Do Cells In The Blood, Heart And Lungs Smell The Food We Eat?

It may seem like a ridiculous question but odours may have a far more important role in life than previously believed. Scientists have found that the heart, lungs and other cells in the body may have the same receptors for sensing odours as the nose.

In the nose, these receptors sense substances called odourants and translate them into an aroma that we interpret as pleasing or not pleasing in the brain. Surprisingly, there is growing evidence that other non-olfactory organs have these receptors.

Once odour components are inside the body, it is unclear whether they are functioning in the same way that they do in the nose. However, Schieberle and his team of researchers have discovered that blood cells are attracted to odourant molecules and will move towards them as a result. Further research is necessary to explain the possible use for these receptors in non-olfactory organs.

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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