Scientists Say Smelling Farts Can Prevent Cancer

This is not a joke! The University of Exeter believes to have found that smelling farts - your own or other people’s - can actually prevent cancer and many other diseases!

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Scientist Dr. Mark Wood explains that hydrogen sulfide gas is produced when the bacteria in our body decomposes the food we eat. You might know this sulfide gas from the typically foul smell of rotten eggs. It is the natural production of this gas that makes our farts smell.

The stinky gas could turn out to be a real lifesaver!

Scientists have found that it has special qualities that could be significant for the medical treatment of many diseases. Before you start eating a whole tin of beans - it must be said that the gas can be harmful in large doses. But the odd whiff every now and again is considered healthy and could potentially reduce the risk of getting cancer, heart attacks, strokes, arthritis and even dementia by protecting the mitochondria.

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Scientists are even working on a compound that has the same chemical properties in order to scientifically imitate the health benefits of the gas. Professor Matt Whiteman, of the University of Exeter Medical School explains that they have emulated the natural process by making a compound, called AP39 that slowly releases small amounts of the gas to the mitochondria.

The significant results have shown that stressed cells that are treated with this sulfid gas substitute are preserved because the mitochondria are protected.

So next time your colleague, dog or grandmother cuts the cheese… embrace it! Let us know your thoughts below.

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