Hydrogen sulfide was shown to have a plethora of health benefits, including the reduction of the possibility of life-threatening conditions such as cancer, stroke, and heart attacks. It has also been shown to prevent inhibiting diseases such as arthritis and dementia in old age.
The ultimate success to emerge from the study was the synthesis of a new compound christened AP39, which ensures your body produces and retains the right amount of hydrogen sulfide and which researchers believe will be key to the inception of future therapies.
To explain how, it's important to know how your body fights illness at a microbial level. When your cells become stressed by disease, they draw in enzymes to generate minute quantities of hydrogen sulfide. This keeps the mitochondria—the powerhouse of the cell—ticking over and allows the cells to fight off the disease and live. If this process stops, the cells die and lose the ability to regulate survival and control inflammation.
The creation of AP39 and the ability to have it delivered to specific cells mean stressed mitochondria can be drip-fed the compound, thus staying protected and in turn, keeping the cells alive.
Their research also indicates that administering AP39 to distressed mitochondria in destructive conditions may help as many as 80% survive. Some early results also suggest that the compound helps regulate blood pressure and dramatically increases the chances of survival after a heart attack by slowing down a person's heartbeat.
Since the research is still in its early stages, results may not be definitive and conclusive. But the team hopes to eventually move to human trials and hopes their discovery changes the way we fight certain diseases.
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