Tuesday, 27 March 2012
My good friend Robin sent me a MSN tidbit about Mad Men actress January Jones, which shares that the new mother--brace yourself--has been consuming her own placenta in a capsulated form. Jones told People: "Your placenta gets dehydrated and made into vitamins. It's something I was very hesitant about, but we're the only mammals who don't ingest our own placentas. ... It's not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!"
And if you think the beautiful actress is alone in this off beat practice, think again! The act of eating your child's placenta, aka placentophagia, has been in the headlines in the past two years and can almost be seen as a trend. What's more, virtually every land mammal is known to eat their placenta after birth. Although, for full disclosure, that reason doesn't cut it for me: A lot of mammals also lick themselves clean so does that give me a free pass to do the same? I didn't think so.
What exactly compels people to consume their afterbirth? The so-called health benefits. The alleged advantages (let me specify that there is no scientific evidence backing up these claims) include relieving postpartum depression, pain relief and placenta is said to be a rich source of iron and Vitamin B-12.
While there is little research, literature and publications that back up the benefits of placentophagia, the anecdotal evidence from those who have been brave enough to try it claim that it has its perks. In fact, a behavioral neuroscientist at the University of Buffalo, Mark Kristal, believes that there must be a biological advantage to consuming placenta if so many other species engage in the act.
Regardless of whether the results are psychosomatic or real, if you're interested in encapsulating your placenta or a loved ones, you can purchase an encapsulation kit from acupuncturist Jodi Selander at her website placentabenefits.info.
All this research got me thinking on whether I would ever consume placenta or not. I guess I won't know for sure till my time comes, but I think I would be okay if it was in a capsule in a tablet form, but I don't think I'd have the stomach for it served any other form. But this is assuming I was convinced the benefits were worth it. Currently, in my books, they're not.What do you think? Would you ever consume placenta for health benefits? Have you ever tried it?