There's something about men and boys and farts. No matter their age, they just seem to find passing gas, well, very fulfilling. The joy they find in this habit can be annoying, not just because there's always the threat of the odor. The male gender never seems to run out of gas to pass!
Now, we discover farting can do a lot of good things for the health (we can imagine the men fist pumping already). If a happy marriage can improve your health — reduce high blood pressure risk and even Type 2 diabetes and help you survive a heart attack — well, getting a whiff of your husband's farts can help you live longer. Yep, you read that right. Your husband may have finally the okay to let out as many farts as he can.
Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that hydrogen sulfide — the foul-smelling odor that gives farts its, ugh, rotten egg-like quality — helps boost your immune system, but only in small doses, of course, which is relatively how your husband delivers those farts.
“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," biomedical scientist and consultant AJ Troiano, Ph.D., explained to Reader's Digest. "It’s not the microbes that have protective properties, but the byproducts they produce during normal metabolic processes," he added.
According to the study, published in a recent issue of the journal Medicinal Chemistry Communications, small doses of hydrogen sulfide as your hubby passes gas can supposedly help reduce the risk of cancer, heart attack, strokes, arthritis, and dementia.
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Professor Matt Whiteman from University of Exeter's medical school said that when cells become stressed when you get sick, they draw in enzymes to generate small quantities of hydrogen sulfide. "This keeps the mitochondria (the powerhouse of cells) 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," he told The Mirror.
Dr. Mark Wood, another one of the Exeter researchers, went so far as to call the compound a "healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases,” according to Time.
Even with a health benefit with scientific basis, wives shouldn't just go on and smell her husband's farts like smelling roses in the garden. Even when we knew that eating boogers could have a health benefit to your tots, it doesn't mean we're suggesting you let them eat as many as they can.
If anything, spouses should be comfortable enough with their partners to be able to fart freely — even wives. Women digest food, too, and maybe have hydrogen sulfide in their farts as well. So perhaps next time your husband has a fart fest, don't take it too hard on your husband. Just remember, whenever you accidentally smell his farts, according to these researchers, it's good for you.
Remember, though, anything in excess is bad. There is such a thing as hydrogen sulfide overdose. We bet our noses will know when it's too much.