farting lowers your blood pressure

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There’s a new article in science research that you won’t believe.  According to LiveScience, the stink in farts helps control blood pressure.  I know, you think I’m making this up, that it’s some crazy hypothesis that I pulled out of my butt.  But this is actual science.  Here’s the link, so you can verify for yourself: The Stink in Farts Controls Blood Pressure.

The stink they’re referring to is the “smelly rotten-egg” smell, which is hydrogen sulfide (H2S).  They’ve found that cells lining mice’s blood vessels make the gas and the purpose is to keep their blood pressure low by relaxing the blood vessels to prevent hypertension (high blood pressure).  Then the researchers said the gas is “no doubt” in human blood vessels, too.

So the conclusion here is obvious — passing gas lowers your blood pressure.  It also seems obvious that the inverse would be true — refraining from farting could increase your blood pressure.  So you could say farting is good for you.

On a side note, I found this link on the K-Love website, and it said “Warning: Mature Content”.  That’s not true at all!  There’s nothing vulgar or obscene in that news article, and it didn’t even make any crude jokes involving potty humor.  Why is this “mature content”?  Is farting vulgar?  I’ll answer that for you: NO!   Let me make something clear: EVERYONE PASSES GAS!  It shouldn’t be a societal taboo.  Why do some people think it’s rude?   Of course, there are some situations where you should temporarily hold it or go outside, but most of the time those exceptions don’t apply.

So my conclusion from all this is that you should let ‘er rip, because it’s good for your health.  If people get all discombobulated about it, explain that it lowers your blood pressure, and if they don’t believe you (which is likely), refer them to this article so they may be enlightened.

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5 responses »

  1. Why, then does a certain drummer I know have to take blood pressure meds? I guess if it weren’t for his gas, his heart would probably explode! Maybe he needs to smell more of his own farts instead of waving them at his friends. This article does seem to explain, however, my lack of blood pressure problems–120 over 70 all the way!

  2. I too have good blood pressure. Isn’t science fun? Hey Fab, I begin to worry for your safety now. Some days it seems like your blood pressure would bottom out at say…0 over 0 or so. Does “More food amigo?” ring a bell?

  3. Speaking of “more food” and “amigo”, we should plan a trip to Los Amigos soon. Not only do they have the best Mexican food, but it also helps lower your blood pressure. 🙂

    I eat there every week, and I have normal blood pressure, too. Sometimes science is awesome!

  4. Uhh… farting (and the associated talk thereof) is not “mature content” — it is actually immature content! If any warning was needed, it should be reworded, I think.

    Personally, I don’t find any problem with it. And after all, it’s good for your health, so we should spread the word.

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