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Placentophagy: Are there benefits to eating the placenta?

March 13, 2013

The placenta, an organ that connects a fetus to the mother’s uterine wall to facilitate nutrient, oxygen, and waste transfer via the mother’s bloodstream, has been used in various rituals and ceremonies for centuries. Among these rituals is placenta eating.

 

Image Source: priestsforlife.org

Image Source: priestsforlife.org

 

Some countries see placentophagy, or placenta eating, as a celebration of the miracle of childbirth. In Vietnam and China, the placenta is seen as a life-giving force. Thus, some people in these countries add dried and ground placenta to their food in order to increase their energy and improve their health.

There is certain logic to the placenta being the perfect after-birth food, as throughout the pregnancy, it facilitates the transfer of food and nutrients from the mother’s body to the baby. This is why some mothers in western countries are opting to eat their placenta after childbirth and why there are some websites that sell encapsulated placenta that mothers can take every day to improve their well-being.

 

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Image Source: montpelierbridge.com

 

January Jones, an actress who starred in the widely acclaimed TV series Mad Men (2007), is an advocate of placenta eating. She claims that after eating her placenta, she never felt depressed or lacked energy.

However, despite the presence of placentophagy advocates claiming that the placenta has nutritional value, placenta eating should be taken with a grain of salt, as there is no proof that eating the placenta has nutritional benefits.

 

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Image Source: abcdoula.com

 

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