What is Placentophagy?

The practice of ingesting the placenta during the postpartum period is known as placentophagy. For centuries the placenta has been consumed by women all over the world to aid in healing and recovery after childbirth. While 99% of mammals instinctually ingest their placenta immediately after giving birth, humans have not been so quick to adopt this practice as a species. The practice of placentophagy according to mammals has been a curious topic of scientific research for many years, and there is a significant amount of evidence in favor of this tradition. Today, more people are beginning to accept placentophagy for human consumption and its benefits for the postpartum healing phase. Placentophagy can help bring a mother’s endocrine system back into balance, therefore decreasing the risk for postpartum depression and support her through the transition into motherhood. Blank & Friesen (1980) found that rat placenta contains orally-active substances, which modify blood levels of pituitary and ovarian hormones. By modifying a mother’s hormone levels with her own placenta she can replenish what was lost as well as protect herself from symptoms of postpartum depression.

Healing Benefits of Placentophagy

  • Increase overall energy
  • Stimulate contractions of the uterus and prevent postpartum bleeding issues
  • Increase production and ejection of breast milk
  • Balance mood swings and prevent postpartum depression
  • Increase iron and protein levels
  • Prevent insomnia or sleep disorders

Ways to Enjoy Your Placenta

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Placenta dried, powdered and encapsulated
  • Placenta Encapsulation
  • Placenta Smoothies
  • Mother’s Tincture
  • Chocolate Truffles
  • Lactation Cookies
  • Placenta Pate
  • In a stew
  • Add it to your favorite meal
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Placenta enhanced raspberry chocolate truffles