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Hydrogen sulfide and antiaging

garlic coverts to natural hydrogen sulfide

Hydrogen sulfide is most commonly known as rotten egg gas and is poisonous, corrosive, flammable and explosive according to Wikipedia. So what then is a claim by Chinese researchers that the compound can have antiaging effects?

Aha – apparently we also make the stuff in our kidneys from cysteine (an amino acid plentiful in whey), and amounts decline with age. We make 2 other gases – nitric oxide and carbon monoxide.

Some of the effects of the compound we make internally (rather than obviously the poisonous gas) are:

  • activates SIRT1 – an enzyme thought to regulate lifespan (Resveratrol is also thought to activate SIRT1)
  • relaxes vascular cells and muscle
  • protects against cardiovascular disease
  • works as an antioxidant
  • inhibits inflammation
  • regulates blood pressure
  • helps increase the response of a gene – klotho thought to extend lifespan by promoting production of natural antioxidants
  • may also have a protective effect against cancer

Lower levels of natural hydrogen sulfide levels are related to:

  • hypertension
  • cardiovascular disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Where can we get some more of the magic? Garlic – the allicin converts to hydrogen sufide but probably need glutathione to do it. Just one more reason to include garlic or garlic supplements in our diet I think.

Can see the ScienceDaily article here:
Hydrogen sulfide: The next anti-aging agent?

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