More new parents are opting for placenta pills, vitamins made from afterbirth. A growing number of alternative-health professionals are creating a new kind of post-natal vitamin using new mothers’ afterbirth, or placenta.
Kourtney Kardashian is also among them who love to eat placenta pills. “Yummy…PLACENTA pills! No joke…I will be sad when my placenta pills run out. They are life changing! #benefits #lookitup,” captioned Kourtney Kardashian when she posted on her Instagram account a picutre of two capsules on a plate.
The 35-year-old mom-of-three Instagrammed this picture three weeks after welcoming baby Reign Aston which has stir some controversy and there are many web users who are reacting on social media websites like Twitter and Facebook.
Placenta has long been a subject of fascination with the Kardashians, Gossip Cop reports. In 2013, Kourtney’s sister Kim’s desire to eat placenta became a “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” storyline.
“I definitely want to eat it,” she told her family over dinner at one point, to which Kourtney replied, “I want to have a third child just to eat the placenta.” Sure enough, she had the third child and is now enjoying the placenta in pill form. Have you had placenta? Do you want to try?
E! Celebrity star Kourtney Kardashian isn’t alone in the list of high-profile celebrities to tote the benefits of placenta ingestion. Actress Gaby Hoffmann, who welcomed daughter Rosemary in November, told People magazine in November, “Placenta, placenta, placenta. Just eat that sh*t up, and it does a girl good!”.
“I made smoothies out of it for three weeks. I had a home birth, so my midwife and my doula took it and cut it up into 20 pieces and froze it, and every day, I put it in a blender with strawberries and blueberries and guava juice and a banana, and I drank that sh*t up.”
To an unborn child, it’s a lifeline; to hospitals, biohazhard waste for the incinerator; to most parents, an element of childbirth they’d really rather forget.
Consuming pills made from placenta began as an ancient Chinese medicine, and some moms, including those in LA, say it’s making a noticeable difference in the 21st century.
Thousands of women swear by the latest incarnation of the phenomenon: having your placenta encapsulated into easy-to-pop pills that are said to provide an energy boost, restore iron levels, and help breast-milk production.
Critics, including an OB/GYN in Los Angeles, are concerned that unwanted bacteria could accompany those nutrients when women consume the non-regulated supplements, According to NBC.
Burbank-based Dr. Steven Rabin points out that while the placenta is high in nutrients, it also removes waste products from the baby. Rabin said there may be a chance that fecal matter or E. Coli could contaminate the pills.
Depending on its size, a woman’s placenta could yield hundreds of pills, taken just as daily supplements are consumed.
Food Safety Authority would have to approve any application to sell placenta as a novel food, a process that Ipen said would take up to three years, require extensive laboratory testing, and be very expensive.
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