The Benefits of Eating Placenta


Eating any kind of human body part is considered taboo, but there are many who choose to consume their own placenta after child birth. In some cultures they believe that eating the placenta will prevent post-partum depression and some health problems that are associated with childbirth. Many mammals practice Placentophagy (eating their own placenta) because it helps them to produce more milk and it is known to clean the uterus after child birth.

These days there are contradictions regarding placentophagia because others believe that there is no need for healthy mothers to eat their own placenta, but there are some who believe that placenta eating has lots of benefits and medicinal power. It is also known that placenta contains vitamins and minerals that help the mother to recover after giving birth. It also helps balance hormones and can help prevent baby blues, also known as postpartum depression. If the mother cant take eating the placenta there are available forms that do not need cooking. Dry powdered capsules can be made from your placenta and taken as a supplement. It’s very easy to make your own placenta capsules.

With all the marvel of the miracles of fetal development and wonders of birth, little attention is given to the miraculous organ that helped the growing fetus to get enough nourishment. The placenta starts to grow during the beginning of fetal growth to take over the hormone productions that are needed to support the pregnancy around twelve weeks of gestation. It helps nourish the baby and plays an important role in the elimination of waste. Though the placenta is a disposable organ it helps the development inside the mothers womb. Other cultures have different beliefs and ceremonies regarding the placenta that are totally foreign to others. Some of this ceremonies and beliefs are burying of the placenta in the ground in celebration of bringing the placenta back to earth. It is believed that planting a tree on the ground where the placenta is buried will nourish the plants growth.

Placenta contains vitamin B6 that is known to reduce postpartum depression. It is believed that eating the placenta will reclaim the vitamins and nutrients that are lost in the body during the child birth. It also increases the blood levels and a hormone known as Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH) that acts as a stress reducer. Since the level of CRH decreases post-partum, it results in depression that will affect the role of a woman as a mother to her child. Eating of their placenta will increase the level of CRH and reduce symptoms of the postpartum depression. Human placenta is also rich in protein and iron which are important nutrients in the body, placentophagia also replenishes nutrients that are lost because of blood loss, and is also a known practice among vegan mothers that are experiencing low blood iron levels. For mothers who are having difficulty in producing milk, placentophagia will help increase breast milk production which is vital for a healthy baby.


The placenta is an organ that is expelled by a woman after giving birth. It has springy chewy texture that is similar to a heart but it is more sponge-like. Human placenta has a taste similar to chicken liver. Most women are unaware of the benefits of eating placenta but many mothers enjoy eating their own placenta after birth because of the benefits it is capable of giving. Eating placenta is common to other cultures and to the animal kingdom. In many countries consuming placenta is socially acceptable because it is known to be rich in vitamins and minerals and particularly in vitamin B6 which is known to fight depression.

The practice of consuming placenta was fashionable during 1970s among what they called earth mothers. But because of the criticism placenta eating has recieved, it is considered by some as taboo. Some even consider it to be a form of cannabalism. Not all mothers are willing to take their placenta home but to others eating their placenta is just a normal thing. However whether you choose to eat it or not, the placenta is still a part of the mother and it plays a very important role to make the baby healthy inside the womb of the mother.


Since eating placenta is somewhat common these days, there are several placenta recipes available. There are different ways on how to cook the placenta and how people choose to consume it varies greatly. Some use placenta as a substitute for liver or beef. You should treat the placenta as you would an animal meat. You may tenderize or ground it if you wish, or cut it into slices or cubes. However when cooking placenta you must remove the umbilical cord and the membranes.

Though placenta recipes are great, cooking placenta from unknown sources can be risky. Because of the blood-borne diseases, eating placenta from unknown sources might bring danger and illness. Since there isn’t really an easy way to be 100% sure, the safest bet is to only eat your own placenta.

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59 Responses to Favorite Placenta Recipes

  1. Katie

    January 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    This is soooo gross what is wrong with you people?

    • sammie

      February 3, 2013 at 11:19 am

      Don’t judge other people because you don’t understand. It’s about respect for life and nature. it has different meaning for diffferent people

    • Jeanette

      February 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

      @Katie – good to see you read the article and had something useful to contribute

      • Dr. Jenkins

        May 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm

        I’m judging this, based on the fact that it is the most DISGUSTING @#$% I have ever encountered. I have seen some hardcore &^%$ sometimes, but never in my life something this grotesque and disturbing. You call it “a way of life”…I call it disgusting.

        • Steff

          October 23, 2013 at 9:12 pm

          “because of the FACT it’s DISGUSTING”- Google the definitions for “fact” and “opinion”. Ps: we’re one of the few animals that sometimes choose NOT to eat it. Beats having post-partum depression don’tcha think? If they reckon it works-why not?

          • noncannibal

            January 18, 2014 at 1:53 am

            We’re also one of the few animals that don’t eat their young. So while you’re enjoying your placenta roast, with placenta gravy, why not take a side of young child back ribs for an appie

        • Sam

          May 17, 2014 at 7:59 pm

          Thanks mate probably will still eat it anyway

    • Ashton

      August 29, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Why is it so gross? We eat liver,intestines,hearts,thighs etc from animals why can’t a mother choose to eat placenta without being ridiculed on how disgusting she is. I wouldnt eat an animals heart but im not going to say how gross it is to someone who likes it. Its thats persons choice. People need to be more open minded to other cultures.

    • Ngela

      December 31, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      I hate to have to say this but before technology and everything else that has ruined this planet, people used to eat what came from the earth, everything that was given to them for free or by trade. And placenta, while it has no scientific evidence nor will it ever because clinical testing is by standards made by scientists and physicians, not humane; the placenta may be able to cure PPD or void the illness.
      And at this point, I really wish I had demanded my placenta with how I feel.

  2. sophia

    February 2, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    all placenta must be consumed raw. I am a doctor, i know what im talking about.

  3. Jatana

    March 9, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I ate the placenta from my third child and this helped my postpartum I had with the other 2 children. I am expecting my 4th child and plan to consume my placenta again. It isn’t hurting anyone. Go for it!

  4. Aubrey

    March 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Has anyone done any studies on how many of the nutrients are lost when you cook or dehydrate a placenta? I know that eating it raw provides the optimal benefit, but the ick factor is higher when it is raw. Also, if raw placenta is blended into a smoothie with, say, strawberries, is it still detectable by sight or taste?

  5. Johnny

    April 10, 2013 at 5:46 am

    This is so wrong, I don’t mind eating the missus out but I wouldn’t eat this.
    Why not eat your period next time your ovulating.

    • Nani

      April 27, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      Wow Johnny that’s a great idea! In fact women used to cure themselves and their community with remedies based on “period’s” blood… jaja
      But as you know now our period is not bloody anymore, but is blue like the ones on the advertisements (and some other blue things that people this days actually eat- that’s wrong!).

    • Steff

      October 23, 2013 at 9:14 pm

      Johnny, women don’t have their period when they’re ovulating. Google “ovulating”.

    • Dawn

      November 23, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      You need to read up on women a bit more Johnny. We don’t bleed while we ovulate. We bleed after we ovulate (like 2 weeks give or take) and only because the egg was not fertilized or did not attach to the uterus walls if it was.

      I just find it ridiculous that you’d think that. I’m sure you “wouldn’t mind eating the missus out,” but by the simple fact that you don’t know she isn’t ovulating while she’s bleeding, I can assume that you have not had, nor ever will have, a “missus” to eat out.

  6. Christopher Henry Brown

    April 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

    My name is Christopher Brown. I am of American descent. In America, eating placenta’s in widely regarded as the nom. I love me a good placenta. After eating a placenta i like to play with hoovers, and pour eye liner over my body. I am the kind of person to eat placentas.

  7. Jacques Ferreira

    April 18, 2013 at 8:37 am

    My name is Jacques, and I support this product. Chomping on a meaty placenta is what I love to do best after a long day of slinging spider webs and brushing my teeth with COLGATE.

  8. Thomas Dunsby

    May 2, 2013 at 8:45 am

    OOOH ghee, i love me some placenta! It is a neccessity that you eat it raw, you dont want to cook away the natural flavour that comes with the beautiful fleshy discharge known as the placenta. while eating it raw, it does go well with a dollop of blackcurrant jam and a few drops of tabasco sauce. you can put it between two slices of bread and make a nice meaty placenta sandwich. the placenta connects the baby to the mother so indulging in that connection (as the father) gives me an experience you could never imagine! PLACENTAS FTW!!!!!

  9. Santiago Iglaceus

    May 2, 2013 at 9:00 am

    After my wife had our child we were not certain if we were going to eat the placenta, but her identical twin sister who has already had a child told us she would never eat placenta cos its nasty fam… but i dont care what she thinks cos out the two of em my wife is waay piffer blad, she said if we were to eat it she couldnt look at me or her sister the same again…. so i said AM I A DICKHEAD THO! slapped her in the face with the placenta and started muchin on dat ting as if it was a jalapeno

  10. Frida

    May 5, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Hi!
    I will prep my first placenta for a client this upcoming week (I’m a doula) but I wonder if there are any studies as mensioned above? We will do a Mother Tinkture and capsules but for the future it would be nice to know (when people ask) about the things kept in the placenta after steaming… :)

  11. Jimmy Russels

    May 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Come to placenta-eating website, people actually enjoy it. I don’t know what I expected.

  12. John Strickland

    May 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I love to eat placenta and it is very true that RAW is the best way although I prefer to cook it. I am a regular at my local hospital where I pick up all the unwanted placentas and aborted fetuses and take them home to make a huge VuhJayJay Stew. My neighbors love the smell of it as I let all the naturally fishy flavors merry into a delightful supper. Its best served with a burnt toast covered in runny feces and a side of yeast infection cottage cheese.

  13. tyler cann

    May 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

    nastyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  14. ...

    August 2, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Dan … is that you?

  15. Jake

    August 8, 2013 at 4:10 am

    I just caught my new nephew as he emerged from my brothers girlfriends vagina, I must say it was a side of her I had never seen before…anyhoo…I was pumped they we allowing me to take her placenta home, I couldn’t wait to fry it up with some bacon and 8 cloves of garlic! I’ve had the placenta of other species before,but I swear i could taste a hint of ginger from hers. It was delectable and I can’t wait until my aunt has her baby in November. Has anyone tried to preserve a placenta in a raw or cooked state? Such as canning or vacuum sealing? She lives across the country and it would have to be shipped…any input would be appreciated!

  16. Jack jones

    October 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    This is so ratchet

  17. Babs

    October 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Make sure it’s kosher .

  18. Crazy 4 Placenta

    November 10, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    I absolutely love making placenta meatloaf. The red sauce on top already comes with the meat! yum yum!!

  19. Queefy McGee

    November 11, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I prefer the taste of ballsack over placenta. Although it is much harder to obtain. The taste makes it sooooooo worth it. THe crunch of that testicle in my mouth just feels right. Anyways, I believe raw placenta is the way to go. Slurp Slurp

  20. Tori

    December 30, 2013 at 12:03 am

    I’m eating a placenta right now

  21. Lynn

    January 10, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    This makes me want to throw up. Why not just take a B6 supplement? It’d be so much easier. You can also get protein and iron from other non-meat sources if you’re vegan! I guess if you insist on eating the placenta you should also make a nice side dish of rocky mountain oysters to go along with it.

  22. Disgustedbyignorance

    January 25, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    For all of you who actually took the time to register just to post an inane, vulgar or negative comment, You are truly pathetic. I’m glad this article has given you an opportunity to waste your pointless lives.

  23. Ross

    February 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Just steamed our placenta the traditional Chinese way and left some aside for a smoothie in the morning. It was such an exciting moment we shared together that it only seemed natural to consume this beautiful organ. I will not partake in consuming this organ as it is now a Yang tonic and most men have enough yang energy. Human society is so misguided that we are the only species that does not eat the placenta but on the other hand we drink milk from another species all our lives something no other animal does.

  24. PlacentaBeast

    April 28, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    In my culture we skip the placenta, and instead eat the entire woman, to allow her newborn child to become the ‘new her’

  25. Max

    May 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    Do not see anything wrong with doing this at all. I didn’t eat my partners placenta, but I think I may give it a go if we have another kid. Wouldn’t quite call it cannibalism to be perfectly honest, since you are not killing and consuming, you’re just re-udsing/recycling. For those that are offended by this idea- don’t check out this sort of website.

  26. Gregory Burton

    May 20, 2014 at 3:26 am

    This is BEYOND DISGUSTING. WAY BEYOND DISGUSTING !!!

  27. Fidel

    June 25, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Why are so many dudes commenting on how gross this is when they dont even have to eat it? Unless you are gonna get PPD with your spouse then why bother? Otherwise you just crammed this article with your lack of reasoning. And just because it’s disgusting to you doesn’t make it so to everyone else. One man’s meat is another man’s poison.

  28. Carol

    June 29, 2014 at 11:49 am

    It is so disappointing how many misguided people there are! If you are a woman who has given birth, or a sensitive person who has been very close to someone who has given birth, then you might be able to understand, especially if that person was educated on her body and childbirth. It is beyond physically exhausting, and it is also so truly natural and instinctive. Eating your placenta does not seem so gross when in that scenario, and it is natures design. I’m sure the people who are so grossed out by these are eating wonder bread, mcdonalds and fruit loops! Completely misguided on their bodies and nutrition!

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