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Melanin Myth #8: Viagra is made from melanin

This is part seven of a ten part series of posts on myths about melanin. As number seven this myth shows how strange and out there these myths can be. It also shows how easy it is to debunk them, sometimes.

There are claims being spread such as “Viagra is made from melanin” or “viagra began as a way to give whites more melanin.” Viagra was not made to make white people Black. It was originally intended to be an antianginal drug. It was meant to provide therapy for “angina, hypertension, heart failure and atherosclerosis,” as its patent states. It works by relaxing the lining of the heart’s right ventricle. The same type of tissue forms the lining if the male reproductive organ.

Sildenafil/Viagra actually inhibits melanin production.

Sildenafil/Viagra also promotes melanoma.

Melanotan increases melanin production, produces erections and increases libido by binding to MC3R in the Central nervous system instead of inhibiting phosphodiesterase-5 in the peripheral system. Sildenafil/Viagra is a phosphiodiesterase-5 inhibitor.

In the end there is no evidence Viagra is made from melanin.

By Nnamdi Azikiwe

The Mhotep Corporation uses its Keyamsha The Awakening brand to heighten perceptions and expand awareness. By producing content that engages, entertains and educates we create value for value relationships with our audience for mutual benefit. Mhotep is derived from the name of the architect and builder of the first pyramid in Kemet, so-called ancient Egypt. I formed the Mhotep Corporation in 2003 to produce and distribute 3D animation videos based on traditional African stories. Since then it has evolved to being a media production company including books. In a previous life I worked as a systems analyst developing solutions for government and multinational organizations. Born and educated in Washington, D.C. I have traveled to several places including Haiti, the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Nigeria (several times), Ethiopia (several times), Benin, Togo, and South Africa. I am married with three children.

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