Spider venom to boost men's sex life?
London: A group of scientists from Brazil and the US has found that the venom from what is considered the world`s deadliest spider could be the secret to boosting a man`s love life.
Toxins produced by the Brazilian Wandering Spider, or Phoneutria nigriventer, appear to combat erectile dysfunction within 20 minutes of entering the body, Daily Mail reported.
Tests carried out on rats show the venom boosts performance by increasing the release of nitric oxide, a chemical that dilates blood vessels and improves blood flow. This is similar to how existing impotence drugs work.
One in ten men in Britain suffers erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives.
The researchers extracted the toxin -- PnTx2-6 -- from the deadly venom and then injected it into rats having age-related erectile dysfunction.
It was found that the toxin boosted erections by triggering the release of nitric oxide, which boosts circulation in the male genitals by helping blood vessel walls relax.
In a report on their findings, published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, the researchers said: "The decrease in erectile function associated with age was partially restored 15 to 20 minutes after injection with PnTx2-6."