Scientists maintain that the foul-smelling human body gas, known popularly as the fart could become a wonder drug of the future. Embarrassing in the extreme to the passer of the gas and unpleasant to the person sitting next to them, the compound called human methane nevertheless has surprising healing properties. Scientists, while saying the gas has a promising future, are as yet not ready to formally conclude that sniffing it can help the body.
Cutting wind is not as bad as you think
Also called hydrogen sulfide, the smelly gas vacated by human flatulence is produced when bacteria breaks down food deposited in the stomach. In large doses it is toxic but in small amounts helps protect cells and fight illness, according to researchers at Exeter University. The researchers said that when cells become stressed they try to draw in their own enzymes to generate their own hydrogen sulfide (fart gas).
Thus, the chemical helps preserve a cell’s life-giving mitochondria, which in turn drives energy production in blood vessel cells and regulates inflammation, without which the cell would switch off and die. Scientists say the substance amounts to a disease-fighting super hero. It reverses mitochondrial damage and helps prevent conditions including stroke, heart failure, diabetes, arthritis, dementia and aging.
Health problems might be behind you now
Perhaps the next time someone near you breaks wind, instead of expressing disgust, you should thank them sincerely. Researchers said they have developed their own version. It is a new substance to simulate human flatulence gas. The compound is called AP39.
Cell researcher Dr. Mark Wood (in a web article for Mirror.co.uk) said that flatulence could hold a vital key to treating a wide variety of illnesses. “Although hydrogen sulfide is well known as a pungent foul-smelling gas in rotten eggs and flatulence,” Wood said in the article. “It is naturally produced in the body and could be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases.”
The potential impact of AP39 is being looked at
Scientists said the smelly human gas is also being looked at as a way to help fight cancer. Once again, the substance has the unique ability to protect vital mitochondria when a disease stresses the cells. The use of AP39 on humans is still in the future. Scientists are in the preliminary research stage of studying its properties.