It’s fascinating to know that women can enjoy some health benefits from having regular sex aside the sexual satisfaction. The semen, which is responsible for these benefits, contains the seminal plasma, the fluid that provides nutrients and protection for sperm. Moreover, research has shown that the benefits of seminal plasma are activated when a man deposits semen into a woman’s vagina. Recent research has also suggested that the same benefits are available if the sperm is swallowed. However, some women avoid swallowing semen for diverse reasons but further study shows that consuming semen really does have some serious health benefits. Below are seven health benefits of swallowing semen. Semen is a natural anti-depressant: Sex in general is enjoyable if it’s with the right person. According to a study conducted on 293 female college students at the State University of New York in Albany, exposure to semen can lower symptoms of depression. The study compared female students who were having sex with condoms versus those who were having sex without, and found that the latter group overall showed fewer signs of depression. Basically, women absorb semen quickly, and thus its benefits can be easily detected in the bloodstream. However, it’s advisable to avoid having unprotected sex because of this. There are still such things as STDs and one can still get pregnant despite the health benefit. It helps you sleep better: Yes, sure, you’re usually worn out after sex, but that may not be why you sleep so well that night. Semen actually contains melatonin which is a chemical that induces sleep and relaxation. Whether you ingest it, or receive it through intercourse, it will enter your bloodstream and help you doze off better than most over-the-counter sleep aids. Every ejaculation contains multivitamin: One teaspoon of semen contains over 200 proteins and several helpful vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, calcium, chlorine, citric acid, fructose, lactic acid, magnesium, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, vitamin B12 and zinc. While amounts of each vitamin vary with age and relative health of the obliging male, there is usually a significant amount of zinc present (about 3 percent of US RDA), which is an antioxidant that helps slow down the aging process. So besides exercise, sex gives you a healthy dose of something good. Oral sex can lower your blood pressure: A recent study suggests that swallowing semen on a regular basis can lower your blood pressure. Women who swallow their male mate’s sperm during oral sex often have a much lower risk of getting preeclampsia — a complication during pregnancy that results in super-high blood pressure. So semen is helpful in making and birthing a baby. It reduces anxiety: It boasts anti-anxiety hormones like oxytocin, serotonin, and progesterone. They help reduce the feeling of anxiety. It improves mental alertness: After a night of good sex, the mind becomes very active, which is why you can start the new day feeling refreshed. It prevents morning sickness: Semen prevents morning sickness but only if it is the same semen that caused your pregnancy.