April 22, 2012
Buckey Balls Almost Double Rat Lifespans

Researchers in Paris trying to discover whether Buckminster fullerene molecules (Buckey balls) might be toxic instead found that rats lived almost twice as long when fed buckeyballs along with olive oil.

The first was given a control, the second was fed olive oil and the third was fed a combination of olive oil and Buckminsterfullerene. The control group had a lifespan of only 22 months while the strictly olive oil group lived an average of 26 months.

However, researchers got quite a surprise with the olive oil/buckeyball group. Rats that ingested that mixture lived an astounding 42 months.

It seems unlikely humans would get a near doubling of lifespan from buckeyballs. Why? We live nearly 40 times longer than rats due to a variety of protective mechanisms we have to slow the rate of damage accumulation from aging. Some of the damage being prevented by buckeyballs in rats is already being prevented in humans by other means.

This result needs to be confirmed in rats in other labs. Plus, buckeyballs should be tried in other animals, including animals with an range of lifespans between those of humans and rats. Does the life extension benefit scale by percentage, absolute time, or not at all? By watching biomarkers for aging (as well as liver enzymes and other indicators of toxicity) we should be able to get a projection of likely long term effects without having to wait many years for final results.

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bbartlog said at April 23, 2012 6:54 AM:

That's an astounding result. Given the problems described in abc's link, I think I'll wait for some confirmation.

hamerhokie said at April 23, 2012 9:34 AM:

How long til we get 'Alpo For Extending Life?'

Joseph Hertzlinger said at April 29, 2012 5:50 PM:

Since buckyballs can be found in soot, obviously this calls for charcoal-broiled everything.

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