What are the benefits of placentophagy?

  • hormonal balance
  • increased milk supply
  • increased energy
  • decreased fatigue
  • decreased postpartum anemia

It is also thought that placenta capsules help:

  • you recover more quickly from birth
  • to bring your body back into balance
  • to bring your energy and emotions into balance
  • prevent the “baby blues” and/or postpartum depression
  • decrease lochia and shorten the postpartum bleeding time
  • involution of the uterus (return to it’s pre-pregnant size)

What are the components of placenta that are beneficial to the postpartum woman?

  • Gonadotrophin: the precursor to estrogen, progesterone and testosterone
  • Prolactin: promotes lactation
  • Oxytocin: for pain relief and bonding of mother and infant
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone: boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events
  • Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores
  • Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections
  • Prostaglandins: anti-inflammatory
  • Hemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia, a common postpartum condition
  • Urokinase inhibiting factor and factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing
  • Gammaglobulin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections

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