This might sound weird and somehow disgusting, but next time someone lets out that "silent Killer" next to you, instead of leaving you should actually stick around and thank them.
On Average, most people pass gas about 14 times a day and a normal person produces about half a little of farts in a single day.
A study at the university of exeter in England suggest that being exposed to hydrogen sulfide - what your body produces as the bacteria breaks down food to cause gas - could prevent mitochondrial damage.
The study which was published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal, found that hydrogen sulfide gas in rotten eggs and fart could be a key factor in treating diseases.
"Although hydrogen sulfide gas 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," Said Dr. Mark Wood, a professor at the University of Exeter.
Although hydrogen sulfide is harmful in large doses, the findings suggest that a little whiff here and there could reduce the risk of cancer.
Dr. Matt has worked on the study for some time and says researchers are eve replicating the gas in a new compound. He said that injecting some small amount of the gas into mitochondrial cells help repair damage, which "could hold the key to future therapies,"
Medicinal Chemistry Communications
University of Exeter