However, more women today are practicing placentophagy. This is because it is believed that eating placenta can help prevent postpartum depression. People also believe that it can increase milk production, support uterine recovery, reduce pain, and enhance maternal bonding. Placenta also contains numerous nutrients and hormones. Placentophagy enthusiasts believe that eating placenta is highly beneficial to your health.
But despite the numerous health claims associated with ingesting placenta, there is no scientific evidence to support any of them.
There are many ways to go about eating placenta. Those who practice placentophagy, or placenta eating, have a number of ways to consume it. Some prefer it raw or cooked as part of a meal or in a smoothie, while others grind it into powder and put in capsules for easier ingestion.
To consume placenta by adding it to a smoothie, a small piece of placenta is blended together with fresh fruits, vegetables, and juice or water. It’s important to prepare it properly by removing any fetal membranes and rinsing it thoroughly beforehand.