Tour of Africa : Black Mamba Snake Venom: Kiss of Death Breath of Life
Properties that make the black mamba snake venom deadly are also what make it so valuable for medicine. The black mamba’s venom, painkilling proteins mambalgins and potent neuro-toxins and cardio-toxins are a paradox of life and death.
Highly venomous and feared throughout the world, black mambas are famed for being the fastest and most dangerous snakes in sub-Sahara Africa. The black mamba potent venom contains both neurotoxins and cardiotoxins; the first affects the nervous system, while the latter attacks the heart. However, Venom from black mamba snakes has long been used for medicinal purposes.