Smelling Fart Gas May Help Prevent Dementia: Facts


Story: 

According to a new British study, passing gas may help you live longer and, in a surprise twist, smelling gas might prevent dementia.

Researchers found that when you pass wind, you’re helping yourself out by lowering your risk of cancer, heart attacks, and strokes.

And the main ingredient in it is hydrogen sulfate. Researchers believe inhaling it actually causes your brain to grow stronger and protects your brain from dementia.

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Smelling Fart gas may help prevent Dementia Heart disease and Cancer.

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Smelling Fart Gas May Help Prevent Dementia

Analysis:

According to certain stories doing rounds online since couple of years now, smelling fart gas may help you live longer and surprisingly, may help prevent certain illnesses like Dementia, Heart Disease and even Cancer. As detailed below, the claims are mixture of hoax and facts.

Origin of Story

In May 2016 a Facebook user Ask Dr. Nandi posted about an article that passing gas may help you live longer and mentioned a new British study that supposedly showed smelling the fart gas might prevent Dementia. Passing wind, also known as farting or Flatulence is the passing out of gas from the digestive system and it’s something natural that happens to everybody. The article, as a fact, rightly mentions that if you do not let out the passing wind, it can cause uncomfortable bloating in your intestines and that kind of habit can hamper health condition of your body. The article goes on to explain the study that fart gas contains small amounts of Hydrogen Sulfate (Hydrogen Sulfide actually), a gas produced by natural bodily processes that gives flatulence its unpleasant odour, and that smelling it has surprising health benefits. This claim most certainly comes from misleading headlines of the actual study reported by few mainstream news outlets back in 2014, which suggested Fart gas may help prevent dementia and heart disease.

Actual Findings of British Study

In the study titled “Rotten egg gas holds key to healthcare therapies,” published in early July 2014 a new compound (AP39) was designed and made at the University of Exeter in England and was found to hold the key to future therapies, by targeting delivery of very small amounts of the substance to the right (or key) places inside cells. The researchers observed that when stressed cells are treated with very small amounts of AP39 gas, the Mitochondria (which are known as the “powerhouses” of cells) were protected and the cells stayed alive.

When cells become stressed by disease, they draw in enzymes to generate minute quantities of hydrogen sulfide. 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. We have exploited this natural process by making a compound, called AP39, which slowly delivers very small amounts of this gas specifically to the mitochondria..,” said Professor Matt Whiteman of the University of Exeter Medical School.

Although hydrogen sulfide 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,” added Dr. Mark Wood of Biosciences at the University of Exeter.

It is a fact that preventing or reversing mitochondrial damage is a key strategy for treating variety of conditions like stroke, heart failure, diabetes, arthritis, dementia and ageing. However, apart from the misleading headlines of few media outlets, the study nowhere mentioned that smelling fart gas (hydrogen sulfide) may have health benefits like preventing Dementia, Cancer or Heart Disease. Note, many types of gases are released in passing wind, including oxygen, nitrogen, methane, carbon dioxide, hydrogen, and hydrogen sulfide. Moreover, after the misleading headlines about sniffing fart gas became popular, the authors of the study actually added a note clarifying the same and also mentioned that their research with the new compound called AP39 (releasing very small amounts of hydrogen sulfide) is an early stage drug development project and has not yet been trialled in humans.

Hoax or Fact:

Mixture of Hoax and Facts.

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