Popular interest in a black-colored stone called Shungite has skyrocketed in recent years due to its antioxidant characteristics, water purification properties, and ability to neutralize harmful EMF radiation.
While Shungite deposits are primarily found in Kazakhstan and the Karelian region of Russia, smaller deposits can also be excavated in Austria, India, and the Congo. For at least 300 years, Russians have attributed amazing healing properties to the stones, specifically when they bathe in or drink the water that is filtered through Shungite gravel.
True Shungite contains small amounts of fullerenes, which are hollow, globe-shaped carbon molecules. When researching Shungite, you will encounter not only references to fullerenes, but also to buckyballs and C60 (Carbon 60). Below is a brief description of each.
Buckyballs, also called fullerenes, were one of the first nanoparticles discovered in 1985. Buckyball molecules are composed of carbon atoms linked to three other carbon atoms by covalent bonds that are connected in the same pattern of hexagons and pentagons that you find on a soccer ball.
A covalent bond in chemistry is a chemical link between two atoms or ions in which the electron pairs are shared between them.
Buckyballs and fullerenes were named after famed architect and inventor, Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), who, during his lifetime, popularized the creation of geodesic domes that have a similar structural appearance.
C60 refers to the most common buckyball that contains 60 carbon atoms. Today, many vendors have jumped on the bandwagon to sell their C60 health products.
Shungite products are typically broken up into the following categories:
1: 90-100% carbon content
2: 45-90% carbon content
3: 20-45% carbon content
4: 10-20% carbon content
5: <10% carbon content
When investigating a product that claims to be Shungite, pay attention to the listed carbon content of the product. Pure Shungite should have 90-100% carbon content and is often more expensive than other offerings.
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