The stinky part of those bodily functions, hydrogen sulfide, is thought to be the key to protecting against dementia, stokes, cancer, heart attack, and arthritis.
Scientists at the University of Exeter think the benefit comes as the gas helps to boost powerful cells called mitochondria. Those cells manufacture energy by breaking down nutrition in the body.
Dr. Matt Whiteman is leading the project. He explained, “If this doesn't happen, the cells die and lose the ability to regulate survival and control inflammation.”
The better news is, the docs have created AP36, a substance that can deliver the same benefits to mitochondria without all the smelly side effects.
That means hydrogen sulfide "could, in fact, be a healthcare hero with significant implications for future therapies for a variety of diseases,” Dr. Mark Wood explained.
The research was published in the journal Medicinal Chemistry Communications.