By: Gemma Lagasca
Hydrogen Sulphide is a chemical formula in the form of gas. It exists naturally and artificially through the process of laboratory chemistry. The formula for this compound is H2S—it means it consists of 2(+) hydrogen ions (H) and 1(-) sulphur ion (S). This chemical compound is often called “sewer gas” due to its distinguishing stink that is comparable to sewage or manure smell. Traditionally, this kind of element is considered hazardous and known as killer gas. Nevertheless, in today’s modern outlook and fast-phased technological development, the perception changed.
Hydrogen Sulphide has been a useful compound commercially and has several modern applications. Scientists primarily use this chemical in generating pure sulphur that is essential for chemical experimentation and laboratory chemistry. It is also beneficial in manufacturing metal sulphides and alkali metal sulphides.
Hydrogen Sulphide: To stave-off aging?
Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) is now showing its full potential medically. According to the latest journal of Molecular and Cellular Biology, China’s group of researchers have seen and explored the compound’s ability to rejuvenate human’s aging stage. The researches cited that they have seen essential endogenous signalling molecules in H2S and its significance in humans’ nervous system and cardiovascular system. They confer that the evidences that they gathered are promising in staving-off aging – by forbidding the free-radical reaction and by activating SIRT1—or an enzyme that interacts with the genes. Klotho is an enzyme in humans encoded by the KL gene – as they both contribute in regulating a human’s lifespan and interrupt the aging activity.
Hydrogen Sulphide functions as anti-oxidant. This element can be found naturally in the human body and trigger several essential physiological reactions. According to Zhi-Sheng Jiang, the author of the said study from the University of South China; Hunan “H2S has the ability to maintain the arteries’ cleanliness and prohibit free-radicals as you age. Therefore if the body relaxes the vascular endothelium and makes muscle cells smooth, the result is the slowing down the stages of ageing. Associated diseases are also prevented during the process. Jiang and his team used mice for their experimentation. They discovered that mice are lacking of CSE—the gene for an enzyme producing H2S. They concluded that mice manifest premature arteriosclerosis and fast aging. According to that discovery, they got the idea that Klotho is the free hydrogen sulphide that could be the source of the anti-aging element once activated as natural endogenous anti-oxidant.
H2S in kidneys can get through Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE) inhibiting activity or acts as ACE inhibitor. The Ace inhibitor has something to do with a certain medicine that will tone down high blood pressure. It was concluded that the lack of H2S can lead to cardiovascular illnesses.
Based on the animal experimentation, the researchers reported that the decline of H2S in the system could be the source of some neurological issues. The endogenous Hydrogen sulphide was found to be a beneficial source to fight against Parkinson’s disease and works well with Alzheimer’s patient. In fact, H2S may also defend the body against cancers.
Jiang concluded that all the needed data are available to enhance their study but strongly endorsed that H2S could be the next potential anti-aging regimen that can also prevent age-associated diseases. In fact, the researchers asserted that they may develop an H2S product which will serve as anti-aging supplement in the future.
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