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The controversial fashion of eating the placenta after childbirth


It is not a new fashion, but it has been imposed for a few years, since the famous Kim Kardashian, and some others, like Alicia Silverstone decided to add it to their menu after delivery of their children.

Eating the placenta, it does not matter if it is cooked, in a shake or in pills, has generated a controversy among those who proclaim their virtues and those who, in addition to thinking that it is a kind of cannibalism strange, it turns out dangerous for mother and baby.

So is it recommended eating the placenta after delivery?

It is not about sinking your teeth into this bloody human organ in the Hannibal Lecter style, in the Silence of the Lambs, but the recipe has much more glamor, it could even be included in the recipe book of the "nouvelle cuisine" of the famous man on duty. Some say you have to freeze it so that it does not lose its effects and eat it sliced ​​within the morning smoothies; others do it at steam until dehydrated and turn it into powder with which they make pills, and there are even they add spices like lemon and jalapeno pepper, and ginger.

No matter how you prepare it, what matters are your supposed benefits for women in labor.

These include that it favors the rise of milk, mitigates the postpartum depression and pain, reduces bleeding after the baby is born, and increases energy and mood.

The fact is that I'm sorry to say that, in studies conducted by scientists, (far from the opinions of mothers placentophages, in which the effect placebo may have acted positively) no conclusions that demonstrate these virtues, and yet there are cases of infections contracted by swallowing the placenta and that have been transmitted from mothers to children through breastfeeding.

The placentas do have scientifically proven benefits, as for example that they serve to recover quickly from a stroke, which helps to regenerate the liver and fights breast cancer; this added to the cosmetic industry who has found the goose that lays the golden eggs in its supposed benefits against wrinkles due to its high content of hyaluronic acid and collagen.

Even so, such is the fondness that some have taken to taste this human offal that in France, where it is forbidden to remove the placenta from the hospital, a recent father escaped with his wife's in a box all over the city, until the police hunted him down before he could even add salt to the product.

It is true that many mammalian animals ingest it when giving birth, but it is not clear if it is instinctively when trying prevent its smell from attracting predators, or if they know the hidden benefits of your intake. The truth is that in today's society, in which there are no more wolves than those who stalk us behind a counter or in high positions in the economy, it is much safer for the doctor to prescribe the pill on duty against depression than sinking your teeth into a poorly preserved viscus that is known to filter all toxins of our body.

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