I’m sure you’ve lived through a lot of disgusting habits your husband does, but there’s one in particular that actually benefits you in ways you couldn’t imagine.
Yup, your husband’s occasional butt-thunders may actually be increasing your lifespan and boosting your immune system without you being aware of it. You’ve read it right.
Researchers at the University of Exeter studied the benefits of hydrogen sulfide gas (H2S), naturally found in rotten eggs and flatulence, and found out that the nose-pinching odor you’re so ashamed of can offer potential health benefits to a wide range of issues, such as diabetes, strokes, heart attacks and dementia. In small doses of course.
Furthermore, Professor Matt Whiteman, of the University of Exeter Medical School, explained: “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.”
As a result of their findings, scientists at the University of Exeter designed a new compound called AP39 which by generating minute quantities of hydrogen sulfide inside cells could be beneficial in cases of high blood pressure as well as various other blood vessel issues which occur as a result of aging and diabetes.
“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.”- said Dr. Whiteman in a statement.
The research was conducted in different models of disease and the pre-clinical results sound promising.
For example, in models of cardiovascular disease, the research indicated that more than 80 percent of the powerhouse mitochondria cells survived under otherwise highly destructive conditions if the AP39 is administered.
Professor Matt Whiteman, who led the study, also said: “This research significantly adds to our growing body of evidence that hydrogen sulfide could hold the key to new and effective therapies in humans.
“We are still at an early stage, but so far, the key to success appears to be getting hydrogen sulfide delivered to the right place inside cells and mimicking the way the body naturally produces this gas.”
“The mechanism may be through blocking a calcium channel in the heart that regulates heartbeat, slowing it down. Clinically used drugs which also block this channel have similar effects, but more than 10-fold higher doses are required.”- Dr. Whiteman concluded.
The study was originally published in the journal MedChemComm and presented it at the June International Conference on Hydrogen Sulfide in Biology and Medicine in Kyoto, Japan.
I guess it all comes down to a conclusion that letting yourself all out and passing gas is not so scary after all. Who knows, you might unintentionally help a brother out.
However, if you’re concerned about the safe doses of inhaled hydrogen sulfide, you shouldn’t encourage your guy loading up on those delicious bean meals.
A little love-puff every now and then can be beneficial, but hydrogen sulfide is actually proven deadly when inhaled in large doses.
So, ladies, next time your loved wants to suffocate you in their “over-heated” Dutch oven, don’t hesitate. Remember that hydrogen sulfide is actually healthy for you.
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