As bizarre as this may sound, scientists claim that farts contain some toxins, which when inhaled in small amount go a long way in the fight against cancer. They also claim, the medicinal value of farts extends beyond just helping curb cancerous cells growth, smelling farts also help in curing many other diseases.
This hilarious but nonetheless very important discovery was made by researchers at the Exeter University. The researchers say that when you smell farts (in little doses) you inhale a small amount of Hydrogen sulfide, which has the medicinal value of protecting body cells and help your immune system fight off illnesses. Some of the illnesses that the Hydrogen sulfide has been discovered to fight includes heart attacks, dementia, and strokes.
The researchers warn that the act of smelling farts has to be in consideration, given a large dose of fart inhale could be extremely toxic to your health. This hilarious breakthrough research was published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications; a scientific journal where the researchers unveiled a new compound AP39. This compound produces just enough hydrogen sulfide, which was tested on humans and proved to help in curing many conditions.
Dr. Mark Wook, a researcher at the University of Exeter’s medical school said, “Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent, foul-smelling 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 diseases.”
Hydrogen sulfide is a naturally occurring compound released by bacteria in the human digestive system to help in the digestion of food within the alimentary canal. It is then released as part of the fart and typically has a foul smell. It has been discovered that when body cells are strained because of some illnesses they bring in enzyme reactions that will generate a small amount of hydrogen sulfide.
Professor Matt Whiteman, another researcher who works at the Exeter University, explained the importance of hydrogen sulfide to the Mirror as follows: “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. We have exploited this natural process by making a compound called AP39, which slowly delivers very small amounts of this gas specifically to the mitochondria. Our results indicate that if stresses cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected, and cells stay alive.”
The research findings suggest that the compound AP39 can help reverse the damages caused by the mitochondrial. Thus, it could be applied in the treatment of patients suffering from dementia, stroke, aging, heart failure, and arthritis.
Dr. Csaba Szabo, a professor of anesthesiology at the University of Texas in Galveston, who also worked with the research team at the University Of Exeter. Dr. Szabo explained that their scientific experiment on ‘smelling farts’ made their work the laughing stock, although they were hell bent on proving the medicinal value of hydrogen sulfide.
Dr. Szabo told NBC News, “Hydrogen sulfide regulates vascular function, inflammatory responses, neurotransmission in the brain, many different things. If you incubate cancer cells in the laboratory with hydrogen sulfide or a compound that produces hydrogen sulfide, you can do two things. At lower concentrations, you can stimulate the cells, and at the higher concentrations, you can kill the cells.”
Dr. Szabo also says that the biology of the hydrogen sulfide is very, very complex and the science community has yet to get the complete grasp of how the high and low concentration of it will affect future cancer therapies. Thus, Dr. Szabo warns, that the above research should not mean you should go around smelling farts.