A few years (or even months) into a new relationship and it seems as though all rules and boundaries disappear. Yes, we’re talking about your partner’s farts.
Whether your other half considers the age-old ‘Dutch Oven’ a hilarious prank or they have grown so comfortable around you that they no longer bother holding in a trump or two – we’ve all sadly been on the receiving end of a bottom burp of two.
And unfortunately, a new study may give partners everywhere the excuse they’ve been hoping for.
Research indicated that hydrogen sulfide, one of the egg-like gases prevalent in wind, can reduce the risk of various life threatening diseases. Yes, we’re afraid so.
According to the report, the microbial byproduct can lower the chances of heart attacks, strokes, dementia and cancer.
One of the researchers responsible for the study, Dr. Mark Wood, said: “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.”
Fellow researcher Professor Matt Whiteman added, “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.”
He continued: “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.”
We don’t know about you but we’ll certainly be keeping this newfound information a secret…
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