Benefits and Studies of Placenta Consumption

Benefits and Studies of Placenta Consumption

The Placenta is a very nutrient dense organ that is a product of conception. There are many benefits to placenta consumption and a lot of people choose encapsulation as an easy way to do this.  Almost every species of mammal on the planet consumes the placenta right after birth to aid in recovery from the birth process. Putting the placenta into pill form is a modern way to improve new mother’s health and well being. Your placenta is made for you, by you. Having a healthier, happier, easier postpartum period facilitates mother-baby bonding making encapsulation beneficial not only to mother but baby too! Maternal ingestion of the placenta has been practiced in various cultures around the world for thousands of years.  Scientific research confirms that maternal ingestion of the placenta replenishes many beneficial vitamins, minerals, nutrients, proteins, and hormones which can:

  • Help your milk come in sooner
  • Increase the amount of breastmilk you make
  • Prevent or lessen the risk of developing Postpartum Depression
  • Reduce or stop postpartum bleeding
  • Offer natural pain relief
  • Hasten the return of the uterus to pre-pregnancy shape
  • Provide hormonal balance
  • Prevent post birth anemia and replenish lost iron

The Placenta healing substances:

Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Contribute to mammary gland development in preparation for lactation; stabilizes postpartum mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping; decreases depression; normalizes and stimulates libido.

Prolactin: Promotes lactation; increases milk supply; enhances the mothering instinct.

Oxytocin: Decreases pain and increases bonding in mother and infant; counteracts the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol; greatly reduces postpartum bleeding; enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex.

Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins; reduces pain; increases well-being.

Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland; boosts energy and supports recovery from stressful events.

Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Low levels of CRH are implicated in postpartum depression. Regulation of CRH helps prevent depression.

Cortisone: Reduces inflammation and swelling; promotes healing.

Interferon: Triggers the protective defenses of the immune system to fight infection.

Prostaglandins: Regulates contractions in the uterus after birth; helps the uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size. Anti-inflammatory effects.

Iron: Replenishes maternal iron stores to combat anemia, a common postpartum condition. Increases energy; decreases fatigue and depression.

Hemoglobin: Oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy.

Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.

Immunoglobulin G (IgG): Antibody molecules which support the immune system.

Human Placental Lactogen (hPL): This hormone has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties; promotes mammary gland growth in preparation for lactation in the mother. It also regulates maternal glucose, protein, and fat levels.

Links to Studies

 Postpartum depression related to low levels of Corticotropin Releasing Hormone after delivery 

Increased lactation after placenta consumption

Placenta Ingestion for pain relief 

Change in hormones after ingesting placenta 

Iron deficiency and postpartum emotions 

Placentophagia: A Biobehavioral Enigma

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