“What? Are you kidding me?” that was my reaction when I heard of this the first time. Those smelly farts that can beat the hell out of anyone, can cure cancer? Imagine of that moment when sitting in that classroom, someone silently unleashes that potent weapon, and you are in a situation where you can do little or nothing. Had you known that that smelly fog is a cure for cancer; had your reaction been the same?
Well, this is not a hoax! Scientists of the University of Exeter believe that smelly farts can in fact prevent cancer, among other diseases.
Essentially hydrogen sulphide gas produced within the body system when the bacteria breaks down food, it is also better known as a pungent, foul-smelling gas that smell’s of rotten eggs and flatulence, and is naturally produced within the body. Little do you know that it could in fact be a pioneer in Health Care with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases, as mentioned by Dr. Mark Wood.
While large doses of this noxious gas can knock you off, scientists believe that the whiff here and there can in fact reduce the risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis and dementia by preserving mitochondria. Researchers are even coming up with their own compound to emulate the smell’s health benefits.
Mitochondria, also known as the ‘powerhouse of the cell’ converts the energy from the carbohydrates and stores it in the cell in the form of Adenosine Tri-phosphate, (ATP) which is then utilized by the body to derive energy for its regular functions. In addition to supplying cellular energy, mitochondria are involved in other tasks, such as signalling, cellular differentiation, and cell death, as well as maintaining control of the cell cycle and cell growth.
“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,” Professor Matt Whiteman, of the University of Exeter Medical School said. “Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive.”
So, the next time you are stuck in your classroom or your board room meeting with that unbearable whiff of hydrogen sulphide, chill down after that curse, it just cured someone’s cancer in that room.