Earlier this month, I was amazed by the complexity of semen. I mean, here’s this potential nutritional powerhouse that men are just throwing away by the tissue-load daily! Not to mention all of you spitters out there … But what angle to take? Was it weird to just randomly blog about the nutritional content of semen? Probably. I put it out of mind—until today. Because today, Greatist has a post about Semen, Superfood. And I can’t remain silent any longer. Without further ado, ladies and gentleman: The overlooked health benefits and other things you probably didn’t realize about semen.
1. Every man’s semen is a precious snowflake. Really! Like with fingerprints or DNA, no two men share the same “seminal profile.” According to The Stranger, the average seminal plasma — that’s the stuff that comes out when a man ejaculates — is actually only 1% to 5% sperm. The rest is “a pharmacological hodgepodge” of hormones, neurotransmitters, endorphins and immunosuppressants. And whether you take it orally, anally or vaginally, semen can tweak and manipulate your own bodily processes when it’s absorbed.
2. It’s low-calorie. According to Greatist, one teaspoon of normal male ejaculation contains just five to 25 calories.
3. It’s high in vitamins and minerals. The levels of various vitamins and minerals in semen differs based on a man’s age, diet and lifestyle habits, but as a rule semen is high in vitamin C and vitamin B12 (you hear that vegans?) and minerals such as calcium, chlorine, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. It also contains citric acid, fructose, sodium and lactic acid. But take heed: At a teaspoonful a pop, you’re gonna have to be sucking Rod Stewart levels of dick before meeting your recommended daily intake of any of these nutrients from seminal fluid.
4. It’s an antidepressant. At least one 2002 study says so. It found that women who were having sex without condoms were less depressed and less likely to attempt suicide than those who frequently used condoms. Health editor PSA: Obviously, this is not a good reason not to use condoms. But it is interesting, no?
5. It’s a pregnancy primer. Data from heterosexual couples indicated that women with a history of regularly swallowing a male partner’s semen were less likely to experience certain pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia (one of the leading causes of prenatal mortality and miscarriage). Scientists attribute this to “seminal priming theory,” which means that the mother’s immune system response has been primed to the paternal genome in the developing fetus by months or years of prior exposure to her baby daddy’s semen.