A few months ago we shared the results from a 75 year research study that concluded the most important factor for your happiness was being in a long term relationship.
The results of research go further: being married is good for your health and longevity, with married people having lower levels of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
Yet there’s a surprising way that your husband’s worst habit may be helping you live longer.
His farts are strengthening your immune system.
Yes, you read that correctly. Your husband’s farts actually have important health benefits.
Hydrogen sulfide delivers health benefits in small doses
Researchers at the University of Exeter found that hydrogen sulfide – the awful-smelling scent that gives farts their egg-like qualities – deliver health benefits if smelt in small doses.
The Exeter scientists created a compound called AP39 that slowly delivers small, concentrated amounts of gas to mitochondria. These are the cells in the body that take in nutrients, break them down and create energy.
Preventing or reversing mitochondrial damage is key to treating a variety of ailments.
“Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive,” Professor Matt Whiteman, of the University of Exeter Medical School, said in a statement.
The researchers have published their findings in the journal MedChemComm and presented them at the June International Conference on Hydrogen Sulfide in Biology and Medicine in Kyoto, Japan.
“In order to understand the science of passing gas, you have to understand the sheer scale of microbes that are housed in the human body,” explains AJ Troiano, PhD, a biomedical scientist and consultant. “It’s not the microbes that have protective properties, but the byproducts they produce during normal metabolic processes.”
The important byproducts in this case are the copious amounts of hydrogen sulfide that are expelled with each passing of wind.
The study concluded that the passing of wind that most wives hate can actually reduce the risk of cancer, heart attack, strokes, arthritis and dementia.
Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive,” Professor Matt Whiteman of the University of Exeter Medical School says.
It’s worth keeping in mind that you’ll benefit from smelling farts in small doses, but you can actually overdose on fart gas.
Therefore, think about the food you’re eating, and avoid the burritos and kebabs. Smell your farts in small doses!