Placenta consumption does not prevent postpartum depression, health officials warn.
But Chrissy Teigen has joined the legions of celebrities who insist that it worked for them.
The 32-year-old woman, who gave birth to her son Miles Theodore for the second time in May, told CBS that she felt much happier this time, and that she only ate her own organ.
She is hardly the first to say it. Kim and Kourtney Kardashian, Tia and Tamera Mowry, Katherine Heigl, January Jones, Alicia Silverstone, Holly Madison, Nikki Reed, Blac Chyna, Padma Lakshmi, Kim Zolciak and Samantha Bee are part of the comprehensive list of famous women who have recommended that.
However, scientists insist that there is little evidence to support fashion, although there are many risks.
Last fall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report stating that a newborn had developed a life-threatening blood poisoning by his mother when taking contaminated pills. with bacteria.
Weeks later, researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, published research showing that it had no impact on the mental health of the mother.
The 32-year-old woman, who gave birth to her son Miles Theodore (left) for the second time in May, told CBS that she was much happier this time, and that she is dedicated to eating her own organ.
OTHER CELEBRITIES WHO EAT YOUR PLACENTA
Mad Men actress, January Jones, credits the placenta pills for giving her energy after the birth of her son Xander Dane in 2011.
Alicia Silverstone, best known for her role in Clueless, took placental capsules after having her son Bear Blue in 2011, calling them "happy pills."
In 2013, the Playboy model and Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend, Holly Madison, wrote on their blog that they planned to take placental pills after the birth of their daughter Rainbow.
After baby number three, Kourtney Kardashian described his placental pills as "lives".
The former star of the atomic kitten Natasha Hamilton said taking placental pills was "the best money I spent" after having her fourth child.
Supporters of the practice often claim that the organ contains valuable vitamins and hormones that could prevent postpartum depression.
Researchers at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, analyzed 12 women who took placental capsules and 15 who took placebo pills after giving birth.
They investigated the health effects of placental capsules, including their ability to prevent postpartum depression.
The findings were published in the Women and Birth magazine.
The results reveal that placenta capsules do not decrease the risk of a new mother of postpartum depression.
The study's author, Professor Daniel Benyshek, said: "Our results can be seen as proof that placentophagia does not really work" because we did not find the kind of clear and robust differences in maternal hormone levels or the postpartum state between Placental group and the placebo group that these types of studies are designed to detect. "
However, the findings showed that consuming the placenta influences female hormones, which could have some benefits.
The lead author, Dr. Sharon Young, said: "While the study does not provide firm support for or against claims about the benefits of placentophagia, it sheds light on this much debated issue by providing the first results of a clinical trial that specifically tests the impact of placental supplements on postpartum hormones, mood and energy.
"What we have discovered are interesting areas for future explorations, such as small impacts on hormone levels for women taking placental capsules and small improvements in mood and fatigue in the placental group."
Chrissy and her husband John Legend now have two children, Luna and Miles
In early 2017, the Medical University of Vienna published research showing that the placenta contains insufficient levels of nutrients, such as zinc, iron and selenium, to benefit women's health.
It can also accumulate heavy metals, which could cause seizures and life-threatening complications if ingested, according to the researchers.
The study's author, Dr. Alex Farr, said: "Medically speaking, the placenta is a waste product.
"Most mammals eat the placenta after birth, but we can only guess why they do it.
"After the placenta is genetically part of the newborn, eating the placenta borders on cannibalism."
The placenta is most commonly consumed in the form of a capsule, but it can be eaten raw, cooked, dehydrated or in shakes.