5/10/2006

Interesting Fact About: Pit Vipers

Did you know that some of our most popular prescription medication has been synthesized from snake venom? If you take an ACE Inhibitor for high blood pressure, thank a cobra.

If bitten by a pit viper, the venom will eventually suppress your cardiovascular system. While studying the effects of snake bites, scientists discovered that a component of the venom inhibits production of a chemical called renin. Renin is produced by your kidneys & makes your body increase your blood pressure.

Modern medicine has been able to synthesize the stuff from the venom & turn it into a safe, effective prescription drug to help people control a destructive & potentially deadly condition.

Nature is so cool.

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