The cure for erectile dysfunction could be found in this spider's venom

Brazilian researchers could have found a solution to erectile problems much more effective than Viagra.

The cure for erectile dysfunction could be found in this spider's venom
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Banana-spider

Have you heard of Phoneutria? Behind this complicated name hides a little spider, often nicknamed ‘banana-spider’ in reference to its preferred place of residence (they love to eat bananas), and whose venom provokes prolonged erections among their victims, before potentially killing them.

Researchers at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil have been focusing on the banana-spider, and more specifically, its deadly venom. In a report published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine and dated March 2019, they claim to have succeeded in extracting the PnPP-19 peptide, and synthesised the molecule in a non-toxic gel form.

’60 minute long’ erections

Applied to rats and mice suffering from erectile problems, the solution has provided excellent results: '60 minute long' erections and without any sign of discomfort, as explained by GQ and several British media outlets.

Even better? The product’s effects increase tenfold when combined with traditional Viagra. Researcher Maria Elena de Lima, who led the study, told The Sun:

We believe it could fill a huge gap in the market and help millions of people around the world.

Indeed, this discovery would help people who cannot take Viagra, such as diabetics, or those suffering from high blood pressure. However, you are advised to avoid getting too close to Phoneutria!