This is true fact; I read it on the Internets.
The gas that comes from our bodies, our rears, our behinds... That gas that the boys used to set on fire, and laugh, and run from? That gas. Our smelly, embarrassing gas... is being researched as a possible medication to lower blood pressure. I am not kidding!
A report in Science released yesterday shared research findings of a group of international researchers, including scientists form Johns Hopkins, that hydrogen sulfide (the smelly stuff) is a gasotransmitter. Thus, like nitric oxide, dopamine, and acetylcholine, hydrogen sulfide (H2S) sends chemical signals to the brain that relax nerve cells. (Well, you know you feel better after you let out gas!)
One little fart molecule...“Now that we know hydrogen sulfide’s role in regulating blood pressure, it may be possible to design drug therapies that enhance its formation as an alternative to the current methods of treatment for hypertension,” says Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., a co-author of the paper.
Although nitric oxide is effective at reducing blood pressure and, thereby, possible heart attacks, the researchers indicate that H2S may not be a redundant treatment, but may have assistive or other functions not yet known.
Further study will go on. So don't be surprised if in the near future you are putting little "fart pills" under your tongue to lower your blood pressure.
It just goes to show you that you can find good in everything.
Source: Science Daily
Photos: Pressure cuff, iStockphoto via Science Daily; Hydrogen Sulfide, Wikipedia
Keeping you posted!