Research published in the Journal of Medical Chemistry Communications has suggested possible health benefits from smelling hydrogen sulfide, the same gas that we pass after a spicy curry on a Friday night. The research found that exposure to the gas can stave off mitochondrial damage which can lead to various health issues including heart attacks, strokes, dementia, and cancer.
“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,” lead researcher Dr. Mark Wood.
"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,"
“Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive.”
So next time someone lets one rip, don't grab the air freshener take a strong sniff and bask in its possible health effects.