It sounds wrong, but hear us out. There is research showing that farts can actually fight cancer and other diseases and not just for you, for the people around you as well, reports The Mirror.
According to the study, conducted by Exeter University in England, human gases contain hydrogen sulphide. Of course in very large doses, this is toxic. However, the small dose contained in a fart is harmless and, as it turns out, can prevent diabetes, dementia, stroke, and heart attacks.
Professor Matt Whiteman from University of Exeter's medical school said:
"When cells become stressed by disease, they draw in enzymes to generate minute quantities of hydrogen sulphide. This keeps the mitochondria ticking over and allows cells to live. If this doesn't happen, the cells die and lose the ability to regulate survival and control inflammation.
Now, these researchers don't expect us to go around sniffing each others bums like a dog (sorry for the crude expression). They are working on a medication containing the hydrogen sulphide from farts.
"We have exploited this natural process by making a compound, called AP39, which slowly delivers very small amounts of this gas specifically to the disease," Whiteman told The Mirror.
Scientists are hoping that compound AP39 will help prevent or reverse mitochondrial damage, which is key in treating strokes, heart failure, diabetes, arthritis, dementia and ageing.
Whiteman ended with this positive note:
"Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive."
So, farts are good for everyone. Who knew? Looks like you should double up on the beans tonight.