Life
by J. Camm on August 29, 2012

According to the Daily Mail:

It sounds like a most unlikely aphrodisiac. But scientists have discovered the venom from what’s considered the world’s deadliest spider could be the secret to bolstering 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.

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.

Researchers from Brazil and the US extracted the toxin, called PnTx2-6, from the deadly venom and injected it into rats which had age-related erectile dysfunction.

They found 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.’

Although everyone probably already knows that I'm not a medical doctor, I still get a ton of emails in the Ask a Bro mailbag from dudes that can't get there dick to function properly. From now on I'm going to refer them to this. Magical spider boner venom may not be on the market yet, but this news means that there's at least hope for that listless penis of yours. And hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies. Except if it gets bit by a Brazilian Wandering Sprider, in that case it dies almost instantly.