I know it sounds ridiculous but that's what they found.
Researchers from Exeter University are claiming that the toxins inside farts can actually help fight cancer, as well as a number of other diseases.
Their results, published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications, revealed that a new compound named AP39, produces just the right amount of the toxin --hydrogen sulfide which has been proven to help fight back numerous conditions.
One of the researchers, Professor Matt Whitman explained how, "Hydrogen sulfide is a smelly gas produced by bacteria in order to break down food that is digested in the stomach. When cells become strained because of disease they bring in enzymes to generate a small amount 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. 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.
"Breathing in small amounts of Hydrogen sulfide can protect cells and fight against illnesses, like strokes, heart attacks, and dementia. However, this has to be in consideration because in large doses it can be extremely toxic."
However, Dr. Csaba Szabo, who is a professor of anesthesiology at the University of Texas in Galveston and also worked alongside the University Of Exeter’s researchers and experiments, explained that the stories of “smelling farts” had turned their work into a laughing stock.
He said, “If you incubate cancer cells in the laboratory with hydrogen sulfide or a compound that produces hydrogen sulfide, you can do two things. At lower concentrations, you can stimulate the cells, and at the higher concentrations, you can kill the cells.”
In conclusion, Dr Szabo declared, “But none of this research says you should go and inhale farts.”
So please don't get carried away with any false information spreading about FARTS-- It is not yet a
cure for any disease except you are inhaling some PRESCRIBED AP39.
All the same, it's nice to know farts aren't entirely useless... Lol.