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Top 5 Things You Didn't Know About Viagra

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Owen Maxwell

These blue pills offer much more than a good morning. For this list, we're looking at shocking facts about Viagra that make the medication just as fascinating as it is useful, from its effects on athletic performance, to how it affects flowers and endangered species! WatchMojo counts down the Top 5 Things You Didn't Know About Viagra.

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Top 5 Things You Didn't Know About Viagra



These blue pills offer much more than a good morning. Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we're counting down our picks for the Top 5 Things You Didn't Know About Viagra.


For this list, we're looking at shocking facts about Viagra that make the medication just as fascinating as it is useful. We're basing our picks on a mix of intriguing science, its effect on the world at large and some truly fascinating side-effects.

#5: It Enhances Athletic Performance

While Viagra can help you play the field, some studies suggest it may have real benefits on the field as well. Thanks to the drug's ability to oxygenate blood, several doctors suggest it can actually improve endurance. Similar to how athletes train at high altitudes to increase their stamina, the drug is said to offer them a temporary boost. A Bolivian football team from Santa Cruz once even used the drug to fight the limited oxygen that comes with playing at increased elevation. Though studies suggest that the drug might only help some people, its aerobic advantages have doctors intrigued.


#4: It Makes Flowers Stand Up Straight

Just like what it implies on the box, Viagra has seen consistent success as a way to keep tall, firm, and rigid... in plants. Israeli and Australian studies found cut flowers would stay upright for up to a week past their normal shelf-life when their water was spiked with a bit of the little blue pill. Fruits and vegetables had similarly positive results, with Viagra keeping them ripe beyond average expiration dates. By slowing the breakdown of cyclic guanosine monophosphate, Viagra could potentially help fight diseases in crops as well. While the drug works shockingly well, nitric oxide is just as potent and comes at a fraction of the cost.



#3: It's Helping to Save Endangered Species

Though Viagra is a powerful remedy for erectile dysfunction in humans, it's actually saving animals through its global popularity. Chinese treatments for ED using seal and reindeer parts have been putting species at risk for years. Since Viagra launched in 1998, however, the market for these and other animal-based antidotes has decreased. Several zoos have also fed the pill to tigers and pandas, in hopes of increasing their sex-drive. Viagra can even extend a panda's mating time from 30 seconds to 20 minutes. While Viagra's more obvious use has had limited success staving off extinction, its affordability has saved countless animals.



#2: It Can Help Treat Other Ailments

Viagra has been used in the bedroom for decades now, but it offers many surprising health benefits. The drug was originally tested to fight heart conditions, and has seen repeated success reducing arrhythmia. The little blue pill has even been shown to stop heart attacks, and reduce the chances of early death for those who have already suffered one. Viagra inhibits an enzyme called PDE-5, which regulates blood flow and may reduce chances of tumors. The drug also boosts the immune system, and has shown promise to fight cancer on its own and in tandem with other medication.





#1: It's One of the Most Counterfeited Drugs in the World

Improving your sex life through Viagra can be expensive, but trying to buy discount Viagra could end your life, period. The drug's popularity has made it a target for knock-offs, with 180 000 counterfeit Viagra seized at Miami International Airport in 2013 alone. Reports show that most Viagra sold online is fake and unregulated, allowing dangerous ingredients like printer ink, amphetamines and even plaster into the mix. While the authentic drug can treat heart conditions, counterfeits may be potent enough to induce one. With so many untrustworthy sites out there, it's probably best to just buy your Viagra from legitimate sources.

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