It is believed that consuming the placenta can:
▪ Help to balance your hormones
▪ Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state
▪ Replenish depleted iron levels
▪ Increase milk production
▪ Make for a happier, more enjoyable post-natal period
▪ Increase your energy levels
▪ Reduce post-natal bleeding
▪ Reduce the risk of PPD
The placenta is composed of beneficial hormones, chemicals, iron, and proteins. These healing substances include:
▪ Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone: Contributes to mammary gland development in preparation for lactation; stabilizes postpartum mood; regulates post-birth uterine cramping; decreases depression; normalizes and stimulates libido.
▪ Prolactin: Promotes lactation; increases milk supply; enhances the mothering instinct.
▪ Oxytocin: Decreases pain and increases bonding in mother and infant; counteracts the production of stress hormones such as Cortisol; greatly reduces postpartum bleeding; enhances the breastfeeding let-down reflex.
▪ Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF): Stimulates the production of your body’s natural opioids, including endorphins; reduces pain; increases well-being.
▪ Thyroid Stimulating Hormone: Regulates the thyroid gland; boosts energy and supports recovery from stressful events.
▪ Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH): Low levels of CRH are implicated in postpartum depression. Regulation of CRH helps prevent depression.
▪ Cortisone: Reduces inflammation and swelling; promotes healing.
▪ Interferon: Triggers the protective defenses of the immune system to fight infection.
▪ Prostaglandins: Regulates contractions in the uterus after birth; helps uterus return to its pre-pregnancy size. Anti-inflammatory effects.
▪ Iron: Replenishes maternal iron stores to combat anemia, a common postpartum condition. Increases energy; decreases fatigue and depression.
▪ Hemoglobin: Oxygen-carrying molecule which provides a boost in energy.
▪ Urokinase Inhibiting Factor and Factor XIII: stops bleeding and enhances wound healing.
▪ Immunoglobulin G (IgG): Antibody molecules which support the immune system.
Human Placental Lactogen (hPL): This hormone has lactogenic and growth-promoting properties; promotes mammary gland growth in preparation for lactation in the mother. It also regulates maternal glucose, protein, and fat levels.