Pregnant woman

Facts and Fictions About Placenta Consumption

UNLV anthropology researchers Daniel Benyshek, Laura Gryder, and Sharon Young found that placentophagy may not deliver the benefits practitioners anticipate.

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Daniel Benyshek and Sharon Young
Campus News | November 3, 2016
First clinical study of its kind finds no benefit for women who eat their placenta as a source of needed iron after giving birth.
Researchers Dan Benyshek and Sharon Young
Campus News | November 29, 2017
Research finds that consuming encapsulated placentas has little to no effect on postpartum mood and maternal bonding; detectable changes shown in hormones.
Campus News | May 3, 2018
The largest study of its kind found mothers who consumed their placenta passed on no harm to their newborn babies.

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