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Debunking Placentophagy’s Claimed Health Benefits And Reasons To Avoid It

Placentophagy is the act of eating uncooked and raw placenta. Do note that this can also be in pill form. Over the past years, there has been an evident increase in the number of women who practice placentophagy.

The reason for the rise in popularity of placentophagy lies in its claimed health benefits. It is said to boost iron levels and milk supply. In addition, it can also allegedly improve a person’s mood. As a result, mothers have turned to placentophagy, believing that they would be able to enjoy these benefits.

However, the medical body recently announced that there are no known health benefits from eating raw placenta. This practice actually became big when Kim Kardashian admitted to consuming the organ. However, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada disagrees with the aforesaid claims.

If you have been practicingpPlacentophagy or is planning to follow it, here are the reasons why you should avoid it.

1. Contaminated with harmful bacteria

One concern with placenta capsules is that these may be contaminated with harmful bacteria. Infants whose mothers practiced placentophagy have the potential to develop late-onset sepsis. This condition is typically caused by the bacteria Streptococcus agalactiae from the placenta capsules.

2. Randomized controlled study concerning iron levels

Another claim surrounding the consumption of placenta is the increase in iron levels. However, a randomized controlled study was performed and it was found out that there was no difference in iron levels between individuals who practiced placentophagy and those who received a placebo.

3. Accumulation of heavy metals

“It is unclear whether potentially harmful substances or infectious organisms are sterilized and rendered non-infectious or non-harmful,” the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada stated. This uncertainty is reason enough to avoid consumption of placenta pills.

In addition, a number of studies showed that this practice may also lead to the accumulation of heavy metals. This can be very harmful since it can lead to seizures and other life-threatening complications.

4. Improper handling and sterilization of equipment

There have also been a number of reports regarding improper handling and sterilization of equipment surrounding the transfer of blood-borne pathogens. As a result, consuming these placenta pills can cause further harm since there is room for cross-contamination during the production phase.

Kim Kardashian Pictured: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West with North West and Saint West are spotted in the Upper East Side on August 29, 2016 in New York City. Alo Ceballos/GC Images