Placentophagy is the act of eating the placenta after giving birth. Most mammals do it shortly after giving birth. Human moms do it too! Throughout time, different cultures have done it and even today many women continue the practice including Kim Kardashian who posted her experience with it on her blog.
Ancient Wisdom on Consuming Animal Placenta
In Chinese medicine and Taoist tonic herbal systems, the deer, goat, sheep and human placenta are considered as primary jing herbs. Jing is a precious and finite material that you inherit from your parents at birth. Overtime your jing become depleted from stress, environmental toxins, alcohol abuse. Therefore, consuming placenta is vital in rejuvenating jing. It is believed that it contains anti-ageing and vitality promoting qualities. In ancient Chinese medicine, it is believed to rejuvenate jing and contains anti-aging and vitality promoting qualities. Some studies in recent years have shed some light on how taking placenta orally may help improve skin health.
What does the science say?
One study published in the Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources in 2015 found that when pig placenta was orally given to mice it showed improvement in skin health.
Another study published in Gynecology & Obstetrics journal in 2013 showed that porcine placenta extract might affect facial wrinkling by enhancing fibroblast proliferation and collagen secretion while inhibiting expression of intracellular Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 in Normal Human Dermal Fibroblasts.
Here’s what happened when my mum tried the deer placenta capsules.
I was a little sceptical, so to test it out for myself, I gave the Regain Health Deer Placenta 10,000mg to my mum. Who is in her late 40’s. After a month of taking 2 capsules a day she said her skin did feel smoother and her hair felt much thicker. This was no scientific experiment and the product did contain other ingredients like collagen, grape seed extract and avocado oil which may have also contributed to her feeling better about her skin. But perhaps there may be some truth in the ancient Chinese beliefs.
If you have been taking placenta supplements, tell me about your experience in the comments below.