placentophagy


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Eating of the placenta after giving birth
Comparative zoology Most placental mammals, including herbivores, have eaten their own placentas, including Insectivora, Rodentia, Chiroptera, Lagomorpha, Carnivora, Perissodactyla, Artiodactyla, and Primates.
The benefit is attributed to a poorly characterised substance called Placental Opioid-Enhancing Factor (POEF), which is allegedly found in placenta and amniotic fluid and said to modifiy endogenous opioid activity, and reduce post-partum pain
Ethnomedicine The practice of eating the placenta post delivery. While it is not a common practice, a fringe group of advocates claim it reduces post-partum depression and improves nutrition.

placentophagy

Ethnomedicine The practice of eating the placenta post delivery. Cf Cannibalism, Pica.
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Placentophagy, the act of eating one's placenta after giving birth, is fairly common in the animal world.
A review of 10 studies on placentophagy in humans and other mammals did not find any scientific evidence to back up claims that eating the placenta either raw, cooked or encapsulated offers protection against post-natal depression.
Like most mammals, goats engage in placentophagy, or eating the placenta.
One placenta encapsulator, who wanted to remain unnamed and who works across Merseyside said: "Eating your own placenta - or placentophagy - is undergoing a small revival in Western cultures.
The first-ever research on placentophagy - the act of eating one's own placenta after giving birth - was conducted by researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.