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Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Do you know that smelling fart (mess) could save your life!

It can be a disgusting experience to perceive the fart (mess or flatulence) of someone else and even your own. And of course it is seen as an act of disrespect or irresponsibility on the part of the person who commits the act when others are present, unless between play mates. But what most people don't know is that smelling fart can actually be good for the health and can even go as much as saving lives! A recent research by scientists has it that the gas you release can help in fighting off of strokes, dementia, arthritis and heart attacks.

As food is broken in the guts by bacteria, hydrogen sulfide is one of the gases released. It is pungent in smell. Hydrogen sulfide is also perceived in rotten egg.
In large quantity, hydrogen sulfide will be toxic to humans but in smaller doses will help the cells to fight off diseases, researchers in Exeter University, UK, revealed in 2016.

UK Mirror reported:
When cells become stressed by disease they try to draw in enzymes to generate their own minute quantities of hydrogen sulfide.

The chemical helps to preserve mitochondria, which drive energy production in blood vessel cells and regulate inflammation, and without it the cell can switch off and die.

Researchers have come up with a new compound named AP39 to assist the body in producing just the right amount of hydrogen sulfide that it needs.

They believe it will help prevent or reverse mitochondrial damage, a key strategy in treating conditions such as stroke, heart failure, diabetes , arthritis, dementia and ageing.

Professor Matt Whiteman from University of Exeter's medical school 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."

Fellow researcher Dr. Mark Wood added: "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."

The AP39 will be undergo more research before administration on humans will begin.

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