Research has indicated that a new compound, called AP39, which generates minute quantities of the gas hydrogen sulfide inside cells, could be beneficial in cases of high blood pressure and diseases of the blood vessels that occur with aging and diabetes.
In such conditions, the body’s own levels of hydrogen sulfide are depleted, thought to be consumed by oxidants in the tissues and blood. However, in laboratory tests, studies led by University of Exeter Medical School in collaboration with the Slovak Academy of Sciences, found that replenishing these levels through tiny doses of AP39 yielded significant benefits.
This research significantly adds to our growing body of evidence that hydrogen sulfide could hold the key to new and effective therapies in humans. The key to success appears to be getting hydrogen sulfide delivered to the right place inside cells and mimicking the way the body naturally produces this gas.