Well if I may "toot" my own horn, I've always suspected this to be true. Smelling farts is good for your health. Grab a can of baked beans as you read on....

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So, the next time your co-worker or drunk college roommate at your office lets out a "silent but deadly" emission, maybe you should thank them.

Potent gas can help prevent cancer, strokes and heart attacks, claim scientists. Hydrogen sulfide, commonly found in rotten eggs and human flatulence, could have significant health benefits in small doses according to a research study conducted by the University of Exeter.

The research finds that

Exposure to hydrogen sulfide — a.k.a. what your body produces as bacteria breaks down food, causing gas — could prevent mitochondria damage. Yep, the implication is what you're thinking: People are taking the research to mean that smelling farts could prevent disease and even cancer.

While it is well known that hydrogen sulfide gas is harmful in large doses, the study suggests that "a whiff here and there has the power to reduce risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, arthritis, and dementia by preserving mitochondria

I would like to thank my overly flatulent college roommate at NIU for adding many years to my life!

Now a little fart humor.....

Q: What do you call a person that doesn't fart in public?
A: a PRIVATE TUTOR.


Q: What do you get if you eat refried beans and onions?
A: Tear Gas.

 

Q: What is it called when Queen of England farts?
A: A noble gas.