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Daniel C. Benyshek

Professor, Anthropology

Expertise: Diabetes and Obesity, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease , Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Human Placentophagy

About

Daniel C. Benyshek has more than 20 years of experience in medical anthropology. His research focuses on aspects of health and disease which are significantly affected by maternal nutrition. One line of research in this area explores key maternal dietary factors during pregnancy that are associated with the increase of obesity-related health disorders around the world.

Benyshek also studies the emerging practice of human postpartum consumption of the placenta and the potential health benefits and risks this practice may yield for both mother and child. Benyshek has authored numerous academic and professional publications spanning topics on diabetes, obesity, human placentophagy, and maternal nutrition and health.

Education

  • Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, Arizona State University
  • M.A., Anthropology, Arizona State University
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Colorado

Daniel C. Benyshek In The News

Dec 18, 2017

I’m not going to tell you what to do with your baby’s placenta after birth. If the doctor lets you have it, and you would like to encapsulate it, sauté it, or even ink it to make placenta prints, that is your decision to make. But you should at least know whether scientists have found any health benefits to consuming it.

Dec 11, 2017

Over the last several decades, human maternal placentophagy (postpartum ingestion of the placenta by the mother) has emerged as a rare but increasingly popular practice among women in industrialized countries seeking its many purported health benefits.

Dec 6, 2017

Placenta pills may be all the rage for new mothers in recent years, but their benefits may be more limited than many believe. A new study finds that women who practiced maternal placentophagy didn’t see any notable improvements when it came to their mood, ability to bond with their baby, or fatigue level.

Dec 6, 2017

A study from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (USA), the first of its kind, shows that taking placental capsules has little or no effect on postpartum mood, mother-baby bonds or fatigue of the mother. Women and Birth magazine publishes the document.

Articles Featuring Daniel C. Benyshek

Alyssa Crittenden
Dec 26, 2017
Research

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Researchers Dan Benyshek and Sharon Young
Nov 29, 2017
Campus News

Research finds that consuming encapsulated placentas has little to no effect on postpartum mood and maternal bonding; detectable changes shown in hormones.