Chris Bundas –
It’s not exactly the kind of health advice you would ever expect to hear.
But, according to a recent study out of the University of Exeter, small doses of hydrogen sulfide (which smells like rotten eggs and farts) may have potential health benefits.
Large doses on the other hand, well, that can be deadly!
Scientists have designed a compound called AP39 with hydrogen sulfide they believe can hold the key to future therapies and the well-being of people with health issues that range from diabetes to stroke to dementia.
According to researchers, when cells in the body are diseased, they draw in enzymes to generate small amounts of hydrogen sulfide to help them live. If this doesn’t happen, the cell dies.
“We have exploited this natural process by making a compound 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,” professor Matt Whiteman the University of Exeter Medical School explained in a statement.
Sulfide is naturally made when bacteria breaks down food in our bodies, and is also released when we fart — which is why our farts are stinky.
This research is still in early stages and has not been tested on humans yet.