It may sound gross but it’s true — and scientists say so.
According to a research team at the University of Exeter, scientists have found that smelling your partner’s farts will actually make you live longer.
Boy, would I hate to be in THAT study.
So how exactly does it help you live longer? The research team discovered that taking in your partner’s fumes can help fight off diseases.
“Better out then in” has been given a whole new meaning, folks.
Published in the journal Medicinal Chemistry Communications, the study analyzed the impact of gas hydrogen sulfide i.e. farts, which humans produce in tiny amounts.
And though it was found to be noxious in huge doses, researchers found that cellular exposure to tiny amounts of the gas can actually prevent mitochondrial damage which as multiple health implications.
Dr. Mark Wood, a researcher, shared:
“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.”
Interestingly enough, the gas in farts can actually reduce the risk of multiple life threatening illnesses including heart attacks, stroke and even cancer.
Researches also say that it has been proven to prevent arthritis as well as dementia in old age.
The team at the University believe creating a new compound, known as AP39, is the key to future therapies.
This is the case as the body retains as well as produces the correct amount of hydrogen sulfide.
Researches also say that this particular compound can be delivered to certain cells in the body as well as placed inside.
Matt Whiteman, a professor from the university’s medical school shared:
“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.”
If AP39 is administered, according to the scientists – the research shows in models of cardiovascular disease, 80 percent of the heart’s mitochondria cells survive under highly destructive conditions.
The early results also conclude the AP39 can help lower high blood pressure as well as drastically improve the chances of survival after a heart attack by slowing the heartbeat, making it more efficient.
Currently, the team is working towards testing the compound in humans.
And while the research smells of interesting points, it is still in its early stages with no true conclusions being made.
But that being said, the next time you are around your partner — you may want to conduct a science experiment to see for yourself.
After all, they may just thank you for it down the line.
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