- 4 years ago
There are zero positive effects, and some potentially dangerous issues with this. There is literally no reason to do it.
Consider, the first record of human placantophagia (ie, consuming the placenta) was in the 1970’s. It’s just not natural to our species.
Also, the placenta is a filter organ, and takes wastes and toxins out of the fetal bloodstream and stores it in the placenta. And then you eat it. That sounds pretty gross to me.
There is no guarantee that the person you hire to encapsulate your placenta will be using any sort of food safety precautions. You have no idea how they handle it, how clean they are, where it is stored etc etc. This can be potentially dangerous.
If you give birth in the hospital, the placenta is sent to the morgue. Even if they give it to you, it makes a trip to the morgue first. Do you really want to consume something that has been stored with dead people?
The claims are that oxytocin in the placenta increases milk supply, decreases maternal bleeding, increases bonding, and reduces post partum depression. The problems with these claims are, for one thing, the oxytocin molecule cannot survive a trip through the digestive system (ever wonder why pitocin is given by shot or IV and not pill?), no one knows if it can survive the dehydrating process, and further, efficacy is all about the dose. How much oxytocin is contained in the pills?
Save your money.