Is eating placenta good for you?

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Placentophagy, the act of eating the placenta, has become an increasingly popular trend among new mums. Advocates of placentophagy often point to the organ's high iron content as a primary benefit. However, a first-of-its-kind placebo-controlled pilot study has found no iron benefit from the practice.

According to the research, encapsulated placenta supplementation neither significantly improved nor impaired postpartum maternal iron status for women consuming the recommended daily allowance of dietary iron during pregnancy/lactation.

A total of 23 women completed the three-week study, with 10 women taking placenta capsules while 13 women were given a...