If you’re shocked at the headline, don’t worry: we all are.
Before digesting this information at face value, let’s look at the science of farting first. Firstly, our flatulence comprises several gases, with nitrogen taking 59% of the total amount, 21% of hydrogen, 9% of carbon dioxide, 7% of methane and 4% of oxygen. There’s also 1% of hydrogen sulfide which is what makes the flatulence stinks.
In a study by University of Exeter in England, which is published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal, it is found that a little amount of hydrogen sulfide has the “power to reduce risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and dementia by preserving mitochondria,” as reported in Time.
The university stated that “…although hydrogen sulfide gas 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.”
Published last year, the university is now working on trials by making a similar compound that slowly delivers specifically to the mitochondria. Mitochondria are sort of like a “powerhouse” of cells that are important to our body—prevention of mitochondrial damage can treat a number of health conditions.
While this new finding is pretty new, and that hydrogen sulfide is in rotten eggs as well, we won’t suggest that you whiff in large doses of flatulence because too much of that is harmful to the body.
But still, it’s good to know that my farts have some therapeutic effects.