E in the placenta after birth offers no benefit to new mothers, a new study suggests.
Research in Nevada found that the increasingly common practice of consuming capsules made of the organ in the following weeks to improve maternal fatigue or avoid depression.
The work showed that the ingestion of placental capsules produced small but detectable changes in hormone concentrations, but it is not known if this has any beneficial effect.
Advocates of placentophagy practice indicate widespread maternal – eating placenta – in the animal kingdom, however, official bodies such as the Royal College of Midwives do not recommend it, saying that there is no evidence of any benefit.
The new study involved 12 women who took placental capsules and 15 who took placebo pills in the weeks after delivery.
Researchers tested the effectiveness of placental capsules to promote various health benefits, including stemm The appearance of the & # 39; baby blues & # 39; and the depression of new postpartum mothers.
The results of the study, published in the online magazine Women and Birth, found that such claims are not clearly compatible.
However, the work did show that the ingestion of placental capsules produced small but detectable changes in hormone concentrations that appear in the circulating hormone levels of the mother.