The Stink in Farts Controls Blood Pressure

It looks like beans ARE really good for your heart!
The unpleasant aroma of the gas, called hydrogen sulfide (H2S), can be a little too familiar, as it is expelled by bacteria living in the human colon and eventually makes its way, well, out.

The new research found that cells lining mice’s blood vessels naturally make the gas and this action can help keep the rodents’ blood pressure low by relaxing the blood vessels to prevent hypertension (high blood pressure). This gas is “no doubt” produced in cells lining human blood vessels too, the researchers said.

“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,” said Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., a co-author of the study detailed in the Oct. 24th issue of the journal Science.

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Helpful stuff. Blood pressure and hypertension have been interests of mine for a long time, and I think that a balanced holistic approach is overall the most promising. You have to eat healthy, exercise, and regularly watch your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and then things should be not too hard. We have lots of info on all that on our site, everyone interested is welcome to take a look.
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Mooncake may have a point but there are other aspects to consider relative to maintaining the H2S in one's system. I try not to keep it trapped in my body and so voluminous quantities may be in my house. Although my BP is low, my wife's fluctuates directly with the amount I release. I don't understand this phenomena since my releases are pleasantly fragrant like a fine perfume and, as its said that laughter is the best medicine, I am able to laugh away all of my stresses while she just increases hers along with her BP. My sister, who produces volume sufficient to cause people who get out of her car to get a case of the bends when moving to the lower pressure of the outdoors, also keeps her BP low by enjoying the various musical tones she creates and the sights of her passengers bailing out and trying to recover from their intolerance. So, as Tommy Chong once said, "It's a natural function, man", let 'er rip and enjoy your good health!
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this was not mentioned, but perhaps farting a lot may be a SIGN of hypertension because your body does not hold in the hydrogen sulfide long enough for optimum use(?). so it would make sense that overweight people and/or people with high blood pressure fart a lot. the scientists working on this should look into remedies that will naturally create the gas but at the same time hold it in so your blood may absorb it, so basically it will make you NOT fart. then again, it may make you bloated or constipated. interesting!
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