Study looks at benefit and risk of eating placenta

There is no scientific evidence to back the idea that women benefit from eating placenta after giving birth.

A review of 10 studies shows no human or animal data to support the increasingly popular myth that eating the placenta offers protection against postpartum depression. It also does not reduce post-delivery pain, boost energy, help with lactation, promote skin elasticity, enhance maternal bonding or replenish iron.

However, there is no suggestion of risk from eating the organ - either raw, cooked or encapsulated.

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