Do Farts Possess Healing Properties?


A few years ago and even last year, a lot of online news media reported fart health benefits. Among them include the Guardian and the New York Post.

Where Does The Story Come From?

The source of the story was a study done by the researchers at Exeter University. However, it was not about smelling farts.

Instead, it is about the AP39 molecule, which helps delivers hydrogen sulfide in small dosage to the mitochondria.

The study was supposed to found smelling farts could potentially lower the risks of stroke, cancer, dementia, arthritis and among other ailments including erectile dysfunction.

Unfortunately, the conclusion was taken entirely out of context. After all, no one would love smelling farts.


What Was The Study About?

It is true that researchers at Exeter University did a study but it was not about smelling farts. Most likely, the stories taken in the context wherein one of the researchers mentioned hydrogen sulfide has a pungent smell similar to a rotten egg and flatulence or farts.

The findings of the study were published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications1 and the Nitric Oxide Journal2.

It was not researchers’ goal to find out the health benefits of smelling farts. Instead, it was about hydrogen sulfide and the molecule AP39.

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. -Dr. Mark Wood, University of Exeter Biosciences

Hence, if you have been subjecting your partner to a pungent smell of farts, you owe an apology. On the other hand, the smell of your farts can tell something about your health.

But, first, why do we fart?

What Does Fart Tells About Your Health?

Just like a man’s penis is a dipstick to his health, farts tell something about your health, too.

Is Farting Good and Healthy?

The answer is a definite yes, and here’s why? Brit Lab explains more;

So, next time you feel like farting, let it go.


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