Silent But Healthy: Smelling Farts May Be Good For Your Health


Anyone who has accidentally let one rip in a social situation understands the immediate horror associated with getting caught passing gas.

But instead of being ashamed when you fart in public, you should embrace your dirty deed with pride, as you may have just helped saved someone’s life.


Hydrogen sulfide, commonly found in rotten eggs and human flatulence, could reduce the risk of cancer, heart attack, strokes, arthritis, and dementia, according to medical researchers at the University of Exeter.

The Exeter scientists created a compound called AP39 that slowly delivers small, concentrated amounts of the gas to mitochondria, the “powerhouses” of cells that take in nutrients, break them down, and create energy.

Preventing or reversing mitochondrial damage is considered key to treating a variety of ailments.

“Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive”

Of course, hydrogen sulfide can prove deadly in large doses. as it is combustible, corrosive and highly poisonous. (No surprises there, eh?) So poisonous, in fact, that some scientists give it the blame for a prehistoric mass extinction.


So, sniffing a fart or two here and there is a much better and safer idea than filling your house with rotten eggs.

Just remember, the next time someone lets one go in your presence, consider thanking that person and letting the stink sink in before running in the other direction.