Here’s another one of those great news items that will have the office buzzing today.
Scientists say you can prevent cancer by smelling farts.
I try to only provide you with the most important things to make your life better.
The University of Exeter is a public research university located in Exeter, South West England.
A lot of these kinds of studies seem to come from England.
Anyway, the scientists there are saying smelling farts actually prevents cancer, among other diseases.
I suspect some explanation is required.
Most stinky **poofs** are from hydrogen sulfide gas – produced when bacteria breaks down food inside your lower regions.
Now you have some great small talk for your next cocktail party.
Back to our scientific study…
Although I’m sure we can all agree stinky gas is no fun in large doses, the scientists are saying that a delicate whiff here and there has the power to reduce risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and dementia.
It supposedly does this by preserving mitochondria.
If you want to get complicated, follow this:
Mitochondria generate chemical energy, similar to the type of energy you get from a battery.
The energy made by the mitochondria is in the form of a chemical called adenosine triphosphate or ATP for short.
ATP is an energy currency that every cell in our body can use and it keeps us alive.
The machinery that the mitochondria use to make ATP is called the electron transport chain which is made up of 4 complexes which are groups of proteins that work together to carry out their function, the 5th complex is responsible for the final step of the energy generation.
It is found in the inner mitochondrial membrane and parts of the first, third, fourth and fifth complexes are coded for by the mitochondrial DNA.
Yes, that wasn’t helpful at all.
Cellular biology is complicated.
Returning to the scientists…
“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.”
How this prevents all those diseases is still a mystery to me, but if they say it – it must be true.
After all, it’s on the Internet.
So instead of getting upset the next time someone rips one in the elevator – be thankful.
You just had days added to your life.