Placenta Encapsulation - FAQ's
Ok, what? You must be kidding? Is this some crazy new aged fad? Before all the cool kids started doing it (ahem, Kim Kardashian) history shows placenta has been consumed since the early 1500's in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) as a remedy for various health concerns. It has had a recent resurgence due to numerous celebrities touting their desire to improve their own postpartum experiences. So everything old is new again......
Isn't this kinda like cannibalism? Actually a cannibal is defined by the Oxford dictionary as: (n) A person who eats the flesh of other human beings. The placenta is actually an organ, your own organ. It's no different to chewing and eating your fingernails, chewing/biting lip or cheek or even eating snot! Yep, I said it. A cannibal actually takes the life of another person to consume their flash. So you're off the hook! 1.
Isn't the placenta a filter for waste? This amazing temporary organ does in fact act as transport for oxygen & nutrients and filter waste products back from the baby. But the placenta doesn't store the waste. It passes it back into the mothers bloodstream to be eliminated through her own elimination system. Consider it more as the recycling station! 2
I've heard it contains heavy metals, is this true? Yes this is true, however the levels of heavy metals contained in the placenta are similar to those already in your own body (unless you are a heavy smoker) 3
Won't heating during the encapsulation process actually destroy the hormones? Studies have shown that there is no nutritional value loss from heating the placenta (from steaming or dehydrating) in fact it shows protein and minerals are enhanced through applying heat. 4
How can Placenta Encapsulation help me during my postnatal recovery?
Ok, so what's actually in it for me? Your placenta is full of hormones and nutrients and best of all - it's made especially for you, by you - natures perfect design!
- Gonadotrophin: the procurer to oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone.
- Prolactin: promotes lactation.
- Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH): boosts energy and helps recovery from stressful events.
- Cortisone: combats stress and unlocks energy stores.
- Oxytocin: for pain and bonding.
- Prostagalandins: anti-inflammatory.
- Interferon: stimulates the immune system to protect against infections.
- Haemoglobin: replenishes iron deficiency and anemia.
- Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and factor XII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.
- Gammaglobin: immune booster that helps protect against postpartum infections. 5
Fatigue - Many new mothers find fatigue one of the hardest aspects of early postpartum. Not only are you recovering from the birth of your baby, the last few weeks of pregnancy you aren't sleeping really well either. Now your body is trying to nourish a brand new babe with nights of broken sleep. The iron contained in the placenta is highly bio-available, meaning it is more readily absorbed into your system and placenta has more iron than beef. An increase intake of iron is beneficial even if anemia is not present. The vitamin B, cortisone and TSH all help to boost energy levels. 6
Breastfeeding & milk supply - Oxytocin (the love hormone) and Prolactin are responsible for milk production and the let down reflex (releasing the milk from the breast). Mothers report their milk comes in earlier than the usual day 3-5 and feel they have a larger supply. Those mothers who previously found they had a low milk supply report feeling they had more milk after consuming their placenta.
Helps ward off the 'Baby Blues' - During our pregnancy, the placenta takes over from the body in producing corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) and it continues production until birth. When your placenta is birthed the hormone production stops until your newly postpartum body realises it needs to stake over again - around days 3-5, the days the 'Baby Blues' kick in - leaving us teary and wondering if we'll be good mums! The hormones contained in the placenta act as a bridge until your body starts producing them again - clever placenta! 7
I'm not sitting down for 'Plazagna' so how am I actually consuming this placenta? I will collect your placenta from your place of birth and prepare in my dedicated placenta preparation room. I cleanse and gently prepare it according to either Traditional Chinese Method(TCM) or a raw start method following protocols for Blood Borne Pathogens & Food Safety Guidelines, thinly slice & dehydrate it, grind and place into capsules (vegan-friendly or coloured/flavoured capsules) and return to you within 48 hours. And the bonus is, you don't need to explain your magic pills to anyone, they look like vitamins! No awkward conversations with your mother-in-law!
1. Retrieved 5th January, 2017, from https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/cannibal
2. Human placenta as a ‘dual’ biomarker for monitoring fetal and maternal environment with special reference to potentially toxic trace elements. Part 3: Toxic trace elements in placenta and placenta as a biomarker for these elements. Retrieved 5th January, 2017, from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969701008270
3. Uncovering the Truth About Bacteria and Heavy Metals in the Placenta. Retrieved 5th January, 2017, from http://placentaassociation.com/uncovering-the-truth-about-bacteria-and-heavy-metals-in-the-placenta/
4. Phuapradit, W. Nutrients and Hormones in Heat-Dried Human Placenta [Abstract]. Retrieved 3rd January, 2017, from Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand,83(6), 690-694.
5. Research Studies Supporting Placenta Encapsulation. Retrieved 3rd January, 2017, from http://www.placentawise.com/research-studies-supporting-placenta-encapsulation/
6. Retrieved 5th January, 2017, fromhttp://placentaassociation.com/good-news-for-mothers-placenta-capsules-contain-more-iron-than-beef/
7. Chrousos, G. Baby blues – postpartum depression attributed to low levels of corticotropin-releasing hormone after placenta is gone. Brief, BNet, 1995.