Scientists in the U.K. have discovered that smelling farts can actually help to prevent cancer.
No, we’re not joking, smelling a fart could actually lower your chances of getting a deadly disease!
“Although hydrogen sulfide gas”—produced when bacteria breaks down food—”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,” Dr. Mark Wood of the University of Exeter told the press.
Researchers warn that smelling large doses of the gas could be noxious, however, a sniff here and there could reduce the risk of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and dementia by preserving mitochondria.
Scientists are now trying to develop their own compound to recreate the smell’s health benefits.
“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,” said Professor Matt Whiteman, of the University of Exeter Medical School. “Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive.”
So there you have it, folks. Next time someone farts around you, take a whiff before you walk away!