Is semen healthy? This is the nutritional value of sperm cells

Sperm, or the white stuff that a man discharges during an orgasm. Some bed partners swallow the sperm during sex, while others prefer not to. But what kind of substances are actually in that semen? And perhaps even more interesting: is it nutritious and healthy?

The scientific magazine quest delved into the sperm matter. An average of sixty to three hundred million sperm cells are released during ejaculation. A lot? That is not so bad, since the sperm cells are miniscule. It concerns about three to five millimeters of sperm.

Is seed healthy?

But what is the recipe for a dose of semen? For starters, semen is low in calories. An ejaculation contains about five calories and certainly no more than 25 calories. If the sperm producer in question pays a bit of attention to his lifestyle and lives a relatively healthy life, the nutritional value of sperm is very good. However, it should not be overlooked that in principle a person ingests sperm in small quantities. “The swallower will not notice any significant health effects,” writes quest. But it is certainly not unhealthy.

The ingredients of semen

1. Calcium

Calcium in the sperm is intended for the mobility of the cells. In theory, this way the sperm cells ‘swim’ more easily to the egg cell. Calcium is therefore an important indicator of male fertility, which is also apparent from Iranian scientific research. And oh yes, daily masturbation does not affect the calcium and magnesium levels of sperm, yet another research shows.

2. Magnesium

This substance is also important for the “condition” of the sperm cells. As well as the beneficial effect of magnesium on sports performance, sperm cells also appear to need magnesium to perform. In addition, magnesium also determines the number of sperm cells. The more magnesium, the more sperm cells.

3. Citric Acid

Citric acid also appears to be an important component of semen. A lower level of citric acid is even an indicator of prostate cancer.

4. Fructose

In addition to sperm cells, semen also consists of fluid. That fluid contains fructose. In case you think what else is that fructose in? This is the type of sugar that is also in fruit. The fructose in the fluid serves as an energy source for the sperm cells. Incidentally, the fructose content has nothing to do with the taste of semen. There is a small amount of fructose in semen, which prevents it from having a sweet taste.

5. Glucose

Another famous name. Perhaps you were once advised to take a grape sugar for a little more energy? Then you could use some glucose. This substance also acts as an energy source for the sperm cells and it also determines the fertility level of men.

6. Lactic Acid

Sperm cells are (biologically speaking) very quickly looking for an egg that they can fertilize. But that egg can only be found for a very short time, i.e. during ovulation. That’s why Mother Nature came up with something clever. Sperm cells can wait. Japanese research shows that lactic acid is the means to keep the sperm fertile for a longer period of time.

7. Protein

“It is difficult to measure, but according to a 2013 study at Duke University (USA) there is about 5 milliliters of protein in 100 milliliters of semen,” writes quest.

8. Zinc

Zinc is actually the substance that makes sperm strong. It stabilizes the cell membrane and protects the sperm cells from bacteria. Zinc also ensures that chromosomes are not damaged. Finally, zinc helps on the way to fertilization and ensures that the sperm cell is extra ready. Indian research has shown that a low amount of zinc is associated with fertility problems.

Fertility crisis in men

Scientist Shanna Swan previously pointed out that we are currently in a ‘fertility crisis’. Our way of life and living environment have a worrying influence on fertility and the quality of sperm in men, and she says we should be a little more careful about that.

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