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Study: Smelling farts is good for your health
The next time someone at your office lets out a "silent but deadly"
emission, maybe you should thank them. A new study at the
University of Exeter suggests that exposure to hydrogen sulfide -
aka. what your body produces as bacteria breaks down food,
causing gas - could prevent mitochondria damage. Yep, the
implication is what you' re thinking: People are taking the research
to mean that smelling farts could prevent disease and even cancer.
The study, published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal, found that
hydro gen sulfide gas in rotten eggs and flatulence could be a key factor in treating disease s.
Although hydro gen sulfide gas is well known as a pungent, gas in rotten
eggs and flatulence, it is naturally produced in the body and could in fact be a healthcare
hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of disease s," Dr. Mark
Wood, a professor at the University of Exeter, said in a statement.
While hydrogen sulfide gas is harmful in large doses, the study suggests that "a whiff here
and there has the power to reduce risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and
dementia by preserving mitochondria," Time reports. Dr. Matt Whiteman, a University of
Exeter professor who worked on the study, said in a statement that re searchers are even
replicating the natural gas in a new compound, , to reap its health benefits.