any medications
Stop taking carbon 60 at least 2 weeks before having surgery. Talk to your veterinarian before giving it to your pets. Remember, dogs and cats are not mice and rats. Also, unknown is how Carbon 60 interacts with dietary supplements you are taking.
10 SES C60 FAQ
How much do you take?
According to the SES Research website, the amount you should take is based on how much you weigh. The SES website has a dosage calculator to help you figure this out. Just enter your weight and they tell you how much to take.
The dosage calculator tells you the amount based on milliliters (if you use the syringe) and teaspoons. Here's a quick breakdown based on some body weights I entered:
- 140 pounds: 4.25 ml (1 teaspoon)
- 180 pounds: 5.25 ml (1 1/4 teaspoon)
- 200 pounds 6 ml (1 1/4 teaspoon)
Since C60 olive oil only appears have been studied in mice and rats (so far) these dosages are not based on direct human testing. Essentially, the company is doing mice-to-human dosage calculations. This is common in science but it really should be backed up with human studies in my opinion.
Does it need to be refrigerated?
No refrigeration is needed. You can store it just as you store olive oil. According to the “how do you take it” video above, you can store Carbon60 in your medicine cabinet or kitchen pantry.
How long until you start seeing results?
Without human clinical trials, nobody can answer this question. If it has health benefits, my guess is your results would vary according to what your condition is and its severity. Results might also differ from person to person.
With or without food?
I don't think it matters. I did not see any specific recommendation to take it with food or on an empty stomach.
How long will a bottle last?
If you take 5 ml per day, a 100 ml bottle will last you 20 days. If you purchase a 120 ml bottle, and take 5 ml per day, a bottle will last you 24 days.
What kind of olive oil does C60 use?
The Fine Grade uses olive oil from the iliada region of Greece. The Research Grade uses olive oil from different regions of Spain.
Are the bottles BPA free?
Yes. SES C60 comes in BPA free bottles.
Was it discovered or invented?
How long does Carbon60 stay in the body?
Studies involving rats have noted C 60 nanoparticles could stay in the body for several months. This brings up the possibility of a toxic buildup. While rat studies have not noted toxicity even when a very large amount was used (2000 mg per kilogram of body weight), the research only lasted a couple of weeks. What might happen if a rat took it for a year?
Is Fullerene C60 a dietary supplement?
When I searched the SES Research website, I did not see the word “supplement” mentioned anywhere. When I called the company, I was told they do not refer to it as a dietary supplement. Most other companies selling Carbon 60 do not refer to it as a supplement either. The longevity research studies above also do not call it a supplement.
This says to me Carbon 60 Fullerene is not a dietary supplement.
Contrary to belief, dietary supplements are regulated and they have a definition. Part of the definition is supplements have to be things we have been consuming regularly. I don't believe humans have been eating C60 regularly, so that's probably why companies shy away from calling it a dietary supplement.
See my FAQ page for the definition of supplements.
Is SES C60 a drug?
While bottles have a “pharmacy look” to them, carbon 60 Fullerene is not a prescription drug. You do not need a prescription to get it.
11 Does C60 Work?
No doubt, Fullerene Carbon60 is popular. Some people are hinting it might be a life extension game changer. But it must be remembered the only proof it slows aging are a couple of mouse studies. That's not enough proof to make me run out and buy it. While it would take decades to know for sure if it prolongs the lives of people, I'd like to see more human testing to know if it's at least safe for long term use.