Who doesn’t love an easy fix for high blood pressure, especially when it makes you laugh (and we’re NOT talking about laughing therapy)?
The embarrassing nature of an accidental release of gas, or “breaking wind” is what some would describe as a stressful, anxiety-riddled accident.
However, the gas that gives flatulence its ‘stink’ factor has recently been discovered to actually be beneficial to blood vessel health.
Researchers at John’s Hopkins University, for whatever reason, studied the enzyme that produces hydrogen sulfide. This is one of several gasses that make up flatus but is the key culprit in the rotten egg smell of a ‘toot.’
The enzyme, however, was found to relax blood vessels. When it is actively doing that, the enzyme releases hydrogen sulfide gas.
Chinese researchers “got wind of it” (had to use the pun…sorry) and decided to work on a way to harness the gas for use in a clinical application to reduce blood pressure in humans after seeing the effects hydrogen sulfide gas had on mice.
It’s not known at this time how they plan to introduce the gas into human physiology synthetically.
So the next time you stress out for ‘letting one go,’ try to remember that some healthy, relaxed blood vessels likely played a part.
Even if this is not a great scientific cure for high blood pressure, at least I hope this article brought up a smile. And laughter has definitely been proven to lower blood pressure…