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Compound that puts the smell in poop could help extend your healthy years

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It may sound counterintuitive at first, but exposure to one of the compounds found in poop could help make you healthier.

Whether it is crazy schemes to upload our consciousness into computers or cutting-edge stem cell research, there is no shortage of researchers searching for ways to extend our lifespan.

The good news: A research project offers a new way to draw out the healthy years before age-related illnesses and frailty hits.

The bad news: It involves exposing yourself to poop.

More specifically, it involves indole — which is an organic compound found in the gut, which helps give excrement its less-than-pleasant odor.

While the unhygienic nature of bodily waste suggests that prolonged exposure would be a bad thing, in fact, what a team of U.S. researchers has discovered is that indole compounds actually increase the healthy lifespan of animals.

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