Despite its growing popularity, the practice of eating placenta after birthing has no scientific proof it is able to boost energy and protect women against depression, suggested a US research study.
A Northwestern University research exposed that there is no research on the potential risks and no proven benefits to this practice.
Although there has been no known connection between breast feeding and placenta eating, the fact that doctors’ treat placenta as bio hazardous waste this alone will put any mother to start thinking what there might be in placenta that may affect the babies health in the long run.
Due to the influence of media reports, websites and blog, the weird, albeit popular, practice of placenta eating has risen in recent years, researchers discovered.
Their review, which was published in Archives of Women’s Mental Health, peered into 10 published tudies of placenta ingestion.
But no significant data was found to support claims that ingesting placenta either cooked, raw, or in pill form have any health benefits.
The act of eating placentas is known as Placentophagy, believed to reduce pain after childbirth, boosts energy levels, increases breast milk production and develops mother and child bonding.
Advocates are convinced it replenishes iron in the body, but this was grounded on subjective reports instead of scientific research, said the research team.
There were also no studies found regarding the risks of eating placenta, which acts as filter to protect the developing fetus from pollutants and toxins, which could result to bacteria or viruses remaining in the placenta tissues after child birth.
Lead study author and clinical psychologist at Northwestern University, Cynthia Coyle said, “There are no regulations as to how the placenta is stored and prepared, and the dosing is inconsistent. Women really don’t know what they are ingesting.”
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists spokesperson, Dr Daghni Rajasingam said that although placenta is rich in blood flow, there are risks of ingesting it.
“What women do with their placenta is up to them – but I wouldn’t recommend they eat it,” she concluded.
What about urine what are the health benefits one can get from them. There’s none really. According to a study it’s 95% water and 5% nitrogenous waste. The yellow color is bilirubin, which can be found both in blood and feces. So there you have it.
Drinking urine may have become popular because a champion boxer drank one glass of his urine while inside the boxing ring before his fight and won.