No one likes being in the presence of a person who farts too much, the smell is often intolerable. However, new research shows that smelling farts might help a person live longer.
Let’s be honest for a second and admit that farting openly in public will pretty much make you into a social pariah. Which is why even when one does cut the cheese, they go to extreme lengths to deny the fact that they were the culprit. Think back to your childhood: did you ever openly admit to passing a fart in front of your friends? The denial becomes that much more vehement when you do it in front of your partner; at least in the initial stages of the relationship. However, new research suggests that smelling your significant other’s farts may, in fact, help you live longer.
Research conducted at the University of Exeter indicates that your partner’s flatulence may not be such a bad thing and might present significant health benefits. So, the next time your beloved decides to hotbox you in your bed after letting one rip, maybe you should thank them! The beneficial effects of farts have to do with one of the primary ingredients responsible for the foul, rotten eggs smell, hydrogen sulfide.
Despite the atrocious smell, the hydrogen sulfide is, for all intents and purposes, practically harmless in small quantities. However, being exposed to a higher concentration of the chemical may have detrimental results on one’s health, including various respiratory and nervous system disorders.
This new study, published by the researchers in the Medical Chemistry Communications journal, analyzed the impact of the gas on humans when they were exposed to minute quantities of it. Found to be poisonous in large doses, researchers also discovered that cellular exposure to small amounts of the gas can prevent mitochondrial damage, which in turn has many further health implications.
Mark Wood, one of the lead researchers in the study, said: “Although hydrogen sulfide 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.”