By now, you must’ve learned the importance of “letting one rip” and how it affects your relationship with others. Well, according to a team at the University of Exeter, it’s extremely good for you.
Not only that, it’s really, really good to inhale the stinky farts your partners make every single day. So, if you catch your partner watching you with their eyes wide open in the middle of the night, it’s for your own good.
It’s time to let one rip
The study conducted by the University of Exeter team was published in Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal and it analyzed the impact of hydrogen sulfide which we produce in small amounts.
Now, there’s no denying that an excess amount of farts can be quite noxious, but the researchers discovered that the cellular exposure to small amounts of gas can actually prevent mitochondrial damage.
Dr. Mark Wood, one of the researchers, 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.
It turned out that the gas in farts can reduce the risk of several life-threatening illnesses such as heart attacks, stroke, and cancer.
It was proven that farts prevent dementia and arthritis in old age
The team at the University of Exeter believes that creating a compound called AP39, they can create therapies that will help the body retain and produce the right amount of hydrogen sulfide.
Professor Matt Whiteman, from the medical school university, 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.
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 stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive.
With proper administration of AP39 in models of cardiovascular disease, 80% of the (heart’s) mitochondria cells survive, despite the highly destructive conditions.
The team is now working towards testing the compound in humans
The early results show that AP39 can also help lower high blood pressure and improve chances of survival after a heart attack significantly by slowing down heartbeats.
The research is still in its early stages but doesn’t mean that you can fart at your partner with all the kindness in your heart. After all, it’s for their own wellbeing.