Have you ever been sitting on your couch, and then your roommate comes in and rips a huge fart in your face, and then you want to beat him like he owes you money? Or like he just ripped huge fart in your face? Turns out you owe him a debt of gratitude- Ole bean blower just saved you from cancer.
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 said in a university report. (fun fact: The fart doctor's last name is a euphemism for boner)
Although a backdoor belch can be quite unpleasant, scientists believe that a modest whiff has the power to reduce risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and dementia by preserving mitochondria.
Granny starting to lose it a little bit? Hold her down and let it rip!
Researchers are even coming up with 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," 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 your roommate farts in your face, don’t make a stink! Thank him and take him for a burrito!