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Medical Fact, Smelling Flatulence Could Be Healthy For You

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A new study from the University of Exeter in England found that breathing hydrogen sulfide (flatulence) could prevent diseases and maybe even certain cancers.

As bacteria breaks down food, gas is created in the large and small intestines and then released as flatulence.  The new study suggests that hydrogen sulfide gas found in rotten eggs and flatulence could make humans healthier when inhaled.  The study was published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications journal.

Dr. Mark Wood, a professor at the University of Exeter, said, “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.”

You may have learned in school that large doses of hydrogen sulfide is harmful, in small doses however, the study suggests that in small amounts has the power to reduce risks of cancer, strokes heart attacks, arthritis and dementia.




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