It doesn’t matter who you are or how much you may deny it, we all fart. For centuries, people have been avoiding it, especially in public, but now research has shown us that passing gas can be beneficial. In fact, they may even help to fight cancer and other diseases, not only in those who fart but in those who are nearby.
The study was conducted by the Exeter University in England. According to their research, human flatulence contains hydrogen sulfide. Although toxic in large doses, the small dose in our farts is harmless. In fact, it may even help to prevent problems with dementia, diabetes, stroke and heart attack.
Professor Matt Whiteman from University of Exeter’s medical school said:
“When cells become stressed by disease, they draw in enzymes to generate minute quantities of hydrogen sulfide. This keeps the mitochondria ticking over and allows cells to live. If this doesn’t happen, the cells die and lose the ability to regulate survival and control inflammation.”
Of course, they are not expecting us to go around looking for the opportunity to smell farts but they are working on a medicine that contains the same hydrogen sulfide that is found in farts.
“We have exploited this natural process by making a compound, called AP39, which slowly delivers very small amounts of this gas specifically to the disease.”
Scientists are hopeful that AP39 will be instrumental in preventing or reversing mitochondrial damage. If it does so, it could be an effective treatment for a number of serious health issues.
“Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive.”
So go ahead and fart when you have to. Your friends and family may not thank you, but they should.
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