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    Posted: October 28 2017 at 3:01am

Could sniffing FARTS be GOOD for you? Research finds the substance found in flatulence could ward off disease

Experts from the University of Exeter has found a gas found in farts helps the body's cells stay healthy and fight off disease

By Andrea Downey, Digital Health Reporter
27th October 2017, 12:53 pm
Updated: 27th October 2017, 1:56 pm

PICTURE this, you're snuggled in bed on a Saturday morning and your partner lets one rip.

The last thing you want to do is smell it, but it turns out sniffing farts has secret health benefits.

Hydrogen sulfide, the gas that gives farts their rotten smell, can help stave off disease

And it's all to do with a specific gas that is released when you pop off.

Hydrogen sulphide, the gas that gives flatulence its repulsive smell, can help reduce therisk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, and help stave off dementia, research suggests.

When we are sick our cells create their own hydrogen sulphide which helps keep the mitochondria - our cell's power generators - in working order.

Without the gas the cells die and lose their ability to fight off disease.

Waking up to the smell of your partners farts is hardly what you want, but it could be good for you

Researchers at the University of Exeter discovered that hydrogen sulphide could help the body ward off illness.

Experts have created a compound called AP39 to help the body produce the right amount of hydrogen sulphide.

The compound is believed to help reverse mitochondrial damage in cells, a key part in treating conditions such as stroke, heart failure and diabetes.

Professor Matt Whiteman, from the university's medical school, said: "When cells become stressed by disease, they draw in enzymes to generate minute quantities of hydrogen sulphide.

Research suggests the gas could help protect against heart attacks

"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.

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"Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive."

Dr Mark Wood, of the university's biosciences department, added: "Although hydrogen sulphide 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."

Early results suggest that AP39 could help up to 80 per cent more mitochondria survive illness.

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None of you want to know what this information will do to my marriage.  Dead Heart Dead  We both have terrible senses of humor.LOL

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